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NR Community Calendar for Feb. 13, 2012

SoVaNow.com / February 13, 2012
VIRGINIA CANTALOUPE FESTIVAL LOGO CONTEST
2012 Virginia Cantaloupe Festival Logo Contest! The winner receives two free passes to the VA Cantaloupe Festival and two t-shirts! The deadline is February 29. Send logos to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

HALIFAX REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEETS FEB. 16
The Halifax County Republican Committee will meet Thursday, February 16, 6:00 p.m. in the private dining with guest speaker Bishop E.W. Jackson, candidate for the Virginia U.S. Senate, and Chris West with the U.S. Congressman Robert Hurt campaign.

HALIFAX DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE MEETS FEB. 16
The Halifax County Democratic Committee will meet Thursday, February 16, 6:30 p.m. in the public meeting room at the Mary Bethune Complex, Halifax. Guest speaker will be Peyton Williams, Democratic candidate for 5th District Congress.

OAK LEVEL FIRE DEPT. BREAKFAST FEB. 18
The Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department will have a breakfast on Saturday, February 18 from 7:00-9:00 a.m. We will serve bacon, ham, sausage, eggs, hash browns, sausage gravy, grits and homemade biscuits. Coffee and juice will also be available. We look forward to seeing you there!

L.E. COLEMAN AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSEUM UPCOMING EVENTS
The L.E. Coleman African-American Museum will be hosting the following events for Black History Month: February 18, Past, Present and Future African-American Quilting Experience, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; February 25, So You Want To Go To College, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. For more information, call 476-6954.

L.E. COLEMAN AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSEUM MEETS FEB. 19
The L.E. Coleman African-American Museum meets Sunday, February 19, 6:00 p.m. at 3011 Mountain Road, Halifax. All are welcome to attend.

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETS FEB. 21
Special Education Advisory Committee for Halifax County Public Schools will be held Tuesday, February 21, 5:00 p.m. in the conference room at Department of Pupil Personnel Services, Mary Bethune Complex, Halifax.

AARP CH. 4327 MEETS FEB. 21
AARP chapter 4327 will meet February 21, 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Main Street, South Boston. Chief Steve Phillips, South Boston Fire Department, will present the program on fire safety. Please bring a food donation for Good Samaritan. Soup and salad lunch served for regular fee.

RELATIONSHIP SKILLS BUILDING COURSE FOR MILITARY VETERANS AND SPOUSES MARCH 2-4
A relationship skills building course for military Veterans and spouses coping with the impact of deployment, military service, post-traumatic stress, operational stress and traumatic brain injury will be held March 2-4, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Hampton Hill, Emporia. There is a registration fee. For more information, call 804-212-5896 or email Ed McIntosh, HYPERLINK "mailto:mcintoshe@rbha.org" .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT GROUPS
The Domestic Violence Program at Tri-County Community Action will start support group meetings weekly. For more information, call 476-1126.

BUSINESS WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
Scholarship applications for the Halifax County Business Women's Association scholarships are now available at the guidance office at Halifax County High School, the South Boston Library, and the library in Halifax. Deadline to return the applications is February 22, 2012. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Stevens, education chairperson at 434-575-5588.

SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA HORSE COUNCIL MEETS FIRST TUESDAY
Southside Virginia Horse Council meets each first Tuesday of the month at Spare Times Grill at 6:00 p.m.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETS
Do you have a drug problem? Do you know someone who does? We can help! Call Narcotics Anonymous 434-709-4016; meeting information 1-800-777-1515.

BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW MEETS EACH FIRST THURSDAY
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew Chapter meetings are the first Thursday of each month at Christ Episcopal Church Parsonage, 360 N Main Street Halifax. This will be our first official business meeting this year and the opportunity to meet some new prospective members. Please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

SVCC GED PREP CLASSES AT SVHEC
Southside VA Community College Middle College and Adult Education are offering GED prep courses Monday-Thursday at the Southern VA Higher Education Center in downtown South Boston for those interested in obtaining their GED. The courses are FREE to all those interested. If you are looking for a jumpstart to a new opportunities in your future, don’t hesitant in contacting Stephanie Tucker Lewis at 572-5483 or Sherri Reichel at 572-5485 for more details.

HALIFAX HUMANE SOCIETY MEETS LAST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH
The Halifax County Humane Society will meet at Main Street United Methodist Church, South Boston the last Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Please plan to attend. The homeless animals of Halifax County need your help.

NEW LOCATION FOR VETERANS SERVICES
The agent with Virginia Veterans Services will now be meeting at the South Boston Library, 509 Broad Street, South Boston on the first, third and fifth Tuesday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please call our South Hill office at 434-447-3231.

DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP MEETS SECOND/FOURTH THURSDAYS
If you are alone because of divorce or separation and need help through this difficult time, there is help for you. There is a group of divorced and separated persons who meet at Main Street United Methodist Church every second and fourth Thursday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. All discussions at these meetings are confidential. The church is located at 701 North Main Street, South Boston.

SOUTH CENTRAL VIRGINIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
The South Central Virginia Genealogical Society meets the second Saturday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the basement of the Pamplin United Methodist Church, on the corner of Church Street and Penny Lane, Pamplin City. For more information, call 434-248-6789 or 434-239-4689.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS
Alzheimer’s Support Group meets fourth Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at The Woodview. For more information, call 575-7245 or 572-5227.

BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP
Past, present, and future breast-feeders are encouraged to attend! Third Thursday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Healthy Families mobile unit in the YMCA parking lot. For more information, please call Kelly at (434) 575-5727 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

SUPPORT ORGANIZATION FOR BLIND/VISUALLY IMPAIRED
Attention! Trying to organize a consumer/support organization for blind/visually impaired individuals. If interested, please contact Debbie Gardner (434) 572-3408 or Richard Stone at (434) 372-5787.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT GROUPS
If you are, or have been, in a violent relationship, we provide a safe and confidential place to share your feelings with others in similar situations. Once a week support groups are ongoing and free of charge. If interested in joining us please call DOVES-Halifax office Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00 at 476-8989 for more information.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS
Sunday and Monday, 8 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 781 Main St., South Boston; Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon and Thursday at 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Main St., South Boston.

AL-ANON MEETS EVERY THURSDAY
If you have a friend or relative who has a problem with alcohol, you need to come to the Al-Anon meeting which is a meeting for friends of alcoholics. The meeting is held every Thursday night at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 800 Main Street.

MENTOR/ROLE MODEL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Mentor/Role Model Program Volunteer Opportunities - Ongoing
The youth of Halifax County/South Boston need you. There are nearly 100 youth in our community that want and need to be mentored. You could make the difference in the life of one of these children. Turn a lifetime of experience into the experience of a lifetime. Please call the Mentor/Role Model Program to see how you can help and be a part of a youth’s life. Call 575-3011.

LOCAL LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM
If you are a resident of a long-term care facility (nursing home or assisted living facility) in the counties of Mecklenburg, Halifax or Brunswick and have a complaint, question, or concern that has not been answered to your satisfaction, there is a resource you can call. The ombudsman at Lake Country Area Agency on Aging, Linda Gage, assists and advocates for residents in these counties. You can reach her at (434)447-7661 or 1-800-252-4464, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The local ombudsman protects and represents the rights of persons in nursing homes and adult care residences or those receiving home and community based long-term care. She acts as a resource for information and counseling for issues regarding institution or home-based options for the elderly as well as general issues and concerns by them or their families. The local long-term care ombudsman also seeks to educate consumers of long-term care facilities and their families about their rights and seeks to empower them to find answers to their concerns. Please call if you need assistance or have a question.


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