Events in our area 3.20


History and legacy of Carver High
School event

The Carver Alumni & Friends Association Inc. invites you to join its members in celebrating the History and Legacy of Carver High School. This historic event will be held on April 6 at 3 p.m. in the Mount Olive Town Gymnasium on the old Carver Campus, 612 S. Breazeale Ave., Mount Olive.

You must respond by Monday, March 25 if you would like to attend this event. Call 919-440-7765 or text to 919-222-1581.

UMO to hold event on human trafficking awareness

The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will hold a conference on human trafficking, titled “For Freedom,” on March 26 at 7 p.m. in Rodgers Chapel.

“For Freedom” is an evening of exposure to the reality of human trafficking, both globally and locally, and what each of us can do to be a part of fighting it.

Speakers will include John Roberts, Erin Blondel and Luke Hinson. Mr. Roberts is an investigator for trafficking operations in Cambodia with International Justice Mission. As Assistant United States Attorney, Ms. Blondel represents the government in human trafficking cases in North Carolina. Mr. Hinson is the regional student coordinator with International Justice Mission based in North Carolina. The event is free and open to the public.

Event planned to help area youth learn how to save for college

The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Financial Aid and Student Accounts offices will join the Mount Olive Friends of the Park for a “Saving for College” event April 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Westbrook Park in Mount Olive.

The purpose of the event, which is part of UMO’s Gifts and Talents community service initiative, is to provide information to area youth on saving for college. Activities will include face painting, pictures with costume characters, and a raffle. Children will receive a free mini piggy bank while supplies last. Hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds will go to the Friends of the Park.

For more information, contact Katrina Lee at

Celebrating National Library Week

April 7-13 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. Libraries are at the heart of their cities, towns, schools and campuses. They have public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect. To celebrate National Library Week, the Steele Memorial Library in Mount Olive will feature a presentation on preventing heart disease on April 9 at 7 p.m.

Food Truck Friday
in downtown
Mount Olive

Food Truck Friday is March 29 in downtown Mount Olive from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Featured will be What’s The Dilla Food Truck. The Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. for What’s The Dilla, its newest member. Tables and chairs will be set up outside the chamber office. Music will be playing. See the chamber’s Facebook post for food being sold that day.

Jones true Value Ribbon Cutting

The Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting for Jones True Value April 5 at noon. Food will be served all day long.

Cliffs of the Neuse spring events

  • Spring Hike: Saturday at 10 a.m. Spring is here. Enjoy a guided hike along the Longleaf Trail to learn about spring in the park and view some historical Longleaf Pine trees. The easy 1-mile hike is over flat terrain and is suitable for all ages. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. Meet at the Visitor Center.
  • Arbor Day Service Project: Sunday at 3 p.m. Celebrate Arbor Day at the park. Come learn about the Longleaf Pine tree’s life cycle and history. For this service project, participants will plant native grasses and herbs for habitat restoration. Bring comfortable work clothes and shoes, water, and gloves, if you have them. A limited supply of gloves will be provided by the park. Meet at the Group Camp access road.
  • The Lorax Storytime and Hike: March 30 2 p.m. Dr. Seuss would have been 115 years old this year. In honor of his birthday earlier this month and with spring just beginning, what better way to celebrate than with “The Lorax.” Participants will listen to “The Lorax” then take a short walk to look at some of the local trees. Do you think you’ll see any Truffla Trees? Meet at the Visitor Center.
  • Squirmy Wormy: March 31 at 3 p.m. Worms may be slimy, but they are fascinating and a vital part of the environment. Come explore the world of the worm. Participants will also conduct some fun and tasty experiments. Meet at the Visitor Center. If you would like to participate as a community vendor, contact Ranger Autumn Hamm at for an application. Sign up is required for vendors; however spaces are free. For all other questions, call the park office.

    Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is located at 240 Park Entrance Road, Seven Springs. For more information, call 919-778-6234.

    Carver Alumni offering scholarships

    Carver Alumni is now offering scholarships to qualified high school graduates. If you would like to apply, download the app from the website, Make sure it says Mount Olive, NC. If you have any questions, call Linda Darnell at 919-658-9731 or email Linda Oliver a Follow instructions as we will not accept incomplete or late applications. Completed applications are due or should be postmarked no later May 1.

    Wayne County rabies vaccination clinics

    Rabies vaccination clinics will be sponsored by the County of Wayne on the dates and locations listed below. The cost will be $5 per dog or cat. The owner of every dog and cat over 4 months of age shall have the animal vaccinated against rabies. Any animal receiving its first rabies vaccination shall be re-vaccinated one year from first vaccination date and every three years thereafter.

    April 6

    8-11 a.m. at Eastern Wayne High School

    1-3:30 p.m. at Rosewood High School

    April 13

    8-11 a.m. at Grantham Elementary School

    1-3 p.m. at Old Pikeville School parking lot.

    Note: Proof of prior rabies vaccination is required to receive the three-year vaccine. If proof is not provided, a one-year vaccine will be given. Bring your driver’s license to speed up the process.

    Author Georgann Eubanks event rescheduled

    Author Georgann Eubanks was previously scheduled to visit the University of Mount Olive (UMO) for a workshop on March 12. The event has been rescheduled to March 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Southern Bank Auditorium. A reception will follow in the lobby.

    The workshop, sponsored by the UMO Writing Center and the Agribusiness Center, will focus on how Eubanks’ research practices impacted her latest book, “The Month of their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods Through the Year.” Ms. Eubanks’ book will be sold in the UMO bookstore.

    This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Carrah Faircloth at

    Mad About Books Spring Reading Festival

    Duplin County Reading Association will present the second annual Spring Reading Festival “All About Books” April 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Duplin Elementary School. This is a free event. Vendors will include Somethin’ Good Food Truck, Monogram, Pampered Chef, Thirty-One, Tupperware, Paparazzi Jewelry, LuLaRoe and Sentsy.

    Duplin County Sheriff’s Office seeking Explorers

    The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office Explorers are now recruiting and seeking new members. If you are between the ages of 14-21 and interested in law enforcement, this exciting and rewarding program is for you.

    Since 1990, The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office Explorer’s program has prepared and offered numerous men and women opportunities in a variety of law enforcement environments and activities and can do the same for you. Start your journey in becoming the best you can be by joining the Explorers and being a part of a proven tradition.

    Benefits include: Expert training, educational opportunities, hands-on activities, physical fitness training, competition with other agencies locally and nationally, ride along program, detention officers’ training, courtroom/bailiff training, and other activities/opportunities pertinent to law enforcement.

    If you are interested and ready for the challenge, contact Detective Ben Parrish at 910-441-9524 or Deputy Randy Forester at 910-271-4529 or the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office at 112 W. Hill St., Kenansville.

    March Career Readiness Testing

    Testing for the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) will be held at Wayne Community College in March.

    The Wayne Occupational Readiness Keys for Success (WORKS) program will provide a testing session from 12:30-4:30 p.m. on March 27.

    This session will be held in Room 136 of the Walnut Building on Wayne Community College’s main campus in Goldsboro. Pre-registration by calling (919) 739-7004 is required.

    Cost to take the set of three skill assessments (Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents) is $36.

    The Airman and Family Readiness Center on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base offers free assessments to military personnel and their dependents. Call (919) 772-1123 for more information and to register for the next testing session on the base.

    Those wishing to prepare for the NCRC may take advantage of the self-directed instruction and skills upgrade training offered in the WORKS Lab, which also is located in Room 136 of the Walnut Building.

    The lab is open 9 a.m.-noon on Mondays and Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays. The lab is closed on Wednesdays and Fridays.

    Individuals may earn bronze, silver, gold, or platinum certificates based on their performance on the tests. The NCRC is recognized by employers across the state as a proven measurement of job skills.

    More than 18,800 certificates have been awarded to Wayne County residents, giving 35 percent of the workforce the credential.

    Eighty-six Wayne County employers recognize or recommend the NCRC for selection, hiring, training, and advancement.

    More information about the NCRC and future months’ testing schedules are available at

    Steele Memorial Library events

  • Story Time: For ages 0-5 with an adult, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. Stories, songs and crafts that build listening and literacy skills. Registration is not required.
  • PokePlay: For ages 13-18, Thursday, 5 to 6 p.m. Show what a Pokemon Master you are and meet other Pokemon players.
  • Quilling Club: (Adults) Thursday, 2 to 3 p.m. Quilling is a type of ornamental craftwork involving the shaping of paper into delicate pleats or folds. In this program, participants will begin our spring project. Seating is limited, so please register.
  • Introduction to (adults), Friday, 10 to 11 a.m. Intermediate computer users will learn how to use to communicate for free with family and friends face to face. Computers are provided for use in class. Please register.
  • Pajama Story Time (Ages 2-6 with an adult) March 26, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jump into your jammies and join us for songs, stories, and fun. No registration is necessary to attend.
  • Knitting Club (Adults) March 26, 4 to 5 p.m. Newcomers, experienced knitters, and even crocheters are welcome. Yarn is provided. Bring your own needles. Seating is limited, so please register.
  • Introduction to Photoshop Class (adults) March 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Willis Brown from the University of Mount Olive will introduce you to using Photoshop to edit photographs. Please register; seating is limited.
  • STEAMed Up, ages (13-18) March 28, 5 to 6 p.m. Come learn about the science with fun experiments!
  • Craft Club (Adults) March 28, 2 to 3 p.m. Learn to make bird feeders out of recycled bottles. Please register.
  • Facebook Basics (adults) March 29, 10 to 11 a.m. Beginning computer users will set up and learn to use an account on Facebook. Computers are provided for use in class. Please register for this class.

    For more information or to register for these events, contact the library at 919-299-8105.

    Pickle Princess Pageant applications available

    Applications are now available for the 19th annual North Carolina Pickle Festival Princess Pageant. The pageant will be held April 6 at 6 p.m. at Southern Bank Auditorium on the campus of the University of Mount Olive. The pageant is open to all ages and is not a closed title. Winners will reign over the nationally-known North Carolina Pickle Festival. Event winners have gone on to win Miss North Carolina, Mrs. North Carolina and Mrs. America. For an application, email or call 919-738-8443.

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