BIG SWEEP Saturday, October 18th

Come Sweep the Beach at Trinity!

During the month of October, communities of Carteret County are participating in the 28th Annual Big Sweep.  Although the kick-off statewide is the first weekend, we extend participation throughout the month.  Saturday, October 18th is the day Trinity Center and our Sound to Sea program contributes to the Pine Knoll Shores Big Sweep as part of our ongoing effort to keep our beloved beaches and waterways clean.

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If you love our beaches, please join us on the Beach at 10:00AM, Saturday, October 18, 2014.  Trinity Center will provide work gloves, trash bags and other tools.  You bring the sunscreen and water bottle.

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Volunteers will also log the amount and type of items collected, and how many animals suffered entanglements, to add to the statewide record tracking the types of trash ebb and flow over our waterways.

In 2013, 645 volunteers covered over 24 miles resulting in the removal of over 2500 pounds of trash from Carteret County waterways.

Some Big Sweep Tips for participation:

  • Take a hat or visor and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Wear old, comfortable clothes. You will get dirty.
  • Take a snack and a drink along. You’ll probably get thirsty.
  • Bring some insect repellent and a pair of gloves.
  • Make sure your shoes are sturdy and have closed toes. Your shoes may get wet. Do not go barefoot.
  • Stay with a partner or group, and be sure that children are supervised by an adult.
  • Wear a life jacket if you’ll be in a boat. Do not wade into the water to gather debris if the current is fast. Never enter the water unless you know its depth and are wearing a life jacket. Be safe and careful.
  • Watch for snakes and spiders. Be careful of poison oak and poison ivy.
  • Watch out for steep, slippery, and unstable banks. If you are unsure of conditions, find a safer place or ask for assistance.
  • Do not touch medical waste, chemical containers, barrels, pesticides, or other dangerous items. Note their location and tell your site coordinator.
  • Do not touch any animals, dead or alive. Trapped or injured animals may bite, and they can carry disease. Alert your site coordinator.
  • Have a safe, fun time!

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Aquarium’s Trick or Treat Under the Sea Oct. 29 & 30

NC Aquarium, Pine Knoll Shores

w nca-pks TOTUS shark w bag 500pThe North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers a bewitching evening of sweets and treats with the annual Trick or Treat Under the Sea, aka TOTUS, on the evenings of Wednesday, Oct. 29 and Thursday, Oct. 30.

Trick-or-treating headlines each night, as little ghosts, goblins, creatures and characters load up on goodies at decorated booths sponsored by local businesses. Also on the fun agenda: underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations, otters playing with jack o’ lanterns, face-painting and other Halloween hi-jinks with an aquatic twist. For the bolder bunch: See the dinosaurs after dark – if you dare.

Ticket sales at the door are 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. each night; $11 per person; $9.90 for members; ages 2 and under are admitted free.

Daily admission tickets, receipts and passes do not apply for this special event. Regular admission ends at 1 p.m. each day of the event.

Enjoy big Dino Discount Nov. 1-7!

w nca-pks adult chasmosaurus 2The dinosaurs at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores have delayed their destiny – extinction – through Nov. 11! See them up close and hear them roar any day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Nov. 1 through Nov. 7, bring a little person with you for Dino Discount Days. Pay for one adult admission and an accompanying child ages 3-12 gets in free. Also watch for dino-mite deals on dinosaur gear in the Gift Shop through Nov. 11.

Dinosaur Adventure turns the Aquarium’s Marsh Boardwalk into a time machine. Step outside and travel back millions of years to meet these strange creatures that roamed the Earth during the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

The fierce allosaurus, the long-necked apatosaurus, the fast and agile coelophysis, the ostrich-like citipati and other bygone beasts seemingly come to life among the trees and plants surrounding them. Watch out for the dilophosauruses –they spit.Dinosaur Adventure features 11 realistic, large-scale animatronic creatures representing seven species that move and call. Don’t miss the photo ops: a Tyrannosaurus rex out front, a baby T. rex near the waterfall and a dinosaur nest with eggs just before you enter Dinosaur Adventure.

nca-pks dino after dark scarierThe dinosaur exhibit has been enormously popular with summer visitors at the Aquarium. The fall extension gives more local and regional residents a chance to enjoy the experience. The dinosaurs also will add a new element to the Aquarium’s Halloween event for kids, Trick Or Treat Under the Sea, this year on Oct. 29 and 30.

Dinosaur Adventure is open the same hours as the Aquarium – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.Dinosaur Adventure features creations by Billings Productions. The exhibit is sponsored in part by Mary Katherine Lawrence.

Falling for Trinity

Fall is well and truly upon us, here at Trinity. Although the only real evidence so far is humidity, or lack there of.  The days are still in the pleasant 80s but the nights are dipping into the low 60s which only makes an evening campfire all the more delicious–particularly those involving s’mores.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACamp Trinity is over for the year so weekends are again seeing groups down in the Dorms. These are a great Bargain for new groups and youth groups.

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And, we’ve had several Women and Men MinistriesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA, and a few much needed Pastoral Retreats.   A sprinkling of Individual Retreats, especially clergy, are always tucked in among everybody else because Fall is also a good time to find a few days to run away from home before the full swing of the holiday season takes place.IMG_7766

Our Sanders Point restoration is complete and once again our favorite outdoor Chapel is welcoming visitors.

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For those of us whose thoughts always turn to new pens and clean notebooks (and calendars!), Fall is a time of classes and schoolchildren. Our new Sound to Sea staff are making themselves at home and our Schools’ programming is in full swing.students pond 3

Trinity is still lush and green although the maritime forest is starting to look a little tired around the edges.

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But after the hustle and bustle of summer, the sleepiness is welcoming and relaxing. tree on walk Even the mosquitoes are relaxing their vigilance and are blessedly absent–for the most part–this time of year.

pH night  Over at Pelican House we are busy filling the last few vacancies for this year’s Advent Retreat and for the last Silent Retreat in December.  New Year Resolutions aside, autumn has ever been a time of reckoning-up the year’s harvest and turning thoughts to plans and ambitions for the coming year.

There’s no better place to take stock and make plans than Trinity.  Fall is lovely at Trinity.  If your business staff or group needs to take stock and plan the next year, or your spiritual batteries need recharging, we hope you think of us.

You won’t find a better place.

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Need a Personal Retreat?

Do you need to step away from your busy life?  Can’t wait for our Pelican House Personal Retreat in July?  Have some unexpected free time coming up and don’t know how to spend it?

Perfect for squeezing into busy summer schedules, Trinity Center has availability 

for short-term Individual or Family Retreats on the weekend of June 20-22, 2014.*

ImageTrinity Center is waiting for you!  If you have stayed with us before for either a Group or Pelican House Retreat, then you know Trinity Center is the perfect place to take some deep breaths and indulge in much needed personal time for yourself, or quality time with your family.Image

Come relax on our beach, play in our pool, walk our dune and salt marsh trails, and enjoy our friendly staff and home-style hospitality. Spend some leisure time at local attractions like Fort Macon, the Maritime Museum’s Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit, or the N.C. Aquarium’s Summer Dinosaur Exhibit which is a big hit with families.  Attending an outdoor music concert or movie is a unique summer treat as is just walking along the beach as the sun sets.

ImageOur rooms include a double bed, single bed, and private bath.  Guests share our central living rooms including comfortable furniture, a small kitchenette with ice and coffee machines, television and–if you must contact the outside world–Wi-Fi access.  Buffet-style meals may be available for an additional cost in our common dining room at set times, or instead opt to enjoy one of the many local restaurants.

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We are also now taking limited reservations for our well-loved Beachside rooms.  

To inquire about June 20th or other available dates, call 1-888-874-6287 ext. 11 and speak to Mickie.

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We’d love to have you come for a visit!

 

 

 

 

*Based on availability, Cluster rooms are $65/night for double-occupancy.  There is an added $5 fee for each person over two, per room (roll-away beds are available).  Credit card required to hold reservation.  Meal-plans are at additional cost and must be booked at time of reservation.  No cancellation/No refund policy goes into effect three business days before arrival.

 

 

Inner Body Yoga By The Sea During May 1-4, 2014

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This retreat is open to Everyone!  

Whether new to yoga, or an experienced practitioner, feel free to come just as you are!

Vibrant and fun yet peaceful, serene and deeply restorative…Enjoy a relaxing weekend free of demands, schedules, and unfinished emails!

ImageInner Body Yoga embraces an experiential, creative, easy effort, approach.  Inner Body Yoga is a gentle yet powerful practice to help us feel more alive, healthy, peaceful and free in our bodies and our lives.  Each class is designed to offer a fresh exploration of the poses, breath, & movement… full of imagery, playfulness, and a spirit of adventure.

Sessions will be held in the Trinity Center Morgan Beach Meeting House,

Imagewhich sits on a naturally elevated setting overlooking the beach.  Perhaps our greatest teacher of the weekend will be the ocean, from whom we will have the opportunity to glean fresh insight into ways we can naturally access our own inner fluidity, as a means to help previously blocked energy, flow more freely for self renewal, vitalization, health, and freedom.

ImageThe Trinity Center is a conference and retreat center, comprised of 62 acres of pristine maritime forest, extending from Bogue Sound to the Atlantic Ocean.   Nestled within the serene grounds are guest rooms, dining facilities, conference & meeting spaces, swimming pools, and numerous walking trails.  A mild climate and landscape, designed with sensitivity to the island environment, provide peaceful and restful surroundings.

The three night workshop stay includes room, yoga sessions and all meals.

ImageThe hotel style lodging is temperature controlled and each has a private bath. Bedrooms are clustered around a large common deck with plenty of rocking chairs for journal writing, drawing, reading, daydreaming or napping.  There will be plenty of free time in between sessions for your choice of leisure activities on the beach, walking the dune and salt marsh trails, or dangling legs from the sound-side docks.  Double and single occupancy rooms are available.

To register please contact Molly Drake at Blue Saturation Yoga

phone: 919-619-8148  email: bluesaturation@gmail.com  

707 Bolin Creek Dr., Carrboro, NC 27510      

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