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Community Calendar: Full listing of community events

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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)

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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.

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.

Coat drive

Brother’s Keeper, a volunteer-based organization whose mission is to help the homeless in eastern North Carolina, is sponsoring a Winter 2017 Coat Drive. Visit Brother’s Keeper at facebook.com/brotherskeepernc for drop-off locations and other information.

Festival of Trees

The Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina will host the annual Festival of Trees through Dec. 22 at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd. Free. Visit fsnenc.org or call 847-5120.

Community helpers

The Community Outreach Soup Kitchen of Farmville needs Christmas “elves” to help Santa for the 15th consecutive year. Gifts for children and adults, wrapped and tagged and identified by gender, and canned and boxed goods for the kitchen are also needed. Donating to the Soup Kitchen is an ideal project for individuals or church/civic groups. For more information about donating or volunteering, contact Janet Heath at 753-5512 or 817-4563 (evenings); for other information contact Cathy Holmes at 714-5930 or Emmanuel Episcopal Church at 753-3737.

Wrapping fundraiser

The Humane Society of Eastern Carolina is offering a gift-wrapping station from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. from now until Dec. 24 at the Greenville Mall, 714 S.E. Greenville Blvd, outside the entrance of the women’s Belk store. For a fee, volunteers will wrap gifts for shoppers. Anyone who has already shopped can bring gifts from home that need to be wrapped. Proceeds go to the HSEC. Volunteers are needed to work at the stations. Contact Sara Sherril, volunteer coordinator at HSECVolunteer@gmail.com.

Dec. 15

Winter Wonderland

Vidant Wellness Center-Greenville will host its second annual Winter Wonderland event from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. This outdoor, fun-filled family event features wellness activities and various games and prizes for all ages. This year’s event also includes rides on Thomas the Train, Zumba with characters from the movie Frozen and photos with Santa. Help us bring cheer to other boys and girls this season by donating a gift to the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern N.C. Advance registration required; tickets are $15 per child, adults free. Get your tickets today by stopping by the Center’s front desk or purchase them online at Vidanthealth.com/WellnessCenterEvents.

Big band concert

Emerald City Big Band will perform its annual Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at St. James United Methodist Church Christian Life Ministries Center, 2000 E. Sixth St. The band’s musicians will present a program of holiday instrumental favorites. Vocalists Emery Davis, RaSheeda Waddell, and Ed Wheatley will sing. Christmas cookies, coffee and tea will be provided free during intermission. Admission is free for students and youth and $10 for adults, payable at the door.

Pops concert

The Community Pops Singers will present “Pops Sings Songs of Merry Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 at John Paul II Catholic High School, 2725 E. 14th St. Highlights feature “Mary, Did You Know?,” “Hey Mister Santa,” “Feliz Navidad,” “Christmas Time is Here” among other favorites. The concert is free and open to everyone who enjoys an enthusiastic chorale presentation. For more information call Kathy Sprau at 355.2712.

Dec. 16

Toy Takeaway

The Fourth Annual Great Toy Takeaway for kids in need will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Dec. 16 at the N.C. National Guard Armory, 1401 N. Memorial Drive. Anyone wishing to pick up a toy can show up. No registration is required. For more information, email toytakeaway@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/ToyTakeAway

Winterville seniors

The Winterville Senior Citizen Club will have their Christmas Luncheon and Queen Contest at noon on Dec. 16 in the Community Room, 2693 Railroad St., Winterville. The guest speaker will be Pastor Rodney Coles from Community Outreach Network. The theme of the meeting will be “Older and Loving It.” There will be singing and fellowship with other seniors and door prizes for everyone. Anyone planning to attend should call 355-2572.

Dec. 17

A Fish Fry will be held from 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 at York Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, 201 Tyson St. Plates are $8, fish sandwiches $3 and soda $1. Get tickets or pay at the door. The event is sponsored by The Women’s Home & Overseas Missionary Society. For more information contact the church at 758-6077.

Dec. 19

W.H. Robinson Elementary School will hold a fundraiser at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3040 Evans St., from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19. The event will feature the W.H. Robinson Chorus, student artwork, The Night Before Christmas Pajama Storytime and a school spirit pizza party. A percentage of all purchases made with W.H. Robinson’s bookfair voucher will be donated to the school. Vouchers are available at W.H. Robinson Elementary. For more information contact Jessica Lawrence at 321-8125.

Dec. 23

Christmas Dinner

The Joy Soup Kitchen, 700 Albemarle Ave., will serve a Christmas Dinner from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23. The menu will feature ham, turkey, macaroni and cheese, rice, vegetables, desserts, tea and punch. Cooked donations should be brought in up to Dec. 22. Also needed are supplies, such as 12-ounce cups, take-out trays, napkins and paper towels. Donations of these and other uncooked items should be brought in by Dec. 20. The Joy Soup Kitchen is grateful for the generosity of the community. Call Barbara Taft at 561-7519 for more details.

Christmas Party

South Ayden School Alumni Association will hold its annual Christmas Party from 8 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, Dec. 23 at the Ayden Community Building, 548 Second St. The event will feature door prizes, refreshments, dancing and a 50/50 raffle with music by J-Dot. Admission is $10. Proceeds go toward scholarship fund. Call 746-4899 or 746-5141 for tickets or more information.

Dec. 28

Caucus meeting

The Pitt County Democratic African American Caucus will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28 at Carver Branch Library, 618 W. 14th Ave. For more information contact PittCOntyDems@gmail.com or visit Facebook.com/PittDems.

2018

Jan. 3

GriefShare, a special support ministry for those grieving the death of someone close, will start meeting weekly Wednesday, Jan. 3. Each Wednesday there will be sessions from 10 a.m.-noon or from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Unity Free Will Baptist Church, 4301 Charles Blvd. For more information call the church office at 756-6485.

Jan. 4

Child advocacy

The TEDI BEAR Children’s Advocacy Center at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine will offer a free “Stewards of Children” class on child sexual abuse prevention, recognition and response. Classes will be offered once a month, with the first one meeting from 2-4:30 p..m. Thursday, Jan. 4. To register for this session visit ecu.edu/tedibear and click on Events, email glossonk15@ecu.edu or call 744-8334. Dates and times of other sessions are available on the website.

Jan. 8

“Being Active with Diabetes” will be the topic of the Greenville Diabetes Support Group from 6-7 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Monroe Conference Center, 2000 Venture Tower Drive. The group offers free diabetes support for anyone interested in learning more about managing their diabetes. Refreshments will be provided to help attendees understand the importance of carbohydrates and their diabetes plan. The host will be Susan Houston, R.N., Certified Diabetes Educator. Contact her at 847-1436 or susan.houston@vidanthealth.com. 

Religions course

The ECU Religious Studies Program will offer the course “World Religions 101” free to the public. The series will run from 4-5:30 p.m. each Monday, starting January 8. To register contact Dr. Mary Nyangweso at wangilam@ecu.edu or 737-2422. Visit www.ecue.edu/religionprogram/to learn more about the ECU Religious Studies Program.

Jan. 24 

Recreation funds

The Board of County Commissioners has allocated funds to support agencies and organizations that coordinate recreation activities throughout Pitt County. The funds are designated to support and enhance the delivery of quality recreation programs that are open to all citizens. Applications are available in the Community Schools and Recreation Center, 4561 County Home Road, or on the Pitt County webiste at www.pittcountync.gove/RPMF. All applications are due in the Community Schools and Recreation office no later than 5 p.m. January 24.

Jan. 25

Farmville seniors

The Farmville Senior Council will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Outreach Soup Kitchen, 3942 S. Walnut St., Farmville. Seniors 60 and over are welcome to attend. Topics of discussion will be monthly trips via the Council’s van and other ideas concerning seniors. There will be no meeting in December. For more information call Cathy at 714-5930.

Jan. 27

Foodscape talk

Brie Arthur, correspondent on the PBS show “Growing a Greener World,” will speak on “The Foodscape Revolution: Ecology and Sustainable Management” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Pitt County Agricultural Center Auditorium, 403 Government Circle. Tickets available at Pitt County Extension Office or Wild Birds Unlimited. Call 902-1709 for more information.

Feb. 5

Waist removal

The City of Greenville’s Aquatics and Fitness Center, 921 Staton Road, is looking for participants for its Waist Removal program that will run for six weeks from Feb. 5-March 16, 2018. This exercise incentive program is open to persons interested in starting a workout program or those wanting to jump start their existing workouts. Participants will work out a minium of three times per week. Two one-hour weekly sessions will be with a fitness trainer. Space is limited. For more information and to sign up, call 329-4041.

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