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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.

Donations needed

Until Monday, Aug. 21, donations of backpacks and school supplies are needed for a “Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway 2017” to be held from 3-6 p.m., Wed., Aug. 23, at Define Barbershop, 3525 S. Memorial Drive. Sponsors of the event are The M.A.I.N. Initiative, LLC, MasterMinds At Work, Inc., and Define Barbershop. Needed are backpacks that can be filled with school supplies for youth in grades kindergarten to eighth grade to select as they prepare for another year of academic success and personal development. In addition to backpacks, supplies needed include rulers, crayons, pencils, erasers, markers, three-ring binders, calculators, glue, ink pens, child-safe scissors, paper, pocket folders, notebooks and other appropriate items. Donations can be delivered at two locations: PCC’s Bookstore located in the Craig F. Goess Student Center, 169 Bulldog Run, Winterville, or Define Barbershop, 3525 S. Memorial Drive (Suite D) beside Atomic Laser Dome and across the street from Ruby Tuesday.

July 21

High school reunion

The J.H. Rose High School Class of 1982 will hold their 35th reunion Friday, July 21-Saturday, July 22. Friday night’s events will be from 7-10 p.m. at Winslow’s Deli, Tavern & Market, 120 W. 5th St., on the patio with light hors d’oeuvres. Saturday’s events will be from 7-11 p.m. at the Hilton Greenville, 207 S.W. Greenville Blvd. Activities will include a live band and dancing; a photo booth, and discussion of future events. Cost for both nights: $60 per person; for Saturday night only: $50 per person. To purchase a ticket, contact Susan Henderson at 252-714-2742.

Barks & Brews

The Uptown Brewing Company, 418 Evans Street, will participate in the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina’s “Barks & Brews” fundraising series from 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 21. Twenty-five per cent of purchases will be donated to the Humane Society to help homeless dogs and cats find their forever homes. Dogs are not permitted so please leave furry friends at home. For more information on the Barks & Brews series contact the Humane Society at 252-413-7247.

July 22

NPHS reunion

The North Pitt High School graduating class of 1977 will hold its 40th reunion on Saturday, July 22, at Premier Sports Academy, 4801 Reedy Branch Road, Winterville. Cost is $40 per person. Deadline to register is April 1. To receive more information contact Barbara Tune at 252-714-7251, Sallie Evans at 252-717-2943 or Wanda Wynne at 252-258-1131.

Hot Meals for Seniors - Two Locations

The Elderly Touch of Heart Hot Meal Program will provide a hot meal for senior citizens from 11 a.m.-noon, Saturday, July 22, at the Joy Soup Kitchen, 700 Albemarle Ave. At 2 p.m. a hot meal will be served for seniors in the Farmville area at Community Fellowship Ministries Inc., 4111 S. Main St., Farmville. The program is sponsored by the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and the Pitt County Council on Aging. For information call 252-814-4516.

Volunteers needed 

Volunteers with a sense of humor, strong bodies and a willing spirit are needed 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 22, for a Site Maintenance Day at the Historic Bath State Site, 207 Carteret St., Bath.THe much-needed tender loving care will help this treasure remain safe and attractive. Tasks will include the following: power washing, painting fences and buildings, mending fences, clearing out overgrown flower beds, grass cutting, edging and much more. Volunteers are not required to stay all day. Lunch will be provided. For more information call 252-923-3971. UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to the projected heat index for July 22.

Archaeology open house

An “archaeology open house” will be held 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, July 22, at the Eastern Carolina Village and Farm Museum, 4570 County Home Road. High school students from the ECU Summer Ventures program, directed by Dr. Charles Ewen, will explain the excavations they have conducted on the site in order to learn more about the County Home for the Aged and Infirm and its operations in the late 1800s and early 1900s. They will demonstrate excavation techniques and display artifacts that have been found. The museum is located next door to the Leroy James Farmers’ Market (previously known as the Pitt County Farmers’ Market) and is handicapped accessible. This event is free and museum volunteers will have some museum buildings open for tours.​​ For more information contact mathewsh2813@gmail.com.

Family health event

“It’s a Family Health Affair” will be held from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, July 22, at the Phillippi Missionary Baptist Church multipurpose building, 2665 W. Virginia St., Simpson. The fair is for the entire family and will offer health-related discussions for men, women and youth as well as screenings for blood pressure, weight, height, BMI and glucose. For more information contact Valarie Gatlin at 252-916-6409.

July 24

Christmas in July

Harvest Community Church Ministries will celebrate "Christmas in July," 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 25 at "The Biscuit and the Bean," 168 Beacon Drive, Winterville. Ten per cent of the net collections for those two days will be given to support children who have been abandoned, abused and neglected. For more information contact lindasdallas@aol.com.

July 25

Historical society meeting

The Winterville Historical and Arts Society will hold its quarterly membership meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 25, at the newly-renovated Winterville Depot, 217 Worthington Street, Winterville. Jesse Riggs, Winterville official historian, will give a “virtual tour” of Winterville in its first three decades of existence, using the 1925 Sanborn Map images of Winterville. The presentation will focus on places where our forefathers and mothers walked, worshiped, were educated and lived. Participants will also have an opportunity to share their own memories of the area. Refreshments will be served. The public is invited. For more information contact jcrelford@suddenlink.net.

July 26

Quarter auction

A quarter auction will be held at 6 p.m. on July 26 at the Pitt County Senior Center, 4551 County Home Road. Bring quarters, purchase a paddle for $5 and bid on items between 25 cents and $1. Proceeds will benefit Pitt County Senior Center transportation and Meals on Wheels. For more information call Susan at 802-274-4635 or Carrie at 252-752-1717 Ext. 13.

July 27

From Civil Rights to Human Rights

“From Civil Rights to Human Rights,” a community dialogue on topics including education, health care and police relations, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 E. Fourth St. The dialogue will be facilitated by Dr. David Dennard, former director of African and African American Studies.

July 28

Alumni reunion planning meeting

The Bethel Union High School Alumni 2017 Reunion Planning Committee will hold its next meeting at 10 a.m., Friday, July 28 at Sheppard Memorial Library, 530 Evans St. All alumni are asked to attend. For more information contact diannewilson118b@aol.com.

July 31

Registration deadline for Bethel Union H.S. Reunion

Bethel Union High School Alumni Reunion for the Classes of ‘47, ‘57, ‘63, ‘65 and ‘67 will be held Friday, Aug. 18- Sunday, Aug. 20. Highlights will include an Alumni Parade and Festivities from 9 a.m. noon on Saturday in the Bethel community and a reception and banquet from 6-9 p.m. Saturday evening at Yankee Hall Plantation, 2332 Yankee Hall Road. Registration is $50 per person; the deadline for registration is Monday, July 31. For more information contact Mildred Atkinson Council at 252-757-1037 or 252-917-1431 or councilwomancouncil@gmail.com.

Aug. 4

J.H. Rose reunion

The J.H. Rose High School Class of 1967 will celebrate its 50th reunion Aug. 4-5. A social at Winslow's Tavern will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 4. A social will be held at Brook Valley Country Club with heavy hors d'oeuvres and a DJ beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 5. The cost for Brook Valley is $60 per person and Winslow's Tavern will feature a cash bar. For more information please contact Malcolm Williams at greenvilletv@gmail.com.

Aug. 5

Rose Class of ‘92 Reunion 

The J.H. Rose class of 1992 will celebrate their 25th Reunion from 7-10 p.m., Saturday, August 5, at the ECU Heart Center,115 Heart Drive. Food and beverage will be provided. The cost is $30 per person or $50 per couple. Payment is due by July 28. For more information please contact Tressa Teel at Tre2574@yahoo.com or 443-418-4327; Chris Tutino at Chris.tutino@att.net; or Ty Walston at Walston.tyrone@gmail.com or 252-412-7351.

Down Home Southern Soul Blues Festival

The fourth annual outdoor festival starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, at the at the Pitt County Fairgrounds, 3910 MLK Jr. Blvd., and features regional and local gospel performers, nationally known southern soul blues, and legendary classic R&B acts. This is a family-friendly event that will appeal to all social backgrounds, ethnic groups, ages and incomes. Festival goers are allowed to bring beer and wine coolers only. Food and domestic vendors are welcome. Call 919-208-5877.

Military retirees

There will be a meeting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Golden Corral restaurant, 504 S.W. Greenville Blvd., for all interested military retirees in the area. The group meets the first Saturday of each month for breakfast around 8 a.m. and then discusses matters of interest to the attendees starting around 8:30 a.m. Contact Colonel Scott Barker at scott.barker@suddenlink.net.

Aug. 10

Foster parent information session

The Methodist Home for Children will host a foster parent information session from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 at St. James United Methodist Church, 2000 E. Sixth St., for anyone interested in learning more about fostering, therapeutic foster care or foster-to-adopt. To RSVP your attendance or to learn more, visit our website at www.mhfc.org, email fosterandadopt@mhfc.org or call 1-888-305-4321, ext. 6.

Aug. 13

Doggie Pool Party

Greenville’s annual Doggie Pool Party will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13 at the Community Pool, 2113 Myrtle Ave. Dogs and their owners are welcome to swim, catch some rays and make new friends. Entry in the doggie swimwear pageant is encouraged. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Greenville Off-Leash Dog Park. Dogs must be supervised by an adult. No more than one dog per adult. Call 252-329-4567.

Aug. 17

End-of-Summer extravaganza

The city’s End-of-Summer Outdoor Extravaganza is 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 at River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road. Spend quality time as a family experiencing the outdoors. Activities will include evening kayaking on the park’s ponds, fort and castle building, campfire hot-dogs and marshmallows, fishing and more.

Aug. 18-20 

Bethel Union H.S. Reunion

Bethel Union High School Alumni Reunion for the Classes of ‘47, ‘57, ‘63, ‘65 and ‘67 will be held Friday, Aug. 18- Sunday, Aug. 20. Highlights will include an Alumni Parade and Festivities from 9 a.m. noon on Saturday in the Bethel community and a reception and banquet from 6-9 p.m. Saturday evening at Yankee Hall Plantation, 2332 Yankee Hall Road. Registration is $50 per person; the deadline for registration is Monday, July 31. For more information contact Mildred Atkinson Council at 252-757-1037 or 252-917-1431 or councilwomancouncil@gmail.com.

Aug. 19

Carolina Kickoff

The Carolina Kickoff Concert with Blake Shelton will be Saturday, Aug. 19, at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The Grammy nominee and Country Music Association 2012 “Entertainer of the Year” will welcome East Carolina University students back to school and celebrate the coming football season.

Aug. 23

Cruising and Cruise Planning Course

Pamlico Sail & Power Squadron will offer a Cruising and Cruise Planning Course from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Aug. 23 at First Presbyterian Church, 211 W. Second St., Washington. Price is $45 for members, $50 for non-members (or $10 more respectively for couples sharing course materials). To register, contact PSPS Educational Officer, Linda Erickson, at pspsed@gmail.com or 964-3009. Deadline for registration is Aug. 14.

Backpack giveaway

A “Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway 2017” will be held from 3-6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Define Barbershop, 3525 S. Memorial Drive. Pitt Community College’s NEXT LEVEL Minority Male Success Initiative, The M.A.I.N. Initiative, LLC, MasterMinds At Work, Inc. and the barbershop are sponsoring the event. Haircuts will be provided for $5 to those 12 and under while children the age of 13 and older can be serviced at $7. Children will also have the opportunity to participate in numerous drawings for raffle prizes! For more details, contact Jasmin Spain at 252-493-7769, Steffen McGhee at 252-493-7831, or Define Barbershop at 252-702-0842.

Aug. 26

Vets family reunion

The annual 398th Vets Family Reunion will be held noon-5 p.m. Saturday, August 26, at the Barnes-Ebron-Taft Community Center in Greenfield Terrace, 120 Park Access Road. For more information call 916-3694 or 916-5867.

Back to School Bash

The Optimist Club of Greenville will hold a “Back to School Bash 5K/1K Fun Run” at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 26, at the Town Common, 100 E. First St. School supplies will be collected for local schools and funds generated will provide support for youth patients to be treated for cancer, youth and families housed at the Ronald McDonald House, assistance for children of veterans and educational scholarships for local youth. Register at https://www.runtheeast.com/races. Additional information is available at www.greenvilleoptimists.org or contact Pamela Franks at (252) 814-7794.

Aug. 27-28

Ayden Art Show entries

Artists from Eastern North Carolina are invited to enter their creations in the ninth Ayden Art Show in September. The increasingly popular event is a highlight of the annual Ayden Collard Festival. Categories include painting, photography, creative design, drawing, 3D and multi-media/mixed-media. Entry fees are $5 for one piece, $10 for two, and $15 for three pieces. Prizes will be awarded for First, Second, and Third places in each category, plus Best-in-Show and Viewers Choice. Youth entries are also accepted at no charge. Entries need to be submitted to the Ayden Community Building, 548 Second St., Ayden on Sunday, August 27, from 2-5 p.m.; and Monday, August 28, from 9 a.m. until noon and 4-8 p.m. Groups are welcome and should contact Sandy Styron at 252-746-8253 for days and hours. For more information visit Ayden Art Show on Facebook or the link at www.aydencollardfestival.com.

Aug. 31

International Overdose Awareness Day

The first annual Pitt County International Overdose Awareness Day will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Aug. 31 at H. Boyd Lee Park, 5184 Corey Road, Winterville. IOAD is a global event that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. The event’s mission is to provide education and resources to the community and fundraise for local outreach and recovery programs. Dr. Greg Murphy and Attorney General Josh Stein will speak. Educational resources, food, fellowship, and a memorial program with living wall will be available to all. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Dawn Wainwright for more information at dawncwainwright@gmail.com.

Sept. 7-10

Ayden Collard Festival

The Ayden Collard Festival will be held Thurs., Sept. 7- Sun., Sept. 10 in downtown Ayden. There will be an arts and crafts show, parade and pageant, along with a collard eating contest, carnival rides, food venues, and many more events! On Friday night the Fantasy Band will perform and on Saturday night the Band of Oz. So come out and enjoy a good time with family and friends! For more information please call 252-746-2266 or visit our website at www.aydencollardfestival.com.

Sept. 24

Riley’s Army will hold the 6th annual On the Run with Riley’s Army 5K Run/1K Fun Walk at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, at Winterville Recreation Park, adjacent to A.G. Cox Middle School. Opening ceremonies start at 2:30 p.m., the 1K Fun Run begins at 3 p.m. and the 5K begins at 3:15 p.m. Awards ceremonies begin at 4 p.m. Register before Sept. 2 to guarantee a new race shirt and personalized race bib. Prices before Sept. 2 are $25 for the 5K and $10 for the fun run. Registration is open online at www.runtheeast.com. Sponsorship opportunities, vendors for the event, door prize donations, and volunteers are needed. Please contact Kimber Stone at 919-608-8421 or Kimber@rileysarmy.com.

Oct. 14

Breast cancer benefit ride

Eastern Radiologists will host the 11th annual “Ride for the Ribbon” breast cancer benefit 100-mile motorcycle ride, starting at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Breast Imaging Center, 2101 W. Arlington Blvd. While the riders cruise the east, there will be a firetruck pull at 11:15 a.m., concessions, a live radio remote with WRNS, a DJ, raffle prizes, baked goods, food and a 50/50 drawing. The event is open to the public. Participants who register for the ride by Sept. 15 will receive a free event pin. For more information contact Addie Best, abest@easternrad.com or visit www.facebook.com/rideforthecurenc and www.ridefortheribbonnc.com.

Nov. 18

Alzheimer’s awareness

An Alzheimer’s resource fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the Ayden Arts & Recreation Community Center, 4354 Lee St., Ayden. Health screening and information about Alzheimer’s will be available. The stage play “Oldtimers: The Musical” will also be shown at noon and 7 p.m. To become a sponsor, call 919-333-4650.

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.