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May 24 Communtiy News


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Friday, May 24, 2019


Blood donation center

The American Red Cross Donation Center, 700 Cromwell Drive, is open 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday. It is also open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday. Blood donors are needed. Walk-ins welcome; appointments, which can be made online, are recommended. Blood drives at additional locations are listed at www.redcrossblood.org. Call 758-1140 or 1-800-733-2767.

Farmers’ market

The Leroy James Pitt County Farmers’ Market, 4560 County Home Road, will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in May. Visit www.pittcountync.gov/599/Farmers-Market or follow the market on Facebook.

Food distribution

SMRCO, Inc., of the St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church will hold its monthly food distribution from 5-7 p.m. at 1251 Fleming School Road. Contact Larry Chance at 252-327-8208.

Alumni tournament

An alumni tournament of the Farmville Central all-star basketball team will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. at Farmville Central High School, 3308 E. Wilson St. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for kids 7-12 and free for kids under six. All proceeds will be donated to the Farmville Central basketball team and the Boys & Girls Club of Farmville. Call 984-289-4055.

Coming up

Gyotaku Painting

River Park North will sponsor a Gyotaku painting session from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday at River Park North, 1000 Mumford Rd. Participants will learn why this ancient form of Japanese fish painting was created and will make their own Gyotaku paintings. All paints are washable. This event is $3 for Greenville residents or $5 for non-residents. Supplies are limited, so registration is encouraged by calling 329-4560.

Pitt County history

Donald E. Collins, Ph.D., will deliver a lecture titled “The Civil War in Pitt County” from 6-8 p.m. on May 30 at the Eastern Carolina Village and Farm Museum, 4570 County Home Road. This free event is part of the History Speaks lecture series presented by the museum. Call 355-6550.

Military retirees

A local group of military retirees will meet at 8 a.m. on June 1 at Golden Corral, 504 Greenville Blvd. This meeting is open to all interested military retirees in the area. For more information, contact Col. Scott Barker at scott.barker@suddenlink.net.

Youth incarceration prevention

Sheriff Paula Dance will speak at an event focused on preventing youth incarceration at noon on June 1 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 2921 Briery Swamp Rd in Stokes. There will be door prizes for bringing the most young people at $125 for the most, $75 for the second most and $50 for the third most. Call Eddie Godley at  341-7546.

Republican debate

The two Republican candidates for the 3rd Congressional District, Greg Murphy and Joan Perry, will participate in a debate at 6:30 p.m. on June 3 in the Walter & Marie Williams Building, Room 111, at Pitt Community College, 2105 Warren Drive in Winterville.

Career fair

A community career fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 5 in the Goess Student Center at Pitt Community College, 169 Bulldog Run in Winterville. More than 40 employers from a variety of industries will be present. Attendees should bring resumes, a state-issued photo ID and appropriate dress. Call  493-7784.

Host families needed

Terre des Langues is seeking Greenville area families to host four French boys and girls, ages 15-16, and one language teacher this summer from June 13 to July 7. The students attend the private Lycee Saint Marc located near Lyon, France. They will share their language and culture while improving their language proficiency in English. Host families will simply provide daily activities in their homes. During the three-week stay, optional cultural activities will be provided to both the French students and their American counterparts. For more information and a personal visit, contact Frederic Fladenmuller at Fladenmullerf@ecu.edu or call Terre des Langues at 754-2136.