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March 7 Community News


Bob Williams of Washington sent in this photo of a tree showing off its beautiful spring colors on March 1.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Food bank

A food bank hosted by Churches Outreach Network will be open at 9 a.m. at 713 Albemarle Ave. Bring bags or boxes. First come, first served. Community resource groups are welcome to participate. Contact Rodney Coles Sr., 717-9600.

Weekly bingo

American Legion Post 39, 403 St. Andrews Drive, holds bingo games each Wednesday. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; games with prizes begin at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the military, veterans and families. Call 347-9638.

Coming Up

Candidates forum

The Benevolence Corps will host a forum for candidates seeking the office of Pitt County District Attorney at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at the C.M. Eppes Recreation Center multipurpose room, 400 Nash St. The first hour will be a meet and greet, followed by panel questions beginning at 6:30 p.m. Benevolence Corps executive director Keith W. Cooper will moderate the event, which will be sponsored by the Eastern North Carolina Regional Association of Black Social Workers. For more information call 258-1260.

Fish fry 

The Pactolus Ruritan Club will hold its annual fish fry from 4-7 p.m. on Friday at the Pactolus Fire Department, 5858 U.S. 264. Eat-in-or take-out dinners are $10 each and include herring or trout, French fries, slaw, hushpuppies and a beverage. A fish fry also will be held on March 23.

Community luncheon

A “Soup and Sandwiches Community Luncheon” will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at New Wynn Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 191 Package Craft Road, Bethel. The luncheon is presented by North Pitt Area Table, a Division of Churches Outreach Network. For more information call Chairman Rodney Coles Sr. at 717-9600, Co-Chairman Pastor James Lindsey at 236-8763 or Bethel Mayor Gloristine Brown at 347-2970.

Shred event

St. James United Methodist Church, 2000 E. Sixth St., will host a free shredding event from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The event is limited to residential customers (no businesses) with a five-bag or five-box maximum per person. Staples, paper clips and thin folders can be shredded along with paper documents, but no three-ring binders or plastic. For more information call 752-6154 or visit stjconnect.org/shred-event/.

Board meeting

The Pitt County Board of Health will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the conference rooms of the Health Department, 201 Government Circle. Contact Kristen Nichols at 902-2442 or kristen.nichols@pittcountync.gov.

Child advocacy

The TEDI BEAR Children’s Advocacy Center at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine will offer a free “Stewards of Children” class on child sexual abuse prevention, recognition and response from 2-4:30 p.m. on March 15. To register for this session visit ecu.edu/tedibear and click on Events, email glossonk15@ecu.edu or call 744-8334. Dates and times of other sessions are available on the website.

Human trafficking

Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking (PCCAHT) will meet from 9:30-11 a.m.on March 15 in Meeting Room A of the Sheppard Memorial Library, 530 Evans St. Additional meetings will be held on the third Thursday of each month, currently scheduled through September.

Caregivers program

“A Caregiver’s Guide to Wandering” will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon on March 16 at the Council on Aging, 4551 County Home Road. The program will educate caregivers on wandering in order to provide peace of mind and enable those with dementia to stay at home longer, more securely and affordably. This event is sponsored by the Mid-East Commission Area Agency on Aging and Pitt County Council on Aging. To pre-register, call 752-1717.

Interfaith Clergy

The Interfaith Clergy of Pitt County will meet at noon on March 22 at New Dimensions Community Church, 1700 W. Sixth St. The host will be Pastor Eve C. Rogers. Contact Dr. Rodney Coles Sr. at 717-9600 or Debbie S. Dixon at 462-1112.

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