Community Calendar

August 14, 2014

Aug. 21

— Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCare Center will sponsor a free workshop titled “Caregiving Can Make Life Crazy! How to Keep It From Making You Crazy!” from 9 a.m. to noon at the Powell-Melvin Auditorium on Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown. The speaker will be Mike Collins, producer of the video “Care for the Caregiver” and winner of the National Caregiver Friendly Award from Today’s Caregiver magazine. For information or to RSVP, call Lisa Clark at 910-620-2264 or by email at

Aug. 22

—A deposit of $70 per person is due for those who will be attending the Essence Music Festival July 2 through July 6, 2015 in New Orleans, La. The group will depart Thursday, July 2, at 6 a.m. from Kidz-N-Motion Child Care Center. Concert tickets are not included and must be purchased separately through Ticketmaster. There are nine payments of $50 each due monthly. The cost includes a four night hotel stay and transportation. For more information contact 910-824-4364.

— There will be a grand opening celebration for the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market at 1 p.m. at the farmer’s market located across from Bladenboro Hardware.

Aug. 23

— The National Wild Turkey Federation will hold a casino night at Allen Brothers Hunting Preserve starting at 6 p.m. For information about the event, call Ted White at 910-734-0673 or email him at

Aug. 25

— Families First, Inc. is asking for donations of school supplies for our client’s children of all ages. Items requested are a one, three or five subject notebooks, notebook paper, large binders, hand sanitizer, pencils, ink pens, colored pencils, high lighters, pencil pouches, crayons, etc. We are also trying to help with school uniforms. We will accept new or gently used school uniforms. You can also call the office for specific sizes or make a financial contribution designated for uniforms. Thank you for all you support. Supplies and uniforms should be delivered to Families First, Inc. office location at 208 South Morehead St., Elizabethtown, by Monday, Aug. 25, or call 910-862-2534.

Aug. 29

— Spaulding Monroe High School Classes of 1964, 1965, and 1966 will celebrate the third school reunion for anyone who attended the school beginning in 1947 to its closing in 1948. Friday there will be a cook out at 5 p.m. and Saturday there will be a banquet at 7 p.m. Cost is $35 per person for both events. For more information call 910-277-1422.

Sept. 5

— The deadline for sponsorship for the Mike Merritt Scholarship ride. To be placed on the back of the T-shirt, all sponsorships must be received no later than Sept. 5. Sponsorship information can be obtained by contacting Evelyn Merritt at 910-872-1304 or Dale Brennan at 910-874-0726. The ride is planned for Saturday, Sept. 27. Registration for the ride is $20 for a single rider and $25 for an additional rider.

Sept. 11

— Cry Out America will take place on the front lawn of the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown from noon until 1 p.m.

Sept. 13

The Bladen County Training School – Bladen Central High School Alumni Association will hold its annual Awards Banquet at The Paul R. Brown Building in Elizabethtown. The keynote speaker will be Jonathan Peterson of Raleigh. Peterson is a native of Bladen County who is practicing law in the Raleigh-Durham area. Scholarships and various awards will be presented at the Banquet. The Banquet will begin at 7 p.m. and the public is invited. Admission is $20.

Sept. 20

— The Diamond Divas Dance Team will have a “Shine Bright Like A Diamond” Majorette Showcase at the Elizabethtown Middle School Gym. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and show starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information call 910-824-4364.

Sept. 25

— The Bladen Community College Foundation will hold their seafood and sunset fundraiser at 6 p.m. at Camp Clearwater at White Lake. Sponsorships are now available by calling 910-879-5519 for more information on how you can sponsor this event.

Sept. 27

— The 8th annual Mike Merritt Scholarship Ride will be held at the White Lake Fire Department. Cost is $20 for single rider and $25 for double rider. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and Lunch and door prizes will be given beginning at 11:30 a.m. The ride departs for Southport via Fort Fisher Ferry at 12:45 p.m. For more information contact Evelyn Merritt at 910-872-1304, Joan Brennan at 910-874-1211, Tina Merritt at 910-876-2549, or Dale Brennan at 910-874-0726.


— I Am Inc. in conjunction with God’s Garden of Paradise is offering limited amounts of free meals and haircuts on a monthly basis. For more information or participating locations go to Glenda’s Just Desserts and Lunch Counter located at 315 Martin Luther King Drive, Elizabethtown or Barbers Inn (Shaw Wood, manager) located at 410 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Elizabethtown.

— The Baltimore Center Head Start is accepting applications for children who will be 3 to 4 years of age by Aug. 31. Applications for children with special needs are also being accepted. Children will be transported to and from home by bus. Applicants need to bring with them: a birth certificate, shot record, Social Security numbers of all family members in the household, directions to home, mailing and physical address, verifications of income, WIC verification and health insurance information. For more information contact the Baltimore Head Start Center, 2100 S. Elwell Ferry Road, Council, or call 910-669-2536.

— Families First will start empowerment group on Thursday, Aug. 14, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at our office at 208 S. Morehead St. in Elizabethtown. Empowerment meetings will continue every other Thursday. Light refreshments will be served. Families First is the domestic violence and sexual assault agency for Bladen and Columbus County. For further information contact Marjorie Walker at 910-862-2534.

— Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8062, meets on the third Saturday of each month at 3 p.m. at the VFW building located at 109 Hill Street, Elizabethtown. All veterans who served in a foreign war are welcomed for membership.

— The Bladen County Military Museum meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Bladenboro Historical Society Building located at 818 S. Main Street, Bladenboro. All veterans are welcomed for membership.

—The Cape Fear Farmer’s Market welcomes Craft Vendors to sell the first Saturday of each month. Display your handmade or homemade items for a small fee of $7 per Saturday, this includes a 10 x 10 space which includes table(s) (limit 2). For more information contact Sarah Baysden at 910-862-2066.

— Every Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Harmony Hall Plantation in White Oak, will be various activities and events on the grounds, as well as tours of the 1760s plantation home of Col. James Richardson and the outbuildings. All activities, tours and demonstrations are free — a donation is always welcome. For information, call Bobby Lewis at 910-874-4011.

— Woodmen of the World Lodge No. 262 meet on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

— Low-income families who want to get their pets spayed or neutered at A Shelter Friend’s monthly low-income clinic can call 645-2297 for information and sign-up. Volunteers who wish to help with this worthwhile program are also encouraged to call.

— The Bladen County Health Department WIC office is now open during lunch hours (noon to 1 p.m.). Regular WIC department hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. for ALL SERVICES; Friday 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. for certification and recertification; Pickups are available daily from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information contact 910-872-6218 or 910-872-6219.

— Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Monday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Cape Fear Bladen County Hospital hospital cafeteria in Elizabethtown. Anonymity will be respected. For more information, contact Jim Lane at 910-433-2276.

— Grandparents and kinship caregiver’s raising grandchildren support group meets every third Wednesday of the month at the Bladen County Division on Aging located at 608 McLeod Street, Elizabethtown. For more information, call 910-872-6334.

— Dublin First Baptist Church Child Development Center is enrolling children ages 2-4 in the half-day program. The program uses the A Beka curriculum. For more information or to enroll call 862-2277 or 876-0419.

— The Bladen County Youth Focus Project will meet every second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Paul R. Brown Building on Martin Luther King Boulevard, Elizabethtown. All interested persons are welcome to attend.

— The Bladenboro Visual Arts Council presents the work of art students Janet R. Jentez, Joan Blackwell, Melvin Morris and Tori Helpingstine during the months of June and July in the art gallery. They are students of Professor Joseph Begnaud who is associate professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. A reception will be held at the Art Gallery in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building on Saturday, June 28, from 2 until 4 p.m.The art gallery is open on Saturday and Sunday from 2 until 4 p.m. and by appointment during the week from 10 a.m. until noon. Everyone is invited. The art gallery is located in the Bladenboro Historical Building at 818 South Main St.

The Art Gallary is open from 2 until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and by appointment from 10 a.m. until noon along with other museums in the building. Admission is free for all museums.

—The Bladen County Amateur Radio Society meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown Room G7 at 7 p.m. The public with or without an amateur radio license are welcome to attend.

— The Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce meets every second Tuesday at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown at noon.

— The Garland Lodge 1511 of the Woodmen of the World Insurance Society meets the first Friday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Ammon community building. Members and guests are welcome.

— A military monument has been constructed by the Bladen County Military Museum on a brick patio at 818 S. Main St., Bladenboro. Brick’s may still be purchased and are $100 each. The bricks honor all branches of service beginning with the Revolutionary War. For more information, call 863-4707.

— Bladen County Habitat for Humanity meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church.

—The Woodmen of The World Lodge 208 meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Woodmen of the World Lodge on Whiteville Hwy. Meal will be served.

— The Kelly Historical Society meets on a quarterly basis on the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Kelly Museum. For more information, call 910-763-6966.

— The Bladen County Chapter of the NAACP will meet the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Focus Building on Martin Luther King Drive in Elizabethtown.

— The Elizabethtown Kiwanis meet the first and third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown.