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March 29 Community News


During a ride through the Pungo Wildlife Refuge, Bob Williams found this turtle that appeared to be doing a balancing act -- and a very good job of it, too!


Friday, March 29, 2019


Blood donation center

The American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 700 Cromwell Drive, is open 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today through Sunday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday. Blood donors are needed. Walk-ins welcome; appointments recommended. Call 758-1140 or 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. 

Case competition 

The ECU chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management will host the Carolinas SHRM Student Conference and Case Competition from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the East Carolina Heart Institute, 115 Heart Drive. The event is open to students, professionals and business owners from North Carolina and South Carolina. Break-out sessions are designed to help with communication, networking and careers. College student teams will participate in a student case competition. Cost is $10 for students and $49 for professionals. Registration is at https://tinyurl.com/NCStudentShrm2019. For more information contact Sharon Justice, justices@ecu.edu or 737-5286.

Bowling fundraiser 

Today is the deadline for submitting entries to The Greenville Host Lions Club’s 19th Annual Bowl for the Blind tournament. The tournament will start with registration at noon and bowling at 1 p.m. on Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. at AMF East Carolina Lanes, 700 Red Banks Road. The format is a five-person team, three regular-game tournament. The entry fee is $30 per person ($150 per team). The entry fee includes practice balls, a light snack and a free raffle ticket for door prizes during the tournament. The event is a fundraiser to support the various programs that the Greenville Host Lions Club offers to those in need in the community. Sponsorships are available. Call Walt Kitchen at 321-2029 or 756-2059.

Coming Up

Charleston trip

The deadline for registering for the Pitt County Council on Aging’s trip to Charleston, S.C., which includes a deposit of $100, is Sunday. The trip will be from May 28-30 and 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 752-1717.

Documentary Screening

A free film screening and panel discussion of the documentary “Chairman Jones: An Improbable Leader” will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at East Carolina Heart Institute Conference Center, 115 Heart Drive. Filmmaker Anna Jones will share her award-winning film about leadership, faith, untold stories of success in the rural south and the amazing work of her father, who became the first black North Carolina school board chairman. For more information, contact Hunter Corn at 919-987-1841.

Food drive

A food drive hosted by Churches Outreach Network will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday at 713 Albemarle Ave. The event is first come, first served. Participants should bring their own bags or boxes. For more information, call Rodney Coles Sr. at 717-9600.

Pickleball Clinic 

A pickleball clinic will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday at the Elm Street park tennis courts, 1055 S. Elm St. This enjoyable game combines tennis, badminton and ping-pong. The clinic will teach basic technique, strategies and rules of the game. For more information, contact John Barrow at 252-329-4573.

Head and Neck Cancer Screening 

Vidant Cancer Care will sponsor a free head and neck cancer screening from 8 a.m.-noon on April 6 at Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Tower, 524 Moye Blvd. Registration is required for this event and can be completed by calling 855-MYVIDANT or online at vidanthealth.com/events. Screening for head and neck cancer is quick and painless and can find cancer earlier when it is easier to treat. Anyone concerned about a risk for cancer may call Vidant’s Cancer Prevention Clinic at 816-7000.

Car seat checks

If someone needs to purchase a seat at a discounted rate or needs to take a car seat class because of receiving a car seat ticket, contact Safe Kids at 847-8688. For a car seat check, call and make an appointment.