April 5

— The Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District supervisors will meet at 9:45 a.m. in the small auditorium at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center, Elizabethtown. For additional information call 910-862-3179, Opt. 3.

April 6

— There will be a Backyard/Small Flock Poultry Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office, located at 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown. Topics will include: chick brooding, feeding chickens for egg production, culling standards for egg layers, and money saving ideas for small flocks. Feed and Garden Center will sponsor refreshments. Call the Extension office at 910-862-4591 to register by April 3. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations to participate by contacting Becky Spearman, Extension agent, at 910-862-4591, by email, or in person at the office at least seven days prior to the event.

April 8

— The Bladen County Democrat Party will hold its annual convention at 10 a.m. in the Superior Courtroom of the Bladen County Courthouse. All supporters of the Democrat Party are encouraged to attend.

April 13

— The Bladen County Public Library’s Main Branch will host a “Kid’s Easter Party” at 5:30 p.m. Call 910-862-6990 to register in advance. Adult supervision required of minors.

— All three branches of the Bladen County Public Library will host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. to celebrate National Library Week. There will be activities for children, library tours, library information, refreshments, and a chance for fellowship. Bridger Memorial Library is located at 313 S. Main St. in Bladenboro; Clarkton Public Library is located at 10413 N. College St. in Clarkton; and the main branch is located at 111 N. Cypress St. in Elizabethtown.

— The Democratic Women of Bladen County will meet at the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown at 6 p.m. for their monthly meeting. We are a new organization with a growing membership devoted to expanding the Democratic Party. For more information, call Ben Snyder at 910-876-3565 or Patsy Sheppard at 910-862-3322.

— The Bladen County Democratic Party meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown. For more information, call Ben Snyder at 910-876-3565 or Patsy Sheppard at 910-862-3322.

— The Bladen County Health & Human Services Advisory Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the large conference room at the Health Department.

April 15

— Jones Lake State Park will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Lakes. There will be games, concessions, crafts, prizes and special events. East Egg Hunt will begin at 11 a.m. The day is free to the public, but pre-registration is required. Call 910-588-4550 or stop by the Jones Lake State park Visitor Center by April 8.

April 18

— Those who write and appreciate poetry are invited to two events during the annual BCC Library Poetry Program. Share your own creative writing or blend in with the gallery of listeners. Join us from 11 a.m. until noon, or from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. in the Student Resource Center (building 7) on the Dublin Campus. The events are open to anyone. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 910-879-5641.

April 21

— The Bladen County Division on Aging, located at 608 McLeod St. in Elizabethtown, will host a free Medicare 101 seminar at 1 p.m. The seminar is open to anyone new to Medicare or interested in learning more about Medicare. The seminar will include a question and answer session. To register, call Carol Mitchell at 910-872-6331.

April 23

— The Brisson Family Reunion will be held at the Bladenboro Historical Society from 1 to 5 p.m. If you are a Brisson or have Brisson blood in you, please plan to attend attend. For information, please call the Bladenboro Historical Society at 910-863-4707.

April 25

— Bladen Community College will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, contact the N.C. Works Career Center at 910-862-3255 or Sondra Guyton at Bladen Community College at 910-879-5634.

— The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. in the boardroom in the Essic Williams Administration Building (building 10) on the Dublin campus. For information, contact Melissa Hester at 910-879-5502.

April 29

— Greater McKoy’s Chapel, Inc. (282 Center Rd. Elizabethtown, NC) will host its annual car show. Registration is 8 a.m. to noon and is $25 for entries. Judging will be from 1-2 p.m., and awards will be given out from 2-3 p.m. Registration for vendors (non-food only) is $15. Please contact Danny LeSane at (910) 876-3582 if you have any questions or would like to participate.

— The Democratic Women of North Carolina District Convention will he held in Warsaw at noon. A group of women from Bladen County will be attending and invite you to join us. The cost is $15 and includes lunch. For more information, call Ben Snyder at 910-876-3565 or Patsy Sheppard at 910-862-3322.

June 16

— The Bladen County Animal Control Advisory Board will hold the first-ever Bladen County Pet Palooza from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Dog Park and National Guard Armory on Swanzy Street. Bring your pets! There will be a K-9 race at 6:30 p.m.; silent auction from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; 50-50 drawing; games; and numerous vendors. The Loose Floorboards band will start at 7:30 p.m.For sponsorship and table set-up information, contact Mike Jackson at or Charlotte Smith at

Out of county



— The Bladen County Democratic Women will meet on the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.

— The Bladen County Health & Human Services Advisory Committee meets the second Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the large conference room at the Health Department.

— The Elizabethtown Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery.

— The Bladenboro Rotary Club meets every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Bladenboro Community Building.

— 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 Saturday at noon at The Paul R. Brown Building on Martin Luther King Drive in Elizabethtown. All meetings are open to the public.

• The disabled veterans of Bladen County will meet the third 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 Henry Larock at 910-866-4113.

• 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.

• 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.

OVERSET FOLLOWS:— 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

— 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 every Saturday. 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 Henry Larock at 910-866-4113.

— 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 Area 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. Bricks 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.

— There is a free taxidermy class located at 601 Main Street in Tar Heel for students, the handicapped, and anyone disabled. Please contact David Monroe at 910-585-1739.