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March 7 Community News


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Thursday, March 7, 2019


Mended Hearts 

Mended Hearts of Eastern North Carolina will meet at 7 p.m. at the Edwin W. Monroe Conference Center, 2000 Venture Tower Drive. The guest speaker will be Dr. Paul Mounsey, an interventional cardiologist who specializes in atrial fibrillation. Mended Hearts is a support group for cardiac patients and their caregivers and meets the first Thursday of each month. For more information call 714-9381.

Candlelight vigil

Citizens United Against Violence (CUAV) will hold its monthly “Stop the Violence” candlelight vigil” at 7 p.m. on the Pitt County Courthouse steps, 100 W. Third St., or inside the courthouse in case of inclement weather. The vigil honors those whose lives are lost to violence. For those months when no lives are lost, life is celebrated. For more information, call retired Capt. Cecil Hardy at 531-9071 or Johann Bleicher at 917-4223.

Nar-Anon family support

The Nar-Anon family support group meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Covenant Church, House No. 3, 4025 Corey Road, Winterville for anyone affected by a loved one’s addiction.The group’s leader may be contacted at 919-880-0473. Call 1-800-431-1754 for a free brochure.on the signs of addiction. Nar-Anon also offers free screenings and referrals.

Coming Up

Farmers market

The Leroy James Farmers’ Market, 4560 County Home Road, will re-open for the season from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and will remain open during these hours on Saturdays only for the months of March and April. For more information visit www.pittcountync.gov/599/Farmers-Market or follow the market on Facebook.

Trips for seniors

■ The Council on Aging is sponsoring a trip to Charleston, S.C., from May 28-30. The trip includes dinner at the Charleston Crab House, a dinner cruise aboard The Spirit of Carolina, a guided tour of historic Charleston and more. Cost of the trip is $459, double occupancy. Call the Council on Aging at 752-1717. Deadline to register, which includes a deposit of $100, is Sunday.

■ The Farmville Senior Council (age 60 plus) will depart at 9:30 a.m. on March 20 from the Farmville Community Center, 3886 S. Main St., to go to Ayden to visit Bum’s Restaurant for lunch. After lunch the group will head to Simply Natural Farm in Ayden for a tour and ice cream tasting at 12:30 p.m. Everyone pays for his/her own lunch and the $8 each for the 1.5-hour tour. The group will return by late afternoon. Seating is limited on the van. Deadline to register is March 18. Call Cathy Holmes at 714-5930.

■ The Winterville Senior Citizens Club plans to take a one-day trip on April 6 to the Rocky Hock Playhouse in Edenton to see “It Is Finished” by Gloria Emmerich. The bus will leave from the Town of Winterville parking lot at at 7 a.m. and return by 7 p.m. Price is $50 including transportation, performance and buffet. Payment in full is due by March 19. Send check or money order payable to the Winterville Senior Citizens Club, c/o Beatrice Henderson, P.O. Box 432, Winterville, N.C., 28590. Anyone planning to attend should call 355-2572.

Foster parent information

The Methodist Home for Children will host a foster parent information session from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday at St. James United Methodist Church, 2000 E. Sixth St. for anyone interested in learning more about fostering, therapeutic foster care or foster-to-adopt. To RSVP your attendance or to learn more, visit www.mhfc.org, email fosterandadopt@mhfc.org or call 1-888-305-4321, ext. 6.

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 the tax return will be prepared.