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NR Community Calendar for Jan. 16, 2012

SoVaNow.com / January 16, 2012
RED CROSS BLOODMOBILE JAN. 16
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Monday, January 16 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Italian Delight, Halifax Square Shopping Center, South Boston. This is their first ever blood drive and they are presenting each donor with an 8" sub, fries and a drink - all free of charge! The American Red Cross will also be giving away soup mugs. We are hoping to get at least 40 donors.

L.E. COLEMAN AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSEUM DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING BREAKFAST JAN. 16
The L.E. Coleman African-American Museum will host the Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast on January 16, 8:00 a.m. at The Prizery with the theme "What Are You Dreaming?" Keynote speaker is Mrs. Michelle Dixon-Jones of Richmond. For tickets, call 476-6954.

AARP SOUTH BOSTON-HALIFAX CH 4327 MEETS JAN. 17
AARP South Boston-Halifax County Chapter #4327 will meet Tuesday, January 17, 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church. Sgt. Randy Redd, South Boston Police Department, will present the program. Members are reminded to bring food items/donations for Good Samaritan. Lunch served for a fee.

HALIFAX REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEETS JAN. 19
The Halifax County Republican Committee will meet Thursday, January 19, 6:00 p.m. at the World of Sports (private dining room). Special guest, David McCormick, Virginia U. S. Senate candidate and Christopher West, Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Robert Hurt.

OAK LEVEL FIRE DEPT. BREAKFAST JAN. 21
The Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department will have a breakfast Saturday, January 21, 7:00-9:00 a.m. Menu consists of bacon, ham, sausage, eggs, hash browns, sausage gravy, grits and homemade biscuits. Coffee and juice will be available. We look forward to seeing you there!

SONS OF AMERICAN REVOLUATION MEETS JAN. 21
The January meeting of the Dan River Chapter, Virginia Society, Sons of American Revolution, will be held at the Golden Corral Restaurant, Danville on Saturday, January 21 beginning with the breakfast buffet at 9:00 a.m. Larry Aaron of Danville will be guest speaker. For more information, call 434-791-3820.

JOHN M. JORDAN CAMP #581 MEETS JAN. 23
The January 23 meeting of the John M. Jordan (Halifax County) Camp #581, Sons of Confederate Veterans Historical Honor Society will be held at The Spare Times Grill in the World of Sports Complex for dinner and speaker program commencing at 6:00 p.m. The speakers will be Ron Graves, Lawrence Martin and Jimmy Cox who are members of the adjoining Charlotte County and Mecklenburg County SCV chapters.

HALIFAX HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BASEBALL BOOSTER CLUB MEETS JAN. 23
HCHS Varsity Baseball Booster Club will hold a parent meeting Monday, January 23, 6:30 p.m. in the PE classroom, please enter through the side door outside the building from parking lot.

SOUTHSIDE PLANNING DISTRICT COMMISSION MEETS JAN. 26
The regular quarterly meeting of the Southside Planning District Commission has been scheduled for Thursday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Commission's Conference Room, 200 South Mecklenburg Avenue, South Hill.

SAVE THEM ONE BY ONE STEW FEB. 4
Save them One by One, Nicaraguan Mission Group, will be having a Stew/Bake Sale fundraiser Saturday, February 4, 10:00 a.m. at Farmer's Foods. For more information, call 470-3678.

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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