Community Briefs: Haunted house is open on Friday

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The House of van Baars, a former funeral home located at 104 Douglas St. E. will become a haunted house from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 complete with classic Halloween music and refreshments for those with a taste for the strange. For more information, call 252-230-9797.

Church schedules family fun day

Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 5260 Old Raleigh Road, will host a fun day crusade with music, testimonials, food and a bounce house for the kids from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. For more information, call 252-290-1660 or 252-290-0208.

Dems to hold voter registration drive

The Wilson County Democratic Party representing Precinct R will host a voter registration drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 106 Reid St. Food will be served free to the community as long as supplies last.

Neighborhood plans fish plate sale

The Washington Carver Heights community will hold its annual fundraiser fish plate sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at Washington Carver Heights Park at 1506 Fikewood St. Extension. Plates are $8 each.

Proceeds will help distribute Christmas boxes to the sick, shut-in, elderly and disabled people in the community and surrounding area. For more information, call James Haney at 252-243-2557.

Animal rescue to hold open house

For the Love of Dogs, 5146 Quaker Road, will have an open house from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 with food provided by Parker’s Barbecue and a DJ providing music.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call Dawn Tucker at 252-292-9779 or Della Fitz-Gerald at 252-218-5181.

Race, history lecture slated

Monica “the Ourstorian” Bennett will present a lecture on the topic “Who Told You That You Are Black? Who Told You That You Are White?” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Wilson County Public Library, 249 Nash St.

After a 30-minute presentation, Bennett will hold a community roundtable discussion on race, heritage and skin color classification. Seats are limited and attendees are asked to RSVP to the free event by calling or texting Bennett at 919-792-8226.

OIC seeking program participants

The Opportunities Industrialization Center of Wilson at 801 Reid St. E. is now accepting applications for 18-24-year-old participants ready to begin designing their future. Those who are in school and out of school and those with background issues are accepted.

Orientation will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15. To learn more or reserve a space, call Helen Carr at 252-291-0038.

Christmas purse donations sought

Southern Exposure Photography is collecting donations for its Christmas purse project, which allows homeless girls and women to receive old pocketbooks filled with small items such as socks, gloves, toiletries and feminine hygiene products. Participants are asked to fill a purse and drop it off at Truly Unique Gifts, 2006 U.S. 301 S. or Walteck, which is located inside Innovative Installations at 3850 Airport Drive NW.

Drop-off deadline is Dec. 14 and delivery to the Wilson Crisis Center for Christmas distribution will be Dec. 18. For more information, call Cheryl Hall at 252-363-2294.