July 2 Vidant Community Calendar
Monday, July 2, 2018
The deadline for public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds is 5 p.m. Friday. The Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency has appropriated $88,585 for use by Pitt County emergency food and shelter services. Contact Dwain Cooper at the United Way, 252-758-1604, ext. 210, firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Cox at email@example.com for an application.
The Winterville Historical and Arts Society will provide a display of various cast iron objects used in and around the home in the early days of the 19th century from 3-5 p.m. Sunday in the Winterville Museum, located in the Cox-Ange House, 2543 Church St., Winterville. A presentation on the use and care of these objects will be given by Jack Taft. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 252-321-2660 for more information or to schedule private or group tours.
The Council on Aging is planning a trip Oct. 1-4 to the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Ky. The trip will include three nights’ hotel accommodations, dinner at Emzara’s Kitchen, the Ark Encounter experience, a dinner cruise aboard the Belle of Louisville, a guided tour of Lexington and more. Cost per person is $534 (double occupancy). Space is limited; $100 will reserve a spot now. Deadline to register is July 10. Contact Lori Cortright at 752-1717.
The Darden Enlightenment Center will offer a 25-hour grant-writing course from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for five weeks, beginning on July 10, at 1722 W. Fifth St. The course will present the steps to writing a successful grant. The hours can be used for professional development hour requirements. A $150 donation per agency is requested. All proceeds benefit the Darden Enlightenment Center Youth Programs. Call 327-6231.
The Pitt County Council on Aging, 4551 County Home Road, will host a six-week class called Powerful Tools for Caregivers from 2-3 p.m. each Thursday from July 12-Aug. 16. The class is designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. Registration is required. Call Tamyra Jovel at 974-1837 or Brandie Garner at 974-1854.
Hope Lodge open house
The American Cancer Society McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge, 930-A Wellness Drive, will hold a Summer Celebrations Open House from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. July 13. Hope Lodge provides a free home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers. More than just a roof over their head, it’s a nurturing community that helps patients access the care they need, where guests can share a meal, join in the evening’s activities or unwind in their own private room. The open house will feature tours, information about volunteer opportunities and sweet watermelon. For more information, call 695-6143.
The 2018 Road to Resources: A Guide to Services for Older Adults will present “Hospitalization Happens: How to Be Prepared” from 3-4 p.m. on July 16 at the Pitt County Senior Center, 4551 County Home Road. Participants will learn how to be prepared for a hospital stay. The program is free, but seating is limited. Call 752-1717 to register.
Winterville Senior Citizens Club is planning a trip Sept. 5-8 to Washington, D.C. The trip will include a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a tour of Washington at night by motor coach, visits to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the Frederick Douglas National Historic Site and shopping at Potomac Mills. Travel will be by luxury motor coach; lodging will be at Hampton Inn & Suites with breakfast included. Cost per person is $350. Space is limited. Interested persons should send a $25 deposit to Winterville Senior Citizens Club, c/o Beatrice Henderson, P.O. Box 432 Winterville, NC 28590, to reserve a seat. Final payment is due July 25.
The next meeting of the Tar River Beekeepers will be at 7 p.m. on Aug. 7 at the Pitt County Extension Auditorium, 403 Government Circle. The meeting will start with a potluck supper. The program will feature a panel discussion about “How to Extract, Screen, Filter and Judge Honey.” There will be no local meeting of the Tar River Beekeepers in July. Members are encouraged to attend the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association Summer Conference in Flat Rock from July 19-21. For more information, visit the Tar River Beekeepers Facebook page.
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 1-800-431-1754 for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all types of drugs, free screenings and referrals.
Unchain Me program
Pitt County Animal Services and the Pet Food Pantry of Eastern North Carolina are offering 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. Call 902-1725 for more information or download the form at www.pttcountync.gov/153/Animal-Services.
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 252-752-1717, ext 4.
The Greene County Museum, 107 N.W. Third St., Snow Hill, will feature an exhibit, “Nooherooka and the Tuscaroras,” through Aug. 28. The exhibit recounts the history of the Tuscarora settlers of the Contentnea Creek basin, the Colonial-era battle that opened central North Carolina to European settlement and the legacy of the Tuscarora in Greene County and eastern North Carolina. Particular focus is given to the 2013 monument by ECU artists Hanna Jubran and Jodi Hofnagel. The monument’s symbolic meaning commemorates both a historical event and the people who once inhabited the region.