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.


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.


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!


Celebrating Charity & Chocolate Together!

Trinity Center loves supporting our community here on the Crystal Coast and just could not let this one go by without passing along the upcoming 11th Annual Carolina Chocolate Festival celebration to you! All proceeds will go to local charities who have helped organize it.
We hope to see you there!
Chocolate festival date
Click HERE for advanced tickets!
Celebrating Charity and Chocolate for Two Months !!
The Chocolate Festival was created by the late John Green, who envisioned non-profit groups working together, hand-in-hand, to organize an event as partners, and in turn reap the benefits. Proceeds from the 2013 Festival will support Carteret County Domestic Violence, Carteret County 4H, White Oak Church Youth Ministries, the Beaufort Woman’s Club, Beaufort Sister Cities, Carteret General Hospital Volunteers, and Second Blessings Community Outreach Ministry. During the last ten years over $350,000 has been given to designated charities. “Thanks to the chocolate lovers who attend our Festival and other events, we are able to support the Carteret County charities who work hard all year long to help us present a quality event.” commented Judy Hailey, Executive Director
The “Main” Chocolate Festival features chocolatier vendors from North Carolina and as far away as Tennessee and Virginia, the festival provides lovers of mankind’s best-loved dessert – chocolate! From chocolate diamonds and pearls, chocolate cakes and tortes to chocolate bars, truffles, fudge and sugar free chocolates, chocolate popcorn and ice cream, and even chocolate cookbooks and chocolate wine- the event offers more than a sampling of everything chocolate. Other festival activities include the “Chocolate Pudding Contest” that goes on continually throughout the event, a “Cake Walk” showcasing the Chocolate Cupcakes and Cakes made available for purchase to all. The festival is scheduled from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 2nd and from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.3rd at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. Tickets are $8.00 for Adults, $2.00 for kids 5-12; children under 5 are admitted free. Active Duty Military personnel will be given free admission on Sunday with military I.D.
As the 11th Annual Carolina Chocolate Festival grows, chocolate will be celebrated for two months instead of two days! “Why just celebrate chocolate for two days? There is so much too celebrate, so we’ve added Chocolate events in January and February!” exclaimed Marlene Green, who’s husband started this event 11 years ago in Morehead City, North Carolina at the Crystal Coast Civic Center.
New for 2013 there will be, several events celebrated in January to precede the Festival on February 2-3. The new addition of events are MexiCococo on January 19, Choco Sunday Brunch on January 27 along with a Chocolate 5k Run in the early morning hours on February 2 to open the Festival !
The Carolina Chocolate Festival will be providing a $1000 scholarship to a deserving high school senior in Carteret County with plans to attend the Carteret Community College. The scholarship is based on financial, academic need. The winner will be announced on Saturday, February 2nd during the Festival.
So get your tickets NOW to delight in the magic of CHOCOLATE !