Vidant Community Calendar
Monday, December 3, 2018
Stewards of children
The TEDI BEAR Children’s Advocacy Center will host a free training to recognize, respond and prevent child sexual abuse from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sheppard Memorial Library, 530 Evans St. For more information and to register, email Kia Glosson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 252-744-8334.
The Pitt Community College Symphony Orchestra will deliver the music of the season at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church, 510 S. Washington St. The concert is free and will feature music from the movie “Frozen,” composer John Rutter, Mozart, and many Christmas favorites. Donations will be accepted.
Master Gardener Volunteers will lead two wreath-making workshops on Thursday at the Pitt County Agricultural Center, 403 Government Circle. One workshop is 10 a.m.-noon; the second is from 1-3 p.m. A $10 fee will cover all supplies to create a wreath using fresh greenery from the Pitt County Arboretum. Class size is limited. Participants are asked to bring small clippers. Call 902-1709 to sign up and arrange payment.
Holiday Open House
The Eastern Carolina Village & Farm Museum, 4570 County Home Road, will hold self-guided lantern tours of several of the buildings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. Visitors can listen to holiday tales of the past from museum docents dressed in period clothing, observe weaving and blacksmith demonstrations and enjoy holiday carolers, music and refreshments.
The Beaufort Historical Association will host the 11th Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday. The tour showcases Beaufort’s holiday hospitality and provides a rare glimpse into private historic homes. Tickets, extra information and maps of the tour are available at www.beauforthistoricsite.org or by calling 252-758-5225.
The Tar River Community Band will present a free concert of Christmas music at 4 p.m. Saturday the Greenville Mall, 714 S.E. Greenville Blvd. The Tar River Community Band is an all-volunteer organization that has been making music in Greenville since 1987. The band is made up of people who played in high school and college bands and is sponsored through Pitt County Community, Schools and Recreation along with support from Greenville Recreation and Parks.
The May Museum & Park, 3802 S. Main St., Farmville, will host the annual Christmas Tea from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. The event will include tea served out of vintage china teacups, caroling by local youth groups and lots of delicious foods. Call 753-6725.
The Legendary Embers featuring Craig Woolard will have a concert from 7-9 p.m. on Sunday at Reimage Church, 3950 Victory Lane, Winterville. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to Pitt County Operation Santa Claus, a toy drive where all donated items are distributed through the Salvation Army.
Hyde County’s 1857 Octagon House will hold its annual Christmas Open House from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday located at 30868 U.S. 264 near Engelhard. Visitors are invited to stop by, enjoy the decorated house and step back in time. The event is free and open to all.
The Greenville Choral Society’s Combined Choirs Winter Concert will be performed at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at The Memorial Baptist Church, 1510 S.W. Greenville Blvd. The concert will feature the Children's Chorus, Bella Voce, Youth Chorale and Concert Choir. Free. Visit greenvillechoralsociety.com.
Hanging with Santa
The Greenville Aquatics & Fitness Center, 921 Staton Road, will host Hanging with Santa from 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 15 for ages 6 months to 12 years. Santa will have a meet and greet and will take pictures. The free event also will include arts and crafts. Call 329-4041.
River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Santa’s Workshop from 5:15-7 p.m. Dec. 15. The outdoor event will include hot chocolate, marshmallows over a campfire and a meet and greet with Santa. Participants may preregister for one of two 75-minute time slots. Cost is $5 per child for city residents and $7 for others. Call 329-4560.
Big band concert
The Emerald City Big Band will give its annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Jarvis United Methodist Church Taft Christian Life Center, 510 S. Washington St. The band will present a program of holiday instrumental favorites and vocalists Emery Davis, RaSheeda Waddell and Michael Stephenson will sing. Christmas cookies, coffee and tea will be provided free during intermission. Adult donation at the door is $10; youth/students free. Proceeds will support the Ed Wheatley Jazz Trumpet Endowment Fund.
The Salvation Army needs volunteers to ring the bells at red kettles during the holiday season. The effort can accommodate large and small groups. Ringers can rotate every hour. Bell ringing continues through Christmas Eve. For information, details or to sign up, call Stephanie McKenzie at The Salvation Army, 756-3388.
Restoring the Hoop is accepting donations of gently used blankets and coats at drop-off locations located at Quality Collision Repair East. 4792 N.C. 33; Uniforms PRN, 615 Washington Square Mall, Washington; Quality Collision Repair, 4758 Reedy Branch Road, Winterville; Gamboa Family Dentistry, 2207 Evans St.; Wirth Chiropractic, 704 E. Arlington Blvd. All donations received are provided to Native Americans. For more information, call 252-916-6546
The Community Outreach Soup Kitchen of Farmville is seeking wrapped gifts for patrons, their children and grandchildren. Cold weather clothing is needed for adults: coats, sweaters, sweatshirts and pants, thermal underwear, gloves, hats, scarves, earmuffs, and socks. Gifts for children could include clothing but also toys and books. Wrapped gifts should be tagged with gender, child or adult, and size when appropriate. Need more men’s sizes L-3XL; women’s sizes XL- 2XL. Gifts may be dropped off at the kitchen during its serving time at 3492 S. Walnut St. or The Biscuit and the Bean Café at 3729-B N. Main St, Farmville, from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. or by calling Janet Heath at 917-4563 after 5 p.m.
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 1-800-227-2345.
Wish-granting volunteers are needed for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina. Wish-granters visit the family and help determine the wish of the child with a life-threatening medical condition while explaining wish procedures. For more information, contact Lisa at 919-821-7111 or email@example.com.
Peace Garden Bricks
The Mediation Center of Eastern Carolina offers engraved bricks to be placed in its community peace garden at Sheppard Memorial Library on Evans Street to honor peacemakers and to raise funds for the organization’s efforts. The City of Greenville Public Works Department designed the garden and maintains it. Money collected for the bricks pays the center’s work through programs such as Teen Court, Mediation and Building Peace in Schools to solve problems related to violence and cultural differences. Call 758-0268 or visit www.mceconline.org/about/programs/peace-garden.
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. Call 902-1725 for more information or download the form at www.pttcountync.gov/153/Animal-Services.
Fall safety assessment
The Pitt County Council on Aging is seeking City of Greenville homeowners age 60 and over who are at risk for falls, are fearful of falling or who have fallen. Their goal is to facilitate suitable living environments to enable these homeowners to live more safely and independently in their current homes. This would be accomplished through a home safety assessment, falls prevention education and recommendations of safety equipment. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 252-752-1717 Ext. 14.
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.-12 noon depending on the community you serve. One hour training required. Call 252-752-1717, Ext 4.
The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 37 is now open to help disabled veterans with their claims for benefits from 8 a.m.-noon the second and fourth Saturdays each month and from 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday and Thursday at its office located in the JOY Soup Kitchen, 700 Albemarle St., Greenville. No appointment needed. First come, first served. For more information, call 252-493-4954.
Blood donation center
The Eastern North Carolina Donation Center, 700 Cromwell Drive, will be open 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today through Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday. Blood donors are needed. Walk-ins welcome;…