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Nov. 20 Community News


Mike Shugart of Greenville shared this photo of last year’s poinsettia getting ready for Christmas.


Tuesday, November 20, 2018


Free hearing screenings

The Council on Aging will hold free hearing screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information call Lori Cortright, 752-1717, Ext. 13.

Drivers needed

The Pitt County Council on Aging is in need of volunteers to help deliver Meals on Wheels in Ayden and Bethel Monday through Friday. Drivers will provide lunch for homebound older adults. Route delivery takes about an hour. Training is provided. Call 752-1717.

Bell ringers needed

The Salvation Army needs 1,000 volunteers to ring the bells at red kettles during the holiday season. Shifts will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3-8 p.m. or 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. One person does not have to ring the entire shift. The Salvation Army can accommodate large and small groups: families, individuals, youth groups, schools, men’s and women’s clubs, fraternities, sororities or anyone who has the heart and desire to serve. Ringers can rotate every hour. Bell ringing began Nov. 9 and ends on Christmas Eve. For information, details or to sign up, call Stephanie McKenzie at The Salvation Army, 756-3388.

Bethel parade

Sign-up continues for the Bethel Christmas Parade to be held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 8 in Bethel. Entry is free. Bands, floats, autos, walking units, church groups and more are welcome to participate. For more information or to sign up, call the Bethel Town Hall at 818-0891 or visit the Bethel-NC Christmas Parade on Facebook.

Annual Blanket Drive

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 916-6546.

Coming up

Turkey Trot for Kids

The Sixth Annual Beau’s Buddies Turkey Trot for Kids will be held at 8 a.m. on Thursday at the Hilton Greenville, 207 S.W. Greenville Blvd. The event is a 5K Run/Walk and a 1-Mile Fun Walk. Over 500 runners have already signed up to participate, and all of the proceeds raised go to local families battling cancer. Registration is open now. For more information about fees, the route and registration, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Greenville/BeausBuddiesTurkeyTrotforKids.

Thanksgiving dinner

Compassionate Faith Outreach Ministries, 2301 Dickinson Ave., will serve a free Thanksgiving dinner at noon on Thursday for the needy, homeless, all those without family and to anyone who just needs good fellowship. If possible, RSVP by Tuesday to 919-396-2788. RSVP is helpful, but not required.

Thanksgiving dinner

Several groups are holding a community Thanksgiving Dinner from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at York Memorial AME Zion Church, 201 Tyson St. The event is sponsored by The Little Willie Center, Mount Herman Masonic Lodge No. 35, #Something to Somebody and Ladies Delight No. 10 & Partners. Volunteers are needed. Call Melissa Arrington at 717-8745.


Alumni of The Pitt County Training School/G.R. Whitfield School in Grimesland are invited to a celebration at 6 p.m. on Friday at the American Legion Post 39, 403 St. Andrews Drive. The event will celebrate 101 years of PCTS. For more information, contact Annie Barr Clemons at 702-1136 or Jill A. Ebron at 757-0274.

MDA fundraiser

The Grifton Fire Department will be “Filling the Boot” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Friday at the stoplight intersection of South Highland Boulevard and Queen Street. Firefighters will hit the streets or storefronts with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorist, customers and other passersby to make a donation.