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Jan. 23 Community News


William Meggs sent in this view of contrails in the sky over Greenville.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Assistance program

The We Care Program is available from 8:30-9:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the Community Crossroads Center, 207 Manhattan Ave. Receive emergency food, legal aid, disability and veterans assistance and help with employment skills. Call Pastor Rodney Coles Sr. at 717-9600.

Blood donation center

The Eastern North Carolina Donation Center, 700 Cromwell Drive, is open Tuesdays from 1-6 p.m. Call 758-1140 for more information or visit www.redcrossblood.org/locations/greenville-donation-center.

STOP Series

The Pitt County Coalition on Substance Abuse will present a STOP (Stop the Opioid Problem) session from 6-8 p.m. in the J.H. Rose High School Lecture Hall, 600 W. Arlington Blvd. The session will address many topics, including the questions of “What are opioids?” and “Why are they so addictive?” Local families affected by the opioid crisis will share their stories. Refreshments will be provided. For more information visit STOP on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pccsanc/.

Film screening

The Brody School of Medicine Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies will present the film, “Serving Life,” at 6 p.m. at GK Cafe, 3197 E. 10th St. “Serving Life” documents an extraordinary hospice program where hardened criminals care for their dying fellow inmates. In doing so they embark on a journey that may end in personal rehabilitation. Following the screening there will be short discussion facilitated by Hellen Ransom, Doctor of Health Care Ethics, for those who wish to participate. For more information contact Angelina Brittle, 847-1236, or Angelina.brittle@vidanthealth.com.

Coming Up

Farmville seniors

The Farmville Senior Council will meet at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Outreach Soup Kitchen, 3942 S. Walnut St., Farmville. Seniors 60 and over are welcome to attend. Topics of discussion will be monthly trips via the council’s van and other ideas concerning seniors. For more information call Cathy at 714-5930.

Alumni meeting

The Eva J. Lewis Alumni Chapter of ECSU will have its monthly meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday at the home of President Mary Cates, 1004 Colonial Ave. For more information, contact Cates at 758-5039.

Tax prep

IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) volunteers will provide free income tax preparation from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. by appointment only on Tuesday and Thursday mornings beginning Feb. 1-April 10 at the Pitt County Senior Center, 4451 County Home Road. To qualify for this service, participants must be age 55 or older, low-income preferred. Volunteers are trained and certified; however, they are not certified to complete complex tax returns. To make an appointment, call 752-1717, ext. 3 and leave a message.

Essay contest

The Optimist Club of Greenville is accepting applications for its annual essay contest that is open to students younger than 18 and who are educated in Pitt County and who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent. Applications are due on Feb. 2. The essay is to be 700-800 words on the topic of “Can Society Function Without Respect?” Additional information is available at www.greenvilleoptimists.org or contact Pamela Franks at 814-7794 or email entries@greenvilleoptimists.


“How to Share a Sacred Site: Lessons from Turkey and India” will be the topic of a lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Sci-Tech, C-207 on the ECU campus. Anna Bigelow, associate professor of Islamic studies in the department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at N.C. State University, will be the featured speaker. Bigelow has written on several topics including religious extremism, religion and conflict and the role of Islam in the world today. The lecture is hosted by the ECU Religious Studies Program. Visit www.ecu.edu/religion-program/ for details.

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