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Oct. 18

— The annual Blue Jean and Bling fundraiser for the Bladen County Hospital Foundation will take place at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown from 6:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. The band will be Mark Roberts Band. There will also be a silent auction. Cost is $75 each or $125 per couple. For tickets or sponsorship contact Jennifer Carroll at 910-862-1206 or by email at

— The Bladen County Youth Focus Project will hold its 5th annual Octoberfest from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Paul R. Brown Building located at 1360 Martin Luther King Drive, Elizabethtown. There will be entertianment, food, bounce houses, singing, and much more. Vendor spaces are available by calling 910-872-5333 or 910-872-1712.

Oct. 23

— The Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office in Elizabethtown will be offering a Fruit and Nut Growers introductory meeting at 6 pm. This meeting will be a discussion about fruit and nut production in southeastern N.C., and what crops have potential for commercial cultivation. From this meeting, further programming will be developed to assist growers of Southeastern NC in the production of their crop(s). This program is free of charge, and is open to anyone interested in fruit and nut production, both small and large scale. This meeting will be held at the Powell - Melvin Agricultural Center located at 450 Smith Circle Dr., Elizabethtown, from 6 until 8 p.m. Please register for this event, no later than Tuesday, Oct. 21, by 5 p.m. by calling the office at 910-862-4591 or by email to

Oct. 24

— The Bladen County Health Department will have a drive through flu clinic from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m. at the Bladen County Health Department in Elizabethtown. For questions call 910-862-6900.

Oct. 25

— The Bladenboro BeastFest will take place with a parade at 10 a.m. and Lizard Lick Towing will deliver the Beast of Bladenboro to the festival grounds at 10:15 a.m. There will be amusement rides and the Fantastic Shakers will perform from 7 until 9:30 p.m. There will also be a costume contest for ages 1 month to 12 years old. For more information, call Berry Lewis at 910-840-1603.

Oct. 27

— The Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors will meet at 8 a.m. at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Services Center located on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. For more information call 910-862-3179, ext 3.

Oct. 31

— Kay Hagan will be at Bladen County Democratic Headquarters located at 102 S Pine Street, Elizabethtown, for a “meet and greet” from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Nov. 1

— Bladen Christian Outdoorsmen will present a program titled “Men of Steel” at 7 p.m. at Dublin First Baptist Church on N.C. 87. The guest speaker will be Devon Varnam, associate pastor at Dublin First Baptist Church. The event is free and open to the public.

— The Lumber River Pullers will hold a fundraiser for Cody Clark at White Lake at noon. Registration for pullers will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the first hook will take place at noon. All proceeds will go directly to the Clark family. Tire Town will match all donations up to $1,000. Trophies will be provided by Tire Town. For more information contact Johnie or Diane Allen at 910-628-9000 or 910-628-9798.

Nov. 11

— There will be a Veteran’s Day ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building in Bladenboro. The guest speaker will be Arthur Schull. There will also be singers, performes and local leaders speaking.

Nov. 15

— The “Cool Schools” Motorcycle Festival will be held at the Elizabethtown Middle School football field. Gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and kickstands up at 11:30 a.m. There will be prizes, food, games, crafts, and more. There will also be student performances and talent and entertainment. For more information, contact Patricia Beasley at 910-862-2130, ext. 4004.

Nov. 22

— There will be a benefit ride at Hickory Grove Fire Department for Joey Merritt. In addition to the ride, there will also be a plate sale, raffle, 50/50 drawing, craft sales and more. Registration for the ride will take place from 9 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Kickstands up at 11 a.m. Cost is $20 per bike and $25 for double. The plate sale will begin at 11 a.m. All proceeds go to help with medical expenses. Merritt suffered a stroke on Oct. 8.

Jan. 15, 2015

— Applications are now being accepted for the 8th annual Miss Bladen County Youth Focus project pageant. The evnet will take place at the Paul R. Brown Building locted at 1360 Martin Luther King Drive, Elizabethtown. Ages and 5 years and older may participate. Application deadline is Dec. 13.


— 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.

—Entries are now being accepted for the annual Bladenboro Christmas Parade which is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6. If you would like to be in the parade, contact Jane Walters at 910-648-4379, Greg Sykes at 910-879-8502 or, or Amanda Sykes at 910-874-2627 or

—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

— 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, verifications 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.

— Families First will start empowerment group on Thursday, Aug. 14, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at our office at 208 S. Morehead St. in Elizabethtown. Empowerment meetings will continue every other Thursday. Light refreshments will be served. Families First is the domestic violence and sexual assault agency for Bladen and Columbus County. For further information contact Marjorie Walker at 910-862-2534.

— 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 the first Saturday of each month. Display your handmade or homemade items for a small fee of $7 per Saturday, this includes a 10 x 10 space which includes table(s) (limit 2). 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.

— The Bladenboro Visual Arts Council presents the work of art students Janet R. Jentez, Joan Blackwell, Melvin Morris and Tori Helpingstine during the months of June and July in the art gallery. They are students of Professor Joseph Begnaud who is associate professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. A reception will be held at the Art Gallery in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building on Saturday, June 28, from 2 until 4 p.m.The art 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. Everyone is invited. The art gallery is located in the Bladenboro Historical Building at 818 South Main St.

The Art Gallary is open from 2 until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and by appointment from 10 a.m. until noon along with other museums in the building. Admission is free for all museums.

—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.

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