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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.

FLU SHOTS - Flu shots are available by appointment only at the Nash County Health Department. The Nashville office is located at 214 South Barnes Street and the Rocky Mount office is located on 322 South Franklin Street. Individuals with Medicare Part B, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna or Medcost can receive shots with no co-pays. Please bring your insurance card with you for verification. For more info, call the Health Department-Nashville office at 459-9819 or the Rocky Mount office at 446-0027.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST - Spring Arbor of Rocky Mount will host the first annual Gingerbread House Contest to benefit Alzheimer's North Carolina, Inc., an organization that supports those whose lives are challenged daily by Alzheimer's and related diseases. All entries must be made of 75 percent gingerbread and be made completely of edible materials except for the base. Entries must be delivered to Spring Arbor of Rocky Mount on December 7 and picked up on December 13 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. For info, call Anna Joyner at 955-8446.

DECEMBER 2
First Friday and Lighting of the Imperial Centre will be held on December 2 from 6 until 9 p.m. Admission is free. Kick off the month with an evening full of activities at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences. Enjoy carriage rides, live music in the art galleries, food trucks and show off your talent during the No Shame Open Mic in the theater. There will also be activities in the Children's Museum as well as planetarium shows.

The 48th Annual Christmas Chorus will be held on December 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and on December 4 at 2 p.m. This Rocky Mount tradition will continue for its 48th year with a program of traditional Christmas favorites performed by members of the Lakeside Baptist Church and other community members. Directed and Arranged by Jim Wiggs. Ticket purchase required.

DECEMBER 3
Nashville's Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Children's Christmas Parade and Celebration on Saturday, December 3 at 4 p.m. Children are the parade for this event and anyone 12 and under are asked to decorate your bikes, wagons, scooters, stroller or yourself and be in the parade. (No motorized vehicles allowed) Prizes will be awarded to the most spirited entries.

DECEMBER 4
The Rocky Mount Christmas Parade will be held on December 4 from 3 until 5 p.m. The parade will feature live music by local marching bands, floats, classic cars and santa!

DECEMBER 6
SCORE and Braswell Memorial Library will host a two-part grant writing seminar in December and January. Grant Writing I: The Power of Grant Writing will be held on December 6. Grant Writing II: Navigating Through the World of Grants will be held January 3. Both programs are presented by Christina Parker and will be held in the computer lab on the second floor of Braswell Memorial Library from 5:45 until 7:45 p.m. Register by calling Joetta Pittman at 252-442-1951, ext 239 or email jpittman@braswell-library.org.

DECEMBER 8
CSX is hosting an open house on December 8 from 4 until 7 p.m. to share updates on the development of the Carolina Connector Intermodal terminal (CCX). Community members will have the opportunity to talk directly with CSX representatives about topics like terminal design, the development process, types of jobs at CSX and CSX's community partnerships. Refreshments will be provided. Spanish and ASL translators will be available on site. The open house will be held at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences in the Studio Theatre, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount.

DECEMBER 9
Christmas in Spring Hope, sponsored by the Spring Hope Chamber of Commerce, will be held December 9 from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m. in the downtown area. There will be free carriage rides and entertainment, beautiful trees decorated by area churches, over 100 nativities on display, and a visit by that jolly old elf from the North Pole.

DECEMBER 10
Stonewall Manor will have a Christmas Open House on December 10 and 11 from 1 until 4 p.m. The house will be decorated as it may have been in the mid-1800's with locally greenery, garland and cotton. Hot apple cider and cookies will be served. Tours will also be given. Admission to the open house is $5.

DECEMBER 11
Winter Wonderland at the Imperial Centre will be held on December 11 from 1 until 5 p.m. Free admission, this event will include music, children's activities, carriage rides through downtown and even a visit from Santa. The even will also include snow in the main lobby every hour.

DECEMBER 12
Nash Central High School's Skills USA Club is raffling off a playhouse they built to raise money for the newly-formed organization. Tickets are $1 for 1 or $20 for 5 tickets. The playhouse will be raffled off on December 12. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Karen Breedlove at 903-6395 or Matt Brown at 903-6625.

DECEMBER 15
The annual Christmas Light Tour will be held on Thursday, December 15 at 6 p.m. Buses leave from Rocky Mount City Hall. The tour is free for adults 55+. Enjoy a guided tour of the sights and lights of the season and after the tour, enjoy a holiday program with dessert, coffee and entertainment. Sign-up by December 8. For info, call the Rocky Mount Senior Center at 252-972-1566 or 252-972-1561.

DECEMBER 16
Englewood Baptist Church will host Irish Christmas: A Celebration of Carols, the Getty's in Concert on Friday, December 16. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. showtime. Join Ireland's own Keith and Kristyn Getty, writers of modern hymns and carols, for their fifth annual tour of Irish Christmas-A Celebration of Carols! As seen on Public Television, the Gettys are joined by their band of virtuoso instrumentalists fusing Celtic, Bluegrass, Americana, and classical music as well as cultural dance and the choral sounds of the holiday. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.englewoodbaptist.com.

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The Nash County Health Department will offer Triple P Lifestyle Mondays, January 23 through April 24 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Harrison Family YMCA, 1000 Independence Drive, Rocky Mount. Triple P Lifestyle is offered to parents of children ages 5 to 10 years old. The goal is to help parents develop strategies for managing their child's weight by introducing gradual permanent changes in their family daily living. Sessions include 10 weeks of group classes and four weeks of telephone consultations. Participants learn about various healthier eating strategies and physical activities for weight management. Free child care is provided for parents attending the group classes and free gifts are provided to participants that attend weekly sessions. For more information, call Latesha Regena B-Staton at 459-1240 or email latesha.staton@nashcountync.gov.

Performances of a Charlie Brown Christmas will take place on December 8, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m. and December 11 at 2 p.m. The play is directed by Brooke Edwards with musical direction by Shawn Leonard. Ticket purchase is required.

Harold D. Cooley Library offers preschool story time every Monday at 10:30 a.m. Children of preschool age are invited to participate in themed story times. Come read and sing with Ms. Yvonne. For info, call 459-2106.

The Rocky Mount Toastmasters Club #8957 will meet the second and fourth Monday of each month at The Braswell Memorial Library at 627 Grace Street in Rocky Mount from 6:30 pm until 7:30pm. New membership/or former members applications are being accepted. Call 804-305-1475 for info.

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 972-1561 for info.

Narconon reminds families that abuse of heroin and opiod drugs has become a national health crisis. Learn to recognize the signs of heroin abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Visit www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/blog/naloxone-availability.html to learn about the overdose reversing drug known as naloxone and find out its availability in your state.Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call 1- 800-431-1754 for free screenings or referrals.

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 and for Greenville every Wednesday and Thursday. Those needing a ride need to give a two-day notice to get van service. Call 252-212-5568 to get van service.

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. A potluck is held at 6:30 p.m. For info, call 252-801-1216 OR 252-883-8615.

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.

American Legion Post 58 has an Open House for Veterans every Thursday from 9 a.m to 12 noon, at 2731 N. Church St. in Rocky Mount.

Pure Light Tent Sisters Chapter #337 is accepting applications for membership /all ages. Leadership Training is available and various volunteer projects in the community. Time management skills, problem solving skills, critical thinking and literacy skills training also available. For application and more info call I. Mcknight at 252-200-4132 or A. Williams 252-469-0516.


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