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Come and learn about the progress the Aurora Leadership Council has made since its inception. 
Snowden's Open House, dinner will be served at 5 PM
Many thanks to St. Peters Baptist Church Ministry for serving dinner for all families in attendance. Dinner will begin at 5 PM. We are so appreciative of St. Peters and all they do throughout our community!

Snowden Needs Items to Create Teachers' Lounge
Snowden is looking for the following items to create a Teachers' Lounge in the Middle School Building. There is only 1 lounge currently and it is located in the elementary building.
  • 2 refrigerators
  • 2 microwaves
  • 2 Keurig coffee machines
If you have any of these items that you are no longer using, please reach out to Snowden Elementary, 252-322-5351 and ask for Dr. Horton. 

Budweiser Clydesdales Tour of 2022
The majestic Budweiser Clydesdales will be in Washington, August 31 from 5 PM -7 PM. They can be seen at 8 locations in downtown Washington as they parade through the street. 

Did you know....
The horses that get the honor of pulling the Budweiser wagon must meet a list of strict requirements. All horses that pull the wagon are male and at least 4 years old. Horses must stand at least 18 hands high (6 feet tall). The selected Clydesdales must weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds. Also, the performance horses must have four white, tall socks on their legs, a bay coat, a white blaze, and black manes and tails. Clydesdale horseshoes measure more than 20 inches from end to end and weigh about five pounds – more than twice as long and five times as heavy as the shoe worn by a light horse.

When they leave their birth farm, the Clydesdales join the other mature horses at the companies farm in New Hampshire where they go through training. There are three teams and a total of 30 horses that tour the country each year.

Ten horses, the famous red, white, and gold beer wagon and other essential pieces of equipment are transported in three 50-foot tractor-trailers. Air cushioned suspension and thick rubber flooring in the trailers ease the rigors of travelling. And the team stops each night at local stables so the gentle giants can rest.

Each harness is handcrafted with solid brass, patent leather, and stitched with pure linen thread. The harness is made to fit any Clydesdale; however, collars come in various sizes and must be individually fitted to the Clydesdales like a finely tailored suit. Each harness and collar weigh approximately 130 pounds.

The Budweiser Clydesdales are so famous, they are synonymous with the brand. Each year, the Clydesdales make it to 200 events with a total of 900 appearances.

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Aurora and Richland Township Night Out, Saturday, September 10,  6:00 PM -9:00 PM

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Revival Services, September 12-14, 7:00 PM
White Hill OFWB Church

2022 Annual Community Revitalization Update
Thursday October 13, 6:30 PM -8:00 PM

Mark your calendar! Come and learn about the progress the Aurora Leadership Council has made since its inception targeting the vitalization of our community. Click here for more info

Renowned Expert on Eastern NC History to speak at the Aurora/Richland Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Arwin D. Smallwood, PhD,  is the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at NC Agriculture and Technical State Univ. He will be speaking about the history of the people of Eastern NC on Oct. 22nd 12: 00 - 1:30 at the Aurora Chamber Building.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Free of charge.

Christmas in Aurora Raffle

What a great time everyone had last year at the inaugural lighting of the town water tower that served as the frame for the community Christmas Tree! Our community came together to raise $6,000 for the Christmas landmark. We had a great turnout for the event. Luminaries lit the way to The Venue after the lighting of the tree ceremony. On the short walk to The Venue folks could take in the feeling of Christmas. Participants gazed upon Christmas lights, the Christmas murals painted by Snowden students on Aurora Fossil Museum windows and Miss Lib’s Christmas store front display.
S’mores were made by young and old alike outside The Venue. S’mores are always a big hit for all ages! Inside The Venue was decorated festively for the season.  Christmas music played while folks enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies. I believe Santa even made an appearance!
Once again, we are in the planning stages for a bigger and better event. This year the event will be held December   (date)    beginning at  (time)    o’clock. Last year we relied on the generosity of the community, and did our community ever come through! We are so appreciative of our thoughtful community!

This raffle offers many prize options so you can “Pick your Prize” when purchasing a ticket/s.
Pick your Prize
  1. Woman’s Facial
  2. $100 Visa Gift Card
  3. Framed Jesus Cross Stitch
  4. Men’s Facial
  5. Cake and Candy Tray
  6. Framed Reproduction Painting
  7. Massage
Prize 1
Woman’s facial donated by Expressions-Facial & Hair Design, Annette Popperwill Chelsea Square, Trent Road, New Bern
Prize 2
$100 Visa Gift Card donated by local business A- Wall Marine Construction.  Pier, dock, bulkhead or boat lift, A-Wall can do it all! Call 252-560-0934 for all your needs or upgrades.
Prize 3
Jesus adorned with the Crown of Thorns was meticulously stitched and donated by local Sabra Smith.  The piece of work measures 14” x 17”. Counted cross stitch is a form of counted-thread embroidery in which X shaped stitches are made to form a picture. Many hours were spent stitching this intricate picture.
Prize 4
Donated by Beards and Shears on the Waterfront in Washington operated by Chris Stafford. Beards and Shears caters to customers’ needs. Mr. Stafford takes pride in using top-quality blades, shaving products, hair products and beard products with premium ingredients. He specializes in men’s and children’s haircuts, men’s beards and hot lather straight razor shaves. Support a veteran owned business. Call 252-833-0046 for an appointment.
Prize 5
Cake and candy tray, donated by local confectionery Denise Lewis Vilches of Kindred Spirits Creations. Denise creates candy trays at Christmas time, Easter and Valentine treats for those occasions and makes cakes and cupcakes throughout the year. Check out her Facebook page of Kindred Spirits Creations. Beautiful cakes! And she made the 10-year anniversary cake for Aurora Community Watch! Call 252-414-2109 or email to discuss your needs.
Prize 6
Giclee framed reproduction named The Clam Digger created by local artisan Nancy Cameron Hubbard.  A waterman works the area searching for clams. Our welcoming sign for Aurora, Where Beaufort County’s Day Breaks, on Highway 33 received a much-needed facelift from Nancy. First impressions are lasting impressions! Thank you, Nancy!
Prize 7
One hour massage donated by Kinetic Physical Therapy and Wellness, Arlington Boulevard, Greenville. Call 252-364-2806 for an appointment.
Drawing to be held October 22, 2022          Tickets: $5 each or 5 for $20
Tickets can be purchased from the Chamber of Commerce, host of the event, or Committee members listed below or respond to this email. We are so appreciative of the merchants above for their thoughtful donations!
Committee members: Denise Bonner, Nancy Cameron-Hubbard, Joy Dunn, Anna Jones, Barbara Jones, Laura Jordan, and Jennifer Ryan 
Thank you for your support!!

Before and After Pictures of the Town Sign
Many thanks to Nancy Cameron Hubbard for her artistic talent and attention to detail. Our town sign, located on Highway 33 as you enter town, has been taken back to its original glory. The bricks also received a good washing!  Nancy said she had a many honks of approval as she was working on the sign. Thank you, Nancy for the great transformation!!

Whiting Toler originally painted the scenes. Whiting Toler is a native of Washington and taught art as a high school/junior high school. He retired from teaching and continued as a freelance artist. Some of his work can also be found at the Aurora Fossil Museum. Whiting also did art work for PotashCorp-Aurora, now known as Nutrien.  

Before Front

After Front

Before Back

After Back

White Cat Found
A neutered white cat has been found. If you think he is yours, please respond to this email. Flyers have been placed around town. Beaufort County Animal Control. has been notified. 

August 25, Thursday
10:00 AM - Noon Food Distribution, New Growth Unlimited, Peedtown Road
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Snowden's Open House, Dinner Served at 5:00 PM
6:30 PM Aurora Community Watch

Wednesday, August 31
Deadline for Hometown Heroes, Round 2

September 10, Saturday, 5 PM - 9 PM
Aurora Night Out

Sponsored by Aurora Community Watch

September 12, Monday
7:00  PM Revival Services @ White Hill OFWB Church
Guest Pastor Mike Scott

September 13, Tuesday
6:30 PM ALC Real Estate Development Committee
7:00  PM Revival Services @ White Hill OFWB Church
Guest Pastor Mike Williams

September 14, Wednesday
7:00  PM Revival Services @ White Hill OFWB Church
Guest Pastor Earl Sadler

Thursday, September 15
5:00 PM -7:00 PM Mix and Mingle@ The Gardens of Pamlico

September 17, Saturday
10:00 AM -2:00 PM FREE Community Health Fair, Snowden

October 13, Thursday
6:00 PM ALC Community Annual Update/Awards, open to all committees and to the public

October 22-23, Saturday and Sunday
Aurora Fish and Farm Festival Community 
Oct., 22 Noon -1:30 PM 

Dr. Arwin Smallwood, Aurora/Richlands Township Chamber of Commerce
Guest Speaker

October 25, Tuesday
6:30 PM Civic Organization Committee

November 8, Tuesday
3:30 PM Education Development Committee

November 20, Sunday
1:30 ALC Faith-based Committee

November 29, Tuesday
6:30 PM ALC Economic Development Committee

December 3, Saturday
Richland Seniors Christmas Party

December 13, Tuesday
6:30 PM Government Relations Committee

If you know of other active Facebook links for our community, please respond with the link.

ABC's of Birding- Aurora

Aurora Body Shop

Aurora Community Watch

Aurora Fossil Museum

Aurora High School Classmates Memorial- Aurora, NC

Aurora Industrial Supplies, Inc.,

Aurora Lion's Club

Aurora Volunteer Fire Department

Aurora Volunteer Fire Department Weather Link

Aurora Woman's Club

Blue Crab Boutique

Bright Futures Beaufort County

Carryout by Chrislyn

Frank & Shirley's Restaurant

Hazel W. Guilford Library

Paws and Love

People for a Better Aurora/Richland Township

Potter Oil and Tire Company

River House and Home Company

Snowden Elementary School

Southside High School

St. Peter Baptist Church Ministries

Thompson Hardware Store

Town of Aurora, NC

The Venue at the Chamber

Wayside Restaurant

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