Lorinda Parker shared this photo of the July 13 sunset over Chocowinity Bay.


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 Call 758-1140 or 1-800-733-2767.

Poetry Series 

Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church, 1095 Allen Road, will present a "Summer Poetry Series: Psalms of the Heart," featuring local talent at 7 p.m. The evening will include smooth jazz, spoken word and hors d'oeuvres. For advance tickets, visit Call the church at 252-752-4156.

Coming up 

Candidate meet-and-greet 

Ayden Democrats will host a meet-and-greet with Allen Thomas, candidate for NC's Third Congressional District, from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Gwendy's Goodies Bakery, 514 Second St., in Ayden. Refreshments will be served and all Democrats are welcome to attend this free event.

BBQ Fundraiser

The Greenville Moose Legion Committee will hold a BBQ chicken fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Piggly Wiggly in Ayden, 144 W. Third St. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Moose Family Center at 5393 Reedy Branch Road in Winterville.

Winterville museum

The Winterville Historical and Arts Society membership meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the Winterville Depot, 217 Worthington St. in Winterville. The meeting will feature a blues and jazz musical performance by a trio from the Pitt Community College Music Department. This event is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated. For more information, call 252-321-2660.

Human trafficking 101 

NC Stop Human Trafficking will hold a Human Trafficking 101 community training event from 6-8:30 p.m. July 25 at Sheppard Memorial Library, 530 Evans St. The training will provide information on what human trafficking is, what it looks like in Eastern North Carolina, what the red flags and warning signs are, what to do to report human trafficking and how residents can become involved in the anti-human trafficking movement. This free event is open to the public, but registration is required at For more information, contact Melinda Sampson at

Ribbon cutting 

A Time For Science's Nature Center, 949 Contentnea Lane in Grifton, will host a ribbon cutting for their new nature playscape from 9-10 a.m. July 25. The playground, funded by a Vidant Health Community Benefit Grant, offers an opportunity for children to explore, build, create and play in an area made entirely of natural materials.

Soup kitchen help 

The Outreach Community Soup Kitchen, 3492 S. Walnut St., Farmville, needs help with cooking and serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month. Anyone able to help should call Janet at 917-4563.

Preservation series 

The NC Cooperative Extension Service in Pitt County will host its 2019 Food Preservation Series from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the extension center in Greenville, 403 Government Circle. These classes will teach residents how to preserve food safely. The first class will be focused on water-bath canning-jams, and classes will continue throughout the summer on Aug. 13 and Sept. 14. The registration fee is $20 per class. Class size is limited, so call 252-902-1709 to reserve a spot at least two days before the class.