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Buckingham News

BUCKINGHAM ― Bikers, start your engines because it's time for the third annual Bryant Family Memorial Ride for Hope.

The ride is set for Saturday, June 18, at the Dillwyn Firehouse. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with bikes out at 9:45.

Registration is a $20 donation for single riders and $25 for doubles. Prize drawings are planned at each stop. The ride concludes back at the firehouse with lunch and door prizes.

Proceeds benefit the Relay for Life of Buckingham, which in turn benefits the American Cancer Society.

The Bryant Family Memorial Ride for Hope is held each year in memory of Clayton Bryant and Inez Bryant, who both battled cancer.

Clayton and Inez were such integral parts of this community and were loved by so many. Although they live on in the hearts and memories of their loved ones, friends, co-workers and acquaintances, this fundraiser offers a great tribute to them while it raises funds to battle this dreaded disease.

Buckingham Baptist Church Hosts VBS

Buckingham Baptist Church invites children ages four through 16 to join with them for Vacation Bible School on June 20 through 24, from 6:15 to 8:45 each evening.

This year's theme is Big Apple Adventure. Yep, we're talking about that Big Apple-New York City-where Faith and Love Connect.

Using Romans 10:17, the week will highlight New York City and its many wonders. Youth will Hear It, Believe It, and Connect It as they connect with others.

Although they will stay right here in Buckingham, the children will experience the Statute of Liberty, taxicabs, skyscrapers, Times Square, and the New York Harbor.

At God's Corner Stand, where the real Good News is delivered daily, the young tourists will receive a special treat for saying the memory verse of the day.

They will have Bible Study at Battery Park, missions at Mission Central, and a Worship Rally at Times Square. Crafts will be enjoyed in the Craft District and snacks will be served at Midtown Snacks-the place to be.

Music Backstage will feature music with a great message; and, who could possibly turn down recreation at Playground 1017?

Pre-registration will be held on Saturday, June 18 at 6 p.m., and will include an ice cream social and pony cart rides for the young and young-at-heart.

“Come and meet Jesus so you can connect with others,” invited one of the tour guides.

Buckingham Baptist Church is located north of Dillwyn on Route 15 near Gold Hill.

VBS at Cedar Baptist

Cedar Baptist Church is hosting Vacation Bible School beginning on Sunday June 26 through Thursday, June 30, from 6:30 until 9 each evening.

Classes will be available for all ages including an adult class that will begin at 7:30 p.m.

There will be a picnic on Sunday, June 26, at 5:30 p.m. to kick off the week.

Everyone is invited to come out and join in the fun and fellowship. Cedar Baptist Church is located at 3932 Bell Road.

Please call Venus Powers at (434)983-8996 for more information.

4-H Summer Activities

Here's a run down on some of the great opportunities available to area youth this summer through the 4-H.

To register or for more information please call the Buckingham Extension Office at 969-4261. Or, visit the web at http:// offices.ext.vt.edu/buckingham

Nuggets of Fun will offer a weeklong day camp program at Gold Hill Elementary during the week of July 11 through 14, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. A Hint of History will feature two separate age groups-one for ages five through eight, and the other for ages nine through 13.

Youth will learn how things were done “back in the day” through crafts, demonstrations, and field trips. Those field trips will include Michie Tavern, Carter Mountain Orchard, the Frontier Culture Museum, and Bear Creek Lake State Park.

Participants are asked to bring their lunch and a large bottle of water each day. Snacks will be provided. Cost is $40.

Cloverbud Summer Sensation offers a week of day camp at Buckingham Agricultural Center for youth ages five through eight from July 25 through 28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 each day. Fun in Nature is the theme for this camp. Campers will learn about nature while enjoying crafts, games, and field trips, which include Maymont Park, Bear Creek Lake State Park, and a third field trip with a surprise destination. Cost is $40. Again, participants need to bring their lunch and a bottle of water.

Summer Sensation for ages nine through 13 will be held at the Agricultural Center, August 1 through 4, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. This day camp will focus on digital photography and will include trips to James River State Park, Lewis Ginter Gardens, Holiday Lake State Park, and points of interest in Buckingham County. Cost is $40 and participants must provide their lunch and a bottle of water.

Horse Camp offers a daylong session on Basic Horsemanship for ages nine through 13. Hosted at Eureka Knoll Farm in the Curdsville area, the camp will be held on July 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $15 and includes lunch and a pool party.

4-H Fishing Clinic on July 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, will take place at Horsepen Lake Wildlife Area. The clinic is open to ages nine through 18. Cost is $10.

Fantastic 4-H Fun Days will feature the theme Science in My Toy Box and will also accommodate both age groups. Youth ages five through eight will meet each Tuesday from June 14 through July 19, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Buckingham Agricultural Center.

Ages nine through 13 will meet on Thursdays, June 9 through July 21, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, no camp will be held on June 24 for this age group due a conflict with Junior 4-H Camp at Holiday Lake.

All participants are asked to bring a packed lunch and water bottle. Cost is $60

On August 12, both groups will participate in a trip to Kings Dominion. Cost for this trip is an additional $35.

Department of Recreation Summer Programs

If you haven't picked up a copy of the Buckingham County Recreation Summer Programs 2011 booklet, you'll want to stop by the county administration office to get a copy because it's chockfull of things to do this summer.

For instance, the Buckingham Junior Golf Clinic, with registration due on June 17, is for ages six through 17. The Clinic will be held at the Farmville Municipal Golf Course on June 21, 22, and 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A bus will leave BCHS at 8:15 a.m. on those days for anyone needed transportation. Cost is $15 each day and includes lunch.

Swimming lessons are available for ages three through 12; and, will be held at the Nazarene Camp's Olympic size pool. The Nazarene Camp is located across from Buckingham County Middle School.

Lessons are $40. Classes for ages five through seven will be held July 5 through 9. Tuesday through Thursday, classes will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. Friday's class will be from 10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.; and Saturday's class from 10:30 to 11:10 a.m.

Classes for ages 8 through 12 on that same week, July 5 through 9, will be held Tuesday through Thursday from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.; on Friday from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.; and on Saturday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Classes July 11 through 15 are available for ages three to five, on Monday through Thursday from 6:30 to 7 p.m.; and on Friday from 10 to 10:40 a.m. Classes for age six through nine will be held Monday through Thursday from 7:15 to 8: p.m., and on Friday from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Deadline to register for swimming lesson is June 30.

The booklet also offers information about activities James River State Park; lessons and camps at Sprouse's Corner Ranch; Quick Start Tennis; Summer Arts Camp; and lots, lots more.

Cowboy Day

Yes Virginia, Buckingham will host its third annual celebration of the National Day of The Cowboy on Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Historic Village at Lee Wayside. And, the Virginian-James Drury will be the grand marshal.

Festivities will include a parade and all of the Old West you can take in during this daylong event.

More details will follow but organizers, which include the Buckingham Chamber of Commerce, Historic Buckingham Inc., and the Tom Mix Rangers, wanted to make sure you put a big Cowboy Day brand on your calendar.

Toga Benefit Bingo

The Toga Annual Benefit Committee is hosting a night of Bingo on Friday, June 24, at the Toga Firehouse.