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Thrift store plans grand opening
West Nash United Methodist Church, 2200 Nash St., will hold a grand opening for its thrift store from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. All proceeds from thrift store sales are used to support local charities.
Ushers to celebrate anniversary
The Lucama Usher Chain will celebrate its 51st anniversary with a banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Darden Alumni Center, 1600 Lipscomb Road, Wilson. Special guest will be Bethel United Holy Church of Kenly’s Voices of Praise. This event includes roughly 18 area churches. Admission is $15 per person.
Toy, clothing giveaway scheduled
WomanUp, an empowerment group for women and girls, will hold its annual food, toy and clothing giveaway from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Reid Street Community Center, 901 N. Reid St.
Christmas purse packages sought
The Christmas Purse Project is requesting donations of gently used purses filled with socks, gloves, toiletries and feminine products to be handed out to needy women and girls at the Soup Kitchen of Wilson during the Christmas season. The deadline for purse donations is Monday, Dec. 9.
Filled purses can be dropped off at Adams Carpet One, 4006 Nash St.; Truly Unique, 2006 U.S. 301 S.; Waltec inside Innovation Installation, 3850-A Airport Road; or The Spa, 1010 Nash St. For more information, email Tina Watkins at email@example.com.
Chorus plans holiday concert
The Wilson Community College Chorus, under the direction of Sandy Pittman, will perform a holiday concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 in the college’s DelMastro Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information about the concert or information on joining the chorus, contact Sandy Pittman at 252-246-1266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live Nativity scene opens Dec. 13
KENLY — Sonlight Farms, 293 Bunn Road, will present “Come & Behold,” a walk-through live Nativity, from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 through Sunday, Dec. 15. No reservations are needed and the scene takes about 20 minutes to walk through. Children’s crafts and animals to pet will be on hand. Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly. Admission is free and donations are accepted.
Enrichment sessions scheduled
The Lasting Love Broadcast and United Fellowship Assembly are offering a free marriage and singles enrichment sessions Friday, Dec. 13 at Country Inn and Suites, 4910 Hayes Place. Singles meet at 7 p.m. and married couples meet at 8 p.m. For more information, call 252-933-6935.
‘Christmas in Harlem’ gala slated
ELM CITY — Young adult ministry Young and Reckless will hold “Christmas in Harlem: Jazz & Melanin” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 at the Train Depot Community Center, 101 Nash St. The gala features live jazz, spoken word and dancing. Awards will be presented for the black-owned business of the year, artist of the year and servant leader of the year.
Event attire is formal — no jeans, T-shirts or sneakers. Admission is $13 and proceeds will benefit the Hope Station. Tickets are available on Eventbrite via the shortened link https://bit.ly/2LcjCiQ.
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