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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 – Nashville’s 19th Annual Blooming Festival is May 8-9, 2015. Applications for craft vendors are now being accepted. For information, visit www.nashvillencchamber.org or call 252-459-4050.

COMMUNITY CENTER -The Nashville Community Building is available for rental. For info. or to rent the facility, call Rachel Ervin at 252-813-8772.

HALL OF FAME - Twin County Community Pride, Inc., is soliciting nominations  for 2015 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.

EXHIBIT - The Mims Gallery in Wesleyan’s Dunn Center announces the exhibit of oil paintings by Renee King called Spiritual Travels of a Realist Artist. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will continue during business hours, 9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m., until March 22. 

APPOINTMENT AVAILABILITY-  In order to provide better customer service for clients, Nash County Health Department is now providing expanded scheduling options, though some next-day appointments will still be available.   For more information or to make an appointment, contact Nash County Health Department at 459-9819 (Nashville) or 446-0027 (Rocky Mount).
HOMETOWN FAVORITES - The Red Oak community has published, “Hometown Favorites”, a cookbook to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  This one-of-a kind book includes over 250 recipes from local contributors.  You may purchase the book for only $15 at Faulkner’s Store, Rocky Mount Medical Park Pharmacy, Shear Joy Hair Salon, Siham Hair Boutique, Professional Hair Care by Donna Davenport, and Linda’s Beauty Shop.  You may also contact committee members Lindsay Alford, Frances Dunn, Marion Faulkner, Karen Girona, Vicki Griffin, Hazel Hill, Jeanette Hill, Audrey Pearce, Suzy Pearce, Jessica Smith, or Maureen Williams.  For more information, call (252)904-0686.

March 5
The Nash County Republican Party 2015 Convention will take place at Nash Community College, with registration at 6 p.m. and dinner & Convention at 6:30 p.m.  Meal tickets are $20/person. The Keynote speaker is Tami Fitzgerald, the Executive Director of  NC Values Coalition. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 904 - 3168 or visit www.nashncgop.com

Nashville’s Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen Reception will be held at Nash Arts Center in downtown Nashville beginning at 7 pm. Call 252-459-4050 for more information.

The Democratic Party precinct meeting for Griffin will be held at 6 pm on March 5 at Cedar Grove School in the gym/multipurpose room. The school is located at 8967 Cedar Grove School Loop Road, Nashville.

March 5, 6 and 7
Saving Graces kids consignment sale at Nashville United Methodist Church is March 5 -  (9-11 am for early birds; 1pm for volunteers and sorters; 2pm consignors; 4 - 7 pm open to public.) Friday, March 6 from 9 a.m. - 7p.m. and Sat., March 7 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. are open to public. For more information visit www.nashvilleumc.net.

March 6 and 7
The Junior Guild of Rocky Mount will hold its 12th annual Bargain Sale on Saturday, March 7, at the Rocky Mount Farmer’s Market, 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mount. A Sip & Shop Preview Sale opens Friday, March 6 from 5:30 pm - 8 pm. $5 admission fee includes free entry to Saturday’s sale.  The Bargain Sale opens Sat., March 7 from 7 am - 12 pm. Admission is $2. All sales are cash only.

March 6
The 37th Annual Elsie Clark Memorial Opry will be held Friday, March 6th beginning at 6 pm at Nash Arts Center in downtown Nashville. The event is hosted by Nashville’s Business and Professional Women (BPW) and is the organizations major fundraiser to provide local scholarships. For more information call 252-459-4734.

First Friday Coffee, a Nashville Chamber of Commerce event, will be held at the Nashville Exchange on Friday, March 6 starting at 7:30 a.m. The March event is sponsored by 64 Marketplace. For more information call 252-459-4050.

March 7
The City of Rocky Mount’s Human Relations Commission and Nash Community College will hold the annual International Festival of Cultures on Saturday, March 7, 2015. The event will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Brown Auditorium on the campus of Nash Community College. Come out for a celebration of Rocky Mount’s diverse cultures.

Sandy Cross United Methodist Church will hold their annual Pastry Supper on Saturday, March 7 from 3:30 – 7:00 pm.  Plates are $8.00 and include yams, green beans, butter beans, dessert, and tea. For tickets or reservations, call 443-4586.

Keep America Beautiful will sponsor Nash County Recycles Day from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Nash County Courthouse. Recycle old electronics, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, unwanted/unused prescriptions and over the counter medications  safely at this free event. For info, call 467-4960.

The C.C. Spaulding Alumni Association Sweetheart Disco has been rescheduled to Sat., March 7 at 9 pm at the OD Moore Building, 806 Alston Street, Nashville. For more information call 478-3376.

March 9
Meet Whitney Grady, author of the YA book I Am Currency, at Braswell Memorial Library on Monday, March 9th from 5:00-7:00 PM in the Warner Room. Mrs. Grady will be available for autographs after her presentation and copies of the book can be purchased at the event.
For more information, contact Scott Houston@252-442-1951 ext. 257.

Mayor David Combs will deliver the State of the City address Monday, March 9, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the George W. Dudley City Council Chambers of City Hall. The address will highlight accomplishments for 2014, as well as new initiatives and challenges.

March 10
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) will meet on Tuesday, March 10, 12:30 p.m., at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, 1331 N. Wesleyan Boulevard, Rocky Mount.  The meeting date has been changed to the second Tuesday monthly to be in compliance with the Bylaws.  This will be a very important meeting regarding the future of the Rocky Mount chapter.  All members are encouraged to attend.  For more information, contact Barbara Holden at 823-2404.

March 11
Design and build your own LED Light Box. Wednesday, March 11th in the Wiley Room from 5- 7 pm. Sign up is required and space is Limited to the first 20 teens. For more information, contact Scott Houston@252-442-1951 ext. 257.

March 12
Teen Tech WeekMovie Presentation, Braswell Memorial Public Library, 727 North Grace Street, Rocky Mount March 12 in the Warner Room from 5-7 pm. For movie title & more information contact Scott Houston, YA Librarian  252-442-1951 ext. 257 email: shouston@braswell-library.org text: 252-525-4992

March 13
West Mount Ruritan Club barbecue chicken fundraiser will be held Friday, March 13 from 11 am - 6:30 pm at 8277 West Mount Drive. $7 per plate, eat in or take out. Plates include 1/2 BBQ chicken, potatoes, slaw, bread. For information call 904-0479.

The Nash County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council has $240,814 in intervention and prevention funds available for services to youth most at-risk of court involvement. Applications will be accepted through March 13. Local public agencies, 501c(3) non-profits and local  housing authorities wishing to apply can call 252-451-8347 or 252-827-5058.

March 14
Nash County Relay for Life Auction will be held March 14 at the Farmers Market, 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mount. Preview starts at 2:30 p.m. Relay team will provide a concession stand. $10 tickets are available for chance to win $500. There will be a 10 percent buyer’s premium added to each purchase. For more information contact Michael Dew, 252-903-6813.

March 17
 PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets Tuesday, March 17, 6 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Building, 516 North Church Street, Rocky Mount. The director of the LGBT ResourceCenter at East Carolina University will be the featured speaker. Anyone wishing to learn more about the work of the Rocky Mount chapter is welcome to attend. For more information, contact pflagrm@aol.com or visit www.pflag.org.

March 18
The Nash Hospital Auxiliary will be conducting a shoe sale fundraiser in the hospital cafeteria on Wednesday, March 18, from 7-3 and on Thursday, March 19, from 7-4.  The public is invited to attend.

March 21
Banana Slap Jeep Club will hold its Jeep Day at Mike Keffer, 1340 S. Wesleyan Blvd., Rocky Mount on March 21. Event includes refreshments, obstacle course, car crush, cornhole and more. This event is for the St. Baldricks Foundation. Donations will be accepted and heads will be shaved to support those with cancer. For more information call 252-294-7019 or 252-452-9955.

March 26
Nashville’s Chamber of Commerce will host its first annual Shrimp Boil on March 26 from 7-10 pm at Birchwood Country Club. Live music with East Coast Rhythm & Blues Band. Tickets are $25 per person. Call 252-459-2117 or 252-459-4050.

Teen and family game night at Braswell Memorial Public Library. Thursday, March 26th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the YA area. Snacks and drinks will be provided. For more information contact Scott Houston at (252) 442-1951 ext. 257.

March 27
Family Fun Day at Harrison Family YMCA is Friday, March 27 from 6:30-8 pm. Activities include family bingo, early Easter Egg Hunt, ping pong, parent/child cooking class and more. For more information call 972-9622 or visit www.harrisonfamilyY.org

March 28
Join the City of Rocky Mount for its annual Sunset Easter Eggstravaganza, Sat., March 28, 2015 at Sunset Park from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Come out for your chance to win prizes. This date also marks the grand opening of the newly renovated Sunset tennis courts.

April 11
5th annual Paws in the Park, Saturday, Apr. 11, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Sunset Park at Duke Circle. This event is free to the public and provides an opportunity for non-profit organizations, businesses, and dog-loving citizens to advance the humane treatment of dogs and promote responsible pet ownership.  Paws in the Park also marks the grand opening of Dog Park, Rocky Mount’s first ever off-leash Dog Park.


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