PBS North Carolina’s Rootle Roadster Tour visits Museum of the Albemarle

By on May 14, 2024

 In Partnership with Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families and Local Groups

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – Museum of the Albemarle is pleased to announce PBS North Carolina’s Rootle Roadster Tour, which offers free playful learning experiences in a fun atmosphere, will visit Elizabeth City during the North Carolina Potato Festival.  The event will kick off on Friday evening, May 17, 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., for families with exceptional children that will require registration through Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 19 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Now in its second year, the Rootle Roadster Tour provides a fun, inclusive and engaging space for all children and families.  Attendees are invited to play and learn together through free hands-on activities, games, demonstrations with community partners, education resources, takeaways, and more.

Rootle, PBS North Carolina’s 24/7 PBS KIDS channel, is a trusted educational partner to families, caregivers, and educators across the state. In addition to sharing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), literacy, physical, social-emotional, and sensory activities, the Rootle Roadster Tour aims to build awareness of community resources and services from local partners who serve young learners.

“PBS North Carolina’s Rootle Channel brings learning to life in homes and schools across North Carolina. This learning is taking flight with the Rootle Roadster Tour,” says Lauren McDowell, PBS North Carolina’s Director of Children’s Media and Education Engagement. “Our Rootle team has the great honor of extending this learning to communities through each stop on the tour. And thanks to our community partners, we’re able to provide an inclusive day of exploration, learning and family resources.”

Rootle Ambassadors, committed community leaders working to reach early learners and support families with PBS KIDS–inspired engagement, will also be present.

“By bringing the Rootle Roadster to their home community, they can also meet their Rootle Ambassador, who are so knowledgeable about their community’s unique needs.” says Dr. Melissa Rihm Thibault, PBS North Carolina’s Chief Education and Innovation Officer. “The connections that children, parents and caregivers make at Rootle Roadster Tour stops are lasting.”

“The Roadster Tour, known for its commitment to fostering family bonds and creating unforgettable adventures, teams up with esteemed community organizations to enhance the overall experience for families throughout the state. These collaborations aim to bring together the best of both worlds – the Rootle PBS KIDS dynamic events and local community organizations’ dedication to enriching family life.” – Jewel Ausby Lowe, PBS North Carolina’s Rootle Roadster Tour Event Manager.

The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252) 335-1453. www.museumofthealbemarle.com. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties, the museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums within the N.C.

Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural, and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncdcr.gov.   



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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