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Dec. 12 Community News


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Retired faculty

The ECU Retired Faculty Association will meet at 3 p.m. in the ECU Physicians Family Medicine Center, Second Floor Classroom, 101 Heart Drive. Don Edwards, the owner of University Book Exchange and a longtime civic leader in Greenville, will present “Future Directions for Greenville.” The presentation is free and open to the public.

Coming up

Toy Takeaway

The fourth annual Great Toy Takeaway will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the N.C. National Guard Armory, 1401 N. Memorial Drive. New and gently used toys are being collected through Dec. 14 for the distribution. Collection sites include Eastern Plumbing, 4756 N.C. 43; Sound Feet, 425 S.E. Greenville Blvd.; Fire Tower Secure Storage, 521 W. Fire Tower Road, Winterville; and All State Insurance, 620 Red Banks Road. For more information, email toytakeaway@gmail.com.

Summer fit program

The Greenville Aquatics and Fitness Center is looking for participants for its High Intensity Interval Training. The summer fit exercise incentive program runs 16 weeks from Jan. 8-May 8. It is open to persons interested in jump starting those New Year’s resolutions to get fit for summer. Program requirements: participants will work out a minimum of three times per week. Two-one hour weekly sessions will be with a fitness trainer in our facility. Space is limited. The center is located at 921 Staton Road in the Industrial Park off U.S. 264-Alternate. For more information and to sign up, call 329-4041.

Blanket drive

The Restoring the Hoop Blanket Drive is accepting new and gently used blankets and winter coats. Restoring the Hoop is a Pitt County-based nonprofit organization that helps Native American communities, starting with Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Drop-off locations are Quality Collision Repair East, 4792 N.C. 33; Quality Collision Repair, 4758 Reedy Branch Road; Gamboa Family Dentistry, 2207 Evans Street; and Uniforms PRN, 615 Washington Square Mall, Washington. Call 916-6546 for more information.

Coat drive

Brother’s Keeper, a volunteer-based organization whose mission is to help the homeless in eastern North Carolina, is sponsoring a Winter 2017 Coat Drive. Visit Brother’s Keeper at facebook.com/brotherskeepernc for drop-off locations and other information.

Community helpers

The Community Outreach Soup Kitchen of Farmville needs Christmas “elves” to help Santa for the 15th consecutive year. Gifts for children and adults, wrapped and tagged and identified by gender, and canned and boxed goods for the kitchen are needed. Donating to the Soup Kitchen is an ideal project for individuals or church/civic groups. For more information about donating or volunteering, contact Janet Heath at 753-5512 or 817-4563 (evenings); for other information contact Cathy Holmes at 714-5930 or Emmanuel Episcopal Church at 753-3737.

Big Band concert

Emerald City Big Band will perform its annual Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. James United Methodist Church Christian Life Ministries Center, 2000 E. Sixth St. Christmas cookies, coffee and tea will be provided free during intermission. Admission is free for students and youth and $10 for adults, payable at the door.

Pops concert

The Community Pops Singers will present “Pops Sings Songs of Merry Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at John Paul II Catholic High School, 2725 E. 14th St. The concert is free. For more information call Kathy Sprau at 355-2712.

Winterville seniors

The Winterville Senior Citizen Club will have their Christmas Luncheon and Queen Contest at noon on Saturday in the Community Room, 2693 Railroad St.. The guest speaker will be Pastor Rodney Coles from Community Outreach Network. There will be singing, fellowship, and door prizes. Call 355-2572.

Christmas parades

The Grimesland Hometown Christmas Parade is 2 p.m. Saturday on Pitt Street. The The Bethel Christmas Parade has been rescheduled due to weather for 10 a.m. on Saturday in downtown.

Visit reflector.com/communitycalendar for a full listing of events.