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Butner Church Council food pantry

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The Butner Church Council food pantry at Community United Methodist Church, 507 W. E St., Butner is open on Tuesdays from 1:30-3 p.m. and Wednesdays 5-6 p.m. The pantry serves anyone in need in the Butner and Stem area every 60 days. Identification is required.

Oxford Preparatory School Nature Trail ribbon-cutting

A ribbon-cutting will be held Monday at 8:30 a.m. in celebration of Oxford Prep’s Fitness Nature Trail at Oxford Preparatory School, 6041 Landis Road, Oxford.

A light breakfast will be served. For more information, email or 919-693-6125; or email or call 919-528-4994.

Public forum for proposed autism disorder policy changes

Public Schools of North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction’s Exceptional Children Division will host five public forums in July for parents to hear clarification and details on the proposed policy changes regarding practices in the evaluation and identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

A forum will be held July 15 at Butner-Stem Middle School, 501 E. D St., Butner.

The forums will provide parents the opportunity to ask questions regarding these changes. These forums are in addition to the previously held public comment period and will be focused on explaining the recommended policy changes.

Interested parents and stakeholders are invited to attend. No RSVP is needed. For additional information, contact Nina Adams at or 919-807-4199.

Mary Potter Reunion

Mary Potter Academy/High School alumni, families and friends are returning to their roots in Oxford to recognize and celebrate 130 years with a Mary Potter Reunion. The National Mary Potter Club Inc. will hold the reunion July 19-21.

Registration will begin Friday, July 19 from 2-11 p.m. with a meet and greet at the Mary E. Shaw Gymnasium in Oxford. There will be opportunities to chit chat, walk or dance down memory lane. There will also be a museum tour from 3-5 p.m.

The parade lineup begins at 8 a.m. in front of the gymnasium. The registration desk will open to the late arrivals from 9-11 a.m.

After the parade, there will be fun for all at a lakeside barbecue and more at the Red Barn on Lake Devin. That night from 7:30 to midnight there will be a Le Dinner en Blance (all white attire) at the gymnasium.

Sunday services/memorial/farewell will be held from 8:45-10:30 a.m. at the Timothy Darling Presbyterian Church. Brunch will follow down the street in the city complex building (the Old A&P) on Penn Avenue.

For more information or to register, contact Janet Baptist Jones, chairperson, at or call 240-447-2014; or contact Rosalyn M. Green, president, at or by phone at 301-351-4850.

Granville Summer Reading program

The Granville County Library System’s Summer Reading program, which ends Aug. 10., is still accepting enrollments.

Kids ages birth to sixth grade, as well as teens in grades six through 12, are invited to participate. Registration forms and reading logs are available at any library branch. Prizes will be awarded to those who bring in their reading logs.

Libraries are located in Oxford (210 Main St.), Creedmoor (1550 S. Campus Drive), Stovall (300 Main St.) and Berea (1211 US 158). Summer reading events are also scheduled each Thursday at the Thornton Library, as well as the South Branch and the Stovall Library. For more information, visit

Creedmoor movie night

The Creedmoor Parks & Recreation Department will host the next installment of First Fridays in Creedmoor’s Movie Night on Aug. 2 from 6-8 p.m. The film “Mary Poppins Returns” will be featured at Lake Rogers Park, 1718 NC-56, Creedmoor. Advance registration is not required and the event is free of charge.