"These six young ducks have grown a lot since I took their first photo in May," says Bob Williams of this photo taken at the Washington waterfront. "They have lost two of the family, which is not bad considering they had no parents to protect them."



Crochet lessons are available from 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Farmville Public Library, 4276 W. Church St., Farmville. Call 753-3355.

Rotary club 

The Farmville Rotary Club meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Marabella Old World Pizza, 3750 S. Main St., Farmville. For more information, call 252-321-0583 or 252-717-3053.

Line dancing

Winterville Parks and Recreation hosts aerobic line dancing from 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Winterville Operations Center, 2936 Church St., Winterville. Cost is $3.

Coming up 

Humane Society fundraiser 

A portion of all proceeds at Dickinson Avenue Public House, 703 Dickinson Ave., will go to the Humane Society of Eastern North Carolina from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Be sure to mention the Humane Society fundraiser to your server so credit can be received.

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. Thursday. 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.

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 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.

Senior Council 

The Farmville Senior Council's monthly meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Soup Kitchen, 3492 S. Walnut St. All seniors age 60 and over are welcome to attend this meeting, where future day trips will be discussed. Transportation can be arranged; for more information, call Cathy Holmes at 252-714-5930.

Human trafficking 101 

NC Stop Human Trafficking will hold a Human Trafficking 101 community training event from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday 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

Funding available

The deadline for public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for emergency food and shelter program funds is 5 p.m. on August 2. The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Emergency Food and Shelter Program has appropriated $90,677 for use by emergency food and shelter services in Pitt County. Contact Dwain Cooper at the United Way, 252-758-1604 ext. 210, or Jim Cox at 252-752-0829 for an application.

Spring Fling grants 

Spring Fling 2020 applications to receive grants are available on the St. James United Methodist Church website, Eligible organizations are those that can document their status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit group and those that provide one of the following: services to the sick, elderly, homeless, and other special population groups to improve the lives of women, men, and children; aid and assistance to religious institutions and spiritual causes; other worthy purposes that the Application Review Committee deems to be in keeping with the mission statement of St. James United Methodist Church. The deadline for applications is August 30th, and next year's Spring Fling will be held April 25.