cat in a tree

Marian Swinker of Winterville shared this photo of a the cat up a tree trying for a better view.

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Women’s Day, giveaway

Mount Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 230 Boyd St., Winterville, is holding a Women’s Day Service at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 9. Rev. Brendolyn Shaw of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Williamston will be the speaker. The church also will co-host a food and clothing giveaway at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 15.


Nooherooka Natural, 2029 Mewborn Church Road, Snow Hill, will hold its Spring Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15. The event will feature handcrafted items from local woodworkers, artists and potters for purchase. Food trucks will be on site and Nooherooka will hold a meat sale. Call Mary Betty at 252-714-2650 to reserve a vendor table. For more information call 252-747-5054.

Book signing fundraiser

My Sister’s Place, 3726 N. Main St., Farmville, will be hold a book signing event with author Diane Gray, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 8. Her book, “Faith, Hope and Perseverance” is about her 50-year journey to find her biological family. Portions of all book sales during the event will help to support The Center for Family Violence Prevention, which works to break the cycle of domestic violence while enhancing individual self-sufficiency and promoting healthy family relationships. In 2020, the organization helped more than 1,000 people. My Sister’s Place is an upscale resale boutique that features gently used ladies clothing and accessories.

Give Blood

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:

Grifton Volunteer Fire Department, 6881 S. Highland Ave., 2-6 p.m., Friday

Greenville Moose Lodge, 5393 Reedy Branch Road, 2-6 p.m., May 13

Drew Steele Center, 1058 S. Elm St., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 14

Council on Aging

The Pitt County Council on Aging is providing the following classes and programs at the Pitt County Senior Center, 4551 County Home Road. Offerings are free unless otherwise noted. Registration required unless otherwise noted by calling 752-1717, Ext. 201.

Zumba Gold 5:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays. Space is limited. Virtual option is available.

Silver Sneakers, 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Space is limited. Virtual option is available.

Chair Yoga, 2-3 p.m. Fridays. Space is limited. Virtual option is available.

The Blood Connection will collect blood 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 6, and make a monetary donation to the home delivered meals program for every pint collected.

Police Academy will be offered by the Greenville Police Department 6-7 p.m. Thursdays, May 6-27. Seating is limited.

Oil painting class 2-4 p.m. Thursdays, May 6-27. Cost is $60.

Advance Care Planning Clinic, 9-11 p.m. Thursday, May 13. Picture identification required to complete documents.

Road to Resources: Assistive Technology 3-4 p.m. May 17.

Gardening — Break it Down: Composting 101, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 19.

Jewelry class will be held , 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 26. Cost is $5.

Vacation to Lancaster Pa. June 21-23. Price is $419 per person based on double occupancy and includes transportation, hotel, a show at the Sight and Sound Theater, a tour of the Amish Farmlands, an Amish style dinner feast, Hershey’s Chocolate World and more.

All About iNaturalist

A May 10 program of the Cypress Group will focus on one of the world’s most popular nature apps, iNaturalist, which helps everyone to identify the plants and animals around them. The 7 p.m. program features Meredith Morgan, the natural sciences education specialist for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. She will provide an orientation on the app. Jack Spruill and Clay Coor will then discuss the use of the app for an ongoing citizen science project to document species diversity at a 300-acre farm Spruill owns in Roper. Coor will also discuss the cultivation of figs and other conservation efforts at the farm. to learn more and to and for links to participate.

Sheppard branches

Sheppard Memorial Library has revised COVID-19 measures to allow greater public access to facilities. All branches are open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. All other branches are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except Bethel, which is open 1:30-4 p.m Tuesday and Thursday and curbside-only 1:30-4 p.m. on Wednesday. Winterville also is open 1-5 p.m. on Saturday. Limit 30 patrons in the main library, 10 patrons in the children’s library (or two families of 5-plus), 15 patrons at branches and four patrons at Bethel. Masks are required for service. Limited computer access at Carver, East and Winterville branches (one hour per day/per person), no meeting room use. Virtual programming will continue, and curbside service will continue at Carver, East, Winterville, and Bethel, but not at the main library. Visit

D-Day Celebration

The Walstonburg American Legion Post 332 is hosting a D-Day Celebration June 6. The event honors American heroes, veterans, military fallen and frontline COVID warriors. The American Legion welcomes all to the event and is seeking heroes to honor. Raffle tickets are also being sold. Contact Ray Holloman at 252-714-3954 for more information.

Book Signing

A book signing with Dr. Danny K. Hill will be held 10 a.m. to noon June 5 at the Grifton Public Library, 568 Queen St., Grifton.

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

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

Farmers Market

The Leroy James Farmers Market, 4560 County Home Road is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through May 1. The market will be open 8-1 Thursday-Saturday starting today.

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. To find other options visit

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

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 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

Contact Bobby Burns at and 329.9572.