Buckingham News

Published 3:52 pm Thursday, June 27, 2013

BUCKINGHAM – The firefighting chefs at the Glenmore Volunteer Fire Department will be grilling up their famous BBQ chicken on Sunday, June 30. Serving will begin at 12 noon.

Dinners will include one-half chicken, two sides, dessert, and beverage for a donation of $8 per plate.

Meals can be eaten at the firehouse or packaged for take-out. You can pre-order on the morning of the BBQ by calling the firehouse's non-emergency number 969-2317.

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Glenmore Volunteer Fire Department is located near Downtown Glenmore at 179 Firehouse Road, Route 740.

Best part about being on the receiving end of this delicious BBQ Chicken Dinner is knowing that we are supporting our dedicated volunteers who not only know how to serve up some great BBQ but also are always on call to serve and protect this community.

Summer Arts Camp

Buckingham County Arts Council is hosting its annual Kids Summer Arts Camp beginning July 8 through 12.

Youth ages nine through 14 are invited to attend. Classes include voice, social dance, watercolor, commercial art and more. All classes are taught by professional artists.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. until 3:15 p.m., each day. Cost is $35 per camper. Registration will be held on the first morning of camp, July 8, at 8:45 a.m.

This camp is one of the best bargains you'll encounter all summer. And, the kids will be afforded a wonderful opportunity of exploring and experiencing the arts.

Family Field Trips

The Buckingham Unit of the Virginia Cooperative Extension and Buckingham's Safe and Stable Families Board is sponsoring three Family Field Trips this summer.

Family Field Trips offer parents/guardians an opportunity to accompany their school-age children to strengthen family bonding and communication skills while engaging in educational trips that support the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Each family pre-pays for the selected trip at least four weeks in advance to accommodate pre-planning and arrangements. Buses will be filled on first come, first served basis. And, unless there are unfilled spaces, there is a limit of one trip per family.

Families are responsible for packing picnic meals, snacks, cameras, rain gear, and other essentials used when traveling and sight-seeing.

Cost is $17 per person per trip. This fee, thanks to supplemental grant funding, will cover bus transportation and admissions. Although the fee is non-refundable, it can be transferred to another person for the specified trip. Please note that you'll want to bring extra money for meal stops, special features and/or souvenirs.

Although space is no longer available for the first trip, which is to Washington, D. C. on Thursday, July 18, there are two more trips available.

On Tuesday, August 6, the bus will head to Norfolk with plans to visit the Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe in Hampton, and Nauticus in Norfolk.

Then, on Tuesday, August 13, the trip features Petersburg with tours of City Point, Petersburg National Battlefield, and the Siege Museum. For more information and/or registration, call the Buckingham Extension Office at (434)969-4261.

Baseball Sign-Ups

The Buckingham County Youth League is now accepting registrations for players 13 and older for baseball. Cost is $55 per player. Registration forms are available at the concession stand at Gene Dixon Memorial Park.

Practices will begin soon. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Commissioner, Sherron Eldridge, at 983-3504 or 607-0145; or Jack Stearrett at 390-1299.

4-H Summer Programs

Here's an overview of some of the 4-H programs offered for area youth this summer.

Fantastic 4-H Fun Days, Session II, for ages 5-8, features the theme Between the Pages Multicultural Style and is planned for August 5-7, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $30 and will include one field trip.

Junior Fantastic 4-H Fun Days for ages 9-13 will also feature two sessions. Session I will be held July 1-3 and 8-10, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $60 and will include two field trips.

The theme for this year's day camp is Travel the World in Six Days. Campers will take two field trips. They will visit Agecroft Hall in Richmond to learn about a 15th Century Tudor home that was shipped from England in 1925, take a walk around Maymont Park, learn about Japanese food at the Hibachi Grill, and enjoy a fun outing at Bounce-n-Play in Charlottesville.

The camp fee of $60 covers transportation, entrance fees for all trips, snacks and craft supplies. Each child will need to pack a lunch and bring a water bottle each day. Call t (434) 969-4261 to register your child or sign up as a volunteer.

Session II is scheduled for August 12-14, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $30 and includes one field trip. Both sessions will be hosted at the Buckingham Agricultural Center.

Summer Sensation, Exploring the Arts, for ages 9-13, is planned for July 29 through August 1, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Cost is $40.

For information and/or registration for any of the above camps, please call the Buckingham Extension Office at 969-4261.

Environmental Day Camp, for youth in grades 5-7, will be held July 15 through 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. This fantastic experience in the outdoors is organized and sponsored by the Peter Francisco Soil and Water Conservation District in conjunction with Buckingham 4-H. Cost is $10.

Please note that youth may only attend this camp once. To register, contact Sherry Ragland at the Soil and Water Conservation District Office at 983-7923.

More Recreation Activities

The Buckingham County Department of Parks and Recreation 2013 Summer Program Guide is now available. If you haven't received a copy, the guidebook is also online, as are all of registration forms. Please visit www.buckinghamcountyva.org and click on Recreation.

Here's a few of the many clinics and classes that will be available this summer.

Co-Ed Tennis Clinic is for ages 8-18, beginners and intermediate. Please note that due to repairs on the tennis courts at Buckingham County High School, the dates and times for this clinic have changed from June 17-21 to July 8-12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., each evening. Erin Lake will be the instructor. Cost is $20. Deadline for registration is June 28.

Swimming Lessons will be held at the Nazarene Campground located across from Buckingham County Middle School.

Session II, for Intermediate/Advanced swimmers, ages six through 12, is planned for July 24-27 (deadline July 17). Cost is $40.

Co-Ed Softball League is gearing up for a new season that will start the end of June. Anyone interested in signing up a team for this league is asked to contact Todd Shumaker at (434)969-4242 by June 21.

Holiday Lake Ropes Course Challenge, for ages 8 through 14, is planned for Thursday, July 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The bus will leave from the Buckingham County Administration Complex. Cost is $20. Please note that this event is limited to 30 participants so if you are interested, call 969-4242 NOW.

The day will feature excitement and challenge as each participant will have the opportunity to strap in, clip on, and make their way across an exciting ropes course that will put their confidence to the test. This is a fun team building, and confidence boosting experience. Certified instructors will lead each participant through the course and help promote self-assurance and reinforce a positive attitude.

Participants will also have the chance to enjoy swimming and a picnic at Holiday Lake State Park before proceeding to the ropes course. Please note that all participants must bring their own lunch.

Buckingham FREE Fundamental Football Camp for ages six to 13 will be held July 15 and 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Buckingham County High School.

VBS at Mt. Zion

Mt. Zion Baptist Church will host Vacation Bible School beginning on Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12, from 6 to 9 each evening. Classes will be available for ages three through youth going into the sixth grade this fall.

VBS will include music, crafts, recreation, class time, snacks, and LOTS of FUN.

On Sunday, July 7, at 5 p.m., the VBS Kick-Off will feature a Pizza Party and registration.

The finale on Friday, July 12, will conclude with a picnic.

For more information, contact Director Kelly Tyree at 581-1013. Mt. Zion Baptist Church is located on Route 610 at 6277 Cartersville Road in New Canton.