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Dec. 1 Go! Guide


The Greenville Gives celebration, scheduled for 5-8 p.m. today, will include singing, dancing and storytime.


Friday, December 1, 2017


Greenville Gives

The City of Greenville will host its Greenville Gives Holiday Celebration and tree-lighting ceremony from 5-8 p.m. today at Five Points Plaza on Fifth and Evans streets. The event will include a holiday market as well as entertainment by the Magnolia Belles, N.C. Academy of Dance Arts, the Wright School of Music, Greenville Civic Ballet, the J.H. Rose Jazz Band, the Oakwood School, and the Generations Praise Band. Mayor Kandie Smith will read “T’was the Night Before Christmas,” Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive aboard the Jolly Trolley, and merchants will have cookies and hot cocoa. At the event, donations non-perishable food donations will be accepted for the Salvation Army and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Paper products and individual snacks will be accepted for the Ronald McDonald House, and unwrapped toys for ages 1-12 for Toys for Tots. Contact Uptown Greenville at 561-8400 or info@uptowngreenville.com.

First Friday Art Walk

The First Friday Art Walk will be held from 5-8 p.m. today in downtown Greenville. The free event will feature self-guided gallery tours and opening receptions for some exhibits. Contact Uptown Greenville at 561-8400 or info@uptowngreenville.com for more information.

Christmas in Carolina

The Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina will host “The Christmas in Carolina Celebration” from 6:30-9 p.m. today at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd. This ticketed event will include food and a live and silent auction. Call 847-5120. Proceeds will benefit Family Support Network’s programs for families of children with special health care needs, premature births and chronic illness. 

Santa’s Lab

A Time for Science Greenville Center, 729 Dickinson Ave., will host Santa’s Lab from 5:30-8:30 p.m. today. The evening will include science experiments, pictures with Santa, cookies, hot chocolate, and story time. Admission is $10 per child. Call 364-2862 or email Emily@atimeforscience.org.

A Christmas Story 

The Magnolia Arts Center, 1703 E. 14th St.,  will present “A Christmas Story” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and Dec. 7-9. Matinee performances will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Dec. 9. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. Contact info@magnoliaartscenter.com or 888-622-3838.

Wind in the Willows

Storybook Theatre will present “The Wind in the Willows” at 7 p.m. today in Wright Auditorium as part of ECU’s Family Fare Series. The show is about the delicate balance among all living things, and the surpassing value of friendship. Tickets are $8 for youth and students, $11 for public. Contact 328-4788 or visit ecu.edu/​arts.


Homes tour and bazaar

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 E. Fourth St., will hold its annual Christmas homes tour and bazaar on Saturday. The tour, which will feature seven area homes decorated for Christmas, will be held from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; the bazaar will be held from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Tickets for the tour are $25; the bazaar is free. Lunches are available for $5 at the bazaar. Proceeds will benefit the church’s Outreach Ministry programs. Call 752-3482.

ChoRuss ensemble

The Music House, 408 W. Fifth St., will present the Russian vocal ensemble ChoRuss at 7 p.m. Saturday. The ensemble’s repertoire is spiritual a cappella music performed during services for the Russian Orthodox Church and Russian folk and Christmas songs. Suggested donations are $20 per concert ($15 for seniors, $5 for students). Reservations are required. Emailthemusichouse@suddenlink.net or call 367-1892.

Kids’ Space Day

A Time for Science-Greenville Center, 729 Dickinson Ave., will host Kids’ Space Day from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Explore astronomy and complete a craft project at this planetarium event. Cost is $5 per child and free for parents. Visit www.atimeforscience.org or contact brian@atimeforscience.org or 364-6569.

Grifton Christmas

The Grifton Christmas Village will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Grifton Train Depot in Grifton. The event will include musical entertainment, a Christmas parade at 4 p.m. and the tree lighting ceremony that will follow. Visit www.facebook.com/​griftonnc/.

ECU basketball

ECU’s women’s basketball team takes on Norfolk State University at 2 p.m. Saturday in Minges Coliseum’s Williams Arena. Tickets are $7-$12 for adults and $4 for youth. The men’s  team plays Delaware State University at 5 p.m. Saturday in Minges Coliseum’s Williams Arena. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth. Visit ecupirates.com.

Tuba Christmas

ECU School of Music will present TubaChristmas from noon-1 p.m. Saturday in front of A.J. Fletcher Music Building on campus. Any community musician who plays baritone, euphonium, tuba or sousaphone is invited to participate with a $10 fee.The event will benefit the Harvey Phillips Foundation. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The concert is free to attend.

Combined Jazz Concert

ECU School of Music will present a Combined Jazz Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in Wright Auditorium. Free. Call 328-6851. 


Reindeer dash 

The 13th annual Reindeer Dash for Cash 10 Miler and 5K run will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Greenville Town Common. The race is a fundraising event to benefit the Capt. Christopher Cash Memorial Foundation scholarship fund. Registration is $25-$45. Visit reindeerdashforcash.org.

Holiday Band Concert

ECU School of Music will present a holiday concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in Wright Auditorium. Musical selections will include holiday favorites and will also feature a tribute to military stationed overseas during the holidays. Free. Call 328-6851.


ECU basketball

ECU’s men’s basketball team takes on Campbell University at 7 p.m. Monday in Minges Coliseum’s Williams Arena. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth. Visit ecupirates.com.

ECU choirs concert

ECU School of Music will present a Choirs Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 E. Fourth St. Free. For more information, call 328-6851. 


Story Time With Santa

The Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina will host Story Time With Santa at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd. Santa will read to children and pose for photos. Tickets are $10 each ($15 for two children in one photo and $20 for three or more in a photo). Reservations required. Email brendafamilysupport@gmail.com.

Holiday concert

The Pitt Community College Symphony Orchestra will present its holiday concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church, 510 S. Washington St. The concert  will include several ensembles from the PCC music department. The symphony will perform  Christmas favorites including “Sleigh Ride,” “March of the Toys,” and a new special arrangement by Bob Krogstad. The PCC Chorale will perform “Suo Gan” and an arrangement of “Jingle Bells” with the 0rchestra. The Pitt County School Early College Choir perform “Mary Did You Know?” Free, but donations will be accepted.


Jingle Bell Bash

The second annual Ugly Sweater Jingle Bell Bash will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at Holiday Inn, 203 S.W. Greenville Blvd. The event, a benefit for the community programs of Mental Health America of Eastern Carolina, will feature the musical group Anthem Lights. It will include a silent auction, cash bar and ugly sweater contest. Tickets are $20 for general admission.Visit mhaec.org.

Nutcracker ballet

Dance Arts Theatre will present “The Nutcracker Ballet” at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at ECU’s Wright Auditorium. Net proceeds from this event will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to benefit the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center. Tickets are $35 for adults and $28 for children. Call 328-4788.

Breakfast with Santa

The Greenville Museum of Art, 802 S. Evans St., will host Breakfast with Santa from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 9. The event will include a holiday breakfast, a visit with Santa Claus, a digital photo of each child and a keepsake craft. Call 758-1946 or visit gmoa.org.


There are four chances to see Christmas parades in Pitt County on Dec. 9. The Bethel Christmas parade is set to begin at 10 a.m., followed by Farmville’s “Patriotic Christmas” at 10:30 a.m. The Town of Winterville’s annual Christmas parade will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Church and Cooper streets.The annual Greenville Jaycees Christmas Parade will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 9 on Evans Street downtown. Visit www.greenvillejaycees.com.

May Museum tea

The May Museum and Park of Farmville will host its annual Christmas Tea from 3-5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the museum, 3802 S, Main St. The museum will be decorated with fresh greenery and festive décor. Tea and other refreshments will be served. Contact Lindsay Annis at 753-6725 or email lannis@farmvillenc.gov.


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