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Monday, December 4, 2017

Holiday concert

The Pitt Community College Symphony Orchestra will present a free Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church, 510 S. Washington St. The symphony will perform many Christmas favorites, such as “Sleigh Ride,” “March of the Toys” and a new, special arrangement by well-known composer and arranger, the late Bob Krogstad. The PCC Chorale will perform “Suo Gan” and an arrangement of “Jingle Bells” with the Orchestra. The Pitt County School Early College Choir will perform “Mary, Did You Know?” This concert will be for the entire family. Donations will be accepted for the PCC music program.

Story Time With Santa

The Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina will host Story Time With Santa at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 5-6, at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd. Santa will read to children and pose for photos. Tickets are $10 each ($15 for two children in one photo and $20 for three or more in a photo). Reservations required. Email brendafamilysupport@gmail.com

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. Participants should bring small clippers.

A Christmas Story

The Magnolia Arts Center, 1703 E. 14th St., will present “A Christmas Story” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 7-9. Matinee performances will be held at 2 p.m. Dec.2-3 and Dec. 9. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. Contact info@magnoliaartscenter.com or 888-622-3838.

Cops on the roof

Law enforcement officers from agencies across Greenville and Pitt County will collect bikes and toys on Friday, Dec. 8, at Toys R Us, 228 S.W. Greenville Blvd. Officers will have to stay on the roof until 100 bicycles are donated for Toys for Tots, which will distribute them as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. Stop by during the day to make a donation.

Jingle Bell Bash

The second annual Ugly Sweater Jingle Bell Bash will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at Holiday Inn, 203 S.W. Greenville Blvd. The event, a benefit for the community programs of Mental Health America of Eastern Carolina, will feature the musical group Anthem Lights. It will include a silent auction, cash bar and ugly sweater contest. Tickets are $20 for general admission.Visit mhaec.org.

Christmas Parades

Parades will march in the season in several Pitt County towns:
• 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. Applications are available at Bethel Town Hall, at hometownbethel.com or on Facebook. Contact 717-0032 for more information.
• Farmville’s Christmas parade will be held at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9. The theme is “Patriotic Christmas.” Call 814-5509 or 714-5158 or relayforlife_farmvillenc@aol.com.
• The Town of Winterville’s annual Christmas parade will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Church and Cooper streets. Visit wintervillenc.com.
• The annual Greenville Jaycees Christmas Parade will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 9 on Evans Street downtown. Visit www.greenvillejaycees.com.• Grimesland's Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, at Grimesland Community Park. The Grimesland Hometown Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16, starting on Pitt Street at 2 p.m.

Decorating for wildlife

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Decorating Trees for Wildlife from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 9. Participants will learn to prepare a winter feast for backyard wildlife. Free with Nature Center admission. Call 329-4560.

Starry Night

A Time for Science Nature and Science Learning Center, 949 Contentnea Lane, Grifton, will host an evening planetarium show and stargazing event from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 9. Cost is $5. Call 364-6569 or email brian@atimeforscience.org.

GlasStation event

ECU’s School of Art and Design will hold the 2017 Hand-blown Holiday Ornament Sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 9 at the GlasStation, 3732-B W. Wilson St., Farmville. The event also will feature glassblowing demonstrations. Contact Mike Tracy at tracym16@ecu.edu or 757-748-8121.

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.

Bath Open house

Historic Bath will host its annual Christmas Open House from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, featuring crafts, music, a costumed interpreter and cooking and other demonstrations. At 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Bonner House parlor, there will be a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 252-923-3971.

Breakfast fundraiser

Hwy 55 Restaurant, 2907 E. 10th St. (near Hastings Ford in Greenville) is sponsoring a pancake breakfast to benefit Pitt County Chapter 37 Disabled American Veterans' Building Fund from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 9. Enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, coffee, tea, juice, milk, soft drinks and danish: $6. Pick-up or delivery. "50-50" available. Eat in and get all you can eat and breakfast with Santa.

Breakfast with Santa

The Greenville Museum of Art, 802 S. Evans St., will host Breakfast with Santa from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. The event will include a holiday breakfast, a visit with Santa Claus, a digital photo of each child and a keepsake craft. Call 758-1946 or visit gmoa.org.

May Museum tea

The May Museum and Park of Farmville will host its annual Christmas Tea from 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the museum, 3802 S, Main St. The museum will be decorated with fresh greenery and festive décor. Tea and other refreshments will be served. Contact Lindsay Annis at 753-6725 or email lannis@farmvillenc.gov.

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.

AMEXCAN Awards

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.

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.

Toy Takeaway

The fourth annual Great Toy Takeaway will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 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 Dec. 15. For more information about the Pamlico Writers’ Group and the application process for the poet laureate position, visit pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/.

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.

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