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The Maury Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association will be holding its annual meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19 at the Maury Fire Hall, 3659 NC 903 North. Contact (252) 747-2170 or [email protected]

Tickets for Farmville’s 150th Anniversary Black Tie Gala with Music from Project Rakiem Walker are on sale now. The event will take place on January 15 at 7 p.m. at the freight station, at the corner of Wilson and Walnut streets in Farmville. General admission is $ 75. A table for 8 costs $ 650. Contact the Farmville Chamber of Commerce and Service Center, 252-753-4671, to purchase tickets by check, cash or credit card.

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

The Ayden Historical and Artistic Society Museum, located in the former Dixon Medical Building at 554 Second Street, will be open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. every four Sundays. Exhibits include an exhibit of dolls and dollhouses and rooms dedicated to the history of education, the region’s military engagement, the history of medical services, a nod to culture tobacco and a tribute to the history of barbecue. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome and are used to expand future exhibitions. Call 746-4209 or visit www.aydenhistoric alandartssociety.com.

Farmville American Legion Post 151 meets at 6:30 pm on the second Monday of each month at Farmville Christian Church, 3776 S. Main St. Next meeting is January 10th.

The Family Chess Club offers lectures and chess games for children ages 3 and up from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesdays at Apt To Learn, 650 E. Fire Tower Road, Suite B, Winterville. Wednesday evenings are weekly open game nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Chess sets are provided. Contact Jerry Skinner at 209-4148 or [email protected]

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

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

Zumba Gold class for active seniors from 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. on Fridays.

Helpers’ café, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, January 10.

Computer lessons for beginners, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays January 10, 24 and 31.

Acrylic painting for beginners with Glenn Nelson, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays, January 6 to 27. The cost is $ 65.

Beginning of the woodcarving, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, January 13-Feb. 17. The cost is $ 35.

Matters of Balance, a four-week series designed to help manage concerns about falls, Mondays and Wednesdays January 24 through February 24. 6.

Keep dementia out of your mind 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, January 25.

The Caregivers Guide to Wandering Seminar, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 8.

The Leroy James Farmer’s Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, December 31. It will open from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from January 8 until spring.

The Eastern NC Tea Party will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4 at Parker’s Barbecue, 3109 S. Memorial Drive. The speaker will be NC Rep. Keith Kidwell, an active member of the General Assembly. Guests will learn what to expect this year from the state legislature and government.

NC Stop Human Trafficking will be hosting a Human Trafficking 201 virtual session at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday January 12. If you already know the basics of human trafficking, this session is the next step. Find out how trauma affects victims / survivors, resilience building and prevention efforts during this session. We will not be looking at Human Trafficking 101. For more information, email melinda @ ncstophumantrafficking. To register, visit https://encstophumantrafficking.org/learning-opportunities/

Men’s community lunch

Haddock’s United American Free Will Baptist, 111 Sunset Acres Lane, Winterville, will host a Men’s Fellowship Breakfast with Winterville Mayor Ricky Hines on Saturday, Jan.15 at 9 a.m. Hines will be the speaker and January’s topic is called to action. Contact Elder Dr Malcolm Moore at [email protected]

The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce will be holding its after-hours activity from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 6 at Kinetic Physical Therapy & Wellness, 1540 E. Arlington Blvd. Registration required for the membership event greenvillenc.org/events/. Contact Aileen Peacock at [email protected] or call (252) 752-4101 ext. 2223. Bring business cards for a chance to win a door prize and make new business contacts.

PFLAG Greenville will meet via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 13. A representative from Stop Human Trafficking Now will provide an overview of their initiatives and how to help them. Support group discussion will follow. PFLAG supports gender and sexual minorities. Visit facebook.com/gvpflag or contact [email protected] for more information.

The Interfaith Clergy of Pitt and Martin Counties will hold their eighth annual Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at 12:30 pm Monday, January 17 at the Community Christian Church, 1104 N. Memorial Drive. The Reverend James D. Corbett will host and Judge James A. Wynn of the United States Court of Appeals will be the keynote speaker. Music, youth presentations and recognition, including the Dr. MLK Jr. Service Award, will be included. Call Reverend Rodney Coles at 717-960 or Pastor Eve Rogers at 258-4205. Email [email protected] and [email protected]

Community unit lunch

The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce will host the 25th Annual Community Unity Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Harvey Hall at ECU’s Murphy Center, 100 Ficklen Drive. This event is a free event open to the public. Masks will be mandatory and social distancing measures will be put in place to ensure a safe environment. Chris Hopkins, senior pastor of Reimage Church, will be the keynote speaker. A light breakfast will be available at 7:30 am The event takes place in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday to celebrate and expand diversity initiatives in Greenville and County. Pitt.

Lunch on economic forecasts

The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce will host its 2022 Economic Forecast Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25 at the Hilton Greenville, 207 SW Greenville Blvd. Industry expert Rick Niswander, ECU business professor and former vice-chancellor of administration and finance, will offer insight and analysis on the local, state and national economy for the coming year. The cost is $ 30 for chamber members and $ 40 for non-members and $ 225 for a table of eight. Registration required at greenvillenc.org/events/. Contact Aileen Peacock at [email protected] or call (252) 752-4101 ext. 2223.

Experts in human trafficking

A panel of experts featured in the film “Human Trafficking in North Carolina” will discuss the reality of sex work and trafficking in preparation for the documentary screening on January 26th. Vicki Dalia, author, lawyer and survivor leader; Kiricka Yarbough Smith, Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Programs at the NC Council on Women and Youth Implication; and Caitlin Ryland, a lawyer with Legal Aid of North Carolina, are all featured in the documentary. For more information, email Melinda Sampson at [email protected] To register, visit https://encstophumantrafficking.org/learning-opportunities/

Documentary on human trafficking

“Human Trafficking in North Carolina” will air at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26. This documentary features survivors of human and labor trafficking and professionals working in the anti-trafficking movement. This documentary will present stories from survivors, vulnerabilities behind human trafficking abuse and indicators of human trafficking and how to safely report suspicions. The documentary is suitable for middle school students and the elderly. For more information, send an email to melinda @ ncstophumantrafficking. To register, visit https://encstophumantrafficking.org/learning-opportunities/

ECU will host Jill Heinerth, cave diver, author, photographer and filmmaker who had to overcome her fear to go where no one has gone before, will discuss “Explorations in Excellence” at 7pm on February 17th, in the main campus student center at 501 E. 10th St. The event is part of the Voyages of Discovery Series program at Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. Visit voyages.ecu.edu for more information.

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