Marian Swinker of Winterville shared this image of nature donning 30 shades of green to wish everyone happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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Blood drives

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. Appointments are recommended. Visit or call 758-1140 or 1-800-733-2767. Call to make appointments at blood drives coming up at the following locations:

Elite Fitness Farmville, 3434 E Cooperative Way, 3-7 p.m., March 22.

Brody School of Medicine, 600 Moye Blvd., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., March 25.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 131 Oakmont Drive, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., March 27

Winterville Free Will Baptist Church, 489 Cooper St. 2:30-6:30 p.m., March 30.

Barnes, Ebron, Taft Community Center, 120 Park Access Road, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., March 31.

Winterville Museum

The Winterville Historical and Arts Society, 2543 Church St., opens the Winterville Museum from 3-5 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. Located in the Cox-Ange House, the museum houses artifacts and displays that reflect the history of Winterville and Pitt County. Guests are requested to wear a mask while touring the museum. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Call 321-2660 for more information or to schedule private or group tours.

Ayden Museum

The Ayden Historical and Arts Society Museum in the old Dixon Medical Building on Second Street will be open 2-5 p.m. every fourth Sunday beginning March 28. Exhibits include a doll and dollhouse display and rooms dedicated to education history, area military involvement, medical service history and a nod to tobacco farming. An homage to barbecue history soon is underway. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcomed and go toward the expansion of future exhibits. Call 746-4209 or visit www.aydenhistoricalan

Animal adoptions

The Humane Society of Eastern Carolina, 3520 Tupper Drive, is now open by appointment only from 1-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Visit or email for an adoption application, which must be approved before an appointment is scheduled. Call 413-7247.

Pitt County Animal Services, 4550 County Home Road, is open weekdays by appointment only to help prevent spread of the coronavirus. Call 902-1725. Visit to view animals available for adoption.

Winterville seniors

The Winterville Senior Citizens Club is providing members with fresh vegetables and fruits every Tuesday. The distribution aims to help the vulnerable population stay healthy during this time. Call Beatrice Henderson at 814-9012 for information.

FreeCycle Fridays

Pitt County Solid Waste & Recycling offers a FreeCycle Fridays program that takes items discarded at the Pitt County Transfer Station and posts them to the Freecycle Fridays photo album on the @PittCountyNC Facebook page every Friday at noon. The items can be claimed by members of the public and picked up for free. To learn more visit

Farmers Market

The Leroy James Farmers Market, 4560 County Home Road is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays only through April. Summer hours will resume in May.

Book signing fundraiser

Local author Diane Gray will sign her book Faith, Hope and Perseverance to raise funds for The Center for Family Violence Prevention from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, at My Sister’s Closet, 329 E. Arlington Blvd. Greenville. Gray’s book is about her 50-year journey to finding her biological family after 50 years of searching. The Center for Family Violence Prevention operates a shelter and services to break the cycle of domestic violence while enhancing self-sufficiency and promoting healthy family relationships. In 2020, the center provided services to more than 1,000 victims or domestic violence. My Sister’s Closet is an upscale resale boutique that features gently used ladies’ clothing and accessories.

Manage diabetes

Vidant Medical Center and the Pitt County Health Department are offering free virtual support groups for those needing help living with diabetes. Vidant’s sessions are 5:30-6:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month, and Pitt County’s are 10-11 a.m. the second Wednesday each month. Vidant will have different wellness topics each month, Pitt County will have hot topics, tips and support for diabetes management, including cooking demonstrations. Call Vidant at 252-847-5590 or email susan.houston@vidanthealth. Call the county at 252-902-2361 or email

Virtual concert

The East Carolina University School of Music will present Coastal Winds Quintet in concert at 7:30 p.m. March 25. The concert is not an in-person event. It will be streamed online free at

Energy assistance

Households can apply for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program at through March 31. Applicants also may call the county Department of Social Services to apply by phone or print a paper application from to mail, fax or drop off at DSS. The seasonal program provides a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills. Visit for information.

Crisis intervention

Households can apply for the Crisis Intervention Program online at through June 30. Applicants also may call the county Department of Social Services to apply by phone or print a paper application from to mail, fax or drop off at DSS. The year-round program assists individuals and families who are experiencing a heating or cooling related crisis. A household is considered in crisis if it is experiencing or is in danger of experiencing a life-threatening or health-related emergency and assistance is not available from another source. CIP applications will be accepted until June 30 or until funds are exhausted. Visit

COVID testing

Vidant Health offers COVID-19 testing at the corner of Stantonsburg Road and Wellness Drive from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday amd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Insurance information will be collected from those who have it for CARES Act documentation, and visitors must have a photo ID. Results are expected within 24 hours. CVS and Walgreens pharmacies also offer no-cost testing by appointment. Pitt County Health Department is not offering mass community clinics at this time. To find other options visit

Medispa supports cause

Beauty Bar Medispa in Greenville is donating $1 to NC Stop Human Trafficking for every retail product purchase. The partnership will assist in the acquisition and distribution of items for survivors of human trafficking locally and bolster education and awareness programs. The business at 1021 Red Banks Road also is offering survivors free tattoo removal treatments as traffickers often brand victims with tattoos. The business offers a range of rejuvenating skin treatments and hair removal. Visit

Support Teachers

Support ENC Teachers, a social media effort designed to linking teachers with individuals and businesses that can help them supply their classrooms, is live on Facebook now. The effort is sponsored by Hardee, Massey & Blodgett law firm in Greenville so teachers can share their classroom wish lists by posting photos and requests, which now include personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer and other supplies to fight COVID-19. For more information and to donate, go to Facebook and search for Support ENC Teachers.

Utility assistance

The Neighbor to Neighbor program offers assistance to help people who are struggling to pay their utility bills due. The effort is a partnership between GUC and the Pitt County Department of Social Services. Pitt County residents interested in applying should contact the DSS office at 252-902-1110. To find out more, including how to contribute, visit Customers also can request a payment arrangement with GUC to spread out past due amounts over time. Forms are available on, or call 252-752-7166 to speak with a customer service representative.

Catholic charities

Catholic Charities operate a food bank in Greenville along with disaster services, immigration services and services in support of the family. The pantry is located at, 2780-B Dickinson Ave., 252-355-5111. Visit for more information.

Food safety

The food safety professionals at N.C. State University have an array of useful information on food safety, hints on cleaning and disinfecting and best practices for managing risks associated with COVID-19. The downloadable resources cover situations at home and for food environments such as restaurants, grocery stores, food banks gardens and farms. All items are peer-reviewed by an expert panel, and many are translated into Spanish. Visit and check back frequently for updates.

Contact Bobby Burns at and 329.9572.