Marian Swinker shared this photo taken on Aug. 17 of a mallard hen who has it made in the shade in Morgantown, W.Va.


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.

Farmers’ market

The Leroy James Pitt County Farmers’ Market, 4560 County Home Road, will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Saturday. Visit or follow the market on Facebook.

Coming Up

Chicken fundraiser

Winterville Baptist Church, 2593 Church St., will sponsor a Chicken-on-a-Mission Fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4-6 p.m. Saturday. The $8 meal will include a half chicken, potatoes, green beans, roll and dessert and drinks for those dining in. Dine in, take out and drive thru are all available. Proceeds will benefit local missions, such as building ramps for those who need them and meeting other needs. The event will include an auction of handmade items, wood crafts at quilts at 6:30 p.m.

Simpson Community Day

The Second Annual Simpson Community Day will be held from 3-7 p.m. Saturday at Simpson Community Park, 2708 Telfaire St., Simpson. The event will include food, fun and music. Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs. Visit the Village of Simpson, N.C., Facebook page and click on “Events” for more information.

Climate rally

A Climate Action Rally will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Elm Street Park, 1055 S. Elm St. The event is sponsored by the Climate Action Summit 2019, and the Sierra Club.

Fraternity interest meeting

The Beta Kappa Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., will hold an interest meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the fraternity house, 800 W. Fifth St. Call Pearless Speller at 902-6939 or J. Paul Cotton at 341-8322 for more information.

Quilt show

The Greater Greenville Quilt Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at First Christian Church, 2810 E. 14 St. Admission fee is $5. The quilt festival is two full days of fun, raffles, quilts, refreshments and more.


The Council on Aging, 4551, County Home Road will hold an "Oktoberfest" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28. The event will feature food, craft vendors, live entertainment and a cornhole tournament. Sign up for the cornhole tournament by visiting Lunch tickets for $15 are on sale now at the COA and can also be purchased at the event. All proceeds benefit the COA's home-delivered meals program. Call 752-1717.

GPO Night Out

The Greenville chapter of Girls Pint Out, a national non-profit agency, will host a charity and awareness-raising event from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Tapped650, 650 E. Fire Tower Road, Winterville. The group is partnering with the Greenville Chapter of Knitted Knockers, a group that provides, for free, special handmade breast prostheses for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. The event will have a 50/50 style raffle for donations from many local community members. For more information visit

Coffee shop

The nonprofit Lives of Purpose was recently formed to open Awaken Coffee Shop, which will employ adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. An information session will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at Unity Church, 4301 Charles Blvd., Greenville. Visit for more information.