Meeting set for Tuesday

The River City Toastmasters Club will meet via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. To attend, visit and click “CONTACT US” to request the link, or call 252-621-3253. This organization helps people overcome the fears of public speaking.

Board retreat is Wednesday

JACKSON — The Northampton County Board of Education will hold a board retreat at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The board will meet in person at the Northampton County Department of Social Services Front Training Room, 9588 N.C. Highway 305.

Virtual festival set for Jan. 30

Halifax Underground Railroad has been chosen after a lengthy process to present at this years 20th Annual African American Cultural Festival at the NC Museum of history. The event will be held virtually on Jan. 30, and is the statewide kickoff to Black History Month. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society since 2015, this year’s annual celebration will bring together community organizations, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers and scholars to showcase the contributions that African-Americans, past and present, have made to North Carolina’s history and culture. This year’s digital format will allow the Museum of History to share those contributions in a safe environment to a statewide audience. The theme “Health and Healing” will include a range of information about health disparities and about steps African-Americans can take to promote and preserve their health. Register for online sessions at For more information, call 252-578-1463.

Breakfast on Saturdays

LITTLETON — American Legion Post 425, 340 Weavers Chapel Road, will hold its Saturday morning breakfasts every Saturday through March. Breakfast is served from 7 to 10:30 a.m., and includes eggs, sausage, herring, hash browns and coffee. Cost is $7 a plate, with proceeds going to the post. Primarily this is a “take out” event, as there are very few indoor seats available at this time. Social distancing and masks will be required indoors.

Library to hold DVD Frenzy

The Roanoke Rapids Public Library announces a promotion with its DVD collection for the remainder of month of December and the entire month of January. Come to the library with your library card, borrow one DVD for 50 cents, and borrow a second one free. This promotion will run through Jan. 29 during library operating hours. In February, the library will return to its DVD Frenzy on Wednesdays. Normal checkout limits apply based on cardholder status. Overdue fines apply if returned late. For more information, contact Head Librarian Jeff Watson at 252-533-2890 and select prompt 4, stop by the library at 319 Roanoke Ave. or email Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Barbecue sandwich fundraiser

AMVETS Post 320 will hold a barbecue sandwich fundraiser from 11:10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 5 at 801 Charlotte St. in Roanoke Rapids. Cost is $8 which includes two barbecue sandwiches, slaw and chips. Proceeds will go to the post. For more information or to place an order, call Bill Harris at 252-537-6187 or 252-326-0313, Randy Ferguson at 252-532-0294 or Jimmy Baugham at 252-370-4902. Delivery available with orders of five or more.

CPTA Board meeting canceled

The Choanoke Public Transportation Authority Board will meet at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 by electronic communications, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Submit all public comments by 4 p.m. Feb. 16 to

Brunswick stew sale

The Jo Story Senior Center for Active Adults will hold its Brunswick stew sale Feb. 18. The stew will be available for pick-up from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Kirkwood Adams Community Center, 1100 Hamilton St. in Roanoke Rapids. Please pre-order at $8 a quart in advance. If you can not make it by to pick them up that day, they will be available to pick up the next day. This will be pick up only, as the traditional Stew & Sandwich dinner will not take place this year. To reserve stew, call the center at 252-533-2847, extension 5.

Free tax preparation for seniors

JACKSON — Northampton County is offering free tax preparation services for seniors. On Feb. 23 and March 29, representatives will be on site at the Northampton County Cultural and Wellness Center, 9536 N.C. Highway 305. If you are 65 or older and require tax preparation assistance, you are encouraged to use this service. For more information or to set up an appointment, call Bonnie Benthall, Wellness Facility Coordinator, at 252-534-1303, ext. 4.

Medicine Drop is March 27

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office will hold a Medicine Drop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 27 at Walgreens, 101 Smith Church Road in Roanoke Rapids. This is part of the Spring Take Back Initiative, and all medicine will be collected by agents of the HCSO, working together to encourage the public to safely dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medication. Information on opiate addiction from health educators of the Halifax County Health Department will be given at the event.