COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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 cvincent@bladenjournal.com.

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All of March

— Team Nathan will be selling raffle tickets to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research through the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Items to be raffled include numerous items from local businesses in Bladen, Columbus and Robeson counties. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Drawings for winners will take place April 6.

March 17

— ST. PATRICK’S DAY

March 20

— FIRST DAY OF SPRING

— Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 901 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown, will host a free program titled “The basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” from 9 to 11 a.m. The public is invited.

— The Bladen County Educational Foundation, a non-profit corporation organized and existing to provide financial help for the public schools and educators of Bladen County, will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m., in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on U.S. 701 South in Elizabethtown. All members and other interested parties are asked to attend this meeting.

March 23-24

— The 26th annual Old-Fashioned Planter’s Day will be held at the Graham Agricultural Museum, located at 9252 Old Fayetteville Road near Ammon. The day will feature country and gospel singing, a saw mill, old tractors, antique cars, craft vendors, children’s games and rides, antique farm equipment and much more. Admission by donation.

March 24

— The Bladen County Democratic Party will hold its annual Democratic County Convention at 10 a.m. in the Superior Courtroom of the Bladen County Courthouse. Democratic candidates for local and state officers are invited to participate in the convention. Candidates are welcome to make a short speech and to participate in a question-and-answer session. For information, call Democratic Chairman Ben Snyder at 910-876-3565.

March 25

— PALM SUNDAY

March 26

— The Bladen County Republican Party will hold its 2018 Convention at the Powell Melvin Agricultural building. Registration is from 6-7 p.m. Precinct meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. The Convention will begin at 7 p.m. All registered Republicans are encouraged to attend. The Powell Melvin Agricultural building is located at 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown.

March 30

— GOOD FRIDAY

March 31

— Jones Lake State Park will host its eighth annual Egg Hunt starting at 11 a.m. There will be an egg hunt, games and prizes for all ages. Concessions will be available. Pre-register at the Jones lake State Park Visitor Center or call 910-588-4550 by March 30.

April 1

— EASTER

April 7

— Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church will host a barbecue plate fundraiser to benefit East Bladen High School football coach Robby Priest on Saturday, April 7, in the PAC building from 5 to 8 p.m. There will also be a silent auction. Plates will cost $8 each and will include barbecue, baked beans, slaw, rolls and dessert for eat-in or take out. T-shirts with the slogan #RobbyStrong can also be purchased through the Facebook group Fighting with Robby—#RobbyStrong. Priest is currently battling cancer and undergoing chemotherapy treatments. All proceeds from the fundraisers will go to assist Priest and his family with medical expenses.

April 10

— Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 901 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown, will host a free program titled “Effective Communication Strategies” from 9 to 11 a.m. The public is invited.

April 28

— The annual Kelly Spring Fest will be held at the Kelly Ballpark and will feature the North Tower band starting at 11 a.m. A parade will kick off the festivities at 10 a.m. starting on Cassius Smith Road. There will also be bounce houses, crafts, raffles and food along with lots of family fun. For more information contact us at Kellyvolunteerfiredepartment@gmail.com.

May 8

— Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 901 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown, will host a free program titled “Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors” from 9 to 11 a.m. The public is invited.

Out of county

• WHITEVILLE: The Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter, serving the parents of both Columbus and Bladen counties, will meet in the fellowship hall of Grace Episcopal Church, 105 S. Madison St. in Whiteville on March 12 at 7 p.m. Any adult who has experienced a loss of their child, grandchild or sibling is welcome to attend.

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