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Jan. 1 Vidant Community Calendar

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Breathe Easier

The Breathe Easier Lung Cancer Support Group will meet at noon Tuesday at Hope Lodge, 930-A Wellness Drive. Guest speakers will be Teresa Parent, oncology nurse coordinator, and Sarah Mizelle, oncology social worker. They will discuss their services and upcoming cancer events. All lung cancer patients, survivors and caretakers are invited.

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. 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.

Military retirees

Military retirees will meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Golden Corral, 504 S.W. Greenville Blvd. At 8:30 a.m., the group will discuss matters of interest to the attendees. For more information, contact Col. Scott Barker at scott.barker@suddenlink.net.

Diabetes support

“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, 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. Mondays starting Jan. 8. To register contact Mary Nyangweso at wangilam@ecu.edu or 737-2422. Visit www.ecu.edu/religionprogram/ to learn more about the ECU Religious Studies Program.

Sailing course

The Pamlico Sail and Power Squadron will offer a boating course, “Advanced Piloting,” for the public from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 23 at First Presbyterian Church, 211 W. Second St., Washington, N.C. Cost is $65 for members and $85 for non-members. Deadline for registration is Jan. 8. To register, email pspsed@gmail.com or call 964-3009.

Summer fit program

The Greenville Aquatics and Fitness Center, 921 Staton Road, is looking for participants for its High Intensity Interval Training. The summer fit exercise incentive program runs 16 weeks from Jan. 8-May 8. It is open to persons interested in jump starting those New Year’s resolutions to get fit for summer. Participants will work out a minimum of three times per week. Two one-hour weekly sessions will be with a fitness trainer at the center. Space is limited. For more information and to sign up, call 329-4041.

Sierra Club

North Carolina’s air quality will be the topic of the next Sierra Club Cypress Group program at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at 131 Oakmont Drive. The speaker will be Terry Lansdell, policy manager for Clean Air Carolina, a nonprofit organization that advocates for N.C.’s air quality. For more information, contact Cindy Elmore at elmorec@ecu.edu.

Old Christmas Tea

The Winterville Historical and Arts Society, Inc. will host an “Old Christmas Tea” from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Winterville Museum, 2543 Church St. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call 321-2660.

Unity breakfast

The 21st annual Community Unity Breakfast, which commemorates the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., will be held at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 15 at ECU’s Murphy Center. The featured speaker will be award-winning teacher and author Michael Bonner of South Greenville Elementary School. Call 752-4101.

King celebration

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, hosted by Interfaith Clergy and the Pitt County NAACP, will be held at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church Soul Saving Station, 2921 Briery Swamp Road, Stokes. For more information, contact Rodney Coles at 717-9600 or Debbie Dixon at 462-1112.

Recreation funds

Pitt County organizations or agencies that coordinate recreation activities open to all citizens must submit applications for funding no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 24. The Board of County Commissioners has allocated funds to support and enhance the delivery of quality recreation programs. Applications are available in the Community Schools and Recreation Center, 4561 County Home Road, or online at www.pittcountync.gov/RPMF.

Farmville seniors

The Farmville Senior Council will meet at 1 p.m. 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. For more information, call Cathy at 714-5930.

Sylvan Heights trip

Greenville’s Recreation and Parks Department will host a trip to the Sylvan Heights Bird Park from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 26. The outing will include a guided tour of the bird park and lunch at LaCasetta Italian Restaurant in Scotland Neck. Cost is $20 for city residents and $25 for others. Visit greenvillenc.gov/​government/​recreation-parks or call 329-4567.

‘Foodscape Revolution’

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. Jan. 27 at the Pitt County Agricultural Center Auditorium, 403 Government Circle. Tickets are available at Pitt County Extension Office or Wild Birds Unlimited. Call 902-1709 for more information.

Scholarship gala

The School of Music Friends Scholarship Gala will be held from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 27 at Rock Springs Center, 4025 N.C. 43 North. For tickets and more information, contact Mary Jane Gaddis at 328-1268.

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