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Nov. 8 Community News


Susan Colon took this photo of an old farm building just outside of Oak City.


Thursday, November 8, 2018


Food distribution

■ Sycamore Chapel Baptist Church, 1610 Farmville Blvd., will host a food pantry from 8-10 a.m. Participants will receive a box of food. Contact Debra Watson, co-pastor, at 758-7110.

■ The Armor of God Christian Church, 2648 Mill St., Winterville, will host a food distribution from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 746-8403.

Chili cook-off

Greenville Fire/Rescue will host its annual Chili Cook-Off from 11:30 a.m. to  2:30 p.m. at Fire/Rescue Station No. 1, 500 South Greene St. Chili, hot dogs, banana pudding and baked goods will be available. All proceeds will benefit the United Way of Pitt County. Visit GFR on Facebook.

Blood donors needed

The Eastern North Carolina Blood Donation Center will hold a blood drive from 1-6 p.m. at ECU’s Clement Hall on E. Fifth St. The Donation Center, located at 700 Cromwell Drive, will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Blood donors are needed. Walk-ins accepted; appointments preferred. Visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Stroke Support Network

The Stroke Support Network will meet from 6-8 p.m. at the Vidant Medical Center Rehabilitation Center Classroom, 2100 Stantonsburg Road. Contact Jordan Sheets at 847-0571.


The Greenville Toastmasters Club will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Edwin W. Monroe Conference Center, 2000 Venture Tower Drive. Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Newcomers are welcome. Contact Ryan Y. Samia at 850-341-2089 or visit www.toastmasters.org/ or www.gville.toastmastersclubs.org.


Greenville PFLAG, a local group in support of gender and sexual minorities, will meet from 7-9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 131 Oakmont Drive. Parents, friends, family, allies and LGBTQ individuals are all welcome. Contact info@greenvillepflag.org.

Coming Up

Arts and crafts

■ First Christian Church, 2810 E. 14th St., will hold the 11th Annual Fine Craft and Art Sale from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. The sale will feature original hand-crafted holiday gifts, jewelry, pottery, wood and wearable art. Bakery items and Brunswick stew also will be available. On Saturday, chicken barbecue plates will be for sale. Proceeds go towards missions.

■ St. Peter Creative Fellowship Craft Group will hold a craft festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at St. Peter Catholic Church, 2700 E. Fourth St. The festival will feature crafters, artists, product vendors, baked goods and homemade soup. Call 940-8199.

■ The annual Holiday Art Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.,m. on Saturday at the Jaycee Park Center for Arts and Crafts, 2000 Cedar Lane. This multi-artist sale will feature pottery, illustrations, knitting, crochet, paintings, quilts, baskets and sculpture. There is no admission fee. Call 329-4546.

ECU retired faculty

The ECU Retired Faculty Association will present the first of its 2018-19 series of public forums at 3 p.m. on Tuesday in the second floor classroom of the ECU Physicians Family Medicine Center, 101 Heart Drive. The speaker will be Peter Francia, widely published ECU political science professor and director of the HCAS Center for Survey Research, who will analyze the results of the 2018 congressional and state elections. The public is invited to attend the lecture and the question and answer session that will follow. Contact yarbrought@ecu.edu for more information.

Board of Health meeting

The Pitt County Board of Health will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the Commissioners Auditorium, 1717 W. Fifth St. Contact Betsy Wallace at 902-2442 or betsy.wallace@pittcountync.gov.

Bethel parade

Sign-up continues for the Bethel Christmas Parade to be held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 8 in Bethel. Entry is free. Bands, floats, autos, walking units, church groups and more are welcome to participate. For more information or to sign up, call the Bethel Town Hall at 818-0891 or visit the Bethel-NC Christmas Parade on Facebook.