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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.

LIGHTS OF LOVE - The Nash Health Care Auxiliary is taking requests for its "Lights of Love" trees. For $5, you can purchase a light in honor/memory of someone special. The trees will be located in the lobby of the Surgical Pavilion during the month of December, alongside a Book of Remembrance with each name listed. For more info, call Marian Haney at 443-9592 or the Auxiliary office at 962-8118.

November 28
Braswell Memorial Library will host "Ribbons to Bows, Lets Get Ready for the Holidays" on November 28 from 3 until 5 p.m. Learn to tie bows with Gwen Hyman in the Warner Meeting Room. To sign up call Kesha Joyner at 442-1951, ext 253. Limited to 25 attendees!

Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary will host its annual craft fair on November 28 at 9 a.m. Tables are $10 each and going fast! Call 252-442-0051 to reserve yours. The craft fair will be at the VFW Post 2057, 11270 Highway 97, Rocky Mount. Non-parishable food items will also be collected for the "No Veteran Goes Hungry at Christmas Project," which helps homeless veterans in the area.

December 2
The Spring Hope Seniors monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, December 2, at noonin the Spring Hope Community Building. Entertainment will be provided by the Spring Hope Elementary School Chorus. Call Jan Mills at 252-478-4281 for info.

December 4
Nashville's Chamber of Commerce will host its First Friday Coffee on Friday, December 4 at 7:30 a.m. The event will take place at The Nashville Exchange in downtown Nashville. For more information on the event and the chamber, visit www.nashvillencchamber.org or call 459-4050.

The Tar River Players will perform the musical "Annie Jr." December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. The performances are at Keihin Auditorium at the Tarboro campus of Edgecombe Community College. TIckets available at the door for $10 for adults and $5 for kids and seniors.

The UNC Cancer Network will present a free community lunch and learn workshop on December 4 from 12 until 1 p.m. at Nash Health Care Systems on the first floor of Conference Room 2. A complimentary light lunch will be served. The presenter will be Jennifer Spring, an outpatient oncology dietitian in the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program. To register, call 962-3473 by November 30.

December 5
Nashville's Chamber of Commerce will host the Nashville Children's Christmas Bicycle Parade at 4 p.m. The event will begin with music followed by the parade. Children decorate bicycles, wagons and other unmotorized items to march in their very own parade. Prizes are awarded to the most creative costumes/decorations. Following the parade, a tree lighting ceremony is held and then Santa arrives!

December 6
The 60th annual Rocky Mount Christmas Parade is slated for 3 p.m. in downtown Rocky Mount on December 6. The parade will feature Grand Marshal Brian Shrader for WRAL as well as Santa, bands, clowns, floats and more! A Toys for Tots drive will also be held.

December 11
Christmas in Downtown Spring Hope will be held on Friday, December 11 from 5:30 until 8 p.m. The free event will be an evening of "Old Fashioned Christmas Cheer," with horse-drawn carriage rides, Christmas Face Painting, Christmas Music, Christmas Lights, Christmas dancers, Nativity Displays, a Christmas Scavenger Hunt for Children, Santa Claus, Reading of the Christmas Story and much more!

December 12
A Christmas Gala will be held on December 12 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the O.D. Moore Building in Nashville. Dress to Impress, the cost is $10 per person in advance or $15 per person at the door.

December 13
Winter Wonderland is a day of winter time activities for the whole family! It's music, children's activities, ice skating, carriage rides and even Santa. Enjoy the snow in the lobby every hour! Winter Wonderland will be held onSunday, December13 from 1 to 5 pm. at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences. Admission is free.

The Rocky Mount Toastmasters Club #8957 will meet the second and fourth Monday from 6 until 7:30 p.m. at Braswell Memorial Library in Rocky Mount. Call M. Clay at 804-305-1475 for info. New/Old members accepted.

Nash County Department of Social Services Foster Care and Adoption Units are beginning to plan and organize for its annual "Santa Claus" campaign. This effort provides an opportunity to provide Christmas gifts for children who have been placed in foster care. There are approximately 60 children living in an out-of-home placement at this time. The cost for gifts for a child 12 and under is in the $100 range and 13 and up in the $150 range. For information on sponsoring a child, call Norma Boyd at 459-1287.

The Nash County Government Works Citizen's Academy Class of 2016 is seeking applicants for its Spring 2016 session. Applications are being accepted through January 8, 2016. The academy will run from January to April with graduation in May. The program is a ten-week course that focuses on direct services, such as emergency services, social services, the health department, the sheriff's department, register of deeds, recreation, cooperative extension, conservation, elections, aging services, planning/inspections, solid waste management, and water/sewer.

The Maria V. Howard Arts Center is featuring an exhibition that captures the stories of slaves and their determination to achieve freedom. "Color in Freedom: Journey along the Underground Railroad," will be on display at the center through December 13 and is a collection of paintings, etchings and drawings of what people experienced during this journey. The exhibition will be housed on the second floor of the galleries and will consist of 50 works total, including 32 paintings that take the visitor through various periods.

The VFW Post 2057 on Highway 97W in Rocky Mount is open every Wed. from 9 a.m.-12 pm. The post also has group sessions for veterans dealing with PTSD. The men meet every first and third Wed. of the month at 10 a.m. Female veterans with PTSD and spouses of veterans trying to cope meet the first Tues. of every month at 10 a.m. These sessions are led by a veteran from the VA in Greenville. For info, call Judy Jones at 919-853-2576.

The Breast Recovery and Support (B.R.A.S.) group will meet the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Nash Breast Care Center lobby of the Nash Medical Arts Mall on the Nash Health Care System campus.

Adults 55+ Bingo at the Rocky Mount Senior Center every first, second, and third Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. Call the Rocky Mount Senior Center 252-972-1561 for more information.

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Twin County Chapter #55 assists veterans with transportation to and from doctor's appointments. The van leaves for Durham every Tuesday and Friday. Those needing a ride can meet at the train station at 6 a.m. On Wednesday, the van goes to Greenville. The time depends on the time of the appointments. For info, call 252-212-5568.

The Twin County Chapter 55, with the help of Golden Corral, is soliciting for volunteer drivers to assist local veterans in meeting their VA health center needs. The chapter will offer each driver a free meal once a month as an incentive for their service. For applications, call the chapter commander Levon Cherry at 252-801-1216.

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Twin County Chapter #55 meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 58, 2731 N Church Street in Rocky Mount. For info, call 252-212-5568.

My Sister's House is in need of volunteers to take crisis calls weeknights Monday through Thursday. No experience necessary, we will provide training. Bilinguals are encouraged to apply. For information call 252-462-0366.

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 800-431-1754 or visit DrugAbuseSolution.com for a free brochure.

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