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November Vidant Community Calendar


Monday, November 5, 2018

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.

Bell ringers needed

The Salvation Army needs 1,000 volunteers to ring the bells at red kettles during the upcoming holiday season. Shifts will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; 3 p.m.-8 p.m. or 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. One person does not have to ring the entire shift. The Salvation Army can accommodate large and small groups: families, individuals, youth groups, schools, men’s and women’s clubs, fraternities, sororities or anyone who has the heart and desire to serve. Ringers can rotate every hour. Bell ringing begins Nov. 9 and ends on Christmas Eve. For information, details or to sign up, call Stephanie McKenzie at The Salvation Army, 756-3388.

Tar River Beekeepers

The Tar River Beekeepers will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Pitt County Extension Auditorium, 403 Government Circle. The meeting will start with a potluck supper. A very short business meeting will follow for election of 2019 officers. There will then be an open forum to share new ideas, new equipment or modifications to old equipment and observations made by club members and local beekeepers during the 2018 beekeeping year. Members are encouraged to bring honey, creamed honey, baked goods and mead for members to sample as well as items made from other hive products to show what all can be done with bees and beehives. Visit the Tar River Beekeepers on Facebook.

Kiwanis meeting

Kiwanis Club of Greenville will meet at noon on Nov. 6 at the GK Cafe, 3197 E. 10th St. The program will be by Major Connie Morris of the Pitt County Salvation Army on the work of the organization, especially as it pertains to fundraising and addressing the Greenville community's needs during the holiday season. All are welcome and lunch will be served. Contact Ernie Marshall, program chairman, at 916-5462.

Shagging For A Cause

Disability Advocates and Research Center will have their ninth annual “Shagging For A Cause” fundraiser from 6:30-10:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 at Rock Springs Center, 4025 N.C. 43. The Band of Oz will be providing entertainment. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. All funds will be used for financial assistance to help persons with disabilities in emergency situations as well as promote DARC’s active community. To purchase tickets or for any questions, contact 252-355-6215.

Craft festival

St. Peter Creative Fellowship Craft Group will hold a Craft Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 10 at St. Peter Catholic Church, 2700 E. Fourth St. The festival will feature crafters, artists, product vendors, baked goods and homemade soup. Call 940-8199 for more information.

Pancake Breakfast

The Greenville Noon Rotary Club will hold its 37th annual pancake and sausage breakfast from 7-11 a.m. on Nov. 10 at the Rotary Building, 809 Johnston St. Tickets are available for $5 from members or at the door for eat-in or take-out plates. All proceeds will go to support nonprofit grants in the Pitt County area.

Donor Sabbath

Carolina Donor Services will host a two-part event on Nov. 11 to commemorate Donor Sabbath, an annual observance to raise awareness on organ, eye and tissue donation within the interfaith community. The first event is a Donor Sabbath service at 10 a.m. at Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church, 1095 Allen Road. The second event is a reception for transplant recipients, their families and donor families to be held at noon at the Monroe Conference Center, 2000 Venture Tower Drive. For more information call 321-5110.

Bell ringing

The Winterville Historical and Arts Society, 2543 Church Street, will join bell ringing across the state for the Armistice Day Centennial at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11. Bells will toll in unison across North Carolina and throughout the world at the same time to commemorate the centennial of Armistice Day. The museum will be open from 3-5 p.m. Admission is free and donations are appreciated. For more information or to schedule private and group tours, call 252-321-2660.

Sierra Club

The Cypress Group of the Sierra Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 at 131 Oakmont Drive. The guest speaker will be Peter Boettger who will present a program about oysters on the Pamlico River. This meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call Cindy Elmore at 252-258-3329.

Retired Faculty

The ECU Retired Faculty Association will present the first of its 2018-19 series of public forums at 3 p.m. Nov. 13 in the second floor classroom of the ECU Physicians Family Medicine Center, 101 Heart Drive. The speaker will be Peter Francia, widely published ECU political science professor and director of the HCAS Center for Survey Research, who will analyze the results of the 2018 congressional and state elections. The event is open to the public and a question and answer session. Contact yarbrought@ecu.edu for more information.

Newcomer’s Club 

The Newcomer’s Club of Greenville will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 14 at the Holiday Inn, 203 Greenville Blvd. Lunch is $17 payable at the door. The program will be presented by the owner of Wild Birds Unlimited who will share information about local wildlife. Reservations are requested and should be made on or before Nov. 11 by email at newcomersclubgnc@yahoo.com

Sweet potato giveaway

The Churches Outreach Network will hold a sweet potato drive at 11:45 a.m. on Nov. 16 at Mount Zion Holiness Church, 3689 Barnhill St., Bethel. Participants can get all the sweet potatoes they can carry. Attendees are encouraged to bring boxes, bags, buckets, shopping carts, etc., to help carry their haul.

QAR lab tours

The Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab will offer free guided tours from the archaeologists and conservators responsible for conserving, documenting, and investigating Blackbeard’s flagship from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the QAR Lab, 1157 VOA Site C Road. Tours will run every 30 minutes and will last approximately one and a half hours. Space is limited, and reservations are required. To register for the event, visit the following link: www.qaronline.org/visit/2018-saturday-qar-lab.

Toys for Tots

A Greenville Toys for Tots registration kickoff will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Nov. 17 at Brown and Wood Inc., 329 S.W. Greenville Blvd. Pictures will be taken with Santa and goody bags will be handed out. For more information, contact the Toys for Tots coordinator, Rev. Dr. Rodney Coles Sr. at 252-717-9600.

Thanksgiving Celebration

The 17th annual community interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration will be held at 3 p.m. on Nov. 18 at First Presbyterian Church, 1400 S. Elm St. There will be representatives of the many faith traditions in our community sharing their unique expressions of Thanksgiving. Refreshments and social time will follow in the fellowship hall. Donations of non-perishable food will be received to help feed the hungry. All are welcome! For more information, contact Rev. Rod Debs at 850-225-3826 or revdebs@gmail.com.

Caregiver Day Out

November is National Caregiver Appreciation Month, and a celebration for caregivers will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the Pitt County Council on Aging, 4551 County Home Road. Activities include massages, music, games, prizes, and snacks. Staff will be on hand to provide activities for family members as well. To register, call Tamyra Jovel at 252-974-1837.

Turkey Trot for Kids

The Sixth Annual Beau’s Buddies Turkey Trot for Kids will be held at 8 a.m. on Nov. 22 at the Hilton Greenville, 207 S.W. Greenville Blvd. The event is a 5K Run/Walk and a 1-Mile Fun Walk. Over 500 runners have already signed up to participate, and all of the proceeds raised go to local families battling cancer. Registration is open now. For more information about fees, the route and registration, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Greenville/BeausBuddiesTurkeyTrotforKids.


Alumni of The Pitt County Training School/G.R. Whitfield School in Grimesland are invited to a celebration on Nov. 24 at the American Legion Post 39, 403 St. Andrews Drive. The event will celebrate 101 years of PCTS. For more information contact Annie Barr Clemons at 702-1136 Jill A. Ebron at 757-0274.