Marian Swinker caught this photo of a bumblebee's acrobatics while trying to get nectar from a bell-shaped blossom, taken at her home in Winterville in April.


Human trafficking

A session to provide pastors with training on the subject of human trafficking will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Sheppard Memorial Library, 530 Evans St. Breakfast will be provided by Churches Outreach Network. Sponsors of the event are STOP Human Trafficking Now, Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking and The Salvation Army’s Project Fight.

Senior fitness

“Stability,” a Silver Sneakers class taught by Linda Wolfe, will meet weekly from 12:45-1:30 p.m. starting today at the Council on Aging, 4551 County Home Road. The class is designed to improve muscle tone and flexibility in the hips, knees and ankles to improve walking ease and fall prevention. Cost is $1 or free to Silver Sneaker card holders. Call the Council on Aging at 752-1717.

Meals fundraiser

Chipotle Mexican Grill, 610 S.E. Greenville Blvd., will donate 50 percent of proceeds from purchases made between 5-9 p.m. to Meals on Wheels. Diners should tell the cashier they are supporting the cause. Orders must be purchased in person, not online. Call 756-0353‎.

Interfaith justice

An Interfaith Justice Forum will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 131 Oakmont Drive, to discuss the issues of love, justice and peace. Call Rodney Coles Sr. at 717-9600.

Book fair

Family Reading Night will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Ayden Elementary School, 187 W. Third St., Ayden. Guests will include Rose Hill. Outstanding Teen Faith May and local therapy dogs. Donations will be received for Literacy and Legacy and for the Pet Food Pantry of Eastern North Carolina. This event is part of a week-long book fair that runs each day from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., concluding on Friday. Call 746-2121.

Coming Up

Beekeepers meeting

The Tar River Beekeepers will hold their monthly potluck supper and meeting at 7 p.m. on May 1 at the Pitt County Agriculture Center, 403 Government Circle. Dr. Ricky Watson, Clinical Assistant Professor from the Family Medicine Department at Brody School of Medicine, will address the group about “Anaphylaxis and Apitherapy.” Watson is an avid beekeeper himself and a member of the Tar River Beekeepers. Visit

OTC Meds Giveaway

A free over-the-counter medicine giveaway event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 5 at the Koinonia Christian Center, 1405 S.W. Greenville Blvd. Participants will be able to take home free over-the-counter medicine, receive free health screenings and, for those who meet the eligibility requirement, enroll in the N.C. MedAssist Free Pharmacy Program. No ID required; must be 18 or older. The event is sponsored by N.C. MedAssist, Vidant Health and HealthAssist. For more information visit

Military Retirees

Military retirees will meet at 8 a.m. on May 5 at the Golden Corral restaurant, 504 S.W. Greenville Blvd. for all interested military retirees in the area. The group meets the first Saturday of each month for breakfast about 8 a.m. and then discusses matters of interest to the attendees starting around 8:30. For more information, contact Col. Scott Barker at

Music festival

“Music on the Grounds” will be held from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 6 at Salem United Methodist Church, 785 McDonald St., Simpson. Music all day will be provided by national recording artists Jackson Heights, the Tim Sutton Trio and Earnest Silver. This free event, open to the public, will include food vendors, rides for the kids and fun for all ages. Bring chairs and blankets. Call 752-1273.

Appreciation ceremony

The Benevolence Corps, a humanity-driven 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides for senior citizens, the disabled, and other vulnerable groups, will hold its 15th Annual Senior Citizens Appreciation Ceremony from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 7 at the C.M. Eppes Recreation Center, 400 Nash St. The public is invited to attend. For more information call Keith Cooper at 258-1260.

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