Community Briefs: Tar Heel Junior Historians seek new members

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Tree-pruning seminar planned

Cyndi Lauderdale, horticulture extension agent at the N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Wilson County office, will teach proper crape myrtle pruning techniques from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Wilson Botanical Gardens, 1806 Goldsboro St. S. The seminar will include an outdoors, hands-on pruning demonstration.

PFLAG chapter plans meeting

ROCKY MOUNT — The local chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 516 N. Church St.

PFLAG is a nonprofit volunteer organization that works to support the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trangender individuals, their families and friends. For more information, email pflagrm@aol.com.

Reentry council holding resource fairs

The Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson Reentry Council will hold resource fairs Wednesday and Thursday to help ex-inmates successfully transition back into the community.

The events are scheduled from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Bible Missionary Baptist Church, 2833 Tilghman Road in Wilson, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Thursday, Jan. 18, at St. Mark AME Church, 1150 Tarboro St., Rocky Mount.

Retired school workers meet Wednesday

The Wilson County Retired School Personnel will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 at the Senior Citizen Center, 1806 Goldsboro St.

Crime prevention panels plan meeting

ROCKY MOUNT — The Edgecombe and Nash County Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 at the East Carolina Ag and Education Center.

Church to hold clothing giveaway

Freedom Ministries will have a clothing giveaway for the entire family beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Omega Resource Center, 300 Fairview Ave. Refreshments will be served while supplies last. For more information, call 252-315-3421.

Junior historians seek new members

KINSTON — The Tar Heel Junior Historian chapter will hold an interest meeting for prospective new members from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 20 at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, 100 N. Queen St. 

The group’s purpose is to encourage the study of local and state history and help young people better understand and appreciate their place in history.

‘The Shack’ author to speak in Bailey

BAILEY — Wayne Jacobsen, co-author of Christian book “The Shack,” author of “He Loves Me!” and “Finding Church” and a contributor to The God Journey podcast will hold a public conversation from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Bailey Cafe, 12544 Hanover St.

For more information, visit www.lifestream.org/travel-event/bailey-nc and look up the Facebook event page via this shortened link: . http://bit.ly/2r3kbnC.

Bridge club names recent winners

Wilson Duplicate Bridge Club winners for Jan. 9, North/South, are Frank Eagles and Betty Banks, first; Ann Griffin and Richard Moore, second; Helen Paszek and Carolyn Griffin, third; and Sally Barnes, Holmes Smoot, Lynda Land and Beverly Wells, fourth.  East/West winners are Nancy Thompson and Mabel Gray Henry, first; Cathy Howell and Tempie Pierce, second; Marth Walston and Louise Watson, third; Betty Jon Smith and Ages Cherry, fourth; and Margo and George Thompson, fifth.  

Winners for Jan. 11, North/South, are Homes Smoot and Agnes Cherry, first; Carolyn Griffin and Helen Paszek, second; Deas Linville and Heather Pierce, third; and Sally Barnes and Frank Eagles, fourth; East/West winners are Lynda Land and Jerry Woodard, first; Nancy Thompson and Ann Ipock, second; Dot Boyette and Mable Hesmer, third; and Janet Gresham and Martha Walston, fourth.