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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.

CITIZEN'S POLICE ACADEMY - The Nashville Police Department will hold its fourth annual Citizen's Police Academy starting May 26. The academy will run through August 25 and will be held every Tuesday from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Nashville Police Department. Attendees will experience hands-on learning with Nashville Police Department Instructors and Officers. Some of the topics covered include firearms, crime scene investigations, DWI investigations, motor vehicle law, vehicle stops, community policing and more. Ride-a-longs will be held as well as hands-on scenarios and mock crime scenes. For info, call Officer Jennifer Bull at 252-459-4545, ext. 228 or email Jennifer.bull@townofnashvillenc.gov.

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

REUNION - Northern Nash Senior High Class of 1980 reunion activities are planned for Sept. 18-19, 2015! Group activities include a home football game and social on Sept. 18 with the class reunion banquet to be held at Northern Nash on Sept. 19. Don't miss this opportunity to reconnect with your high school friends! To complete your profile and register to attend, go to nnsh1980.com. For more information, go to nnsh1980.com or call (252)904-0686.

April 3
The Momeyer Ruritan Club will hold its Barbecue Chicken plate sale from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Plates will be sold, rain or shine, for $7 per plate. Eat in or take out.

April 4
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Annual Spring Yard Sale will be held at 8 a.m. Admission is one non-perishable food item to help homeless Veterans in our area. Tables are going fast so call 252 442 0051 to reserve yours. It will be located at the VFW Post 2057, 11270 Highway 97, Rocky Mount.

The Rocky Mount Farmer's Market opens at 8 a.m. An early bird special will include complimentary doughnuts and coffee from 8 until 9 a.m. From 9 until 11 a.m., the Joan Sloop Quartet will perform instrumental jazz, blues, smooth and funk.

April 6
The Town of Nashville is hosting its annual Easter celebrations with an Easter Egg hunt at Glover Park at 9:45 a.m. followed by storytime at Cooley Library at 10:30 a.m. Face painting will be offered following storytime at the library.

April 7
The Rocky Mount Police Department will hold a Citizen's Police Academy April 7 through May 19 every Tuesday night from 6 until 9 p.m. Topics covered include recruitment and hiring, department structure, ethics and leadership, professional standards, elements of law, crime scene investigation, community policing, mock court trial, use of force and firearms training, K-9 and Bike Patrol, alcohol and controlled substance and interview and interorogation techniques. The program will conclude with a graduation ceremony and reception on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Anyone 18 or older, residing or working in Rocky Mount is encouraged to apply. The program is free but seats are given on a first come, first serve basis. For info, call 972-1436.

Introduction to Entrepreneurship featuring speaker, David Grant. SCORE presents part 2 of a free workshop series for Small Business and Non Profits from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N Grace St. Rocky Mount, in the 2nd floor computer lab. Light refreshments will be served. If you're considering becoming a small business owner, you'll want to attend this seminar to learn what it takes, what challenges and pitfalls you can expect, and what proven steps you can take to greatly increase your chance of success. In this seminar, you'll explore how to test the feasibility of your idea to ensure it's the right one. You'll find tips for researching the market and your competitors, securing needed funds, and projecting your business results. Various legal business entities will be defined, and you'll learn about resources that can help you with licenses, permits, and other registrations needed for your business. And hopefully, you'll leave confident that you're well positioned to take those critical first steps toward entrepreneurship. This workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, or to register to attend, please call Joetta Pittman at Braswell Memorial Library (252)442-1951 ext. 239.

April 10
Peachtree Baptist Church will hold its annual BBQ Lunch/Dinner Fundraiser from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the church, 3523 N NC Highway 581. Eat in or take out. Plates are $7 each and include BBQ Pork, cole slaw and boiled potatoes. Delivery is available for 10 or more plates. For tickets, call Catherine Gupton at 478-3766.

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.

The Rocky Mount Farmer's Market will hold a "Bee" Friendly Field Day with educational events by the Coastal Plains Chapter of the NC Beekeepers Association.

Parkwood Baptist Church will hold a BBQ Chicken Cook on Saturday, April 11 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the church at 1731 Hunter Hill Road. Plates are $7 each for pre-sale and $8 each on the day of sale, if available. For delivery call 446-3121 or 985-9591. Proceeds will go to benefit Summer Youth Camp.

April 14
It's time to register for Kindergarten! Registration will be held at Bailey, MB Hubbard, Middlesex and Red Oak Elementary Schools from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 5 until 6:30 p.m. Children who are five years old on or before Augsut 31, 2015 are eligible. To register, bring the child's certified birth certificate, immunization record, health assessment, two verifications of residency, parent/guardian photo ID and legal custody papers (if applicable). For info, call 462-2527.

April 15
It's time to register for Kindergarten! Registration will be held at Benvenue, Cedar Grove and Williford Elementary Schools from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 5 until 6:30 p.m. Children who are five years old on or before Augsut 31, 2015 are eligible. To register, bring the child's certified birth certificate, immunization record, health assessment, two verifications of residency, parent/guardian photo ID and legal custody papers (if applicable). For info, call 462-2527.

The Edgecombe-Nash Retired School Personnel will meet at 10:30 a. m. in Rocky Mount's Braswell Memorial Library.

April 16
It's time to register for Kindergarten! Registration will be held at Baskerville and Fairview Elementary Schools from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 5 until 6:30 p.m. Children who are five years old on or before Augsut 31, 2015 are eligible. To register, bring the child's certified birth certificate, immunization record, health assessment, two verifications of residency, parent/guardian photo ID and legal custody papers (if applicable). For info, call 462-2527.

April 17
Nash Health Care is accepting applications for our 2015 Junior Volunteer Program (for high school students ages 15-18). If interested, please contact Volunteer Services at 252-962-8118 and we will send you an application packet. All applications must be completed and turned in on or before Friday, April 17th.

April 18
The Pamlico-Tar River Foundation will host the Riverkeeper Cup Cleanup Challenge. Louisburg, Washignton, Greenville, Tarboro and Rocky Mount compete to clean the Tar-Pamlico River. Cleanup will be from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Riverfront Park Boat Ramp in Tarboro or the Sunset Park Boat Ramp in Rocky Mount. Bring your canoe, kayak or jon-boat along with a PFD. Bags will provided along witha limited amount of gloves. Land cleanups will also be conducted. For info, contact Cornelia McGee- Anthony at 467-4960.

The third annual Southern Sizzlin BBQ Showdown will be held at Southern Nash High School. A yard sale will kick off the event from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. A Firebird 5K Color Run will be held at 10 a.m. The run will be $25 and includes a t-shirt. A BBQ cookoff will also be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., with BBQ plates being sold for $8 and BBQ Sandwiches for $5. Other events include blowups, games and a Cow Chip Contest at 1 p.m. All proceeds beneift the Southern Nash High School Athletics, PTO and Band. For info, call Bunnie Hagler at 451-8520.

Join the Tar River Land Conservancy's Field Day from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Heptinstall Place in Halifax County. The antebellum house is a National Historic Register home dating from the 1820's. This family event includes a catered lunch, live music, home tour, children's activities and hike. TRLC holds a conservation easement on the property that protects farmland, wildlife habitat and water quality. For more information and to register please call Sheryl 919-496-5902 or go to www.tarriver.org.

Braswell Memorial Library is sponsoring a program, "Ancestral Lemonade," from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Warner Meeting Room. Learn about the origin of the United States Federal Census and its evolution up to 1840. For info, call 442-1951, ext 247.

Braswell Memorial Library will host "Author Talk by Julianne Mehegan" from 2 until 4 p.m. in the Warner Meeting Room. Mehegan will speak about her book, "Record of a Soldier in the Late War: The Confederate Memoir of John Wesley Bone," her ancestor's life and his memoir.

April 21
It's time to register for Kindergarten! Registration will be held at Nashville, Spring Hope and Winstead Avenue Elementary Schools from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 5 until 6:30 p.m. Children who are five years old on or before Augsut 31, 2015 are eligible. To register, bring the child's certified birth certificate, immunization record, health assessment, two verifications of residency, parent/guardian photo ID and legal custody papers (if applicable). For info, call 462-2527.

Members and guests of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will discuss "Faith and Our Families" at 6 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Building, 516 North Church Street in Rocky Mount. For more information, please email pflagrm@aol.com.

April 23
It's time to register for Kindergarten! Registration will be held at Coopers Elementary Schools from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 5 until 6:30 p.m. Children who are five years old on or before Augsut 31, 2015 are eligible. To register, bring the child's certified birth certificate, immunization record, health assessment, two verifications of residency, parent/guardian photo ID and legal custody papers (if applicable). For info, call 462-2527.

April 24
Oak Level Baptist Church Lifesavers is partnering with Relay for LIfe at 4 p.m. Come join their team for fellowship and fun while supporting a great cause. Join the team for $10 a person. Volunteer to help at the tent during the event, volunteer for the planning team, luminaria activity, donations or purchase t-shirt. All monies raised will support Relay for Life.

April 25
The Nashville Police Department and Nashville United Methodist Church are hosting a bike rodeo for children of all ages from 2 until 4 p.m. in the Collins Street parking lot of the church. There will be a safety inspection, drawings, a bicycles safety course and snacks for the children.


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