Chocolate Festival, N.C. Symphony also scheduled

1. Angels and Saints Gala

Annunciation Catholic School has scheduled its annual Angels and Saints Gala from 6 p.m. until midnight on Saturday at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

The theme for the event is “Fly me to the Moon” and it features a cocktail reception, sit-down dinner from Floyd’s 1921 of Morehead City, cash bar, music from CK Entertainment, live auction, silent auction and 50/50 raffle.

Tickets are $40 per person with proceeds going to support Annunciation Catholic School.

The event culminates Catholic Schools Week, which included an open house, a red, white and blue day, morning prayer at the flag pole, a career day and celebration of the school’s faculty, staff and volunteers.

Annunciation Catholic School is located at 246 East Main St., across from Havelock City Park.

For more information, call 447-3137, email or go online to

2, Chocolate Festival

The 15th annual Carolina Chocolate Festival is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City.

The event includes 10 main ticketed events and as well as the main festival at the civic center that includes demonstrations, tastings and bake-offs.

Proceeds benefit various nonprofit groups in Carteret County.

For more details on the associated events and the ticket prices for each, call 393-2011 or go online to

3. Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace opens its gates to the public for free on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors may tour the first floors of the governor’s palace, kitchen office, stable office, and Dixon and Stanly houses. Attendees can wander 16 acres of gardens, play historic games, make crafts and learn about historic jobs and their modern counterparts, all while completing an “apprenticeship” and choosing which historic trade or job they would like to practice.

Activities, crafts and historic buildings will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 639-3500 or go online to

4. Barbecue fundraiser

New Bern Elks Lodge No. 764 will be selling barbecue pork spare ribs, hot off the grill, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Piggly Wiggly on Simmons Street in New Bern.

Full slabs will be $16 each, while half slabs will be $8, with a choice of sauce to compliment the ribs.

Reservations are recommended and can be made online at, as well as by calling the Elks Lodge at 638-8116 and leaving a message. Reservations can also be made at both Piggly Wiggly Supermarkets in New Bern, Simmons Street and Tatum Drive. All reservations must be picked up by 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Proceeds will benefit the Elks veterans’ programs, including such events as support for the Veterans Stand Down, Wreaths Across America, the Purple Heart dinner, and the Blue Star Highway designation. A special focus of committee activities is assistance for the veterans residing at the State Veterans Home in Kinston, including parties during the year, support for the Veterans Day program, and gifts at Christmas.

5. N.C. Symphony

The North Carolina Symphony returns to New Bern on Saturday to present Dvořák Serenade for Strings. The concert will be at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 S. Front St., at 7:30 p.m.

The joyful Serenade for Strings echoes the happiness Dvořák was enjoying as a newlywed and new father. Enjoy the high-energy rhythms of Kilar’s nature-inspired Orawa and Jennifer Higdon’s jaunty To the Point, and hear the world premiere of a new work by the North Carolina Symphony’s own Terry Mizesko.

Admission is Section A, $51; Section B, $45; Section B Senior, $34; Section C, $36 and student, $11.

For more information, go online to