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Sweet potato giveaway is Friday 

A sweet potato giveaway for family caregivers is planned from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at the Wilson County Senior Activity Center, 1808 Goldsboro St. S.

To be eligible, recipients must be Wilson County residents and the primary caregiver for an older adult or disabled adult or child. Organizers will distribute the Vick Family Farms sweet potatoes until all are gone. Each household will receive 5 pounds of sweet potatoes.

The giveaway is made possible by a partnership between the senior center and the Wilson County Department of Social Services as part of Family Caregiver Month.

Donations sought for 2 food drives 

Two Wilson nonprofits will collect nonperishable food donations on Saturday, Nov. 19.

• The Wilson Evening Lions Club will hold a food drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. across from Food Lion in the Shoppes at Brentwood. Donations will benefit the Veterans Residential Services of Wilson food pantry. 

• Seeds of Hope Wilson will collect canned food from 2-4 p.m. in the Pirate Garden across from the Seeds of Hope Home, 906 Viola St. E.

Connect Church hosts Wilson Record Show

The Wilson Record Show is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Connect Church, 4865 Nash St. N.

Attendees can shop thousands of records, CDs, cassettes, DVDs and memorabilia items from music vendors across the state. Admission is free.

Group plans turkey giveaway

The Washington Carver Heights community group will hold a first-come, first-served turkey giveaway at noon Saturday, Nov. 19, at Washington Carver Heights Community Park, 1506 Fikewood St. Ext. The park is near the Wilson Police Department’s South District station. 

Free lunches offered Saturday 

Feed My Sheep Ministries of Wilson Chapel will distribute free lunch bags to the community from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Wilson Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 513 Barnes St. E. 

Church to deliver Thanksgiving blessings

Barnes Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 1004 S. Railroad St., will hold its annual Giving Thanks and Spreading Love Project after the 9 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Nov. 20.

Church members will deliver Thanksgiving blessings to people in the Elvie Street community. All are welcome to attend the service and assist with the outreach project. 

Food, clothing giveaway slated

The Crossroad Street Ministry will hold a clothing and nonperishable food giveaway at noon Sunday, Nov. 20, at Lamm Park, 1149 Stantonsburg Road. 

Symphony’s fall concert is Sunday

The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-23 season will open with its fall concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, in the Kennedy Family Theatre on campus. 

The program has changed since a previous announcement. Guest conductor and violinist Christopher Ellis will lead the symphony in a concert featuring pianist Dexter Ruffin performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major. Additional selections in the concert will include Mozart’s Symphony No. 20 in D major and Adagio in E major for violin and orchestra.

Reserving seats in advance is preferred. Tickets for reserved seating are $10 per person or by season ticket. For more information and to make reservations, contact Bonnie LoSchiavo at or 252-399-6559.

Garden Talk will focus on composting

The Wilson Master Gardeners will host a Garden Talk on composting and using rain barrels from 3-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at the Wilson Agricultural Center, 1806 Goldsboro St. SW.

Guest speaker Scott Hedgepeth will explain how to set up a compost system and cover the benefits of using rain barrels to water home gardens. For more information, call 252-237-0113.

Church offers free Thanksgiving dinner

St. Rose Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) at 605 Douglas St. S. will hold a community Thanksgiving dinner sponsored by the church mission department from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24. All are welcome.

St. Rose holds worship services at 11 a.m. each Sunday with Bishop Stanley Hicks Sr. delivering the message. 

Train of Lights plans night for special needs riders

The Wilson Parks & Recreation Department invites people with special needs to ride the Holiday Train of Lights from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Recreation Park Community Center’s miniature train depot, 500 Sunset Road.

All individuals with special needs and their families can ride for free, with no need to wait in line. Operators will play the Train of Lights music at low volume, and if requested, the train won’t sound its horn inside the tunnel.

For more information, call Wilson Parks & Rec at 252-399-2266.

Police seek Shop with a Cop donations 

MIDDLESEX — The Middlesex Elementary School staff is accepting donations for the Middlesex Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program through Thursday, Dec.1.

Officers will spend time with Middlesex Elementary students and take them on a shopping spree in the weeks before Christmas, Police Chief Mike Collins said. School officials select children from families who could use some extra help during the holiday season.

Cash and checks made out to Middlesex Elementary School and Walmart gift cards can be donated at the school’s front office, 13081 W. Hanes Ave., during regular weekday hours.

Bailey plans Christmas tree lighting

BAILEY — The Bailey Chamber of Commerce will host the town’s annual Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, on Main Street.

Chorus groups and local elementary, middle and high school bands will provide music. The chamber will serve hot chocolate and cookies and announce the Christmas parade grand marshal. Members of the newly crowned 2023 Miss Bailey court will be on hand.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance for the festivities, and organizers will have a children’s area where kids can write their wish lists to Santa.

Craft fair, Christmas parade slated

BAILEY — The town’s annual Christmas craft fair is planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, on Main Street. 

The Bailey Volunteer Fire Department will sell hot dogs from 11 a.m. until sold out as a fire department fundraiser. Bailey’s Boy Scout troop will hold a chicken plate sale fundraiser.

The annual Bailey Christmas Parade will start at 2 p.m. During the parade, the fire department will hold a $100 raffle for a chance to win a $5,000 grand prize or one of 10 $500 prizes. A fundraiser cake auction will take place after the parade.

Wreath-making workshop scheduled 

The Wilson Botanical Gardens will hold a botanical wreath-making workshop on Monday, Dec. 5, in the Wilson Agricultural Center auditorium, 1806 Goldsboro St. SW. Two sessions are available: 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

Greenery and materials will be sponsored and curated from the gardens. Attendees are asked to bring their own gloves, clippers and/or wire. Cost is $40 for the general public and $35 for Wilson Botanical Gardens members. For more information, call 252-237-0113 or visit

Methodist Men to serve pancake supper

ELM CITY — The Elm City Methodist Church Men’s Club will host a pancake and sausage dinner from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9,  at the 106 N. Parker St. church. 

The all-you-can eat dinner is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger, dine in or takeout. Organizers say pancake dinners are the men’s club’s only fundraising mechanism. Proceeds will help the club fulfill community needs. 

Sharpsburg plans Christmas parade

SHARPSBURG — The town of Sharpsburg will hold its annual Christmas parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The parade will start at Davis Road and Mill Branch and end on Pittman Street behind Southern Bank.

Parade entry forms are available at For more information, call Town Clerk Tracy Sullivan at 252-446-9441 or email

Police collecting hats, socks and gloves

The Wilson Police Department is requesting donations of socks, hats and gloves for children through its Winter Warmth Drive. 

Donations are accepted from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays at the department’s headquarters station, 120 Goldsboro St. E.

Hospice agency seeks volunteer companions

3HC Home Health and Hospice Care is seeking volunteers to provide companionship for hospice patients in Wilson County. Those interested should be available to volunteer for at least two hours per week.

For more information, contact Shasta Grady, hospice support services manager, at 252-291-4400 or

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