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Feb. 20 Community News


Mike Shugart shared this photo of construction workers putting the finishing touches on East Carolina University's Main Campus Student Center.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019


Blood drive

The American Red Cross will host an ECU Kinesiology Dept. Challenge Blood Drive at ECU Student Health Services, 1000 E. Fifth St. from noon to 6 p.m. Blood donors are needed. Walk-ins welcome; appointments recommended. Visit www.redcrossblood.org.

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 for more information. 

Tender Hearts 

Tender Hearts, a group for families who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss, will meet at 7 p.m. at the Vidant Wellness Center, 2610 Stantonsburg Road. The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, call 847-4819.

Coming Up

Health symposium

The 15th Annual Jean Mills Health Symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1095 Allen Road. The free event will begin with registration, screenings and a healthy breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The Rev. Richard Joyner will speak at 10 a.m. The free event is a partnership between ECU and the Greater Greenville community. For more information and to register visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/ah/jeanmills/2019symposium.cfm or call Alyssa De Santis Figiel at 744-2114.

Chess tournament

Sheppard Memorial Library, 530 Evans St., is partnering with a local chess club, Highway 264 Chess, to host the Pitt County Chess Open beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. The tournament, which will consist of three rounds, is sanctioned by the United States Chess Federation. Registration is available online at https://​sites.google.com/​view/​pittareachessopen/​home.

Fairy House Festival

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Fairy House Festival from 2-3:30 p.m. on Saturday.The activity is designed to help participants reconnect with nature through building whimsical habitats. The event will include hot chocolate and a campfire. Free. Call 329-4562.

Black history program

New Mercies Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church Ministries, 2009 Pactolus Highway, will present a Black History program at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Guests will include District 8 Rep. Kandie Smith; District 5 Sen. Don Davis; Ella Harris, retired educator and District 2 Commissioner Mary Perkins-Williams. The program will include a sing-along, poetry reading, praise dancing and a parade of history. For more information call Glenda Daniels at 916-3331.

Chili cookoff

Boy Scout Troop 25 will hold its Feast of the East Chili Cookoff from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday at the Farmville Central High School cafeteria, 3308 E. Wilson St., Farmville. The admission price of $8 will allow guests to sample all the chili they want and includes a beverage and dessert. Troop 25-made chili also will be available for sale for takeout. All proceeds will stay with Troop 25 and are used to offset the cost of the scouting program, including summer camp and to purchase and repair camping equipment and maintain the facility. Anyone interested in submitting chili for the cookoff should contact Tom Little at 714-1699.

Cemetery management

A group of concerned families will meet at 10 a.m. on March 2 at the Pitt County Council on Aging, 4551 County Home Road, to discuss the management of Branch’s Cemetery (the large cemetery, not the small wooded area) located on Ayden Golf Club Road in Ayden. Anyone interested in the management of this cemetery is invited to attend. RSVP to branch.cemetery@outlook.com to reserve a seat.

Free tax prep

IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance volunteers is providing free income tax preparation by appointment only from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. through April 9 at the Pitt County Senior Center, 4551 County Home Road. Participants must be age 55 or older, low-income preferred. Volunteers are trained and certified, but not certified to complete complex tax returns. Call 752-1717, ext. 8 and leave a message. A return call will be made to confirm the date and time your tax return will be prepared.