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Go! Guide, Dec. 14

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Friday, December 14, 2018

TODAY

‘Elf, Jr.’

Magnolia Arts Center, 1703 E. 14th St., will host youth musical productions of “Elf, Jr.” at 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Seating is limited. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. Visit magnoliaartscenter.com.

Festival of Trees

The Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina will host its annual Festival of Trees event through Dec. 20 at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd. The display of about 75 themed trees will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. There is no admission charge. Donations may be made to Family Support Network. Visit fsnenc.org.

‘Holiday Heist’

Whirligig Stage, 628 S. Pitt St., will present “The Holiday Heist: A Yodelay Hee Whodunit” murder mystery dinner theater at 6:30 p.m. today-Saturday. The murder mystery includes a buffet catered by Famiglia Italian-American Cuisine Tickets are $35, $33 for members. Visit www.whirligigstage.com.

Polar Express

The Jolly Trolley Polar Express will run today-Saturday. This is a 20-minute joyride around Uptown Greenville, including a reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s”The Polar Express,” cocoa and cookies and an art activity at Emerge Gallery and Art Center, 404 S. Evans St. Time slots begin at 4:25 p.m. and the last train boards at 8:25 p.m. Registration is limited. Tickets are $35 for the first ticket and $10 each for additional tickets. Visit emergegallery.com.

Community Pops Christmas

The Community Pops Singers will present the annual Christmas concert at 7:15 p.m. today at John Paul II Catholic High School at 2725 E. 14th St. The performance will include “Let It Snow,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Silver Bells” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” There is no admission charge, but donations are accepted. Call 355-2712.

ECU graduation

ECU’s fall commencement ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. today in Minges Coliseum’s Williams Arena. Visit https://​commencement.

ecu.edu.

Drive-Through Nativity

■ Black Jack Original Free Will Baptist Church, 2971 Black Jack Simpson Road, will host a Drive Through Nativity from 6:30-8 p.m. today-Sunday. Visit blackjackchurch.org.

■ Landmark Church, 4657 U.S. Highway 13 South, will host a drive-through Nativity from 6-8:30 p.m. today-Sunday.

SATURDAY

Grimesland parade

The Town of Grimesland will host a Christmas parade at 2 p.m. Saturday. The parade can be viewed along Pitt Street.

Youth concert

The Greenville Choral Society’s Combined Choirs Winter Concert will be performed at 3 p.m. Saturday at The Memorial Baptist Church, 1510 S.W. Greenville Blvd. The concert will feature the Children’s Chorus, Bella Voce, Youth Chorale and Concert Choir. Free. Visit greenvillechoralsociety.com.

‘Polar Express’

“The Polar Express” will be shown at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Farmville Community Arts Council’s Paramount Theater, 3723 N. Main St., Farmville. The free event is hosted by the Arts Council, Police Department, Farmville Public Library, Farmville Parks and Recreation, and the May Museum.

Swim with Santa

The Greenville Aquatics & Fitness Center, 921 Staton Road, will host Hanging with Santa from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. The event will include swimming, games, prizes and treats. Cost is $10 for ages 14 and older and $5 for ages 13 and younger. Ages 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Call 329-4041.

Santa’s workshop

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Santa’s Workshop from 5:15-7 p.m. Saturday. The outdoor event will include hot chocolate, marshmallows over a campfire and a meet and greet with Santa. Participants may preregister for one of two 75-minute time slots. Cost is $5 per child for city residents and $7 for others. Call 329-4560.

Emerald City Big Band

The Emerald City Big Band will host its annual public Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Jarvis United Methodist Church Taft Christian Life Center, 510 S. Washington St. This concert celebrates the Emerald City Big Band’s 29th year of presenting holiday music to the Greenville audience. The band’s musicians will present a program of holiday instrumental favorites. Vocalists Emery Davis, RaSheeda Waddell, and Michael Stephenson will sing. Christmas cookies, coffee and tea will be provided free during intermission. Donation at the door is $10 for adults. The concert is free to students and youth. Proceeds will support the Ed Wheatley Jazz Trumpet Endowment Fund.

Breakfast with Santa

Gwendy’s Goodies, 514 Second St., Ayden, will host Breakfast with Santa from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Photos with Santa are $5 each. Proceeds will benefit Cancer Services of Eastern NC. Visit gwendysgoodies.com.

All About Bears

Goose Creek State Park, 2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington, N.C., will host the program All About Bears at 2 p.m. Saturday. Meet at the visitor center to learn about the life and biology of black bears by taking a virtual tour of eastern North Carolina. Call 923-2191 or visit www.ncparks.gov/​Visit/​parks/​gocr/​main.php.

SUNDAY

Women’s basketball

ECU will play the University of South Carolina Upstate at 2 p.m. Sunday n Minges Coliseum’s Williams Arena. Visit www.ecupirates.com for tickets.

TUESDAY

Christmas on

Mainstreet

The Farmville Arts Council presents “Christmas on Mainstreet” at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at Paramount Theater featuring the Tim Sutton Trio, Nicole Chestnut, Ernest Silver and 11-year old Mallory Flowers showcasing an arrangement of holiday favorites. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit farmvillearts.org and select “Christmas on Main Street event” or call the box office at 753-3832.

Embers benefit concert

The Legendary Embers featuring Craig Woolard will have a concert from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Reimage Church, 3950 Victory Lane, Winterville. The event was rescheduled due to inclement weather. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to Pitt County Operation Santa Claus, a toy drive where all donated items are distributed through the Salvation Army. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com or at Reimage Church, at Inner Banks Studios at Arlington Village or Steinbeck’s Men’s Shop. Call Rebekah Thurston at 329-4679.

UPCOMING

Starry Night

A Time for Science Nature and Science Learning Center, 949 Contentnea Lane, Grifton, will host an evening planetarium show and stargazing event from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 21. Cost is $5. Call 364-6569 or email brian@atimeforscience.org.

Breakfast with Santa

A Breakfast with Santa event will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 22 at Farmville Public Library, 4276 W. Church St. Co-sponsored by the May Museum and the town’s Parks and Recreation Department, the event will include food, a craft activity, Christmas stories and an appearance by Santa. Call 753-3355.

Welcome to Goose Creek

Goose Creek State Park, 2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington, N.C., will host the program Welcome to Goose Creek at 2 p.m. Dec. 23. Meet at the visitor center for the program, which is designed to introduce visitors to nature and recreational opportunities at the park.Call 923-2191 or visit www.ncparks.gov/​Visit/​parks/​gocr/​main.php.

Winter survivor camp

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Winter Survivor Campout from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 27-28 for ages 8-12. Participants will explore nature and learn about fire and shelter building and campfire cooking. Cost is $18 for city residents and $27 for others. Call 329-4560.

Men’s basketball

ECU will play North Carolina A&T at 7 p.m. Dec. 28 in Minges Coliseum’s Williams Arena. Visit www.ecupirates.com for tickets.

Campfire Cooking

Goose Creek State Park, 2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington, N.C., will host the program Campfire Cooking at 11 a.m. Dec. 29. Dress appropriately for the weather. Space is limited. Call 923-2191 to register. Park in the primitive campground parking lot and meet at campsite No. 1. Visit www.ncparks.gov/​Visit/​parks/​gocr/​main.php.

Women’s basketball

ECU will play the University of North Carolina at Wilmington at 2 p.m. Dec. 30 in Minges Coliseum’s Williams Arena. Visit www.ecupirates.com for tickets.

Send events to kgrizzard@reflector.com. For more information, call 329-9578.

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