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


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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


April 2

— BeeYhuu, C.L.K. Kids and Royalty Enterprise will hold a family Easter Egg Hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bladen County Park on U.S. 701 South. There will be free food, an egg race, music and 1,000 eggs with 100 “lucky eggs.” All are invited.

April 5

— Trinity United Methodist Men’s Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser will be will be held 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $8 per plate for eat in or take out. ITickets can be purchased at Bladen Builders, Dickerson’s Pharmacy, or TUMC church office.

— A Children’s Spring Program will take place at 6 p.m. at the Bladen County Public Library main branch. Adult supervision is required for the program, and pre-registration is required by calling 910-862-6990. The program is for children up to age 12.

April 7

— Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church will host a barbecue plate fundraiser to benefit East Bladen High School football coach Robby Priest 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.

— The Team Nathan Walking for a Cure organization will hold a community walk starting at 9:30 a.m. on the Bladenboro Historical Society grounds. Cost of the walk is $25 per person and includes a Team Nathan T-shirt. After the walk and a chance to meet Nathan, the group will make its way downtown to the Spring Fling.

April 9

— A Spring Special Storytime, with a story, crafts, food, and fun, will take place at Bridger Memorial Library and from 5:30-7 p.m. The program is most suitable for children ages 2-12. Call 910-863-4586 to register.

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 to receive practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia.

— The Bladen County Opioid Task Force will hold a “Harm Reduction Summit” at the Bladen County Health Department from 1 to 4 p.m.

— A Spring Special Storytime will be held at the Clarkton Public Library from 5:30-7 p.m., featuring food, fun, a story, and crafts. It is most suitable for children ages 2-12, and registration is available by calling 910-647-3661.

April 12

— A community presentation sponsored by Eastpointe Managed Care Organization and titled “Opioid 101” will be held at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension office, located at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown, from 10 a.m. to noon. There is no cost, but reservations are needed.

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

— The Bladen County Training School – Bladen Central High School Alumni Association will hold it’s Minority Business Banquet at The Paul R. Brown Building on Martin Luther King Drive in Elizabethtown starting at 7:30 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Leroy Purdie, instructor at the Savannah (Ga.) campus of Phoenix University. Businesses desiring to be recognized during the banquet should contact Dorothy McKoy at 910-588-4423 or Minnie Price may also be contacted at 910-862-868, 910-872-1712 or For further information about the event, contact either of the persons above.

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.×300-3.jpg