— Join a ranger at 10 a.m. for a guided paddle around Jones Lake. This program will be limited to 11 people. You will need to call the park office at 910-588-4550 to reserve a seat. Canoe, paddle, life jacket and water to float on will be provided. It is recommended that you bring drinking water, bug spray and a change of clothes. You must be able to swim and anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please note that this program can be cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions.
— The United Way of Bladen County will hold their Crazy Fun Color Run at the Elizabethtown Industrial Park beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Bob Mundy at 910-876-3720.
— There will be a chicken bog at the Live Oak community building from 12:30 until. Ruth Seights will be hosting a bake sale. All proceeds with go for repairs on the Live Oak community building.
— Bladen Community College will host a “Be the Match” bone marrow event from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. If you are between the ages of 18 and 44, are willing to donate to any patient in need, and meet certain health guidelines, a simple swab of tissue from your cheek can place you on the bone marrow registry list. The event takes place in the Bladen Community College Student Center in Building 2. No appointment is necessary and the public is invited to participate. For information, call Crystal Dowd at 910-879-5620.
— The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. in the board room in the Essic Williams Administrative building No. 10, on the Dublin campus. For more information, contact Melissa Hester at 910-879-5502.
— So, you like ghost stories? Perhaps a big fan of the scary part of Halloween? Then you should plan to have a front row seat at Bladen Community College on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. in the Library. Local historian and BCC Instructor Cliff Tyndall will share chilling tales about local ghosts and haunts. The infamous Maco Light and the terrorizing Hitchhiker are just a sampling of the mysteries with which Tyndall will amuse you in this unearthly and ominous presentation. The ghost-story hour is free and open to the public. For information, contact the Student Resource Center at Bladen Community College at 910-879-5641.
—Bladen Lakes Primary School will hold a Multi-Cultural Festival from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. There will be musicians, dancers, art, foods, foreign languages and educational expertise available. For more information contact Maria Segovia at 910-588-4606 or by email at [email protected]
— The John and Benny Hester families will be celebrating their family reunion at 1 p.m. at the Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church fellowship hall. The meal will be catered and the cost will be $7. Each family is asked to bring a dessert for those with a sweet tooth. If possible it is asked that at least one individual from each of the children of John and Benny attend.
— Come join us on Halloween for fun and games at Jones Lake State Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will be having costume contests, hayrides, lots of games, cakewalks, hikes with rangers, animal exhibits and more! Tickets will be sold for the game participation at 0.50 cents or $5 wristbands for unlimited games. Food available for purchase. Lots of prizes to be won! Come dressed in your costume and have some fall fun in the park with us on Halloween! Please call 910-588-4550 to pre-register or if you have any questions.
— The Bladenboro Beast Fest 5K Fun Run will take place at 8:30 a.m. at the Bladenboro Town Hall. All ages are welcome to come out run, walk or bring your stroller. Cost is $20 per individual and $15 per child. Children must be 12 and under. Entry forms are available at wwww.borobooster.org, the Bladenboro Fitness Center, Healthworks in Elizabethtown, the Bladenboro Town Hall and Bladen Community College.
— The Spirit of Success Crafts and Bazaar will be held at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event will feature homemade jewelry, homemade party designs and ahandcratfed hair designs and accessories.
— The Chamber Monthly Lunch Meeting will be held as scheduled. The meeting time will be moved to 12:30 p.m. to allow folks to attend the Veteran’s Day program prior to the monthly meeting. The meeting will be at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market and the guest speaker is Danaher Plant Manager Kevin Southerby.
— The Bladen County Tobacco Research Referendum will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Bladen County Extension Office located at 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown. For information on the referendum, call the Bladen County Extension Office at 910-862-4591.
The Elizabethtown Christmas Parade will take at 3 p.m. For an application contact the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 910-862-4368 or 910-874-0285 or email the Chamber office at [email protected]
— The Bladen County Hospital Foundation will hold “A Red Affair Gala” at 6 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin. Music will be provided by North Tower and Black Tie is optional. tickets are $50 each.
Out of County
— The American Heart Association’s First Annual Robeson County Heart Walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon at the James B. Chavis University Center lawn on the campus of UNC Pembroke. For more information about teams, volunteering, or sponsorship, email [email protected] or call 910-364-9054.
— Applications are now being accepted for the Elizabethtown Christmas Parade which is planned for Sunday, Nov. 29, at 3 p.m. For an application contact the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 910-862-4368 or 910-874-0285 or email the Chamber office at [email protected]
—The Bladenboro Christmas Parade Committee is making plans for the annual Christmas Parade which is planned for Saturday, Dec. 5. If you would like to enter the parade please contact us at [email protected] or [email protected] or Jane Walters at 910-648-4379.
— 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 Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at The Paul R. Brown Building on Martin Luther King Drive in Elizabethtown. All meetings are open to the public.
— The Disabled American Veterans meet the second 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 Seth Lewis at 910-770-3132.
— 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.
—Taxidermy and Wildlife classes will be held at 608 Main St in Tar Heel. Classes are free to students, Senior citizens, and disabled people of any age. Contact David at 910-585-1739 for dates and evening classes.
— 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.
—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 DrugAbuseSolution.com
— Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call 800-431-1754 today for free screenings or referrals.
— 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 the first Saturday each month. 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 Bobby Lewis at 910-874-4011.
— 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 recertification; 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 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. Brick’s 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.