— Auditions are planned for Saturday, Feb. 6, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 103 E. Broad St. in Elizabethtown for Marjorie Lewis’ first play titled “The Sweet, Sweet Smell of Freedom.” The play is set to be performed on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. in the Bladen Community College auditorium. Lewis anticipates tickets for the show will go on sale sometime in August. For information, contact Lewis at 910-729-9577.
— The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office “Place of Worship Security and Safety Training Program” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, located at 1800 W. Broad St. in ELizabethtown. All clergy are invited. For additional information, call Sgt. Barry Pait or Sgt. Gary Turlington at 910-862-6960.
— Grieving parents, please join us at 7 p.m. for the next meeting of the Compassionate Friends at Grace Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall, 105 Madison St., Whiteville. The church has red doors. If you’ve experienced the death of a child of any age we invite you, adult siblings and grandparents, to attend. We’ll be sharing our stories, experiences and precious memories.
— The Dublin Fire Protection District Board of Directors and the Dublin Fire District Fire Commissioners will meet at Dublin Fire Station at 7:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the needs of the Dublin Fire Protection District and the Dublin Fire Department.
— The Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown will host an Adult Valentine Craft Program at 10:30 a.m. Registration is required by calling 910-862-6990, as space is limited. All materials will be provided.
— Bladen County Public Library will a host a Children’s Valentine Party at 6 p.m. in Elizabethtown. Call 910-862-6990 to register. Adults must accompany minors. This event is for children ages 2 to 12 years old.
— A Valentine Gala ‘CANCER’ benefit for Relay for Life will be held at Living Springs Church, located at 909 S. Poplar St. in Elizabethtown. Donation of $30 per person, and tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be available at the door. Tickets can be purchased at WBLA “Da Branch” Radio 1440AM or the Bladen Journal office.Call 910-991-6325 or 910-316-8408 for information.
— Bladen County Cooperative Extension, along with the NC Blueberry Council, will be holding the Bladen County Blueberry Growers Meeting. Speakers for this event are: Julia Storm – Specialist (NCSU), Dr. Katie Jennings – Associate Professor (NCSU), Dr. Hannah Burrack – Associate Professor and Extension Specialist (NCSU), Bill Cline – Blueberry Specialist (NCSU), Dr. Mike Mainland – Professor Emeritus (NCSU) and Benny Bloodworth – Research Specialist (NCSU). This growers meeting will be held at Lu Mil Vineyard, 438 Suggs-Taylor Rd., Elizabethtown, NC from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Please register for this event, no later than Friday, Feb. 12, by 5 pm, by calling the office at (910)862-4591 or by email to [email protected]
— Bladen County Cooperative Extension will be holding the Bladen/Columbus Grain Production Meeting. Speakers for this event are: Dr. Dominic Reisig –Associate Professor and Extension Specialist (NCSU), Dr. Jim Dunphy – Professor and Extension Soybean Specialist (NCSU), Dr. Ron Heiniger – Professor and Cropping Systems Specialist, and Wes Everman – Assistant Professor (NCSU). This growers meeting will be held at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center located at 450 Smith Circle Dr., Elizabethtown, NC from 9 – 11:00 am. Please register for this event, no later than Wednesday, February 17, 2016, by 5:00 pm, by calling the Bladen County Extension office at (910)862-4591 or by email to [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.
— 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 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.