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Mecklenburg Sun Community Calendar for Sept. 26,2012 / September 25, 2012
"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."

New Exhibits at Clarksville Regional Museum — Exquisite art objects created from shell by local artist Mary Paulus and a collection of oil paintings by local artist of art instructor Ed Gobin will be on exhibit during September and October. The museum is having a “Bakeless Bake Sale” to raise funds for a much needed “face-lift” to the museum. Look for more information on this project in the mail. Special plans are being made to honor our local Military veterans in November. More information later. Museum hours are Friday and Saturday 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. For special tours call (434) 374-4434 or (434) 374-8817; email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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.

Craft and Local Merchant Sale — 17th Annual Harvest Days Festival in Downtown Clarksville will be held on Saturday October 6, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Reserve your 10x10 Space Today! Food, crafts, antiques, Halloween and Fall decorations and much more! Vendor spaces are available; Discount space fees are available until September 14, so don’t delay in completing your reservation form today Call Clarksville Chamber of Commerce for details and applications at (434) 374-2436 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit and click on Harvest Days Festival to print the form and instruction sheet.

Scholarship Opportunity — The Boydton Ruritan Club is offering a $1000 Scholarship this year to any Mecklenburg County student. This year's scholarship is being awarded to the student who displays achievements in academics as well as community service. The deadline for this year’s scholarship is September 29, 2012.  To request an application please contact Kimberly Mullins at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (434) 372-3819.

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 2079 — will hold its monthly meeting at 12:00 noon, Wednesday, September 26, at the Down Home Buffet in South Hill. WE WILL NOT BE HAVING OUR USUAL ANNUAL PICNIC. However, you should not let this prevent you from coming to our regular meeting to enjoy food and fun with fellow members. For more information, please call President Kay Darden at 447-8800. Please bring your donation for a local food pantry.

Music Night – Bluegrass, Gospel and Country at the Tanglewood Shores Clubhouse from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. The next on will be Thursday September 27. There will be a variety of American music hosted by Roy Johnson and Chuck Woodson, a dozen talented local musicians and singers each taking their turn at center stage, playing their favorites. This is a FREE family event. Hotdogs, snacks and soft drinks available. No alcohol allowed. 50/50 Raffle. The clubhouse is located at 74 Tanglewood Drive, just off Hwy 903 in Bracey, VA. (434) 636-2466 for more information.

Clarksville Ruritans Brunswick Stew Sale — will be held on September 29, Pre-orders can be picked up from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Community Center. Stew will also be for sale in front of Dollar General and at the Ruritan Thrift Shop starting at 10:00 a.m. Saturday. It’s stew season again! Call ACE Hardware at (434) 374-8629 to place orders. The stew is $6.00 per quart or six or more for $5.00 per quart.

Youth League Organizational Meeting — to be held on September 29, at 11:00 a.m. at the World of Sports. PreTeens (ages 7-11) and Teens (12-20) divisions. Bumper bowling for kids under 6. Contact World of Sports at (434) 572-2695 for more information.

“Who needs a seed?” — Joseph S. J. Tanner Environmental Education Center Afternoon Children’s Upcoming Program will be held on Saturday, September 29, at 2:30 p.m. Join a Ranger at the Tanner Center, (5164 Buggs Island Rd, Boydton) next to the Dam, in celebration of Johnny Appleseed Day (Sept. 26th)! Who needs seeds? We need seeds! And so do all animals to survive. Learn why seeds are so important and how they work. Make your very own Basil seed starter necklace to take home. On Sunday, September 30, at 2:30 p.m. “Look it’s a bird!” Birds are all around us, whether we live in a city or on the farm. Explore the wonderful world of birds and learn why they are so different from their beaks to size. Make a special treat for the birds at your home. There will be no live birds at this activity. (The Tanner Center is open to the public Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., admission to the Center and any program is free. For more on our upcoming programs and events check out our Facebook Page!

Thyne Institute Memorial — will have its first birthday celebration on September 30, at 3:00 p.m., on the grounds of the Memorial on Hwy 47. Music will be rendered by community groups; praise dancers; cake walk. Come and join the fun. If you have old textbooks or other materials that you would like to have displayed at a future event, please bring them.
The Mecklenburg County NAACP Chapter — will meet Monday, October 1, at 7:00 p.m. at the United Country Club in Baskerville.  All members and prospective members are invited to attend.

The Third Meeting for VSBA — Discussion Group on Homeschoolers Participation in VHSL Activities set for October 1. The third meeting of the VSBA Presidential Discussion Group on Homeschoolers Participation in VHSL Activities is scheduled for October 1st, 10:00 a.m. at the office of the Virginia School Boards Association, 200 Hansen Road, Suite 2, Charlottesville, Virginia. The meeting will be open to the public, and public comment is welcome. The discussion group includes members of the Virginia High School League (VHSL), Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers, Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS), and school board members from around the state. The VSBA Board of Directors has charged the discussion group with the ambitious goal of developing a written report by October 4 for the VSBA Board of Directors. As a starting point, the Discussion Group will identify issues of concern from stakeholders, receive relevant data from other states, and have a collaborative dialogue with an expectation of developing common ground which will be beneficial to all. Based on those findings, the Discussion Group would develop a summary.  Virginia School Boards Association, a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of Virginia school boards, promotes excellence in public education through advocacy, training and services.

AARP Twin Lakes Chapter #4014 — will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday,
October 3, at 11:00 a.m. at Brian's Steakhouse in South Hill. The speaker will be State Delegate Tommy Wright. 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.

Park View High School Open Gym — dates will be October 4, 9, 18, 30 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at PVHS gym. All girls in middle school and high school are encouraged to attend.

Basket Bingo — Featuring Longaberger and Vera Bradley Products will be held on Saturday, October 6. Doors open at 1:00 p.m., games begin at 2:00 p.m. Advance tickets $20; at the door $25. Bingo will be held at the Chase City Rescue Building, the lunch menu will include hot dogs, chips, homemade baked goods, drinks and more. Proceeds will be used to send care packages to the troops! For more information contact Joan Wilson at (434) 447-7111.

Fundraiser Activities — Hazelwood House Adult Day Health Care Center is a non-profit, state-funded Adult Day Health Care program with the Lake Country Area Agency on Aging (LCAAA). Fundraising activities are especially necessary for us in order to help keep the ADHC program running in a quality manner and to purchase new lift chairs for our participants. Hazelwood House Indoor Yard Sale coming soon on Saturday, October 6, from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. We need items such as: books, jewelry, dishes, holiday decorations, candles, tools, fishing equipment, wreaths, knick-knacks, kitchen supplies, vases, silk and dried flowers, and more. If you don’t want it, we probably do! Finish your cleaning and bring us your “donations!” (“Only, Clean, like new” clothes accepted.) Donations will be accepted until Friday, October 5. Bring all items to the Hazelwood House, 1107 West Danville Street, South Hill, Virginia. For more information, call (434) 447-7661 and ask for Melissa or Louise.

Virgilina Masonic Lodge BBQ — Fundraiser will be held on October 6, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Menu includes BBQ, baked beans, coleslaw, hush puppies, dessert and a drink, $10 per plate; Whole Boston Butts are also for sale. Please contact Henry or Wallace by October 3 to place your order. Henry Buchanan (434) 575-0717 or Wallace Nunn (434) 585-2459.

Basket Bingo Event — featuring Longaberger and Vera Bradley products on Saturday October 6 at the Chase City Rescue Squad Building. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. and games begin at 2:00 p.m.  Advance tickets are $20.00 and $25 at the door.  Lunch includes hot dogs, chips, homemade baked goods and more. Proceeds will be used to send care packages to the troops. Contact Joan Wilson at (434) 372-4540 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Tammy Johnosn at (434) 447-7111.

Annual Skipwith Day — will be held on October 7, the parade starts at 1:00 p.m., food served immediately following parade. Bowl of stew, bread, and drink - $4.00. Two hot dogs and drink - $3.00. Bring a chair. For parade entries, please contact Steve Ashworth at (434) 470-6543. No quarts of stew will be sold until all attending have been served.

Bee Keepers Association Meeting — The Mecklenburg County Bee Keepers Association will meet on the second Tuesday of each month, the next meeting will be on October 9, starting at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Berry Hill Irrigation located at 3744 Highway 58W. For more info call Thomas Yancey at (434) 374-0779.

12th Annual Truckers Parade — The Relay Team TPAC (Truckers Parade Against Cancer) will have their 12th Annual Truckers Parade on October 12. Come out and support, Trucking for a Cure!

VFW Post 7166 will meet — Saturday, October 13, at 10:30 a.m. in South Hill.  All members are asked to please attend. The VFW Post 7166 Ladies Auxiliary will meet Saturday, October 13, at 11:00 a.m.  All members please attend this very important meeting.

Makayla’s Family Day and Fundraiser — will be held on Saturday October 13, from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with live music, kids games, corn hole tournament, bake sale, auction, food all day, race car driver and cars. Dinner plates are $8/each; raffle tickets are $1/each. Makayla was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and older brother has cancer. For more information call (434) 447-1115.

Annual Fall Yard Sale — at Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church will be held on Saturday, October 13, from 8:00 a.m. until noon, located in the barn behind the church on 158 W. Business in Warrenton, N.C.  All proceeds will be used to help with expenses of the church.

16th Year Taste of Brunswick Festival — Approximately 6000 quarts of freshly made Brunswick Stew were extracted from the caldrons of master stew cookers at last year’s Taste of Brunswick Festival. This year will produce even more during the World Champion Stew Cook-Off. Make plans to attend the 16th annual Taste of Brunswick Festival on October 13th starting at 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Southside Virginia Community College in Alberta, is the place with free parking and free admission. In addition to plenty of stew there will be a car & tractor show, live bluegrass music all day, rides and games for the kids, kids peddle pull, face painting, many arts & crafts vendors along with various food vendors. Tractor and stagecoach rides, horse exhibition, civil war re-enactment, gospel and choral singers as well as local musical talent will perform. Come join us for a day of family fun. For inquiries call (434) 577-2971 or go to HYPERLINK ""

Autumn Jubilee — will be held on Sunday, October 14, from 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Main Street, in Chase City. Registration for Activities will be at 12:30 p.m., Bike Race, all ages will be at 2:00 p.m., Lawn Mower Race will be at 3:00 p.m. Call (434) 372-0379 to Register, Pumpkin Chunkin’ will be at 4:00 p.m., Hula Hoop Contest will be at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., Live music, prizes, raffle, food and craft vendors from 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Call the Chase City Chamber of Commerce at (434) 372-0379 for more information.

“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.  

Story Time — at the Clarksville Area Public Library will be held on every third Thursday beginning October 18, at 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon and is open to children ages 2-6. We will read stories and do a craft related to the theme of the stories. For more information call Eileen at (434) 374-8152.

Lake Country Quilters — meet the third Thursday, (October 18) of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the Clarksville Library.  The quilters strive to preserve the quilting traditions of the past and learn from each other the techniques of today.  New members along with "show and tell" are always welcome. Come share the fun of quilting with us.

“Drive Out Alzheimer’s” Golf Tournament — will be held on October 24, at the Mecklenburg Country Club to raise money and awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease and its impact on our Community. All proceeds to go to the Alzheimer’s Association. 4 person, Captains Choice. Register and meet and greet at 12:00 Noon. Shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. Social Hour and Supper to follow round. Cost $200 per team; cost includes green fees, carts, box lunch, prizes, goodie bags, beverages, social hour, and supper. To register today contact Josh Carroll at (434) 372-8885 or email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Parenting Classes — offered by Southside Community Services Board - Children and Family Services will be offering Cooperative Parenting classes to parents who are separated or divorced. Do you and your ex have disagreements relating to the children, visitation, differing parenting expectations? Do you feel your child is caught in the middle of adult conflicts? This free class will provide valuable information and specific strategies to facilitate positive interactions as parents create two households. This class consists of four sessions October 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The classes will be held at the office of Children and Family Services, 450 Washington St., Boydton, VA. If you are interested in any of the above classes, you must register in advance. To register, please contact Kevin Chandler at (434) 572-4863 ext 334 or Beverly Chestnutt at (434) 738-0406 ext 308.

Stew Sale — Bullock Volunteer Fire Department will be having a stew sale fundraiser on October 27, 10:00 a.m. until sold out $6.00 per quart, call (919) 693-2704 or (919) 690-1906 to place an order. Thank you for your support

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.

PVHS girls basketball program — will also hold basketball camps for girls in the 4th through 12th grades on Saturday and Sunday, November 3rd and 4th from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at PVHS gym. The cost will be $20, cash only please. PVHS girls basketball program will also hold basketball camps for girls in the 4th through 12th grades on Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at PVHS gym. The cost will be $20, cash only please. Contact Coach Gearheart, Coach Greene or Coach Jessica Pearce at PVHS

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser — hosted by the South Hill Lions Club will be on Monday, November 12 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Brian’s Banquet room in South Hill. Tickets are $7.00 for adults and kids under 6 are free.  Meal will include spaghetti with meatballs and sauce, salad, garlic bread, drink and a cookie. Takeout orders will be available also. Let the Lions Club cook dinner for you on Monday, November 12 and you can get out of the kitchen. Tickets are available through any Lions Club member or call Ronnie Wells are (434) 447-3169 or stop by the South Hill Chamber of Commerce.

The South Hill Shriner’s Seafood Festival — will be held November 14, from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.  The Shrine Club of South Hill is hosting the 30th annual Seafood Festival at the Golden Leaf Warehouse from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 each and includes complimentary beverages, fried and steamed shrimp, fried fish, hushpuppies, baked beans, Cole slaw and iced tea. For tickets contact any Shriner or call Danny Wilson at (434) 247-1297, Bruce Settle at (434) 774-4583 or  Rick Schwartz (434) 447-9575. Corporate Sponsorships Available by contacting Bruce Settle. All net proceeds benefit the Shriners’ Children’s Hospitals. The organization was founded in 1872, and the Shrine supported charities and philanthropies. They voted in 1920 to found their own philanthropy and since that time Shriner’s Hospital has grown into an international network.

The sights and sounds of Christmas — will be all around at the Golden Leaf Warehouse in South Hill on November 17 and 18 as the 31st Annual Holiday Bazaar sponsored by the Friends of the R. T. Arnold Library gets underway. Over 100 vendors will be on hand to sell holiday gift items, decorations, arts, crafts, and of course, food and baked goods from the Rotary Club and other church and civic organizations and more. It is always a lot of fun, and is only $1.00 admission to the event. Make it a great weekend at the Holiday Bazaar November 17, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and November 18, from 10:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Operation Teddy Bear — The South Hill Rotary Club is once again partnering with South Hill United Methodist Church for the Operation Teddy Bear project for Gleaning for the World as one of their international projects. Girl Scout Troop 3263 and 977 will also be helping again this year to give a scout a chance to earn an award.   You can drop off your stuffed animal donations at South Hill United Methodist Church 105 Franklin Street in South Hill, or Edward Jones Investments-Ryan Bartholomew in South Hill, Southside Insurers. The Rotary Club will take care of the delivery to the drop off point in Appomattox so the donated stuffed animals arrive in time for Christmas. Please leave them at the church or at the other mentioned locations by November 21st.  A $1.00 donation per animal will help defray the costs of shipping the animals overseas, so if you would like to make a financial donation you can leave it at the church or with any Rotarian  and the Rotary will also take that with them upon delivery of the stuffed animals.   Your support will help a child in another country have a holiday that offers him the gift of a stuffed animal as well as the gift of the spiritual meaning of Christmas through the teachings of Gleaning for the World.  Be a part of that gift giving process this year. Gleaning for the World-“taking America’s surplus and using it to share the love of Christ around the world”  and is also bringing together a community of various businesses and organizations in South Hill who wants to help others by  contributing  in their own special way to this service  project.  

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