The American Red Cross Donation Center, 700 Cromwell Drive, is open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday. Walk-ins welcome but appointments are recommended. Visit www.redcross.org to make an appointment or locate a blood drive, or 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, distributes pet food from 1-4 p.m. the second Sunday of each month to needy pet owners. 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 www.petfoodpantryenc.org.
The Winterville Museum in the Cox-Ange House, 2543 Church St., holds open house from 3-5 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month. It houses artifacts and displays that reflect the history of Winterville and Pitt County. Private or group tours can be scheduled by calling 321-2660. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.
The Grifton Museum, 437-A Creekshore Drive, is open from 1-5 p.m. the first and third Sunday of each month and by appointment. The museum is free to the public. Donations are appreciated. For more information, call 524-0190 or visit the museum on Facebook.
Well armed woman
The Well Armed Woman DownEast Greenville Chapter meets at 4 p.m. the third Sunday of each month at Paradise Outdoors Target Range, 4061 Bill Adams Road, Grimesland. The Well Armed Woman Tar River Chapter meets from 2-4 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at the Pitt County Wildlife Club in the Bill Brown classroom, 3029 N.C. 222. Open to women age 18 and older. Email TWAWGreenville@gmail.com.
The Pitt County Council on Aging is in need of volunteers to help deliver Meals on Wheels Monday through Friday. Drivers will provide lunch for homebound older adults. Route delivery takes about an hour. Training is provided. Call 752-1717.
The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 37 is now open to help disabled veterans with their claims for benefits from 8 a.m.-noon the second and fourth Saturdays each month and from 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday and Thursday at its office in the JOY Soup Kitchen, 700 Albemarle St., Greenville. No appointment needed. First come, first served. For more information, call 252-493-4954.
The Pitt County Health Department offers walk-in flu immunizations for children and adults from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays; and by appointment on Fridays. They are available at no cost for children in the Vaccines for Children program. Cost for all others is $32. The agency honors Medicare Part B, Medicaid, Blue Cross & Blue Shield and MedCost. Pneumonia immunizations are also available. Call 902-2449.
Santa for Seniors
The Pitt County Council on Aging is holding its annual Santa for Seniors effort through Dec. 9. Stop by any Walgreen 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. will host the 2019 Festival of Trees from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through December at the Greenville Convention Center. Admission is free and open to the public. The event 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 Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 at the Convention Center. The Festival Gala is set for 6:30-9 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Convention Center. Call 917-4110 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Senior Christmas party
The Pitt County Senior Coalition will hold its Senior Christmas Party 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1400 S. Elm St. The event is free to all seniors.
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. This concert also will feature the PCC Choral, the PCSECHS Choir and several students from the music program at PCC. The program will include seasonal music such as “The Christmas Song”, and “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson. Also included on the program is a work arranged by PCC Music Major Dale Cox. His “Christmas Melodies” were written for the PCC Symphony Orchestra which he will be lead for his own arrangement. Free but 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, Dec. 5, 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 Hannah@GodleyInsurance.com.
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, Dec. 5, 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.
Pitt County Master Gardener volunteers will lead two wreath-making workshops at 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, 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.
Jingle Art Jam
Emerge Gallery will host its Jingle Art Jam fundraiser 5:30-8:30 on Thursday, Dec. 5. It will include “A Taste of Uptown” offering heavy hors d’oeuvres from more than 13 restaurants in the Uptown District. Other event highlights include a beer tasting by Coastal Beverage, a holiday photo booth by Magnolia Photography, live music by Nu Clear Twins and an art activity in which guests can enamel a pendant to keep or give as a gift. Tickets may be purchased online at www.emergegallery.com/events/jingle-art-jam or at Emerge for $20 per person, or $30 per couple. Current members of Emerge may attend for free if they receive complimentary tickets. Memberships can be purchased at emergegallery.com under Support and Memberships.
Gospel holiday concert
Pitt Community College’s music department will present gospel choirs Elements of Praise and D’vyne Encounter in a holiday concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Temple Free Will Baptist Church, 130 W. Fire Tower Road, Winterville. Traditional holiday gospel music will be presented, including “Jesus is the Reason” by Kirk Franklin, and “Don’t Take Christ out of Christmas” by Mississippi Mass Choir. Free but donations accepted. Call 493-7493.
Greenville Museum of Art, 802 Evans St., will host a Center for Art Education open house and holiday sale from noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7 and noon-4 p.m. Dec. 8. The event will feature artwork by Gail Ritzer, Marie Hamra, and their students. Visit gmoa.org.
Taste of Farmville
The annual Taste of Farmville will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in downtown Farmville following the tree lighting at the Town Common. It features old-fashioned carriage rides, visits with Santa, Christmas cookies and egg nog, an art show and holiday music. Artwork of Farmville students will be on display at the DeVisconti Center. The May Museum will host several ensembles of students who are members of the Eastern Youth Orchestra. For more information call 753-4671.
The Greenville Choral Society will present the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” at 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at The Memorial Baptist Church, 1510 Greenville Blvd. and 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at First Baptist Church 113 N. Harvey St., Washington.
The Greenville Quilters Guild has donated a quilt to be raffled off to raise money for Meals on Wheels in Pitt County. The quilt is on display at the Council on Aging, 4551 County Home Road until Dec. 13. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Stop by the Council on Aging to purchase your ticket and support Meals on Wheels. Call 752-1717 for more information.
Village holiday tours
The Eastern Carolina Village & Farm Museum, 4570 County Home Road, will host Christmas Past at the Village 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, and 5-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. Enjoy hot cider and cookies on self-guided tours of the buildings and grounds decked out with lights, lanterns, trees, wreaths, ornaments. Docents in period costume will interpret the history of each open building. Enjoy children’s holiday crafts, arts exhibitors, holiday music performances, story readings and more. Admission is $10 per person and free for children younger than 5. Proceeds will help with the preservation and operation of the facility.
Pops Christmas Concert
The Community Pops Singers will hold their “It’s a Wonderful Christmas with the Pops” concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec 13, at John Paul II Catholic High School at 2725 E. 14th St., with a 7:15 piano prelude. Pieces will include It’s a Wonderful Christmas medley, Happy Christmas (War is Over), Rise Up, Shepherd, And Follow, along with the Whistling Shepherd and other favorites. Call 252-258-4850.
The Eppes Alumni Community Choir will present their Christmas Concert Sunday, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at York Memorial AME Zion Church, 201 Tyson St. The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Eppes scholarships.
Rotary 100th Anniversary
The Rotary Club of Greenville will celebrate its 100th Anniversary at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16, at Rock Springs Center, 4025 N.C. 43 North. Rotary International Director David Stovall will speak. The event is open to rotarians and guests. Checks should be made out to Greenville Rotary for $40 per person. Mail to 4102 Hardwick Court, Greenville, NC 27834 or call Dan LeRoux at (252) 341-5722.
New Year’s Eve
The City of Greenville and the Greenville Jaycees will host the city’s first New Year’s Eve celebration from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Town Common, 105 E. First St. Proceeds will benefit Third Street Education Center. Visit nye.greenvillenc.gov for details.