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Calendar events must be submitted by noon Monday for publication. Items accepted are events sponsored by not-for-profit organizations or free events. Mail to: Community Calendar c/o The Nashville Graphic, 203 W. Washington St. Nashville, NC 27856 or fax (252) 459-3052 or email to news@nashvillegraphic.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Blooming Festival - Now accepting craft vendor and parade applications for the 2014 Nashville Blooming Festival which will be held May 9-10. For information call 252-459-4050 or visit www.nashvillencchamber.org to download applications.

April 24
`Generals’ Orders Pender Civil War  Roundtable 242nd Meeting -  will be April 24, at Gardner’s in Rocky Mount on Wesleyan Blvd.  6-6:30 social, 6:30 to 7- buffet, 7- to 8 speaker.  Cost of buffet is $12,  pay  when you arrive.Monika Fleming, Edgecombe County’s eminent historian will be with us to talk about Memorial Day.
April 25
Relay for Life Team Fundraiser - The Nash Health Care Systems Relay for Life Team is selling tickets for the 2014 Basket: Real Men Wear Pink! Tickets are $1, six tickets for $5 or 13 tickets for $10. Tickets are on sale now and will be available for purchase at the Nash Health Care tent at Relay for Life on April 25. For tickets, call Pamela at 962-6447 or email ppowell@nhcs.org.
April 26
Education Forum - The League of Women Voters of the Twin Counties is sponsoring an Education Forum from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Booker T. Washington Theatre, 170 East Thomas Street, Rocky Mount.  June Atkinson, Superintendent, N.C. Public Instruction, will speak about the effects of legislation passed in 2013 and positive ways to support public education.  The event is free and open to the public.
Block Party - Nashville United Methodist Church is sponsoring a community block party from 3 to 7 p.m. This free event includes a BBQ cook off, inflatables, face painting, a DJ, dunk tank, silent auction and much more! Proceeds received from the silent auction will fund bibles for area youth.  For additional details please visit www.nashvilleumc.net.
The Rocky Mount Railroad Museum-a 501(c)(3) non profit organization, will host its second Annual Membership Banquet and Auction on Saturday, April 26, at 4 p.m., at The Hunter Hill Café, 501 Old Mill Rd., Rocky Mount. The guest speaker will be Doug Riddell, a retired Amtrak/Seaboard Coast Line locomotive engineer. He will recall living in Rocky Mount, a town shaped by the railroad and explain why it is in a unique position to host a museum dedicated to railroaders. Mr. Riddell is also Co-Author of Virginia’s Legendary Santa Trains. Contact any museum members or Joyce Edwards Dantzler at 252-314-7811 or  president@rmrailroad.org for ticket and/or donation information. Boarding Passes for the banquet and auction are: $25/Adult and $15/Children 12 years and under.
ECC Historic Preservation Trades School - Mick Worthingon, a renowned expert on tree-ring dating of historic buildings, is headlining the 5th annual Historic Preservation Trades School on Saturday, April 26, on the Tarboro campus of Edgecombe Community College. School meets 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with demonstrations in masonry restoration, painting historic structures, window repair, and more. Fee for the day is $70. Optional box lunch is $10, available at pre-registration. Contact 823-5161, ext. 241, or flemingm@edgecombe.edu.
Annual Plant Sale - The Nash County Master Gardners will present their annual plant sale from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.  at the Nash County Agricultural Extension Office, 1006 Eastern Ave., Nashville. Choose from a vast assortment of blooming perennials, heirloom tomatoes, herbs, shrubs, container gardens and featuring Artisan Crafts, cookbooks and educational booths. A silent auction and raffle will be held also. All proceeds benefit the Nash County Arboretum and Nash County Master Gardener programs.
April 27
Safe Boating Course - The Rocky Mount Power Squadron will offer a safe boating course beggining at 10 a.m. - 5:50 p.m. at Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N. Grace St., Rocky Mount. Cost is $50. Contact Robert Bruner at 252-908-2494.
April 28
Nash Community College Job Fair - Nash Community College is now registering employers for their 2014 Back to Work Job Fair. The event will take place Monday, April 28. Doors open to the public from 9 a.m.- 12 noon. Employers can begin setup at 8 a.m. at the Nash Community College Business and Industry Center’s Brown Auditorium. Employer Registration is FREE. Registration includes a free breakfast from 8:30 - 9 a.m. and one 3’x6’ table. For questions about the event or issues with registration, please contact Michael Coleman at 252-451-8307 or mcoleman@nashcc.edu.
April 29
Edgecombe County Recycles Day- Recycle your confidential documents/paper (up to four bags or boxes), old electronics, and fluorescent lighting at Edgecombe County Recycles Day, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Marrow-Pitt Ace Hardware, 1713 N. Main Street, Tarboro. For more information, call the Keep America Beautiful office at (252) 467-4960, or visit www.rockymountnc.gov.
April 30
Badges and Books Reading Program - Cooley Library will host Badges and Books at 4 p.m. Nashville Police Officer Jennifer Bull will be present to read to children and for face painting afterwards.
Twin County Hall of Fame Nominations - Twin County Community Pride, Inc., is soliciting nominations  for 2014 Induction into the Twin County Hall of Fame.   Induction Criteria and Nomination Form can be downloaded from the website: http://www.twincountyhalloffame.com/images/TWCPNominationForm.doc. Deadline for receipt is April 30.  The completed nomination form can be mailed to TCCP, Inc., P. O. Box 8441, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Prior year inductees’ names and biographical info are available on the Twin County Hall of Fame website.
May 1
Homeschool Expo - CHARM homeschool group of Rocky Mount will hold its annual Homeschool Expo from 6 to 8 p.m., in the fellowship hall of Ridgecrest Worship Center, 1120 West Mount Drive, Rocky Mount. Information will be provided about how to begin homeschooling. Exhibitors will be onsite to showcase the opportunities available to homeschool families in our area. The Expo is designed to reach those who are considering homeschooling as an option or are new to homeschooling. More information can be found on our facebook page www.facebook.com/charmexpo.
Book Club -The last of the Let’s Talk About It series with Cynthia Villagomez  will be from 6 to 7:45 p.m. in the Warner Meeting Room.The book is “The Butterfly Mosque” from the Muslim Journey/ American Stories series.
2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament - ACDI North Carolina will be hosting the 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Birchwood Country Club. All proceeds will benefit My Sister’s House located in Nashville. For information, call 252.462.4700 or email tshaw@acdi.com.
May 1
Last of the Lat’s Talk About it Series at Braswell Memorial Library - with Cynthia Villagomez. The book is The Butterfly Mosque from the Muslim Journey/American Stories series., in the Warner Meetng Room from 6 to 7:45 p.m.
May 2
Coopers Ruritan Club BBQ Chicken Plate Sale - Cooper Ruritan Club BBQ Chicken Plate Sale will take place from 11 a.m until 6:30 p.m. Eat in or take out Cost : $7/plate. Tickets are available at Acme Dry Cleaners and Billy’s Grocery.
BBQ Lunch/Dinner Fundraiser - will take place at Peachtree Baptist Church from 11 a.m.to 7 p.m. at the church, 3523 North NC 581, Spring Hope, 478-4418. Eat-in or take-out menu is BBQ Pork, Cole Slaw, Boiled Potatoes - Cost: $7 /plate. Delivery available for 10 or more plates. Tickers available from Catherine Gupton, 478-3766.
Special Olympics- The Rocky Mount/Nash Co. Special Olympics Local Spring Games will be held at the Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium at 10 a.m. For more information, to volunteer or to donate to your local Special Olympic program, call the Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department at 972-1155.
May 3
Spring Paddling Trip - Join Tar River Land Conservancy (TRLC) and the Town of Tarboro on from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., for a spring paddling trip along the Tar River near Tarboro. The trip will begin at Bell’s Bridge on NC 33 North, using a NC Wildlife Access Ramp, and will follow the river as it meanders around Tarboro to the Riverfront Park in downtown Tarboro. The trip is approximately 10.5 miles and will last between 3-4 hours depending on the conditions. Cost of the trip is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Cost of the trip includes insurance and refreshments, but it does not include boat rental. Please bring your own boat or contact TRLC by April 25 if you need to rent a boat.  For more information, please visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.tarriver.org” www.tarriver.org or call Sheryl Munt at 919-496-5902.
BBQ Plate Fundraiser - The Castalia July 4th committee will be having a barbecue chicken plate fundraiser sale, from 11 a.m. until... Cost: $7/plate.
Wlliamsburg Shopping Trip - Nash County 4-H is hosting a one day shopping trip to Williamsburg, Va. on May 3. The cost is only $50 per seat which includes a $5 50/50 raffle in which the drawing will take place just before arriving in Williamsburg. Stops for shopping at the new pottery and Prime Outlets with a dinner stop on the way home.  For more information, please call the Nash County 4-H office at 252-459-9810 or come by the NC Cooperative Extension Office at the Nash County Ag Center in Nashville.  All proceeds help benefit the Nash County 4-H Summer Camping Fund.
Battleboro Community Volunteer Fire Department Fund Raiser - Cow Drop will take place May 3 at 5 p.m. Cost: $50 per ticket, includes 2 rib dinner plates and a chance to win $1500 and every 25th ticket drawn will win $50. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Need not be present to win.Only 225 tickets available so purchase early. 11 CHANCES TO WIN -
• ONE chance to win $1,500.
• TEN chances to win $50 during the square assignments.
• Squares will be assigned randomly at 2 p.m.
• Cow will be turned loose at 5 p.m.
• Event will last until the Cow chooses a winner by dropping a cow pie in the winning square.
• Includes 2 rib plates valued at $20.
• Meal consists of one third of a rack of ribs, potatoes, string beans, bread, and dessert.
For any questions please contact the Day Staff at 252-446-6961 M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., bcvfd@suddenlinkmail.com or Jim Hardee 252-903-1802.
Free Comic Book Day - will be celebrated at the Braswell Memorial Library from 11a.m. to 4 p.m.  A free comic book will be given to any child or teen grades K-12 that visits the library while supplies last. There will be opportunities to earn more free comic books at the library and a Super Hero Training Academy will be available for young heroes.  For information about FCBD at Braswell contact Scott Houston or Melissa Corso at (252) 442-1951 or go online at www.braswell-library.org/.  For more information about Free Comic Book Day check out www.freecomicbookday.com.
May 6
Free Seminar - Nash Health Care will sponsor a free seminar by Dr. Julian Brantley, “Updates in Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Urinary Incontinence.” The seminar will be presented at 6:30 p.m. at Rocky Mount Gynecology and Women’s Health, 132 Foy Drive, Rocky Mount. Light refreshments will be served.Dr. Brantley, a member of the Nash Health Care medical staff, is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology.  A graduate of the University of North Carolina Medical School, he completed his residency at North Carolina Memorial Hospital.
May 8
Bees in the Spring Time - Learning about bees in the tri-county area with Bee Blessed Honey, will take place from 3 - 5 p.m. in Braswell Memorial Library’s Wiley Conference Room.
May 9
American Red Cross Blood Drive  - will take place at Braswell Memorial Library, from 10:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. in the meeting rooms. Give the Gift of Life. Call 252-442-1951 to schedule an appointment, or go to www. redcrossblood.org to sign up online.
May 10
Fun Bike Ride- Everyone’s invited to Rocky Mount’s Fun Bike Ride at 10 a.m. The Fun Bike Ride begins and ends at Sunset Park, with free hotdogs and drinks at the finish while they last. Bike helmets are required, and all children must be supervised by an adult. For more information or the Fun Bike Ride route, visit www.rockymountnc.gov. Registration is requested. To register, call 252-972-1129.
May 15
Downtown Live!- PNC presents Downtown Live! Downtown Live! begins Thursday, May 15 on the lawn of the Imperial Centre featuring the Band of Oz. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the music starts at 6 p.m. Downtown Live! goes through Thurs., Sept. 18, 2014 and takes place bi-weekly. For more info., visit www.rockymountnc.gov, or call 252-972-1151.
May 16
The Lymphedema Support Group  Meeting will take place from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the dining room of the Bryant T. Aldridge Rehabilitation Center. The meeting will feature a demonstration by Flexitouch Compression pumps with company representative Lindsay Craig. For more information about the group, please call 962-3769.
Golf Tournament -The Harrison Family YMCA is holding a Golf Tournament Friday, May 16, with a 9 a.m. shotgun start time, at Belmont Lake Golf Club, 100 Ford’s Colony Drive, Rocky Mount. This tournament will help the Y raise funds to provide programs for all. You must register to play in the tournament or become a sponsor, by May 9. At $260 per team, you may sign up to play. Each team will consist of 4 players. All players will be given a YMCA Gift Bag with tons of coupons and Y Goodies, along with a boxed snack upon arrival in the morning. Lunch will also be provided at 1 p.m. Fun prizes and raffles will be given out at the end of the tournament. For information about the Harrison Family YMCA Golf Tournament, visit  www.harrisonfamilyy.org and click on the Get Involved Page or give us a call at 252-972-9622 extension 232.
May 20
Braswell Memorial Library Senior Day - will be May 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Warner Meeting Room.“Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow.”
After 5 Club Dinner - The May meeting of the After 5 Club will take place May 20 at the Doubletree Hotel on Winstead Rd. The evening will feature women connecting by feeding Body, Soul, and Spirit. Michaels will spark our spring with some of their specials. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude by 8 p.m. Cost will be $15 inclusive. For reservations please call Janice or Jane  at 446-4320 by May 18.


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