Early Thanksgiving’s on the menu

Published 9:44 am Thursday, November 17, 2016

Everyone is invited to Thanksgiving dinner at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church on Sunday. A covered dish dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by special music by Michael Wayne Smith. A love offering will be taken. Find Chestnut Grove at the intersection of Chestnut Grove Church Road (Route 612) and Francisco Road (Route 636) in Buckingham.

Cedar Baptist Church, 3932 Bell Road, Dillwyn, invites everyone to its annual Thanksgiving dinner at 5 p.m. Sunday. A special Thanksgiving service follows at 6 p.m.

This December will mark 75 years since the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the beginning of the entry of the United States into World War II. Housewright House Museum will honor all World War II veterans during its open house the first weekend of December with displays of that era. If you have World War II items to loan the museum for this event, please contact Margaret Thomas at (434) 969-3292 or Irene Ellis at (434) 969-4119.

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The next monthly meeting of the Buckingham 4-H Livestock Club will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 6:15 p.m. at the Virginia Cooperative Extension Buckingham office. The 4-H Livestock Club is open to all youth ages 9-19 and also invites Cloverbud 4-H members (ages 5-8) to attend meetings to participate and learn. If you have questions, please contact the Buckingham Extension office at (434) 969-4261 or Volunteer Club leaders Kelly Snoddy or David Wise.

The Cumberland Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) office reminds forest landowners about a publication by Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist, USDA Forest Service, which is now available. Visit www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/library/taxtips2016.pdf for access to this valuable document, 2016 Tax Tips for Forest Landowners. The report provides current federal income tax information affecting timber transactions. It assists woodland owners, logging professionals, foresters and their tax accountants in filing the 2016 tax returns. For more information contact the VCE at (804) 492-4390.

While we prepare for holiday feasting with family and friends, we should remember that one in 10 people in our area struggles with hunger. There are many easy ways to help change the reality of hunger. Donations of money and food are always welcome at area food banks and pantries. Cash donations can be made on a one time or monthly basis by mail or by phone. Volunteers are always needed to help get assistance to people who need it, and you can help advocate for ending hunger in America. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank at www.brafb.org provides a great deal of information on these many ways to help.

The Blue Ridge Food Truck will be in Buckingham on Friday, Dec. 9 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Crystal Cathedral Food Pantry in Dillwyn is open the first, third and fourth Saturday of every month from 10-11 a.m. Food is also available at Mourner’s Valley on Route 20 the first and third Saturday of every month. For food emergencies, call Buckingham Social Services at (434) 969-4246.

Due to earlier Thanksgiving newspaper deadlines, information about upcoming events (for the Nov. 25 edition) must have been submitted to me by Wednesday.

Janet Miller is a poet, writer and retired educator. Her email is janet.miller@farmvilleherald.com