Dec. 1 community

Marian Swinker shared this photo of a red shouldered hawk scanning for a breakfast near her home in Winterville.



Auditions for a “Funny Thing Called Love” will continue 2 p.m. today at Magnolia Arts Center, 1703 E. 14th St. The comedy is casting for five women and three men. The show will be performed Feb. 13-16 and Feb. 20-23. Visit

Grifton Museum

The Grifton Museum, 437-A Creekshore Drive, is open from 1-5 p.m. today. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. For more information, call 524-0190 or visit the museum on Facebook.

Santa for Seniors

The Pitt County Council on Aging is holding its annual Santa for Seniors effort through Dec. 9. Stop by any Walgreens and pick a Santa hat from the Santa for Seniors tree to sponsor an older adult for Christmas. A tree also is available at Starbucks across from the community college, Stanton Square and on Greenville Boulevard. Call the Council on Aging, 752-1717.

Festival of Trees

The Family Support Network of Eastern N.C. is hosting the 2019 Festival of Trees from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 23 at the Greenville Convention Center. Admission is free and open to the public. The display features a variety of holiday-themed trees, sponsored by individuals, businesses and church and civic organizations. The group also will host Storytime with Santa events at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Dec. 10 at the Convention Center. The Festival Gala is set for 6:30-9 p.m. on Friday at the convention center. Call 917-4110 or for more information.

Coming up

Orchestra concert

The Pitt Community College Symphony Orchestra present its holiday concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church, 510 S. Washington St. The program will include seasonal music and a work arranged by PCC music major Dale Cox. Michael Johnson, D.H. Conley High School orchestra director, will lead the orchestra in the first movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6. Donations will be accepted. Call 493-7493.

Party with a Purpose

Party with a Purpose will be held from 6:30-10:30 p.m. on Thursday at the main ECU Student Center ballroom. The event, presented by Chris Godley State Farm Insurance, will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern N.C. and will feature Mikele Buck, a contestant on Season 15 of The Voice, and DJ Charlie Mac. Sponsor opportunities are available. For more information contact Hannah Theis at

Senior Citizens Luncheon

The City of Greenville will hold its 8th Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Drew Steele Center, 1058 S. Elms St. The event is open to all senior citizens. It is sponsored by the city Human Relations Council, Police and Fire-Rescue departments, Planning and Development Services and the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office. RSVP to Cassandra Daniels at 329-4494 or Desha Lane 902-2776.

Wreath-making workshop

Pitt County Master Gardener volunteers will lead two wreath-making workshops at 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. on Thursday at the Pitt County Agricultural Center, 403 Government Circle. A $10 fee will cover all supplies to create a wreath using fresh greenery from the Pitt County Arboretum. Bring small clippers. Class size is limited. Call 902-1709 to sign up and arrange payment.

Essay contest

The Optimist Club of Greenville is accepting applications for its annual essay contest, which is open to youth under the age of 19 as of Oct. 1, 2019. Contestants must be educated in Pitt County and have not graduated from high school or the equivalent. The contest asks students to compose a 700 to 800-word essay answering the questions “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine?” The local club winner will be entered in the N.C. East Optimist District contest. The district contest winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship from Optimist International Foundation. Applications are due Feb. 1. Additional information available at or contact Pamela Franks at (252) 814-7794 or email: entries@greenvilleoptimists.