— Lu Mil Vineyard’s annual Festival of Lights opens and will run through Dec. 23. Show features longer route with numerous additional decorations. Cost is $6 per person. Double-decker bus can be rented for $6 per person with a 20-person minimum (call 910-862-1603 at least 48 hours in advance). A country buffet is available from 5 to 9 p.m. for $11 plus tax. Santa will be in the Candy Shop.
The Elizabethtown Christmas Parade will take at 3 p.m. For an application contact the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 910-862-4368 or 910-874-0285 or email the Chamber office at Tourism28337@embarqmail.com.
— Lower Cape Fear Hospice will offer a free grief workshop, Hope for the Holidays, from 10 a.m. until noon at its Bladen County office located at 116 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown. Registration is required. Grief group discussions include understanding the grief process; coping with loss; defining realistic expectations for the holidays; and suggestions for creating new holiday traditions. For more information or to register call 910-515-6689. When leaving a message, please leave your name, phone number and indicate the specific program you wish to attend.
— Applications are due for the ninth annual Bladen County Youth Focus Project to be held Jan. 16, 2016, at the Paul R. Brown Building on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Elizabethtown. Applications will be accepted for ages 5 and up. For information, call Minnie Price at 910-872-1712 or 910-872-5333.
— Bladen County Public Library – Main Branch (Elizabethtown) will be hosting “Snacks with Mrs. Santa” at 10 am. Guardians must register their children in advance by calling 910-862-6990. This event is appropriate for children ages 2 to 12 years old.
— The Bladen County Chapter of His laboring Few Biker Ministries will hold its first-ever Sharing CHRISTmas Toy Run — in memory of Jerry Davis, Gene Cain and Mary Merritt — to benefit the needy of Bladen County. Registration opens at 12:30 p.m. in the Walmart parking lot on West Broad Street in Elizabethtown. Kickstands go up at 2 p.m.. Cost is $15 per bike plus an unwrapped toy. A meal will follow at Open Door Ministries on East Broad Street. There will be door prizes and more. For information, call Townsend Link at 910-619-2568 or Robby Castleberry at 910-872-4573.
— The Bladen County Hospital Foundation will hold “A Red Affair Gala” at 6 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin. Music will be provided by North Tower and Black Tie is optional. tickets are $50 each.
— Applications are now being accepted for the Elizabethtown Christmas Parade which is planned for Sunday, Nov. 29, at 3 p.m. For an application contact the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 910-862-4368 or 910-874-0285 or email the Chamber office at Tourism28337@embarqmail.com.
—The Bladenboro Christmas Parade Committee is making plans for the annual Christmas Parade which is planned for Saturday, Dec. 5. If you would like to enter the parade please contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jane Walters at 910-648-4379.
— Families First, Inc. is now located at 103 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown. They will be holding Parenting Classes each Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.
— The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy’s Board of Trustees meet every second Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at The Paul R. Brown Building on Martin Luther King Drive in Elizabethtown. All meetings are open to the public.
— The Disabled American Veterans meet the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the VFW building in Elizabethtown. For more information contact David Brown at 910-740-6312.
— Now is a great time to plan your wedding or renew your vows at Harmony Hall Plantation Village. You may decide the amount you wish to give as a donation in lieu of a rental fee. For more information on how to book your wedding at Harmony Hall Plantation Village, call Seth Lewis at 910-770-3132.
— Flashback-Community Life through the Lens of Mack Munn will have an exhibit of his work at Bladen Community College’s East Arcadia campus. The exhibit is sponsored by Graham Chapel AME Zion Church and the Lower Bladen Columbus Historical Society. Exhibit hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. For special group tours call LBCHS at 910-685-6735.
—Taxidermy and Wildlife classes will be held at 608 Main St in Tar Heel. Classes are free to students, Senior citizens, and disabled people of any age. Contact David at 910-585-1739 for dates and evening classes.
— The American Legion Post No. 404 of Elizabethtown are asking everyone that have worn or aged U.S. flags to please bring them to the Elizabethtown Municipal Building. A used mailbox is located near the front entrance of the municipal building. The American Legion will properly dispose of them on Flag Day which is June 14.
—Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise, take steps to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction get them the help they need. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. 800-431-1754 or DrugAbuseSolution.com
— Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call 800-431-1754 today for free screenings or referrals.
— 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, verification 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.
— 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 their crafts the first Saturday each month. 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 re-certification; 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.
— Bladenboro Visual Arts Council presents a lifetime collection of art by artist Sam Pait and other artists in the Art Gallery. Some of the art will be for sale. The Bladenboro Visual Arts 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. The art gallery is located in the Bladenboro Historical Building at 818 South Main St.
—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 9 am. on the third Tuesday 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.
— Cape Fear Masonic Lodge No. 300 Prince Hall Free & Accepted meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays following the the first and third Sunday of each month at 702 Martin Luther King Drive, Elizabethtown.