Happenings: Community Events, Activities and Announcements | Local

The American Red Cross Donation Center, 700 Cromwell Drive, is open 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday. Visit www.redcross.org or call 758-1140 or 1-800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment at the center or for upcoming blood drives at the following locations.

Kinetic Physical Therapy and Wellness, 1540 E. Arlington Blvd., Greenville, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 16.

Free Gospel Church, 145 Free Gospel Road, Snow Hill, 2-6 p.m., July 18.

Greenville Moose Lodge, 5393 Reedy Branch Road, Winterville, 2-6 p.m., July 27.

Winterville Free Will Baptist Church, 489 Cooper St., Winterville, 2:30-6:30 p.m., July 28.

APT To Learn, 650 E. Fire Tower, Suite B., Winterville, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., July 30

Koinonia Christian Center, 1405 SW Greenville Blvd., 9 a.m.-2 p.m., July 31.

Winterville Recreation and Parks will host Trainwreck in concert from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 15 at the Park Amphitheater, 332 Sylvania St. There is no admission charge. Go to wintervillenc.com.

Good Hope Free Will Baptist Church, 2506 Mill St., Winterville, will be hosting a free community drive-thru hot dog giveaway beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 16. Meals will include chips and a drink.

Sunday in the Park, a free concert series, will feature Rebekah Todd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, at the Town Common, 105 E. First St. Food and drink is available for purchase. Pets are allowed. The inclement weather hotline is 758-7246. In the event of rain, cancellations will be announced on www.facebook.com/sundayintheparkcog.

The Griffins will perform at 7 p.m. on Sunday July 17 at Kings Crossroads Free Will Baptist Church, 2080 Seven Pines Road, Falkland. There is no admission fee; an offering will be accepted. Call 753-3838.

Good Hope Free Will Baptist Church, 2506 Mill St., Winterville, will host Women’s Day at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 17. Nicole Brinkley of Rouse’s Abundant Life Ministries, Ayden, will be the guest speaker.

The Ayden Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an after-hours trade event from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at Fryday Nite Fish, 521 W. First St. Register at aydenchamber.com/eventcalendar.

Daughters for Dads will be hosting their annual Get Carded fundraiser from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 28 at the Greenville Museum of Art, 802 S. Evans St., admission is a gas or grocery gift card from $25 with receipt. Daughters for Dads offers gift cards to help with travel and meal costs for local families battling cancer. The fundraising event will include appetizers, wine and prize draws. Visit www.facebook.com/Daughters4Dads/.

Farmville Christian Church, 3776 S. Main St., will hold its back-to-school season from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 27. The event will feature activities for children, free food and resources for parents. The church will also collect school supplies for Sugg-Bundy Elementary School.

Elm Grove Baptist Church, 5403 Weyerhaeuser Road, Ayden, will hold a Holiday Bible School for all ages from 6.30pm to 8.30pm August 1-5. Dinner will be served each evening at a cost of $3 per person or $10 per family. Visit vbspro.events/elmgrovechurch to register. Call 252-7463534 to register.

The Grifton Historical Museum and Indian Village, 437 Creekshore Drive, is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month. Appointments are also available by calling 252-524-0190. Admission is always free.

Ayden’s Mary Alice Davenport Splash Pad, 3869 Jolly Road, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through August 28 and September 3-5. Admission is $2 per child and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Water shoes are required. Dial 481-5837.

The Farmville Wading Pool at JY Monk Park, 3433 Park St., is open 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Entrance to the park is free.

The Community Outreach soup kitchen at 3492 S. Walnut St. in Farmville serves hot meals from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The kitchen depends on donations and volunteers. To volunteer or for more information, call Janet Heath at 917-4563.

Items that were discarded at the Pitt County Transfer Station but can be recycled into usable items are posted to facebook.com/PittCountySWR each Friday. Once posted, residents can claim items by commenting on the post using a “first claim, first reserved” system, similar to Facebook Marketplace. Once booked, the first claim holder must collect the item from the transfer station by 4 p.m. the following Thursday. Unclaimed items will be re-posted later. Visit pittcountync.gov/769/PittCycle-Fridays.

The Humane Society of Eastern Carolina, 3520 Tupper Drive, is open by appointment only from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Visit hsecarolina.org or email [email protected] for an adoption application, which must be approved before an appointment can be set. Dial 413-7247. The organization always needs foster families to temporarily take care of kittens, puppies, dogs and cats. Visit hsecarolina.org/become-a-foster.

Pitt County Animal Services, 4550 County Home Road, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays by appointment only for adoptions. No owner buyout is available. Dial 902-1725. Visit petango.com/pittshelter to see animals available for adoption. Animal Services offers several volunteer opportunities, including dog walking, a dog day, and reading programs with friends. Visit pittcountync.gov/153/Animal-Services

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

Zumba Gold, zumba for active seniors, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesdays. No registration required.

Fitness classes for seniors, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No registration required.

{li class=”p1″}Road to Resources: Protecting Clients Rights in Long Term Care, 3-4 p.m. Monday, July 18. The number of places is limited. {/li}{li class=”p1”}Grand Canyon trip interest meeting, Wednesday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m. The trip takes place in April. {/li}

Early vendor registration for Fall Fest runs through June 30. Contact Cyndi at [email protected] for more information or to register. The Fall Fest Craft and Vendor Fair will take place on Saturday October 8th.

Around the World with Wine from 3-4 p.m. Thursdays August 4-25. The cost is $10/class or $35 for all four classes.

{li class=”p2″}Vamos: Survival Spanish for Travelers, 2-3 p.m. Wednesdays Aug 17-Oct. 26. The cost is $25. Taught by Ann Borisoff, retired Professor of Hispanic Studies, ECU. {/li}

Travel to the beautiful Southwest, including VIP admission to the International Balloon Fiesta, October 1-7. There are still some places. No age requirement. Visit pittcoa.com/upcoming-events/trips-2/ or call 752-1717, Ext. 201.

The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce will hold its July Power Luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19 at the Hilton Greenville, 207 SW Greenville Blvd. The event will feature East Carolina University men’s basketball head coach Michael Schwartz. The event is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Register before Monday, July 18 at greenvillenc.org.

The Magnolia Arts Center will host Take Ten: A Youth Acting Intensive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 18-22. The workshop, led by instructor Janice Schreiber, is open to 10-16 year olds. It will focus on basic techniques such as concentration, relaxation, circle of attention, circumstances and goals, as well as qualities of movement, atmospheres and archetypal gestures. The cost is $150 and scholarships are available. Registration is limited. For more information, email [email protected]

USA Dance will hold dances from 7-9 p.m. July 16 at the Turnage Theater, 150 Main St., Washington, NC, and July 22 at Rivertowne Ballroom, 305 Pollock St., New Bern. Visit facebook.com/usadancgreenvillenc.

The Family Chess Club now meets from 6-9 p.m. every Wednesday at Apt To Learn, 650 E. Fire Tower Road, Suite B, Winterville. Chess lessons will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Chess sets are provided. All levels of players are welcome. The club is affiliated with the United States Chess Federation and occasionally holds sanctioned chess tournaments. Direct questions to President Jerry Skinner, (252) 209-4148 or email [email protected]

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Richard V. Johnson