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.

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 - Coopers High School Alumni are planning the 82nd Reunion on Saturday, April 26 from 5:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Coopers Elementary School Gymnasium. A special recognition will be held for the class of 1965, class of 1955, the oldest alumni and former teachers. The cost is $20 per person and includes a meal and entertainment. All who attended Coopers High School are invited. Payment is due by April 14. For info, contact Erma Pridgen at 443-2608.

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 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 be provided along with a limited amount of gloves. Land cleanups will also be conducted. For info, contact Cornelia McGee- Anthony at 467-4960.

April 18
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 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 benefit 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.

The Nash Health Care Systems Retiree's Club will meet at 10 a.m. in Dining Room 2 of the hospital cafeteria. For more information call Sammie Crumley 252-813-4703.

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 21
Celebrate Earth Day at Braswell Memorial Library with a showing of the film "Disneynature Earth" from 6 to 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Computer Lab. Call 440-1951, ext 3 for more info.

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.

In partnership with "National Money Smart Week," Attorney Michael Batts of Batts, Batts and Bell, LLP will be sharing information on Estate Planning, Probate and Power of Attorney documentation in the Warner Room of Braswell Memorial Library from 6 to 7 p.m. Call Kesha Joyner at 442-1951, ext 253 for more info.

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.

The Nash County Master Gardeners will hold their annual plant sale from 8 a.m. until 12 noon at the agriculture center in Nashville, 1006 Eastern Ave. Annuals, perennials, tomatoes, herbs, container gardens, and Master Gardener grown plants will be available. A new addition to the sale will be gourd birdhouses as well as the silent auction and a raffle for a flower work session in your garden by master gardeners. Come early for best selections with your carts or wagons. Plenty of free parking with help loading up!

To recognize April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, The Twin County Domestic Violence Task Force and the Community Child Protection Team are hosting a "Family Fun Day In the Park" at Sunset Park in Rocky Mount from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The free event will include refreshments, carousel and train rides, face painting and more as well as vendors on site providing educational information. The event is sponsored by Nash and Edgecombe County Department of Social Services Adoption Teams, Target, Zaxby's, Lawrence Best & Associates, Pa, Tarboro Savings Banks, Rofelt Pasha Temple #175, Modern Nails and Hair, Smoove Saddleriders Horse Club, St. Elmo Lodge #159 and NC Baby Love Plus Program.

CHARM Homeschool group will hold its annual Expo from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Braswell Library in Rocky Mount. If you are a new homeschooler or thinking about homeschooling as an option, come out to this free event. Information will be provided about the options in our area as well as how to get started. Visit the facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/charmexpo

April 26
The DAR Micajah Pettaway Chapter's Silver Tea will be at 3 p m. in Rocky Mount at Toni Suiter's home.

All former 4-H members are encouraged to attend the inaugural meeting of the Nash County 4-H Alumni and Friends meeting on Sunday afternoon, April 26, from 3:00 - 5:00 PM. There will be an ice cream social featuring NCSU Howling Cow ice cream. The meeting will be held in the 4-H Gardens in the Arboretum Grounds of the Nash County Agriculture Center. The purpose of the organization is to support and strengthen the current Nash County 4-H program.