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Mecklenburg Sun Community Calendar for Feb. 6, 2013 / February 05, 2013
Clarksville Regional Museum Events for February — Black History Month will be celebrated on Sunday, February 17, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Special exhibits will salute our local Black Citizens. Light refreshments and a special program. The AARP Chapter 431 will meet at the Museum on Thursday, February 21, at 1:00 p.m. Visitors are invited to join the group. Light refreshments and a tour of the museum will be available. Clarksville Regional Museum is located at 801 West Street in Clarksville.

Sew Happy Quilting Guild — will be featuring beginning quilting classes on the first Fridays of January, February and March. The meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. and are held at the House of Prayer, 6793 Highway 58, near Clarksville. All women are welcome to bring their lunch, sewing supplies and notebook. Call Joyce at (434) 374-2368.

The Colonial Center galleries — are currently featuring Jimmy Thacker from Brodnax whose paintings center on landscape and nature. Also featured is a rotating exhibit displaying local art created by students at Park View High School. Galleries are available for viewing during normal business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or during events.

The East End High School Alumni Association — is planning to celebrate 60 years since the opening of the school now known as the former East End High School. The plans include a banquet at the Good Shepherd Hall in South Hill on September 28. Former students are asked to reserve this date. Those who are on the alumni mailing list will receive registration details on this special celebration in February 2013. Information will also be available on the school’s website. Alumni who have relocated since the 2010 school wide reunion should update their personal profiles on the website at or mail any changes to E.E.H.S. Alumni Association, P.O. Box 761, South Hill, VA 23970.

AARP Twin Lakes Chapter #4014 — will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday,
February 6, 11:00 a.m. at Brian's Steakhouse in South Hill. A presentation in honor of Black History Month will be given by Ms. Shirley Moreland. There will be a Board meeting after the regular meeting and lunch. Please remember the needy with a bag of food which will be donated to the Bread Box. AARP members are encouraged to attend; visitors are welcomed. The cost of the meal is $12.00.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive — at Antioch Baptist Church, 6700 Barnesville Hwy, Red Oak, on Thursday February 7, from 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The local Churches sponsor the drive. Wylliesburg Presbyterian Church in Wylliesburg, is the sponsor of this drive. Call (434) 372-5225 with any questions. Trauma and accidents victims, patients requiring surgery or undergoing cancer treatment will be counting on you to help insure that blood and blood products will be there when needed. Please come and give the gift of life.

VFW Post No. 7166 of South Hill — will meet Saturday, February 9, at 10:30 a.m.  All members are encouraged to attend this meeting. VFW Post 7166 Ladies Auxiliary will meet Saturday, February 9, at 11:00 a.m.  All members are encouraged and invited to attend.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #45 — will meet Monday, February 11, at the Clarksville Public Library at 12:00 noon. All members are urged to come.

Have you made plans for Valentine’s Day yet? — If not, you might consider heading to the Lake! Lake Gaston VFD is holding their annual Valentine’s Day Steak supper. You can enjoy a cooked to order steak supper and help out your local fire dept. all in one sweep. Saturday February 16th is the date set for the diner. Tickets are priced at $14.00 per plate and include a cooked to order rib eye steak, baked potato, salad, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea. Now if you can find a better deal than that then you’re eating fast food. The Lake Gaston VFD steak supper has been a staple in the Bracey area for years and is known for good steaks. Go to to purchase online using Credit/Debit card or with a PayPal account. Or just catch up with any Lake Gaston Fire Dept. member. We look forward to seeing you there!

Victory Celebration Fundraiser — sponsored by The Mecklenburg County Democratic Party will be held on Sunday, February 17, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 219 Brook Avenue in South Hill. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased at the MCDC meeting to be held on Saturday, February 9, at the Boydton Library at 10:00 a.m. Tickets also may be purchased at the door, or from any Victory Celebration Committee member: Gloria Smith (434) 738-6184; William Moore (434) 689-2568; Cathy Johnson (434) 676-2746; Terry Willia (434) 262-3334; Jeanne Capello (434) 247-9645; Madolyn Hayne (434) 374-9283; Enid Young (434) 689-2155; Mary Smith (434) 738-6336; Elna Bac on (434) 374-3902. Featured performers include the Color Guard and Drill Team from Brunswick Senior High School and “Impact”, a praise/dance group from the Church of God in South Hill. Dynamic speakers for the occasion will be Christian Rickers, Democratic Party Chairman from Lunenburg County who has served in Governor Mark Waren’s and Governor Tim Kane’s administration. Also, Frederick Betts, Housing Services Director for the Tri-County Community Action Agency based in South Boston, Virginia. This gency spotlights such programs as Emergency Services (including Energy Share and FEMA), Housing (including Weatherization, Indoor Plumbing and Rehabilitation, Emergency Home Repair. Please invite all your friends and neighbors to come out and support this fundraiser.

Computing 101 for Seniors — The Lake Country Distance Education Center will be offering “Computing 101 for Seniors" in late January. Have you ever wanted to keep in touch with family and friends who live across the country or just across town. Have you ever wondered what this thing called Facebook that your grandchildren keep talking about is? Then this course is for you. “Computing 101” will introduce you to basic computer skills, teach you how to set up an e-mail account, how to post pictures to an e-mail, introduce you to Facebook and answer any other questions you may have. For more information or to sign up please call the LCDEC at (434) 374-9998.

VFW #8163 Fish Fry — will be held on Thursday, February 21 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the VFW Home, located on Highway 15N in Clarksville. All the fried fish, coleslaw, baked beans and hushpuppies you can eat. Coffee, tea and dessert, eat-in or take-out. $7.00 per person, $3.00 under 10.

Do you have a spark, a creative vision? Want to grow that spark into a new business? — United Virginia is proud to offer an in-depth training program designed to fully educate and empower you to be successful in starting your new business or growing your existing business. The curriculum we are using has a 45-year track record, with 54% of participants still in business 5 years later! Classes will be held every Wednesday evening, 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., for 15 weeks at the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center of SVCC in South Hill, starting February 27, featuring instructors skilled in marketing, finance, and business planning. Those who successfully complete the entire UV training program may APPLY for BUSINESS LOANS. This opportunity is FREE, but you must apply by February 8! Thanks to generous support from the Department of Housing and Community Development and US Department of Agriculture, CLASSES and WORKBOOKS are provided at NO COST TO YOU! United Virginia is working with the Longwood Small Business Development Center, VA Tourism, VBDA, and Southside VA Community College to ensure this program is successful. Please apply soon since Space Will Be Limited! Contact: HYPERLINK "" .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for training schedule and application.

SCV selling Stew and Butts — The Old Brunswick Camp - Sons of Confederate Veterans will be cooking Brunswick Stew and Boston Butts on Saturday, February 23. It will be available for pickup anytime after 11:00 a.m. at the home of Tracy Clary, 389 Fleshood Lane, Lawrenceville, VA. Stew is still only $6 per quart and Butts still only $25 each. To place an order, please contact Tracy Clary at; (434) 774-4341 - call or text, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) , or message him on facebook. You may also contact any Old Brunswick - SCV member. Your local Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp thanks you all for your continued loyalty and support.

Crisis Center Help — Did you know that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men are affected by sexual assault? If you or someone you know have been affected by sexual assault there is help for you in your area. The Piedmont Crisis Center is here to help you; offering many services such as crisis intervention, accompaniment to free medical exams, and information and referrals. Remember, you do not have to go through this alone; for more information or to set up an appointment, please call (434) 292-1077.

March is Eye Donor Awareness Month — It's a special time to honor donors and their families for the tremendous gift of sight they give to improve the lives of corneal recipients. The transplant process depends on the priceless corneal donation from one human to another. Donated eyes are also needed for research and education. Through Lions Clubs Eye Banks, you can help restore the sight of children and adults who need precious eye tissue. Did you know that the South Hill Lions Club can take $100 and put a pair of glasses on a person unable to afford proper eyewear. Your tax-deductible gift can help the South Hill Lions Club help others see better and live better. Every donation is either $100 or part of $100 and it all adds up! Send your contribution to: South Hill Lions Club or see any Lions club member P. O. Box 424 South Hill, Va 23970.  Be glad that you can see and help give the gift of sight.  

Womanless Beauty Pageant — sponsored by Chase City Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. Set date is March 2, at 7:00 p.m. The pageant will take place at The Robert E. Lee Building in Chase City. Admission is $7 for adults, $5.00 for children under $12 at the door. For more information or details on how to become a contestant, please contact Jennifer McGee at (434) 447-7661.

Kennedy Wilbur K A 5K run/walk and 1 mile Kids Fun Run — to benefit Stephanie Kennedy Wilbur in her fight against breast cancer. Saturday, March 2, Kids Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m. 5K begins at 9:00 a.m. Begins at Centennial Park in South Hill, Virginia and follows roads and sidewalks through South Hill. Expect some challenging hills. Registration Fee- $25.00 for 5K; $10 for Kid’s Fun Run. Make checks payable to South Hill Road Runners. Mail registration with payment to 2851 Trinity Church Rd., South Hill, VA 23970 or email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Release (must be signed)

Barksdale Cancer Foundation Bingo — The Barksdale Cancer Foundation will host a “31” / Vera Bradley Bingo on Sunday, March 17, from 2:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Bacon District Fire House in Wylliesburg. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. and concessions will be offered for sale. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Various prizes will be given away during the event. For information call (434) 735-8540 or (434) 568-6931. The foundation asks for your support to help in its mission of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”.

CATS production of Back to the 80s — will be Sun, March 10, 2:30 p.m., Doors open at 2:00 p.m. The Totally Awesome Musical sponsored by Boyd Honda and Chevrolet of South Hill (The Colonial Center) Tickets are $15 per person; group rates available.  Set in the USA, Back to the 80’s tells the story of a 1980’s graduating class from William Ocean High School, as remembered and seen through the eyes of Cory Palmer, who is now 30-something.  Throw in a Star Wars dream sequence, a few high-energy dance routines, the obligatory 80’s party scene, copious amounts of blue eye-shadow, and twenty cans of hairspray, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written including Material Girl, Let’s Hear it for the Boy, Man in the Mirror, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and many, many more.

Mark your calendars now for The South Hill Rotary Club’s Reverse Raffle — on April 27th at the Catholic Church Social Hall in South Hill with a grand prize of $2500. This event will be a fundraiser for scholarships for graduating students in the upcoming school years. Tickets will be on sale soon for  $50 per person or $75 per couple and will include dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a chance to win the big money prize or one of several other prizes that have been donated by local businesses.  There will also be door prizes, a cash bar and an evening of fun. Only 200 will be sold so when you see them please take a chance and support the Rotary Reverse Raffle fundraiser for scholarship funds.

Annual Spring 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk — The Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville will host the Annual Spring 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, April 27. The race will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the YMCA parking lot, and is open to all ages. Registration cost is $20 per person and everyone that pre-registers by April 21, will receive a free t-shirt. Fees increase to $25 per person after April 22. Also, a 1-mile kids fun run/walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. A Run For God 5K/10K training team has been formed for those looking for a little extra motivation! Following a course of paved roads, the 5K/10K will feature a water station and post-race refreshments. For more information on the race or the Run For God training team, please contact the YMCA at (434) 348-9622.

FREE workshops to be held at Southside Virginia Community College that include — 
Entrepreneur Express. A series of FREE workshops offered throughout Virginia that provide interactive discussions and exercises covering key elements of business practices, hosted by your Virginia business partners. Interview Skills. "Sharpen your interview skills by understanding the process, building your strengths and improving your weaknesses." Resume Writing. "Learn how to write and improve your resume the correct way so that it speaks for you as you target your ideal job." College Planning – College Savings Program That’s Right for Your Family. This workshop will cover the average costs of a college education, ways to save for college expenses, and how to get started. The Culturally Competent Professional: Working With An Open Mind. In today’s global society, to be most effective, human service and other helping professionals must be able to identify elements of culture and how they may impact on individuals and groups, and be able to integrate such knowledge into practice as professionals. This interactive workshop explores how to integrate aspects of culture into everyday practice towards becoming more culturally competent and increasing the overall quality of services provided. For more information contact Misty S. Smiley at Southside Virginia Community College, Workforce Development, located at 109 Campus Drive, Alberta, VA 23821 or call (434) 949-1026, Fax: (434) 949-0107 or (434) 949-7863 or visit

Farmers Bakers Market — The South Hill Farmers Bakers Market located at 100 W. Danville Street, adjacent to The Colonial Center, is open Fridays and Saturdays. When you see the “Open” flag flying, you know there are yummy baked goods for sale. For information on becoming a vendor, please contact Mayor Horne or Anna Cratch at the Town Hall, (434) 447-3191.

The South Hill Market Square Committee has announced its 2013 Affair on the Square Concert Series Line up — They will continue with the Third Thursday dates of April 18, with Nashville Recording and local hometown gentleman Jason Link making a return appearance, May 16 will feature JB and the Get Down Browns, June 20 will be the great beach sounds of The Embers and The Konnection Band on Sept 19. The Committee will sponsor the Redneck Pool Party Band for the July 3rd Picnic in the Park extravaganza and, of course, Monster Mash which will take place on Halloween night Thursday, October 31. Mark your calendars now a great year of music and fun as various South Hill Committees brings these events and more to your hometown. Sponsors are now being sought for the events and you watch your local newspapers for more information. If would like to sponsor the Affair on the Square Series, contact Lisa Clary at (434) 447-4823, Frank Malone at (434) 447-4547 or Kim Callis at (434) 447-3191 by March 15.

Rhythm and Brew Bash — The South Hill Chamber of Commerce has a new event in 2013 with the first ever to be held May 11 from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Centennial Park Upper Field. The event will feature Craft Breweries that will feature all varieties of craft beers, local food vendors and music from Nashville Recording Artist Creigh Riepe Band and the Redneck Pool Party. Tickets will be $25.00. More information will follow as the committee finalizes plans for the South Hill Rhythm and Brew Bash. Must be 21 and over.

"Do you love the outdoors? Can you pull weeds? Paint a birdhouse? Walk a dog? Hide an Easter Egg? Then you can be a Friend of the Tobacco Heritage Trail! The Trail Coordinator is looking for volunteers to maintain, publicize, improve, fundraise and plan community events for the Tobacco Heritage Trail. Anyone interested, please contact Trail Coordinator, Heather Susee, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call at (434) 447-7101.

UMFS is looking for a few good foster parents! — Would you like to learn more information about becoming a foster parent? A Fredericksburg staff member is more than happy to meet with you and discuss how we can assist you in becoming a foster or foster to adopt parent for a child. We complete orientations throughout the month based on your schedule! Contact Terry Martin at (540) 898-1773 to schedule a time or learn more about our services at UMFS!

Volunteers Needed — The Thyne Institute Memorial Inc. would like to invite those who are interested in working as volunteers to help the organization move forward in its mission to promote a renewed interest in a historical memory, Thyne Institute. Anyone can participate as a volunteer or become a member of the organization. The organization is also pulling together names, information, and other data of Thyne Institute alumni. This information will become a part of Thyne’s history and will be displayed. If you would like to be a part of this historical occasion, please contact us. An awareness has come to light that some citizens might have old artifacts or just information about the Thyne Institute. All of this information is of value to the Thyne Institute Memorial. The organization is interested in data, physical artifacts, pictures, books, etc. If you would like to donate any materials, please call Glanzy Spain at (434) 738-3123.

Become a Lion’s Club Member — If you’re interested in volunteering, leading projects, networking and having fun you can do all of this and more as a Lions club member. As a Lion, you’ll perform local volunteer work to improve your community and communities around the world. You can join a local club that meets in person. You can plan a local project to protect the environment. Recycle eyeglasses to help the working poor. Or bring clean water to a remote village. Whatever you choose, you’ll be sharing, caring and making a difference. The South Hill Lions Club meets twice a month in South Hill and participated in such projects as White Cane Days, Holiday Bazaar, Spring Fest and more throughout the year. If you have an inert in helping the community and the world, see any Lions Club Member for member information or PR Director Lisa Clary at (434) 447-4823. Current South Hill President is Ed Taylor, Secretary is Otis Thomas and Treasurer is James Hofler.

Help the Shriner Children — Your local Shrine Club is collecting Old Cell Phones to benefit the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital! All information will be erased according to the Department of Defense Standards. Please deposit your old cell phones into the box located at the Dollar General Market in Clarksville.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting Schedule — CHASE CITY - Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 a.m., "Keep It Simple", R. E. Lee Center, 121 E 2nd St.; Mondays, 8:00 p.m. "Fresh Start", Friendship United Methodist Church, Route 49 (1 mile south of town); CLARKSVILLE - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 p.m., "Recovering", St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Route 58, 805 Virginia Ave. Thursdays, 6:00 p.m., “Chicks at Six”, St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Route 58, 805 Virginia Ave. (Women’s Mtg.); BOYDTON - Fridays, 8:00 p.m., "Live and Let Live”, The Burnett Building, Bank and Jefferson Streets. DRAKES BRANCH - Fridays, 8:00 p.m., "Drakes Branch Serenity Group”, Baptist Church, 4525 Main St.

The Last Train in Clarksville Model Railroad Club — meets every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Old Wagon Factory on Russell St. in front of A & K Dock Service. For more information call Wayne Fuller at (434) 374-2477 or Peter Balys (434) 374-8010. New members are always welcome. The Last Train in Clarksville Model R/R Club has donated a display of Clarksville in 1950 to the Clarksville Museum. The Club has an ongoing fundraiser-selling children's train whistles for $2.00 and train engineer caps for $3.00. Items can be purchased at Sun Hobbies, 916C Virginia Avenue. Thank you for your support.

Women’s Support Group — Free and Confidential, Based in Prince Edward, Nottoway, Lunenburg, Brunswick, and Mecklenburg. For group times, locations, and childcare availability please call the Southside Center for Violence Prevention, Inc. at (888) 819-2926.

DV Support Groups — The Domestic Violence Program at Tri-county Community Action will start Support Group Meetings weekly. For more information call (434) 476-1126.

“Looking” for donations — Did you know that the South Hill Lions Club can take $100 and put a pair of glasses on a person unable to afford proper eyewear. Your tax-deductible gift can help the South Hill Lions Club help others see better and live better. Every donation is either $100 or part of $100 and it all adds up! Send your contribution to: South Hill Lions Club or see any Lions club member P. O. Box 424 South Hill, Va 23970. Be glad that you can see and help give the gift of sight.

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