The deadline for all Community Calendar items is 4:30 p.m. the day before publication. To list your event, email Christine S. Carroll at [email protected] or call 910-817-2673. Please send an email or call as soon as possible if your event is canceled.


RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE, 1-6:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 2116. Main St., Ellerbe. Sign up to give at and enter “First Baptist Church Ellerbe” as the code, or contact Elsie Freeman, 910-817-4720, to make an appointment. Blood types O-positive, and O-, A- and B-negative especially needed for red cell donation. On the day of the drive, donors should visit to fill out donation forms and save 15 minutes’ wait time.


HOLY SMOKE BBQ & MUSIC FESTIVAL, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 410 E. Washington St., Rockingham. Classic Soul beach band, Unity Quartet gospel group. Barbecue, face-painting, arts and crafts, playground. Proceeds to charity. For more information, call 910-895-4027.

PORTRAITS PRESENTATION, 9:45 a.m., Kate Finley Auditorium, Rockingham Middle School. Rockingham High School Class of 1972 will present portrait plaques of three former principals as part of its 45th class reunion celebration. A tour of the areas that were part of the high school campus will follow.

LAST MONTHLY BREAKFAST, First United Methodist Church, 300 Charlotte St., Hamlet, 7-10 a.m. $5 per plate; takeouts available.

J.P. STEVENS, BIBB AND WEST POINT PEPPERELL REUNION for past employees, 1-3 p.m., First Freewill Baptist Church fellowship hall, 1747 U.S. 74 Bus., Hamlet. Attendees asked to take a covered dish. Call 910-582-4424.

JADA’S HELPING HANDS HELPING OTHERS FUNDRAISER, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at New Home Missionary Baptist Church. Hot dogs, baked goods and soft drinks will be sold and door prizes will be given away. Proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House in Durham, Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital and to support local families.


BURLINGTON RETIREES BREAKFAST, 8:30 a.m., at Holiday Restaurant, U.S. 1 South, Rockingham.


ROHANEN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1959, noon lunch, Fatz Cafe, 714 U.S. 74 Bus. E., Rockingham.

Oct. 6

DESSERT & LEARN (breast cancer awareness), 2 p.m., Matheson Public Library, Cheraw, South Carolina. Presented by McLeod Health. Guest physicians will talk about advances in prevention, detection and treatment.

FISH, CHICKEN OR BARBECUE DINNER with sides, $8 a plate; croaker plate, $7. Freedom Ministries No. 1, Dobbins Heights. Dinners available Oct. 6, 7.

Oct. 7

BARBECUE SUPPER AND AUCTION, Rockingham Lions Club, 5-7 p.m., clubhouse, U.S. 220 North, Rockingham. $7 per person. Auction will begin at 7 p.m.

COUNTRY BREAKFAST, 7-10 a.m., Spring Hill Wesleyan Church, off N.C. 38 on Spring Hill Church Road, Hamlet. $6 for all you can eat. Carry-out available.

Oct. 8

GOSPEL SING featuring Servants Call, 11 a.m., Mount Calvary Rock of Ages church, 464 County Home Road, Rockingham.

SHEPARD FAMILY REUNION, 1 p.m., Rockingham Lions Club, Alcan Road, Rockingham (off U.S. 220 North, behind Tri Cook Electrical). Descendants of Stephen Tebe and Emma Parrish Lassiter Shepard are invited to provide covered dishes, memories.

Oct. 10

RICHMOND COUNTY NAACP, 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 329 West Ave., Hamlet, Guest speaker, James McCoy, special investigator technician, Bennettsville, South Carolina, other law-enforcement officers. Young people invited to hear about gangs.

Oct. 12

AFFAIR ON THE SQUARE, 5-8 p.m., Harrington Square, downtown Rockingham. Dark Horse Band will play. Dinner specials available at Pattan’s Grille, Henry’s Cafe, Hudson Brothers. Sidewalk art exhibits. Children’s activities, Discovery Place Kids. Drawings for gifts. Call 910-331-9965.

Oct. 13

MONROE AVENUE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1967, lunch meeting. 11 a.m., Holiday Restaurant, U.S. 1 S., Rockingham. Call Joe Young for information, 910-582-4869.

Oct. 14

FIRE PREVENTION DAY, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., old Winn-Dixie parking lot (Rockingham Road, across from the N.C. National Guard Armory). Children’s activities, superslide, Sparky the fire dog, food. Sponsor, Rockingham Fire Department.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 7-10 a.m., East Rockingham United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 490 Mill Road, Rockingham. Sponsor, church men’s club. $4, all you can eat. Sweets, craft sale at the same time.

RANKIN REUNION, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., fellowship building, Maple Street Free Will Baptist Church, 128 Maple St., Rockingham. Family, friends invited to take food, pictures, memories.

Oct. 20

DESSERT & LEARN (breast cancer awareness), 2 p.m., Marian Wright Edelman Public Library, Bennettsville, South Carolina. Presented by McLeod Health. Guest physicians will talk about advances in prevention, detection and treatment.

LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE QUILT SHOW, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. Biennial show of Hearts and Hands Quilters’ Guild. Cost:$6; free to those 11 and younger.

Oct. 21

PICKIN’ IN THE PINES, bluegrass and barbecue benefit to support 4-H campers, 6-11 p.m., Camp Millstone, 1040 Mallard Drive, Ellerbe. Music by the Blue Highway Band, the Long Gone Band, Lauren & Lane; pig pickin’ and heavy hors d’oeuvres; live auction. Adults only. $50 per person. For more information, visit

Oct. 24

PRUITT HEALTH FALL FEST, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 804 S. Long Drive, Rockingham. Games, treats for children. Public invited.

Oct. 28

SEABOARD FESTIVAL AFTER-PARTY, scholarship fundraiser, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., East Hamlet Community Center, 155 Laurel Hill St., Hamlet. Sponsor, Hamlet Chapter I Inc. Deejay, Clyde Tyson. BYOB. Door prize, 40-inch flat-screen TV. Tickets $15. For more information, call B. Manning, 301-423-7305 or Deborah Hill, 301-520-3022.

Nov. 6

COMPUTER CLASSES @ LEATH LIBRARY, 11 a.m. to noon, Leath Memorial Library, 412 E. Franklin St., Rockingham. Five weeks of Monday-morning classes in basic computing, internet basics, email basics, Microsoft Word basics, Facebook basics. Free. Call 910-895-6337 to sign up.