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Community Calendar: Full listing of community events


Steve Hill takes a selfie with a "Moody Crewe" member, far right, and four members of the Loose Cannon Company, during Piratefest on April 9, 2016. (Joe Pellegrino/The Daily Reflector)


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Community events coming up in the Greenville area are listed by date. Email your event to community@reflector.com if you don’t see it here.

Blanket drive

The Restoring the Hoop Blanket Drive is accepting new and gently used blankets and winter coats. Restoring the Hoop is a Pitt County-based nonprofit organization that helps Native American communities, starting with Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Drop-off locations are Quality Collision Repair East, 4792 N.C. 33; Quality Collision Repair, 4758 Reedy Branch Road; Gamboa Family Dentistry, 2207 Evans Street; and Uniforms PRN, 615 Washington Square Mall, Washington. Call 916-6546 for more information.

Coat drive

ECU social work students are sponsoring a coat drive for the youth of Ayden from Nov. 1-22. Donations of youth coats of all sizes are needed. Drop off locations are the Ayden Police Department; Ayden Town Hall; Ayden United Methodist Church, 460 E. Third St., Ayden; BB&T Bank of Ayden, 121 W. Third St., Ayden; Southern Bank of Ayden, 236 W. Third St., Ayden; and PNC Bank of Ayden, 233 W. Third St., Ayden. For more information email whiteab15@students.ecu.edu.

Parade entries

“Hometown Bethel” is accepting entries for the Bethel Christmas Parade to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Floats, church/school groups, cars, tractors and walking groups are all invited to enter. Cost is free. Appications are available at Bethel Town Hall, at hometownbethel.com or on Facebook. Contact 717-0032 for more information.

Toy Takeaway

The fourth annual Great Toy Takeaway will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 16 at the N.C. National Guard Armory, 1401 N. Memorial Drive. New and gently used toys are being collected through Dec. 14 for the distribution. Collection sites include Eastern Plumbing, 4756 N.C. 43; Sound Feet, 425 S.E. Greenville Blvd.; Fire Tower Secure Storage, 521 W. Fire Tower Road, Winterville; and All State Insurance, 620 Red Banks Road. For more information, email toytakeaway@gmail.com.

Poet laureate search

The Pamlico Writers Group of Washington, N.C., is accepting applications from accomplished poets for its first-ever search for a Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate to represent Eastern North Carolina. Deadline for applications is no later than Friday, Dec. 15. For more information about the Pamlico Writers’ Group and the application process for the poet laureate position, visit pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/.

Seniors Trip

Winterville Senior Citizens Club is planning a trip on September 5-8, 2018, to Washington, D.C. The trip will include a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a tour of Washington at night by motor coach, visits to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Frederick Douglas National Historic Site and shopping at Potomac Mills. Cost per person is $350. Space is limited. Interested persons should send a $25 deposit to Winterville Senior Citizens Club, c/o Beatrice Henderson, P.O. Box 432 Winterville, NC 28590, to reserve a seat.

Nov. 23

Thanksgiving dinner

The Little Willie Center will host a free Thanksgiving dinner from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, at the Mt. Hermon Masonic Lodge, 1109 W. Fifth St. Anyone is invited to the meal. Anyone interested in volunteering or making a donation should contact Renee Arrington at 531-8764 or Melissa Arrington at 717-8745.

Thanksgiving service, dinner

A Thanksgiving worship service followed by dinner will be held at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day at Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church, 1095 Allen Road. For more information call 752-4156.

Nov. 25

Farmville arts gala

Farmville Community Arts Council will celebrate its 40th anniversary gala from 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at Benjamin May Lew Historic House, 5130 U.S. 121, Farmville. This event will feature hors d’oeuvres, drinks, a silent auction and entertainment. Tickets are $40 for members, $50 for others. Visit farmvillearts.org or call 753-3832.

Eastern Carolina Caravan

The Aggie Athletic Foundation and the Office of Alumni Relations of N.C. A&T State University will host the “Eastern Carolina Caravan” from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Hilton Greenville in the Carolina Ballroom, 207 S.W. Greenville Blvd. To RSVP, call 336-285-3063 or email asmith24@ncat.edu by Nov. 23.

Nov. 27

Festival of Trees

The Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina will host the annual Festival of Trees from Nov. 27-Dec. 22 at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd. Free. “The Christmas in Carolina Celebration.” a ticketed event, will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 1. It will include food and a live and silent auction. Email brendafamilysupport@gmail.com. Proceeds will benefit Family Support Network’s programs for families of children with special health care needs, premature births and chronic illness. Visit fsenc.org or call 847-5120.

Hospice open house

In celebration of National Home Care and Hospice Month, the Service League of Greenville will host an Inpatient Hospice Open House from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at 920 Wellness Drive. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the eight-bed hospice house facility, meet the highly qualified and dedicated hospice staff and speak with the medical director, Dr. Tae Lee. There will be a drawing for a gift from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, a special visit from Santa and light refreshments.

Financial literacy

“Your Own Home,” is the topic of a free class to be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday in Room B of Sheppard Memorial Library, 530 Evans St. The class is the next one in the Financial Literacy Series based on the FDIC Money Smart Program. Participants will receive information about the pros and cons of renting versus owning a home, the home-buying process and how to financially protect one’s home. Contact Sylvia D. Brown at 329-4509 or sbrown@greenvillenc.gov.

Nov. 30

Senior Council

The Farmville Senior Council will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, in the Farmville Community Outreach Kitchen at 3492 S. Walnut St. Seniors 60 years of age and over are welcome to attend. For more information, call Cathy at (252) 714- 5930.

Dec. 2

Grief support

Oakmont Baptist Church, 1100 Red Banks Road, will host GriefShare’s “Surviving the Holidays” form 10 a.m.-noon Sat. Dec. 2. The workshop is designed for people who are grieving the death of a loved one. Registration fee is $5, which includes a workbook. To register, call 756-1245 or visit griefshare.org.

Dec. 3

Vinyl show

The Greenville Vinyl Record Show will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Greenville Masonic Lodge, 1104 Charles St. Admission is free. Christmas CDs and vinyl records, as well as many others and collectibles, will be available to buy, sell and trade. Call David Brown at 565-8313 for more information.

Dec. 4

Donations needed

McGee Chiropractic is collecting donations for The Little Willie Center of Greenville. Please drop off contributions before Dec. 14 at McGee Chiropractic located at 1330 East Arlington Blvd. A “Wish List” of desired items can be found on the McGee Chiropractic Facebook page. For more information, please call Patti McGee at 355-5353.

Diabetes support

“Holiday Living & Diabetes” will be the topic of the Vidant Diabetes Support Group meeting from 6-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4 at the Edwin W. Monroe Conference Center, 2000 Venture Tower Drive. The meeting is free for anyone in the community living with diabetes or pre-diabetes and their support person. Host of the meeting will be Susan Houston, Nurse-Diabetes Educator. For more information contact her at 847-1436, or by email at Susan.houston@vidanthealth.com.

Dec. 6

Aggie Night

“Aggie Night” will be celebrated at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd. Aggie Night is an informal gathering designed to address questions about N.C. A&T State University’s application process, academic majors, financial assistance, academic scholarships, student life and other topics. The Pitt County Alumni Chapter of N.C. A&T will be there providing support. To confirm attendance visit www.undergraduateadmissions.ncat.edu. For more information call 336-334-7946. 

Dec. 7

Wreath workshops

Master Gardener Volunteers will lead two wreath-making workshops from 10 a.m.-noon and from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Ag Center, 403 Government Circle. A $10 fee will cover all supplies to create each participant’s own wreath using fresh greenery from the Pitt County Arboretum. Call 902-1709 to sign up and arrange payment. Class size is limited. Advance registration is needed so supplies can be purchased. Participants should bring small clippers. 

Dec. 9

Swan Days Festival

The Swan Days Festival will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 9, at Lake Mattamuskeet in Hyde County. There will be guided migratory bird tours and living history of the Civilian Conservation Corps Company 424, Swan Quarter and Mattamuskeet Camps. There will be a live raptor demonstration by Steve Hoddy of EarthQuest and live exotic bird exhibits by Sylvan Heights. The day will also include Lake Mattamuskeet and Native American history, craft and food vendors and much more. For more information call 252-926-4021 or visit http://www.swandays.com.

Dec. 12

Retired faculty

The ECU Retired Faculty Association will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 in the ECU Physicians Family Medicine Center, Second Floor Classroom, 101 Heart Drive. Don Edwards, the owner of University Book Exchange (UBE) and a longtime civic leader in Greenville, will present “Future Directions for Greenville.” The presentation is free and open to the public.

Dec. 13


The Association of Mexicans in North Carolina Inc. and the Eastern North Carolina Latin American Coalition Inc. are holding the sixth annual AMEXCAN Community Leadership Awards “Celebrating our Community’s Commitment and Excellence” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Pitt Community College Craig F. Goess Student Center, 1986 Pitt Tech Road, Winterville. AMEXCAN relies on support from community members, community partners, and volunteers to provide services and support for the community. The dedication and service provided by these partners is invaluable. The award ceremony is held to acknowledge and honor those who have given their support. The event is open to the public. Call 258-9967 or email juvenciorp@amexcannc.org for information.