Editor’s note: The Bladen Journal will no longer publish the “ongoing events” listing. Instead, anyone holding regular events should submit information to the Bladen Journal in time for publication in the community calendar. The deadlines are Wednesday at noon for Friday’s edition; Friday at noon for Tuesday’s edition. Information can be submitted online to


June 9

— A chicken and rice plate sale will by hosted by Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Bladenboro from 11 a.m. “until” as a fundraiser to benefit Jessica Allen Ludlum, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. There will also be bake sale items available. Cost is a donation.

— A Crazy Fun Color Run will be held at 9 a.m. at the Bladen County Industrial Park in Elizabethtown. The event benefits the Bladen County United Way.

June 10

— The annual Shaw-Elkins Family Reunion will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Lisbon Baptist Road, located at 4588 Lisbon Road, Clarkton. Please bring your favorite covered dish and join us for the meal beginning at 12:45 p.m.

June 12

— The Dublin Fire Protection District Board of Director and District Fire Commissioners will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Dublin Fire Station. The meeting will be for the discussion of fire protections needs of the district and needs of the Dublin Fire Department. The meeting is open to the public.

June 15

— — A Beginning Genealogy group meets at 1 p.m. at the Bladen County Senior Center, 608 McLeod St. in Elizabethtown. Bring a notebook and a pencil and we’ll embark on an enjoyable trip through time.

June 16

— The Baltimore Community Center will host an Out of School Cookout with many activities from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All young people are welcome along with their parents. There will be hot dogs, corn dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, drinks and many other goodies. Call Mary Andrews at 910-669-2105 for information.

June 17


— A Women’s Empowerment Dinner will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy, located at 1360 MLK Drive in Elizabethtown, hosted by Toni Smith for BeeYhuu Foundation. The guest speakers will be Trina Collins, Jona McKoy, LaShonta Tatum, Kendra Darity and Sha’Re Mathis. The guest of honor will be Monica Pearson. Tickets are $14 for adults and $6 for ages 16 and under. For information, call 910-874-1132.

June 20

— Learn how to grow the best lawn you can at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office, 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring your soil report with a sample of your grass — as well as any weeds, insects or problems your yard has. Register by June 15. There is no cost. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations to participate by contacting Nancy Olsen, Extension agent, at 910-862-4591.

June 25-26, 28-30

— The main branch of the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown will host a Performing Arts Camp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. The camp will cover the areas of dance, TV and film acting, and modeling. The registration fee for materials is $100 for a family of one to four ($25 for each additional family member). Participation in the camp is free and you can register online at (your printed receipt from registration is your ticket to enter). If you have questions, contact Lisa Heir at 910-864-7494 or

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