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Dec. 25 Community News


Charles Davis shared this photo of a Christmas cactus in full bloom enjoying a little sunshine on a porch in Planters Trail.


Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Coming Up

Blood donors needed

The Eastern N.C. Blood Donation Center, 700 Cromwell Drive, will be open from 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday Sunday and Monday. Blood donors are needed. Walk-ins welcome; appointments recommended. Call 758-1140 or 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Dinner of Hope

Early bird tickets at $30 are available now through Monday for the Fourth Annual Dinner of Hope to be held from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 9 at 400 Saint Andrews, 400 St. Andrews Drive. The dinner is sponsored by the Pitt County Coalition on Substance Abuse. PCCSA seeks to educate the community about opioid addiction, youth alcohol consumption and resources for addiction services. Support from the community is essential to have a positive impact on Pitt County. General admission tickets will be available for $35 after Monday through Feb. 9. Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dinner-of-hope-tickets-51675167818.  

NAACP meeting

The NAACP monthly Executive Board/Membership meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 8. The group will discuss the NC NAACP challenge to the voter ID law in a federal lawsuit. Call Calvin Henderson, president, at 814-9076.

Racial reconciliation

A program called “Building Racial Reconciliation” will be held from 9-11 a.m. Jan. 12 at New Dimensions Community Church, 1700 W. Sixth St. Topics at the program, presented by the Dennis Hamilton Men’s Fellowship, will include assessing personal accountability and actions, identifying challenges and courses and confronting stigmas and stereotypes. No registration is necessary; free will donations will be received. Call 413-7310.

Service volunteers

The City of Greenville is seeking individuals and groups to participate in the Day of Service event Jan. 21. The event will run from 10 a.m.-noon for all areas except River Park North, which will be from 9-11 a.m. Volunteers will join city staff in cleaning up streets, entrances to the city, neighborhoods, River Park North, greenways and the river. Gloves, safety vests and bags will be provided. Call Tawanda Cage in the City of Greenville Code Enforcement Division at 329-4856 to sign up.

Council on Aging 

The Pitt County Council on Aging, 4551 County Home Road, will offer the following events. Call 752-1717, ext 7, for more information or to register.

■ Free blood pressure checks will be offered by IntelliChoice from 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 2.

■ Free Basic Computer, MS Word, Excel and Facebook classes will be offered starting Jan. 7.

■ Living Healthy leader training for adults 55 and over will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 23, 24, 30 and 31.The training is for individuals who are interested in facilitating the Living Healthy with Chronic Disease Workshop. The four-day training is free. 

■ A free stained glass class demonstration will be offered from 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 28. Information regarding supplies and projects will be discussed.

Hospice volunteers

3HC Home Health and Hospice is recruiting volunteers for hospice patients in Pitt County. Volunteers are needed to go to the homes of hospice patients and sit with them to give the primary caregiver an opportunity to get out for a few hours. The only special skills required are a compassionate heart and a smile; volunteers will be trained for anything else needed. Minimum commitment of two hours per week. Call Cyndi Shimer, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 919-583-1741.

Fall prevention assistance

The Council on Aging is seeking Pitt County homeowners, age 60 and older, who are at risk for falls, are fearful of falling, or who have fallen. The goal is to facilitate suitable living environments to enable adults to live safer and more independently in their current home. This would be accomplished through the provision of a home safety assessment, falls prevention education and recommendations/resources and/or assistance for safety equipment such as grab bars and handrails. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 752-1717, ext. 14.