COMMUNITY CALENDAR


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.

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 1989 is planning a 25th class reunion on September 12th and 13th. Email Crissy Gunther Moore at northernnashclassof1989@gmail.com or visit Facebook: NNSH Class Reunion group page for more details.
REUNION – The Nash Central High School Class of 1965 is planning it’s 50th reunion and needs  to contact membersof the class by September 1, 2014. For more information contact 252-469-0516.

JULY 23
Donna Pruett, “The Balloon Lady” from 11 a.m. unti. 2 p.m. at Braswell Library, Rocky Mount. For info, call 442-1951, ext 235.

JULY 24
Downtown Live! concert series Thursday, July 24 on the lawn of the Imperial Centre featuring Fantasy. Bring your lawn chair as early as 5 p.m.; music starts at 6 p.m. For more info., visit www.downtownrockymount.com, or call 252-972-1151. In the event of inclement weather, Downtown Live! will take place at the Booker T. Theater.

JULY 25
BBQ Chicken plate sale - Faith Family Worship P.H. Church will hold a BBQ chicken plate sale on Friday, July 25 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Plates are $7 and include green beans, potatoes, bread and cake. The church is located at 4839 Redman Road in Rocky Mount. For information, call 252-544-1354. All proceeds go to building funds.

Auto & Motorcycle Expo-Rockin’ Classic Auto & Motorcycle Expo. from 5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., classic cars will cruise into the Douglas Block, Rocky Mount. Afterwards a free Block Party featuring the North Tower Band from 6 -8 p.m. The Auto and Motorcycle Expo and Competition will be held Sat., July 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street. Car and motorcycle registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Check out cars and motorcycles, food, Liquid Pleasure band, kids’ activities and more. For info., call 972-1151, or visit www.downtownrockymount.com.

North Carolina Wesleyan College, the Dunn Center for the performing Arts and Activate present a production of “The Pirates of Penzance, Junior.” July 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. Book and lyrics by Sir William S. Gilbert and music by Sir Arthur Sullivan. The play is produced by Joseph Papp, directed by William Leach with musica adaptation by William Elliot and choreography by Graciela Daniele. Tickets are $7 for students/seniors and $12 for adults. For ticekts, call 252-985-5197.

Join the City of Rocky Mount’s Parks and Recreation Department from 6 to 9 p.m. for Summer Night Lights, a free block style program taking place at various parks in July and August. There will be organized sports, field days, inflatable bouncers, a live DJ, face painting, Bingo and much more. The first 200 guests each night will receive a free hotdog, chips and drink. On Fri., July 25, 2014, come out to Englewood Park, 300 Old Mill Rd. For more info., call 252-822-2785.

JULY 26
Join the City of Rocky Mount’s Parks and Recreation Department from 6 to 9 p.m. for Summer Night Lights, a free block style program taking place at various parks in July and August. There will be organized sports, field days, inflatable bouncers, a live DJ, face painting, Bingo and much more. The first 200 guests each night will receive a free hotdog, chips and drink. On Sat., July 26, 2014, come out to Bea Holman Park, 1030 Star St.. For more info., call 252-822-2785.

Arlington Baptist Church will hold a free block party on Saturday, July 26 from 5 until 8 p.m. Come and enjoy an evening of fun and festivities for the whole family: Bouncy Castles, Live Music, Flock Market, Hamburgers and Hotdogs. The church is located at 1500 Bethlehem Road, Rocky Mount. For info, call 252-937-PRAY (7729).

JULY 27
Continue your adventures this summer by journeying into the past with a visit to historic Stonewall Manor, an iconic antebellum plantation home in Rocky Mount. The manor and grounds will be open for tours on Sunday, July 27th from 2 to 4 p.m. Explore your knowledge of local and antebellum history while admiring the distinctive architecture and craftsmanship of the house. For more info, visit o www.stonewallmanornc.org or call 252-442-0063. Tickets run at $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, and $2.00 for children.

JULY 28
The City of Rocky Mount will host the 14th annual Junior Police Academy Monday, July 28, 2014 to Friday, Aug.1, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Junior Police Academy is a program offered to youth between the ages of 13-18. Participants will learn about police procedures and the law, as well as what it means to be a good citizen.  Teens will also ride along with a police officer and get to know police officers in a fun environment.For information or to complete an application, call 972-1436.

JULY 29
The Nash County Democratic Women will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29 at Braswell Memorial Library, 727 North Grace Street, Rocky Mount. For info, call 937-4494.

AUGUST 1
Join the City of Rocky Mount’s Parks and Recreation Department from 6 to 9 p.m. for Summer Night Lights, a free block style program taking place at various parks in July and August. There will be organized sports, field days, inflatable bouncers, a live DJ, face painting, Bingo and much more. The first 200 guests each night will receive a free hotdog, chips and drink. On Fri., Aug. 1, 2014, come out to Meadowbrook Park, 1742 Bedford Rd.  For more info, call 252-822-2785.

AUGUST 2
Northside Community Church will host an appreciation and benefit concert for Jr. Winstead on Saturday, August 2 at 6 p.m. featuring the Oak Grove Boys and Stephanie. Also in concert is The Ambassadors, the Tim Taylor Family and NSCC Men’s Trio. All proceeds will go to Jr. Winstead. Donations can be made to Northside Community Church, 1660 Beaver Pond Drive, Rocky Mount.

 Join the City of Rocky Mount’s Parks and Recreation Department from 6 to 9 p.m. for Summer Night Lights, a free block style program taking place at various parks in July and August. There will be organized sports, field days, inflatable bouncers, a live DJ, face painting, Bingo and much more. The first 200 guests each night will receive a free hotdog, chips and drink. On Sat., Aug. 2, 2014, come out to Three Sisters Park, 221 Walter Drive.  For more info, call 252-822-2785.

AUGUST 5
Nashville’s Police Department is hosting its second annual National Out on Tuesday, August 5 from 5:30 until 7:30 at Stoney Creek Environmental Park. The event will feature games, fire trucks, bouncers, prizes and a scavenger hunt among many other events. A movie will be shown following the event, at 8:15 p.m.
Nashville Parks & Recreation Movie Series presents Despicable Me 2 at Stoney Creek Environmental Park at 8:15 p.m. The park is located off Washington Street,  behind L&L and Bojangles. For additional information call 252-459-4511.

AUGUST 6
The Spring Hope Senior Citizen’s Club will meet at noon in the Spring Hope Community Building. Entertainment will be provided by Adolphus Batchelor and Bertie Bryant. Call Jan Mills at 478-4281 for info.

AUGUST 7
 The Down East Partnership for Children is offering a 16 week parenting program, beginning August 7. The program will be held Thursday nights from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. Parents can win prizes and gas cards weekly! Classes are held at the Down East Partnership. Contact Jennifer Cobb or Chioma Pitts  at 252-985-4300 to register or for more info.

The West Mount Ruritan Club is sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday, August 7 from 3 until 7 p.m. at the West Mount Fire Department, 7955 West Mount Drive. Walk-ins welcome and appointments available. Call 252-904-0479 for more info.

Downtown Live! -  concert series Thursday,  Aug. 7 on the lawn of the Imperial Centre featuring Hip Pocket. Bring your lawn chair as early as 5 p.m.; music starts at 6 p.m. Downtown Live! takes place bi-weekly, through Thursday, Sept. 18. For more info., visit www.downtownrockymount.com, or call 252-972-1151. In the event of inclement weather, Downtown Live! will take place at the Booker T. Theater.

The League of Women Voters of the Twin Counties will meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Warner Room of the Braswell Memorial public library in Rocky Mount. The League is a nonpartisan organization composed of men and women who are community leaders and concerned citizens working to create lasting change in the communities in which they live. Members, and anyone interested in the League, are invited to attend this meeting, and add their voice to this effective grassroots organization.                                                                                             
            
AUGUST 8
Join the City of Rocky Mount’s Parks and Recreation Department from 6 to 9 p.m. for Summer Night Lights, a free block style program taking place at various parks in July and August. There will be organized sports, field days, inflatable bouncers, a live DJ, face painting, Bingo and much more. The first 200 guests each night will receive a free hotdog, chips and drink. On Fri., Aug. 8, 2014, come out to Englewood Park, 300 Old Mill Rd.. For more info, call 252-822-2785.

AUGUST 9
 Join the City of Rocky Mount’s Parks and Recreation Department from 6 to 9 p.m. for Summer Night Lights, a free block style program taking place at various parks in July and August. There will be organized sports, field days, inflatable bouncers, a live DJ, face painting, Bingo and much more. The first 200 guests each night will receive a free hotdog, chips and drink. On Sat., Aug. 9, 2014, come out to Bea Holman Park, 1030 Star St.. For more info, call 252-822-2785.

AUGUST 10
The Nash County Democratic Women will sponsor their Second Annual Afternoon Tea from 3 until 5 p.m.  The Tea will be held at Benvenue Country Club, 100 Southern Blvd., Rocky Mount.  Attire is Summer Dress with hat optional.  A Silent Auction will take place.  Guest speakers are Supreme Court Associate Justice Robin Hudson and Supreme Court Associate Justice Cheri Beasley.  Event donation is $30 and tickets may be obtained by contacting Rosita Wiggins (252) 442-7187/Laura ONeal (252)904-3529.

AUGUST 15
Join the City of Rocky Mount’s Parks and Recreation Department from 6 to 9 p.m. for Summer Night Lights, a free block style program taking place at various parks in July and August. There will be organized sports, field days, inflatable bouncers, a live DJ, face painting, Bingo and much more. The first 200 guests each night will receive a free hotdog, chips and drink. On Fri., Aug. 15, 2014, come out to. Branch Street Park, 1731 Branch Street.. For more info, call 252-822-2785.

AUGUST 16
Join the City of Rocky Mount’s Parks and Recreation Department from 6 to 9 p.m. for Summer Night Lights, a free block style program taking place at various parks in July and August. There will be organized sports, field days, inflatable bouncers, a live DJ, face painting, Bingo and much more. The first 200 guests each night will receive a free hotdog, chips and drink. On Sat.., Aug. 16, 2014, come out to Buck Leonard Park, 929 S. Grace St.. For more info, call 252-822-2785.

AUGUST 19
The City of Rocky Mount’s End of Summer Celebration will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex. The End of Summer Celebration is an event for the entire family and will include activities, such as inflatables for the kids, food, vendors and fireworks. Fireworks will begin between 9:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

The August meeting of the After 5 Club will take place from 6:30 until 8 p.m. The evening will honor teachers. Angie Ruffin will share the message, “I’m so Tired.” Bev Hofert, of Garner, will share how Heart Storms can turn into Rainbow Promises. The cost is $15 inclusive. For reservations, call Jane or Janice at 446-4320 by August 17.

AUGUST 20
The Rocky Mount Christian Women’s Connection will hold its August meeting at the Doubletree. Meredith Davis will be performing. Bev Hofert, of Garner, will share how Heart Storms can turn into Rainbow Promises. The lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. and should conclude by 1 p.m. The charge is $15 inclusive. For reservations, call Katherine at 823-5381 or Dot at 823-1423.

AUGUST 21
Downtown Live!  concert series Thursday,  Aug. 21 on the lawn of the Imperial Centre featuring the Tams. Bring your lawn chair as early as 5 p.m.; music starts at 6 p.m. Downtown Live! goes through Thurs., Downtown Live! takes place bi-weekly, through Thursday, Sept. 18. For more info., visit www.downtownrockymount.com, or call 252-972-1151. In the event of inclement weather, Downtown Live! will take place at the Booker T. Theater.

The Nash County Democratic Executive Committee will meet August 21 in the EMS Operations Room at the Claude Mayo Administration Bldg. in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. Beth Wood, State Auditor, will be the guest speaker. Contact Jan Mills at 478-4281 for info.

SEPTEMBER 4
Downtown Live! concert series Thursday,  Sept. 4 on the lawn of the Imperial Centre featuring Liquid Pleasure. Bring your lawn chair as early as 5 p.m.; music starts at 6 p.m. Downtown Live! takes place bi-weekly, through Thursday, Sept. 18. For more info., visit www.downtownrockymount.com, or call 252-972-1151. In the event of inclement weather, Downtown Live! will take place at the Booker T. Theater.

SEPTEMBER 5
Duke Memorial Baptist Church and the Justice Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor the 14th Annual Justice Community Antique Tractor, Car and Engine Show on September 5 and 6.   Special events include:  a parade of cars and tractors, music and entertainment, events for children, crafts, bake sale, home-made ice cream, and lots of good  food and fellowship.  Craft and agricultural vendors interested in selling at the event should contact Philip Rice, 919-853-2925.

SEPTEMBER 12
Northern Nash Senior High School Class of 1989 is planning a 25th class reunion. The reunion festivites will take place Sept. 12-13. Please contact Chrissy Gunther Moore, 252-903-7144 for more information, or visit Facebook group: NNSH Class Reunion.

SEPTEMBER 13
The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce will present the 25th annual Tar River Festival from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Downtown Louisburg. This family event is free and open to the public. There will be live entertainment throughout the day. This year, there will also be a cornhole tournament and a tractor show. Interested vendors can call 919-496-3056 or by emailing bfuller@franklin-chamber.org. Deadline for vendors is August 14.

SEPTEMBER 18
The final Downtown Live! takes place Thursday, Sept.18 on the lawn of the Imperial Centre, featuring the Embers. Bring your lawn chair as early as 5 p.m.; music starts at 6 p.m. For more info., visit www.downtownrockymount.com, or call 252-972-1151. In the event of inclement weather, Downtown Live! will take place at the Booker T. Theater.

SEPTEMBER 23
MOPS: Rocky Mount is a brand new charter of MOPS Interntaional that will launch in September with the hope of reaching moms of preschoolers in Rocky Mount and its surrounding areas. The first meeting will be held on September 23. All meetings are from 7-9 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Rocky Mount. Additional meetings are planned for October 14 and 28, November 11 and 25 and December 9. For info, visit http://rockymountmops.wordpress.com.

OCTOBER 31
Nashville Parks & Recreation Movie Series presents  Hotel Transylvania at Glover Park at 8:15 p.m. The park is located off Washington Street,  behind L&L and Bojangles. For additional information call 252-459-4511.

Holiday Craft and Food Fair - A juried Holiday Craft and Food Fair will be held on Nov. 8, 2014, at Lake Royale near Bunn. The craft fair will include only hand-crafted items. Vendors are still wanted for the fair. Request applications at LRHolidayFair@gmail.com or call 252-478-4121, Ext 116. Deadline for discounted rates for applications received is July 1st, 2014.

DECEMBER 6
Nashville Parks & Recreation Movie Series presents Arthur Christmas at Stoney Creek at 5 p.m. Environmental Park at 8:30 p.m. The park is located off Washington Street,  behind L&L-Bojangles. For additional information call 252-459-4511.

COMMUNITY
ANNOUNCEMENTS
#ILoveNashvilleNC - The Nashville Chamber has teamed up with the Town of Nashville to sponsor an ad campaign called #ILoveNashvilleNC.  For the next two months, you should begin seeing posters around town, through email, and on social media representing people’s love for the Town of Nashville.  The theme for this campaign hinges on Nashville’s slogan, “A Great Place to Live, Work, and Play”.  Each promotional flyer will highlight a different part of the slogan. The goal is to raise awareness and perception of our area and capitalize on what makes Nashville so special.  You can participate on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) by sharing your stories, photos, or memories by including #ILoveNashvilleNC on your post.

American Legion Post 58 has a weekly Open House for Veterans every Thursday from 9 a.m to 12 noon, at 2731 N. Church St. in Rocky Mount. A certified Veteran Service Officer is present to address your VA concerns.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 55 Rocky Mount offers rides to all veterans to the VA hospital in Durham and Greenville. VA-scheduled appointments required to ride. For more information or to make arrangements, call 446-4909.

The Nash County Department of Aging is in dire need of volunteers to help deliver meals to senior citizens in the Castalia area on Wednesdays, and also to help deliver meals to senior citizens in the Spring Hope area. For information or to volunteer contact Brenda Shields, Aging Services Coordinator, 252-459-1367.

Down East Radio Reading Service is  seeking volunteers to read information from local newspapers over the air to those in Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson counties who cannot read printed material due to vision or physical impairment.  Please call 443-7551 for more information.

Open Your Home & Heart To a Child - Consider Adoption or Foster Care. For more info. on becoming a foster or adoptive parent contact Nash County Department of Social Services at 252- 459-1287 or 252-459-1428.

The Rocky Mount Toastmaster Club #8957 (Public Speaking Training) meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Mondays at The Braswell Memorial Library, 727 Grace Street in Rocky Mount, from 6:15 -  8pm. Please call 252-454-0601 or email annewllms@yahoo.com for more information. New members are welcomed.