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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April 28

— The Cape Fear River Shad Festival will be held at Lock & Dam No. 1 in East Arcadia. There will be demonstrations, food, beverages, story-telling and entertainment. For information, call Earnestine Keaton at 910-685-6735 or emial her at ektn10@aol.com.

— The Bladen County Department of Social Services will hold its ninth annual Child Abuse Prevention Event on the Bladen County Courthouse lawn. An Awareness Walk will begin at San Jose’s parking lot at noon and will end at the courthouse. Light refreshments and parent information packets will be provided. A balloon will be released for each child that lost their life due to abuse or neglect in North Carolina. Public is urged to attend.

— The Bladen County Master Gardener volunteers will be having their annual Plant Sale at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A huge variety of N.C. grown trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and tomatoes will be available at reasonable prices. This is the only fundraiser the Master Gardeners have to sponsor two $500 scholarships for college-bound students with a focus in agriculture and to promote the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program.

— 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.

— The Bladen County Training School – Bladen Central High School Alumni Association will hold its 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 dottiemac43@yahoo.com. Minnie Price may also be contacted at 910-862-868, 910-872-1712 or minnp9@aol.com. For further information about the event, contact either of the persons above.

May 3

— The main branch of the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown will host “Amazing Alligators,” a program for school-age children and their families, at 6:30 p.m. registration is recommended by calling 910-862-6990.

— A National Day of Prayer will be held at the Bladenboro Historical Building at 7 p.m. The public is urged to come and join in.

May 5

— The Bladen County Master Gardener volunteers will be having their annual Plant Sale at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A huge variety of N.C. grown trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and tomatoes will be available at reasonable prices. This is the only fundraiser the Master Gardeners have to sponsor two $500 scholarships for college-bound students with a focus in agriculture and to promote the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program.

— Greater McKoy’s Chapel’s annual Car Show will be held Saturday. Registration will be from 8 a.m. until noon. Judging will be 1-2 p.m. and awards from 2 to 3 p.m. Entering a vehicle in the show is $25, and vendor space is available for $15 (no food vendors allowed). Food and drinks will be sold by Greater McKoy’s Chapel, Inc. Please contact Danny LeSane at (910) 876-3582.

May 6

— A musical program will be hosted by Clarkton Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m. and contributions will benefit the Matthew 25 Center of Tabor City. The concert, organized by Randy Page, will feature musicians from Bladen and Columbus counties. The Matthew 25 Center of Tabor City is a nonprofit organization created to provide housing for families of incarcerated men and women when they come to visit their loved ones.

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.

May 10

— There will be a FAMACHA certification training for goat and sheep producers at 4 p.m. at West Bladen High School, located at 1600 N.C. 410 in Dublin. The training will be behind the school at the greenhouse. Becky Spearman, Extension livestock agent in Bladen County, and Liz Lahti, Extension livestock agent in Cumberland and Hoke counties, will present the training. There will be a classroom portion of the training and a hands-on portion at the school. The cost is $15 per card (a farm can certify multiple people and get one card or more). Please bring money to class – either cash or check made payable to Bladen Extension. Please call 910-862-4591 to reserve your space for the training by Friday, May 4. There is a limit of 20 people, so please register early.

May 20-26

EMS Appreciation Week

May 24

— A community forum sponsored by the Bladen County Opioid Task Force will be held at Bladen Community College at 6:30 p.m. There wlil be a panel discussion, Q&A session and light refreshments. The public is urged to attend.

— The main branch of the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown will host a “Summer Perennials” seminar at 6:30 p.m. Nancy Olsen, a Bladen County Extension Office horticulture agent and Master Gardener volunteer coordinator, will be the guest speaker. Open to the public.

Out of county

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