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Vidant Community Calendar


Monday, May 7, 2018

NAMI meeting

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Pitt County will meet at at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 001 at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church, 510 S. Washington St. The group has invited back speaker David Haralson, who specializes in medical family therapy with support group collaboration. He will share more details about stress and how it affects people’s bodies and relationships. He also will provide information on ways to combat toxic stress. NAMI is a support group for family members, friends or individuals living with a mental illness. All meetings are open to the public. Call 902-NAMI (6264) or 355-6133.

PFLAG meeting

Greenville PFLAG will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 131 Oakmont Drive. Greenville PFLAG is a local group in support of gender and sexual minorities. This month, participants will be sharing “mothers’ stories.” Parents, friends, family, allies and LGBTQ individuals are all welcome.

Food-bank fundraiser

“Smoke in the Pitt — BBQ, Beer & Bubbles” will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday at ECU’s Murphy Center, Harvey Hall. Tickets are $75 for individuals and $135 for couples and are available at foodbankenc.org/smokeinthepitt. Proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern N.C. at Greenville and New Bern.

Alumni banquet

The Farm Life High School Alumni Association will host its annual banquet at 7 p.m. Friday in the cafeteria at Vanceboro-Farm Life Elementary School, 2000 Farmlife Ave., Vanceboro. A catered meal will be served. Cost is $15 per person. Alumni and their guests are encouraged to attend. There will be special recognition for the Class of 1968, celebrating its 50th reunion. The classes of 1958 and 1948 also will be acknowledged. For more information, contact Joyce Woolard at 229-6021 or woolardjr@yahoo.com.

Cypress Group

The Cypress Group of the N.C. Sierra Club will meet at 7 p.m. May 14 at 131 Oakmont Drive. Dennis Tracz, a “serial entrepreneur” with eight startups will speak on two of his passions, “Sustainable Farming” and “Blockchain.” For more information about this and other programs of the Cypress Group, contact Cindy Elmore, elmorec@ecu.edu or at 258-3329

Grant-writing seminar

Women for Women Pitt County will hold a free grant-writing workshop from 6:30-8 p.m. May 16 at Alice Keene Park, 4561 County Home Road, in the multipurpose room. Participants will learn about the preparation and submission process for the Women-for-Women grants. Nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, churches and schools in Pitt County are eligible to receive these funds. To RSVP or for more information, contact grants@womenforwomenpittcounty.org. Grant applications may be downloaded at www.womenforwomenpittcounty.com.

Woodturning class

The Pitt County Council on Aging, 4551 County Home Road, will offer a woodturning class from 3-4 p.m. May 16. Cost is $25 per hour of instruction. Class can range from one to three hours. To register, call the N.C. Furniture School at 252-916-8226.

Health grants

An information session about health grants for churches and clergy will be held from 10 a.m.-noon May 17 at 406 S.W. Greenville Blvd. The health grants will be given by the No Excuse Healthy Living Alliance through the N.C. Council of Churches. For more information, contact Rodney Coles Sr. at 717-9600 or visit www.ne2017.org.

Plant sale

The Master Gardeners of the Pitt County will hold its annual plant sale for the public from 10 a.m.-noon on May 19, rain or shine, at the Pitt County Agricultural Center, 403 Government Circle.
 A Preview Plant Sale for Friends of the Pitt County Arboretum will be held at 9 a.m. Memberships may be purchased at the event. A Plant Swap will be held at 11 a.m. Bring plants, seeds, pots, etc. to swap. Remaining items go home with owner.
 See www.pittcountyarboretum.blogspot.com or call 902-1709 for more information.

Differently-abled fair

Koininia Christian Center will present “Soaring Beyond the Stars,” a fun fair for persons who are differently abled and their families, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 19 at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd. For more information, contact Angela Revis at arevis@kccfamily.com or at 752-1898.

Parent practicum

Classical Conversations will sponsor a free three-day conference from 8:45 a.m. May 22 to 4 p.m. May 24 for parents who home-school their children or for anyone interested in education at First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 204 Brinkley Road. Classical Conversations is a nationwide program that helps train and equip parents to provide their children with a Christian classical education. To learn more or register, visit www.parentpracticum.com.

Bath exhibit

A free “Queen Anne’s Revenge Travel Exhibit” in Historic Bath is running from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through May 31 at Historic Bath’s newest exhibit space at 100 Harding Street. The exhibit includes vessel artifacts and child-friendly interactive learning stations. For more Information or directions call 252-923-3971 or visit www.bath.nchistoricsites.org. Follow other upcoming 2018 events on Facebook @historicbath.

Writing competition

Entries are being accepted through May 31 for the annual student prose and poetry writing competition sponsored by The Pamlico Writers’ Group. The competition is open to high school and college students across the state; the theme is “Home.” Students should try to capture the attention of judges in no more than 2,000 words. In addition to a cash prize of $100, the winners of this year’s juried contest will be published in the Pamlico Writer’s Group 2019 anthology and will receive a free copy. There is no entrance fee. To learn more about the contest and submission guidelines, visit www.pamlicowritersgroup.org.

Camp Corral

Registration is open for Camp Corral 2018 summer camps at www.campcorral.org. The nonprofit is a free, one-of-a-kind summer camp for children of wounded, injured, ill and fallen military service members. Since its founding in 2011 by Golden Corral, Camp Corral has grown to 24 camp sessions in 19 states and has served more than 17,000 children. Although any child ages 8 to 15 from a military family is eligible, registration priority is given to children of wounded, injured, ill and fallen military service members.

Movers for Moms

To ensure moms in crisis receive the love and appreciation they deserve this Mother’s Day, Two Men and a Truck of Eastern North Carolina is hosting its Movers for Moms collection drive to provide critical gifts to local women staying in community shelters this spring. In addition to items that can be used in the shelters themselves, the drive is seeking items such as clothing and furniture that can be donated to My Sister’s Attic and My Sister’s Closet. Anyone interested in supporting local moms in need can call 353-2636. Follow Movers for Moms at facebook.com/MoversforMoms or @MoversforMoms.

Literacy help

The Pitt County Council on Aging and Literacy Volunteers of Pitt County offer reading assistance from 9-11 a.m. on Mondays and math help and tricks from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesdays. These services are available to persons who want to improve their reading comprehension skills or need a refresher on everyday math. Call 752-1717 for an appointment.

Drivers needed

The Pitt County Council on Aging is in need of volunteers to help deliver Meals on Wheels in Ayden and Bethel Monday through Friday. Drivers will provide lunch for homebound older adults. Route delivery takes about an hour. Training is provided. Call 752-1717.