Barbeque, music benefits Wood

Published 6:16 am Thursday, August 18, 2016

On Saturday, First Baptist Church of Dillwyn will host a barbeque dinner and concert to benefit Wayne Wood in his struggle against cancer. Dinner is from 5-6:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, followed immediately by a concert with Chris Lewis in the sanctuary. The meal is $10 per person and includes barbeque, baked beans, coleslaw, bread and dessert. All proceeds from the dinner and concert will benefit Wood. For more information, call (434) 392-7978.

Have you ever wanted to learn tai chi? Beginning in September, the Beulah M. Wiley Fitness Center of the Central Virginia Community Health Center, 25892 N. James Madison Hwy. in New Canton, will offer a Tai Chi for Health class Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

The class will be taught by Ron Salomon and is free for members or $7 for non-members. Tai Chi for Health provides a comprehensive general workout encompassing the whole body and can help improve agility, balance and strength. Space is limited, so sign up early. For more information, call (434) 581-3271, ext. 10601.

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“Vino in the Village” is coming to Buckingham in September. The first-ever wine festival at the Historic Village at Lee Wayside ( will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be four vineyards from which to sample a variety of food, live music, children’s activities and fine art. Tickets are $15 per person, or $10 for non-tasters. Children 12 and younger are free. For more information, call (434) 547-2296 or email

There are various voter registration drives underway in preparation for the upcoming elections. If you are already registered to vote, you do not need to register again. However, if your name or address has changed since you last voted, it might be good to make sure the voter registration information the voter registrar has for you is correct and up to date. You can go to the “Citizen Portal” at to check your registration status and make any necessary changes to your registration information or you can call the elections office at (434) 969-4304 for assistance. If you are not registered to vote, the deadline to register to vote in the coming elections is Oct. 17.

If you are unable to get to the polls to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8, absentee voting may be the option for you.

Absentee voting begins Sept. 23. There are many valid reasons for requesting or submitting an absentee application. These include being a student at a college or university, having business outside Buckingham County on Election Day, vacation plans, or having a disability or illness.

If you already know you will be unable to go to the polls on Election Day, you may submit your application for an absentee ballot now. In-person absentee voting at the Buckingham County Elections Office also begins Sept. 23 and continues through Saturday, Nov. 5.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is Tuesday, Nov. 1. You can also access an absentee application and the instructions for completing it at the Citizen Portal. If you have questions about this or any other election matter, please do not hesitate to contact the elections office.

Janet Miller is a writer, painter and retired educator. Her email address is