Irene Cannon of Ayden caught these baby raccoons eating cat food in her backyard.


Blood donation center

The American Red Cross Donation Center, 700 Cromwell Drive, is open 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today. 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.

Pet food pantry

The Pet Food Pantry of Eastern North Carolina, 408 W. Arlington Blvd., B-1, will distribute pet food from 1-4 p.m. to needy pet owners on the second Sunday of each month. The Pantry also provides pet food to pet owners through the Council on Aging Meals on Wheels program. The Pantry relies entirely on donations and the support of donors to help family pets in need. Drop off items, host a pet food drive or make a donation at

Open house 

The Winterville Historical and Arts Society museum, 2543 Church St., Winterville, will be open for visitors from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, July 14. The museum houses artifacts and displays that reflect the history of Winterville and Pitt County. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, call 252-321-2660.

Coming up 

Voter ID seminar 

The Pitt County Board of Elections will sponsor two educational seminars about the new photo ID requirements for voter registration. The first will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Pitt County Agricultural Center, 403 Government Circle, and the second will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Alice F. Keene Center, 4561 County Home Road. These free events will inform voters about voting options, provisional voting, the availability of free voter ID cards and residency requirements for voting. For more information on the new voter ID requirements, visit For more information about these events, call the Board at 252-902-3300.

Amputee support group 

The Eastern North Carolina Amputee Support Group will hold an indoor picnic from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Classroom at Vidant Medical Center. The entrance can be found behind the James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital, 2100 Stantonsburg Road. RSVP to Millie Shinn at 252-241-0828.

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. Friday, July 19th. The evening will include smooth jazz, spoken word and hors d'oeuvres. For advance tickets, visit Call the church at 252-752-4156.

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, July 20, at Gwendy's Goodies Bakery, 514 Second St., in Ayden. Refreshments will be served and all Democrats are welcome to attend this free event.

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.

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