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August Vidant Community Calendar


Monday, August 6, 2018

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 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.

Threads of Love

Threads of Love, a group that sews, knits and crochets items for preemies and sick babies staying in local hospitals, meets at 9 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Council on Aging, 4551 County Home Road. Participants are asked to bring yarn, fabric or notions the group can use. Contact Jennifer Wells at 746-4077.

Weekly bingo

American Legion Post 39, 403 St. Andrews Drive, holds bingo games each Wednesday. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; games with prizes begin at 6:30 p.m. Call 347-9638 for more information. The Veterans of Foreign Wars 7032 host bingo games every Saturday at the post headquarters, 1108 Mumford Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 758-3251 for information between 10 a.m. and noon daily.

Blood donation center

The Eastern North Carolina Donation Center, 700 Cromwell Drive, is open from 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Monday. Call 758-1140 for more information or visit www.redcrossblood.org.


The Greenville Toastmasters Club will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the Edwin W. Monroe Conference Center, 2000 Venture Tower Drive. For more information, contact Ryan Y. Samia at 850-341-2089 or visit http://www.toastmasters.org/ or http://gville.toastmastersclubs.org.

Pet food pantry

The Pet Food Pantry of Eastern North Carolina, 408 W. Arlington Blvd., B-1, will distribute pet food to needy pet owners from 1-4 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month and also will provide pet food to pet owners through the Council on Aging Meals on Wheels program. The pantry relies entirely on donations and the support of donors to help family pets in need. Visit www.petfoodpantryenc.org.

Museum open house

The Winterville Museum in the Cox-Ange House, 2543 Church St., holds an open house from 3-5 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month. It houses artifacts and displays that reflect the history of Winterville and Pitt County. Private or group tours can be scheduled by calling 321-2660. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. The museum is open on the second Monday of the month.

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.

Volunteer cooks needed

The Community Outreach Soup Kitchen at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 3503 S. Walnut St., Farmville, serves from noon until 1 p.m. Monday through Friday year round and needs volunteers, especially cooks who can prepare for 25-40 persons in order to continue this schedule of operation. For more information about serving or donating, call Janet Heath at 917-4563 or 744-2234.

Women for Women

Women for Women Pitt County is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations that offer programs serving women and girls in Pitt County. The application deadline is midnight Aug. 10. Forms are available at www.womenforwomenpittcounty.org. For more information, call 752-9238.

Lifelong learning

ECU’s Lifelong Learning Program for adults 50-plus will host its fall 2018 kickoff from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 11 at East Carolina Heart Institute, 115 Heart Drive. This free event will provide participants the opportunity to meet with instructors, volunteers and program staff. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 328-9198.

NAMI meeting

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Pitt County will hold its monthly Family Support Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in Room 001 at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church, 510 S. Washington St. NAMI is a free support group for family members, friends or individuals living with a mental illness. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, call 531-3603 or 902-NAMI (6264).

Bee friendly

National Honey Bee Day will be celebrated from 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 18 at the Kinston Farmers’ Market in downtown Kinston, 100 N. Heritage St. Visitors will be able to talk with beekeepers, see bees up close and safely in an observation hive, see honey extracted from honeycomb, sample local honey, go on a scavenger hunt and learn what to do to protect native bees and honeybees. For more information, contact Karen Mulcahy at mulcahyk@yahoo.com or visit neusebees.org.

Wounded Warriors

The Rocky Mount Elks Lodge will host a Wounded Warriors fundraiser at 7-11 p.m. Aug. 18, at the lodge, 2750 N. Church St. The event will feature the East Coast Rhythm & Blues Band with a cash bar or brown bagging. Admission is $15 or $20 a couple Tickets are available from Rex Jones, 903-7453; Margaret Cobb, 314-8510; or Michael at 883-7288.

Dementia program

The Council on Aging Road to Resources program will be held from 3-4 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Pitt County Senior Center, 4551 County Home Road. Amanda Biggs with Project CARE will present a program titled “Diagnosis of Dementia … Now What?” Admission is free, but space is limited. Call 752-1717 to register or for more information.

Haircuts & backpacks

The third annual Cops & Barbers Back to School Event will offer free haircuts, backpacks and school supplies from 3-6 p.m. Aug. 22 at Kampus Kutz, 3004 E. 10 St., Young Vision Barbershop, 1114 Evans St., Rodney’s Barbershop, 206 W. 14th St., and Another Level Barbershop, 106 E. Fifth St. The event is sponsored and organized by the shops and the Greenville Police Department. The barbershops currently are accepting donations.

Jazz fundraiser

The Churches Outreach Network will present an “Evening of Jazz” fundraiser from 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 24 at Yankee Hall Plantation, 3332 Yankee Hall Road. The event, which will celebrate 10 years of service by CON, will include a three-course meal, a live jazz ensemble and fellowship with the faith-based community network. Tickets are $45. For more information, visit CON2007.org or contact Denisha Harris at 916-8443 or dgharris26@hotmail.com.

Fun run

The Optimist Club of Greenville will sponsor a “Back to School Bash 5K/1K Fun Run” at 8 a.m. Aug. 25 at the Town Common, 105 E. First St. Supplies will be collected for local schools and funds generated will provide support for youth patients who are being treated for cancer, youth and families housed at the Ronald McDonald House, assistance for children of veterans and educational scholarships for local youth. Entry fee is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the 1K. Prices increase after Aug. 23. Register at: https://www.runtheeast.com/races. Additional information is available at www.greenvilleoptimists.org or contact Pamela Franks at 814-7794.

Grief support

A GriefShare support group will be held from noon-2 p.m. each Sunday beginning Aug. 26 and continuing until Nov. 18 at the Koinonia Christian Center, 1405 S.W. Greenville Blvd. GriefShare is a grief recovery support group where people can find help and healing from the hurt of losing a loved one. Call 752-1898 for more information.

Loss of a spouse

Oakmont Baptist Church will hold a two-hour seminar titled GriefShare: Loss of a Spouse from 3-5 p.m. Aug. 26. The seminar helps men and women grapple with the challenge of being widowed. It features a 35-minute video, filled with stories, practical advice and a variety of perspectives on spousal loss. After the video there will be the opportunity for discussion. Participants receive a booklet with more than 30 short readings on how to rebuild your life. Call 756-1245 to register. There is a $5 registration fee.

First responder awards

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry is accepting nominations on its Facebook page through Aug. 31 for its First Responder Hero Awards. Nine North Carolina heroes will be recognized, one each from fire, law enforcement and emergency medical service in the Raleigh, Rocky Mount and Greenville communities. There is a limit of one entry per Facebook account and a person can only be nominated once. After all submissions are received, Bailey’s selection panel will review the nominations and announce the winners on Sept. 11, National Emergency Responders Day. Winners will receive a medal and $200 gift card in a presentation with the Bailey’s store manager.