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Monday, March 5, 2018

Beekeepers meeting

The Tar River Beekeepers will hold their monthly potluck supper and meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Pitt County Agricultural Center, 403 Government Circle. The North Carolina Region Bee Inspector, Adolphus Leonard, will give updates on “This Winter’s Effect on Bee Hives” and on “Pest Management and Bees.” For more information, visit www.facebook.com/tarriverbeekeepers.

Children’s art classes

Children’s Pottery Art Classes for Grifton-area children will be held on March 10, 17, 24 and April 7 at the Grifton Civic Center, 437-A Creekshore Drive. The 9-11 a.m. class is for children ages 6-10 and the 11 a.m.-1 p.m. class is for children ages 11-15. Joe Grimes, a Lenoir County Public Schools art teacher, will teach children how to make items from clay and how to glaze and fire them. The classes are sponsored by the town of Grifton and all work will be exhibited at the Grifton Shad Festival Children’s Art Show in April. There is a $10 registration fee and seats are limited. Early registration can be done by calling Grifton Town Hall, 524-5168. Registration fees will be collected on the first day of class. For more information, visit griftonshadfestival.com.

Shred event

St. James United Methodist Church, 2000 E. Sixth St., will host a free shredding event from noon-2 p.m. Saturday. The event is limited to residential customers (no businesses) with a five-bag or five-box maximum per person. Staples, paper clips and thin folders can be shredded along with paper documents, but no three-ring binders or plastic. For more information, call 752-6154 or visit http://stjconnect.org/shred-event/.

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 from 2-4:30 p.m. March 15. 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.

Oratorical contest

The Optimist Club of Greenville is accepting applications, due by noon March 16, for its annual Oratorical Contest for students younger than 18 as of Oct. 1, 2017, who are educated in Pitt County and have not graduated from high school or the equivalent. Contestants will present a 4-5-minute presentation on the theme, “Where Are My Roots of Optimism?” The applications must be accompanied with a copy of birth certificate and typewritten speech. For more information about the contest, visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/greenvilleoptimists/posts/ or contact Lou Anna Hardee at hardee.louanna@gmail.com or 341-3565.

Quilting workshop

The Greenville Quilters Guild will hold its annual "Learn To Quilt Workshop" from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 17 at the Center for Arts & Crafts, Jaycee Park, 2000 Cedar Lane. Students will make two blocks to take home. All machines and supplies will be furnished and lunch will be provided. Class size is limited. Cost is $10 each, paid in advance. To register, call Renee Fish at 419-704-2781.

Interfaith Clergy

The Interfaith Clergy of Pitt County will meet at noon March 22 at New Dimensions Community Church, 1700 W. Sixth St. The host will be Pastor Eve C. Rogers. For more information, contact Rodney Coles Sr. at 717-9600 or Debbie S. Dixon at 462-1112.

Writers conference

“Shape Shifting Your Writing: Transforming Your Writing for Other Successful Markets” will be the topic of the Pamlico Writers’ Group Sixth Annual Writers Conference to be held from 6-9 p.m. March 23 and from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 24 at the Turnage Theater, 150 W. Main Street, Washington, N.C. For more information, visit pamlicowritersgroup.org/2018-conference.

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 757-3916, 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. Volunteer drivers also are needed to provide transportation for wounded and disabled veterans to and from the VA Medical Center in Durham. Call 814-6515 or email jstaton38@yahoo.com.

Unchain Me program

Pitt County Animal Services and the Pet Food Pantry of Eastern North Carolina are launching a local “Unchain Me” program designed to give pet owners an alternative to keeping their dogs chained. Owners selected for the program agree to have their pets spayed/neutered (at no cost to them) and receive a free kennel enclosure to use as an alternative to chaining. Applications are available at the Pitt County Animal Shelter, 4550 County Home Road, or download the form at www.pttcountync.gov/153/Animal-Services. Call 902-1725 for more information.

Meals on Wheels

The Pitt County Council on Aging is in need of volunteers for home-delivered meals. Routes take about an hour to deliver. Meals can be picked up anytime between 10 a.m. and noon depending on the community you serve. One-hour training required. Call 752-1717, ext 4.

Assistance program

The We Care Program is available from 8:30-9:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the Community Crossroads Center, 207 Manhattan Ave. Receive emergency food, legal aid, disability and veterans assistance and help with employment skills. Call Pastor Rodney Coles Sr. at 717-9600.

Threads of Love

Threads of Love, a group that sews, knits and crochets items for preemies and sick babies staying in local hospitals, is looking for new members. The group meets at 9 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Council on Aging, 4551 County Home Road, and at 9 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Marlboro Free Will Baptist Church, 8031 U.S. 264 Alt., Farmville. Participants are asked to bring yarn, fabric or notions the group can use. Contact Carolyn Harrison at 753-5775.

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