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March 24 Community News


Bob Williams spotted this large flock of turkeys in a field that apparently had some food to their liking, taken during the last week of February in Pitt County.


Sunday, March 24, 2019


Blood donation

Blood donors are needed at the following locations. Walk-ins accepted; appointments recommended. Call 758-1140 or 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

■ The American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 700 Cromwell Drive, will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

■ Black Jack Free Will Baptist Church, 2973 Black Jack-Simpson Road, will host a blood drive from 1-5 p.m. 

■ Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 411 Watauga Ave., will host a drive from noon to 4 p.m.  

Coming up

Reading program  

The Farmville Public Library, 4276 W. Church St., Farmville, will hold the “Every Child Ready to Read Parents’ Program” at 6 p.m. on Monday. Parents of young children will learn ways to help their children get ready to read by talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. Each family attending will receive a free felt board story-time kit. Contact Connie Widney at cwidney@farmvillenc.gov for more information.

Great Decisions

Col. R. Scott Barker will speak on the “State of the State Department and Diplomacy” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday on the ECU campus, Rivers 102. This event is part of the Great Decisions 2019 series. Admission is free. Parking is available in the A lots around the Rivers Building. Contact Alethia Cook at cooka@ecu.edu or 328-5869.

Tree Day

Community Tree Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Greenville Housing Authority’s Cultural and Recreation Center, 1710 W. Third St. The community is invited to help plant Greenville’s next generation of trees. The event is sponsored by the City of Greenville and ReLeaf, Inc. For more information visit greenvillenc.gov or contact Kevin Heifferon at 329-4531 or kheifferon@greenvillenc.gov.

Senior Wellness Fair

The Greenville Aquatics and Fitness Center, 921 Staton Road, will hold its Annual Senior Wellness Fair from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The event will feature many free screenings and services, including blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, eye exams, hearing exams, a lung cancer risk assessment, HIV screenings and diabetes screenings. This event is free and open to the public. More than 40 vendors will be present and participants are eligible to win a number of door prizes. For more information, contact Brett Roddy at broddy@greenvillenc.gov.

Senior Council Meeting

The Farmville Senior Council monthly meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Soup Kitchen, 3492 S. Walnut St. Seniors, age 60 and older, are welcome to attend.Topics to be discussed are dates of the April trip to the Women’s Show in Raleigh and an idea for a history project about seniors from the past. Participants are welcome to bring day trip ideas to share. Morning transportation for seniors to and from the Senior Center is available. Call Cathy at 714-5930.

Town hall meeting

State Rep. Kandie Smith and State Sen. Don Davis will hold a joint town hall meeting from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Eastern Area Health Education Center, 2600 W. Arlington Blvd. The town hall is being held as part of the “Week of Action” initiative. Smith and Davis will discuss their visions for the state and will answer questions raised by members of the public. This is a free event and all members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Spring Fiesta 

A “Spring Fiesta” will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Belvoir Elementary School, 2568 N.C. 33. Sponsored by the Belvoir Elementary School, the Association of Mexicans in N.C. and the Eastern N.C. Latin American Coalition, the event will celebrate the community’s diverse cultures with foods, music and activities. Call 757-3916 or email amexcan@amexcannc.org.

Magnolia Belles

The ECU Magnolia Belles will give their annual spring concert, “Sisters in Music” at 4 p.m. on March 31 in Wright Auditorium on the ECU campus. The Magnolia Belles are ECU’s only all-female acapella group. The group will sing a variety of popular music from all genres. Admission is free. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m