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Community briefs: NAACP meeting planned Thursday

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NAACP meeting planned Thursday

The Wilson branch of the NAACP will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at Jackson Chapel Church, 571 Nash St. E.

Food giveaway set for Friday

By Faith Original Free Will Baptist Church, 4667 Evansdale Road, will have a food giveaway beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11. Recipients are asked to bring boxes or containers to carry their items. For more information, call Judy Langston at 252-814-7657.

Historian to hold Gettysburg lecture

TARBORO — The Edgecombe Community College history department and the William Dorsey Pender Civil War Roundtable will sponsor a free lecture by Ed Bearss, national park historian emeritus, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 in the Mobley Atrium of the Thomas Fleming Building on the college’s Tarboro campus. Bearss will discuss the history of North Carolina ties to the Battle of Gettysburg.

Parkinson’s support group to meet

The Wilson Parkinson’s support group will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at First Presbyterian Church on Sunset Road in Wilson with Dianna Parrish as speaker. All patients, family members and caregivers are invited to be a part of the group. For more information, call Terry Norris at 571-224-3270 or Kitty Barnes at 252-239-0250.

Discussion series to tackle opioid epidemic

TARBORO — The Edgecombe County Health Department, Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office and Eastpointe will begin a three-session community discussion series on the opioid epidemic from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 at the health department, 201 S. Andrew St.

“Understanding the Crisis, Getting the Facts” will continue with a second session at 10 a.m. Feb. 20 and the third and final session at 10 a.m. March 20. Admission is free and sessions are open to all community members. A food truck will be on site for lunch after each session. For more information, call Leigh Saner, health services coordinator, at 252-641-6288.

Gardening seminar slated

Local rosarian Harvey Douglas will lead a presentation on growing roses at the Garden Talks seminar planned for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Wilson Agricultural Center, 1806 S. Goldsboro St.

‘Buckets and Beats’ concert planned

Seeds of Hope House after-school program participants will present a “Buckets and Beats” performance at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at Winstead United Methodist Church, 1407 Tarboro St. Refreshments will follow the program. The performance is under the direction of Bashir Shaku and the students will perform drum rhythms from various musical genres.

Tickets are $5 per person and are available at the church office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. For more information, contact the church office at 252-237-3709.

—From staff reports

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