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Monday, September 4, 2017

Aging forum

A question-and-answer forum for older adults will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the The Greenville Senior Wellness Center, 4551 County Home Road. The forum will provide information about all the services for older adults offered by the Pitt County Council on Aging. For more information, call 252-752-1717 ext. 10 or visit www.pittcoa.com.

Bird club

The Greenville-River Park North Bird Club will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5, in the nature center at River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road. Captain Peter Boettger with "Machapunga Ecotours" will be the guest speaker. Boettger is a retired physician’s assistant and owner of Machapunga Ecotours. His goal is to educate people about the ecology of estuaries in a fun, interactive and hands-on way, while promoting the Pungo River/Pamlico Sound region in a sustainable manner. All bird club meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Howard Vainright 252-752-3203 or email asnakeman@hotmail.com.

Writing courses

Pitt Community College will offer a Creative Writing Seminar from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays from Sept.7-Nov. 30 in Room 304 of the Greenville Center, 3107 S. Memorial Drive. This course, for experienced as well as inexperienced writers, will focus on creativity, writing technique and critique. Fee is $69. The Family Stories Workshop will meet from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Mondays from Sept. 11-Nov. 27 at the Council on Aging, 4551 County Home Road. This course focuses on writing and preserving personal and family stories for future generations and all are welcome. Fee for the course is $79. Both courses will run 36 hours and be taught by author Patsy Baker O’Leary. Students may register at the PCC Greenville Center or online. For more information, call 756-7225 or 493-7317.

Ayden Collard Festival

The Ayden Collard Festival will be held Thursday, Sept. 7, through Sunday, 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. For more information, call 252-746-2266 or visit www.aydencollardfestival.com.

Dinner Gala

The Blind Center will have its fourth annual Dr. Dennis A. O’Neal Memorial Dining in the Dark Dinner Gala at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at The Washington Yacht and Country Club, 7155 River Road, Washington, N.C. The event includes dinner, silent and live auctions and a cash bar. Tickets are $50 each and are available at The Blind Center, 221 N. Harvey St., Washington, N.C., or in Greenville at Monza’s Xtra Special Boutique, 694 E. Arlington Blvd. For more information, call 946-6208 or email Director@theblindcenter.org.

Book sale

The Friends of Sheppard Memorial Library will sponsor a Fifty Cents Book Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, and from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at the main library, 530 Evans St. Sunday is $3 a bag day. There will be thousands of great items to choose from including paperbacks, VHS tapes, records and some older hardbacks. For more information, call 329-4580 or visit www.sheppardlibrary.org.

Blacksmithing class

The May Museum & Park is offering a beginner blacksmithing class taught by Chris Lew from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the museum, 3802 S. Main St., Farmville. Students will learn about safety, tools and several basic skills and will forge a completed simple project to take away. The cost for the class is $60 and students must be at least 15 years old. Class size is limited, so please contact Deb Higgins at dhiggins@farmvillenc.gov or 252-753-6725. There are plans to offer additional blacksmithing classes, as well as a beginning jewelry making class in the near future if there is sufficient interest.

STOP event

The Pitt County Coalition on Substance Abuse Winterville STOP series will be held from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 10 at Christ’s Church, 745 Davenport Farm Road. “STOP” stands for Stop The Opioid Pandemic and is a grant-funded project from the Vidant Health Foundation in partnership with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office. This is a one-night event that is hosted throughout Pitt County to educate the community on opioids and addiction. Presentations will be Opioids 101, Personal Stories and Current Trends. For more information, contact pccsa@ecu.edu or call 252-328-2827.

Sierra Club

The Cypress Group of the Sierra Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1,1 at 131 Oakmont Drive. David Collier, M.D. will be the guest speaker. He will talk about EDCs (Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals) that may be present in plastic materials, pesticides, flame retardants, metals and food additives and which can cause health effects in humans and wildlife. For information about this and other programs of the Cypress Group, contact Greg Kearney, kearneyg@ecu.edu, 252-744-4039.

PFLAG

Greenville PFLAG will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 131 Oakmont Drive. Greenville PFLAG is a local group in support of gender and sexual minorities. The two-hour meetings are on the second Thursday of each month. The first hour focuses on education and advocacy, and the second hour is a support group. This month the presentation will be "The Rhetoric of Queer Identities: Terms, Pronouns, Vocabulary." Parents, friends, family, allies and LGBTQ individuals are all welcome.

Golf tournament

The 2017 Purple Gold Golf Open will be Friday, Sept. 15, at Ironwood Golf & Country Club, 200 Golf Club Wynd. Golf flight times are 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost is $150 per player including breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages and golf cart. Sponsorship opportunities are available. All proceeds benefit the ECU Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact Shawn Moore at mooresh@ecu.edu or 252-328-5775 or visit PirateAlumni.com.

Hot meal program

The 2017 Elderly Touch of Heart Hot Meal Feeding Program will provide a meal for senior adults from 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 16, and Saturday, Sept. 23, at the JOY Soup Kitchen, 700 Albemarle Ave. The next meal will be Saturday, Oct. 14. For more information, call 877-218-4247.

Living Healthy Workshop

Pitt County Council on Aging’s Living Healthy Workshop will be held from 1:30-4 p.m. every Tuesday from Sept. 19-Oct. 24 at the Greenville Senior Wellness Center, 4551 County Home Road. This participant-workshop led by trained volunteers meets once a week for six weeks and is designed for individuals 55 and older living with ongoing health conditions or those who care for individuals with chronic health conditions. The program is held in conjunction with ECU’s Lifelong Learning Program and ECU’s Office of Healthy Aging Research. Registration is required. Call 252-328-9198.

Quilt festival

The Greater Greenville Quilt Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 22 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 23 at First Christian Church, 2810 E. 14th St. The festival will feature works by local quilt artists, a raffle quilt drawing, bags, baskets and bowls of goods to be raffled, vintage quilt-turning, vendors, Quilters’ Boutique craft items for sale, a children’s corner and refreshments for sale. Entry to the festival is $5; children are free. For more information, visit www.greenvillencquiltersguild.com.

On the Run

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, Sept. 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. Prices $30 for the 5K and $15 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. Contact Kimber Stone at 919-608-8421 or Kimber@rileysarmy.com.

Addiction counseling

Narconon offers services to help people overcome addiction in their family. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get help for loved ones if they are at risk. Call 800-431-1754 for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all types of drugs, free screenings and referrals.

Volunteers sought

The Association of Mexicans in North Carolina is seeking volunteers for upcoming community events. The organization spreads cultural awareness in the Latino community, bettering education and leadership and helping provide health information to Latinos living in eastern North Carolina. Call 252-757-3916, 252-258-9967 or email amexcan@amexcannc.org.

Volunteer drivers

The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers to help provide patients with rides to treatment centers. Volunteers must have a safe and reliable vehicle, a valid driver’s license, proof of automobile insurance, a good driving record and attend A Road to Recovery volunteer training. For more information, or to coordinate a ride for a cancer patient in need, call 800-227-2345.

Make-A-Wish

Wish-granting volunteers are needed for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina. Wish granters visit the family and help determine the wish of the child with a life-threatening medical condition while explaining wish procedures. For more information, contact Lisa at 919-821-7111 or lbrinkerhoff@eastncwish.org.

Peace Garden Bricks

The Mediation Center of Eastern Carolina offers engraved bricks to be placed in its community peace garden at Sheppard Memorial Library on Evans Street to honor peacemakers and to raise funds for the organization’s efforts. The City of Greenville Public Works Department designed the garden and maintains it. Money collected for the bricks pays the center’s work through programs such as Teen Court, Mediation and Building Peace in Schools to solve problems related to violence and cultural differences. Call 758-0268 or visit www.mceconline.org/about/programs/peace-garden.

 

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