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Church and community events

The Church and Community Events calendar is published each Friday. Items must be submitted by 10 a.m. Monday for that Friday’s calendar. Events should be emailed to CommunityCalendar@FarmvilleHerald.com.

MARCH 9

BIBLE STUDY, 7 p.m. sponsored by Fresh Air Ministries at Holiday Inn in downtown Lynchburg on Main Street, Thursday nights weekly. Bible study is conducted by Pastor Charles Ramey Sr. of EMPOWERMENT Temple COGIC of Pamplin. For more information, call (434) 248-5300.

MARCH 10

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS SERVICES, will be in Farmville from 10 a.m-2 p.m. at the Farmville-Prince Edward Library, 1303 West Third St., weather permitting.

MARCH 11

VERNAL POOL EXPLORATION, 10 a.m. Explore amphibian life cycles and also see aquatic invertebrates, such as fairy shrimp, on a visit to vernal pools below High Bridge. An abundance of vernal pools formed in depressions left by construction during the 1850s. Longwood University Professor Dr. Sujan Henk will aid visitors with the search and identification of astonishing life forms in these important ecosystems. Visitors will meet at the Camp Paradise Parking Access. Be prepared for wet conditions, and a round-trip hike of about a mile. This event is free, but a parking fee of $4 does apply. For more information, call (434) 315-0457.

REGULAR MEETING, noon at the New Hope Baptist Church of Keysville. All members are asked to attend.

RAFFLE, AUCTION AND DINNER, 4:30 p.m. at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, 1267 4-H Camp Road, Appomattox. Don’t miss your chance at the Raffle Grand Prize of $5,000 with other smaller prizes given as well. Tickets are $75 and include admission for two people into the silent auction and dinner and one chance at the grand prize. Tickets are available to purchase online at ww.holidaylake4h.com or by calling (434) 248-5444. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and the raffle starts at 6 p.m.

COMMENT MEETING, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., to help you submit comments about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Will be held at Ellis Acres, 245 Camden St., Dillwyn. Volunteers will guide you through the process of submitting your comments. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Buckingham.

MARCH 12

DEACON AND TRUSTEE’S ANNIVERSARY, 3 p.m. at Midway Baptist Church. The musical guest will be “Soldiers for Christ.” Midway is located at 837 Guinea Road in Farmville. All are welcome.

WOMAN’S DAY PROGRAM, 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, located at the corner of Fourth and Main St., Farmville. Guest speaker will be Sister Shirby Scott-Brown. The Rev. James P. Ashton is pastor.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS DAY, 11 a.m. at the Old Green Creek Baptist Church. The Rev. Samuel F. Trent will deliver the message. Refreshments will be served following the service. Dress is casual. Everyone is welcome.

MARCH 13

DR. CHARLES ROSS, of Longwood University will be speaking to the Friends of the Library at the library in Farmville. He is a professor of physics and has written three books about technology and science used during the Civil War. Refreshments will be served.

QUARTERLY MEETING, 7 p.m. of the Cumberland Missionary and Educational Conference at Bright Hope center located on Route 45. All are invited.

MARCH 14

SCHOLARSHIP AND AWARDS PRESENTATION, 7 p.m. of the Judith Randolph-Longwood Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution at the Historic Farmville Train Station. The speaker will be Regent Melody Ramsey of the Judith Randolph-Longwood Chapter.

MARCH 15

LENTEN SERVICES/LUNCHEONS, noon-1 p.m. at Payne Memorial United Methodist Church. The theme this year is “Tiny Faith — Awesome Grace.” The speaker will be the Rev. Rich Meiser and the topic is “Faith that Transforms.” The lunch will be provided by members of the congregation. The church is located at 1 Stoney Point Road in Cumberland (across from the courthouse).

MARCH 16

BEREAVEMENT WORKSHOP, 5:30-6:30 p.m., sponsored by New Century Hospice at 201 North Main St., third floor. The theme for the workshop is “Writing to Heal Grief” and will focus on expressive and creative writing techniques to help cope with loss. Bring a notebook or paper if you plan on participating. Contact Amanda Hayes-Bowman at ahayes-bowman@newcenturyhospice.com or (434) 395-1042 for more info.

NARFE TO MEET, 11:30 a.m. at the La Parota Grill, 1503 S. Main St., Farmville. All current and retired federal employees, as well as Farmville United Methodist Church seniors, are invited to attend. There will be a dutch treat luncheon and business meeting. The speaker is Dr. Ann Bailey Yoelin of Longwood University, who will offer tips on keeping your brain healthy, along with two cognitive screening assessments for Alzheimer’s research. Yoelin will speak until noon. More information, call Duane Benton (434) 315-0060.

MARCH 17

BAKED POTATO DINNER, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Randolph District Volunteer Fire Department, 2145 Cumberland Road. The dinner includes baked potato with toppings of butter, sour cream, bacon bits, chili, cheese and broccoli. Also, salad, desserts and drinks will be included. Please donate at the door to support the fire department. The auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at the fire department. New members are needed and welcome.

MARCH 18

ST. PATRICK’S DANCE, 8 p.m. hosted by the Cumberland Fire Department Auxiliary at the firehouse on Route 13 (Old Buckingham Rd) in Cumberland. Cost will be $10 per person and everyone attending must be at least 21 years old. Soft drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department.

SECOND ANNUAL GOSPEL FEST, 3 p.m. at Crystal Cathedral Church, 16764 Oak St., Dillwyn for Habitat for Humanity. On the program will be Chris Lewis & Co., Visions of Jesus, All for Christ, The Traveling Heirs and perhaps more. For more information, call Rev. George A. Bates, (434) 838-0516.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION, to benefit the Buckingham County Library new building fund. The event will take place at the Buckingham County VFW Hall, 14405 W. James Anderson Hwy. from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Ticket price includes beer or wine, non-alcoholic beverages and pub snacks. Cost is $30 per ticket of two for $50. For more information, call (434) 969-4886 or email bclfrc@gmail.com.

HIKE UNDER THE BRIDGE, 1 p.m. Meet Park Ranger Bob Flippen on the east end of High Bridge near the fort and at the intersection with Camp Paradise Trail. Total distance is about one mile. The trail is not suitable for strollers. Water, bug spray and cameras are highly recommended. Call (434) 315-0457, or email highbridgetrail@dcr.virginia.gov for more information. A $4 parking fee applies at River Road and Camp Paradise parking lots. The event will also take place on Sunday at 2 p.m.

MARCH 19

USHER’S ANNIVERSARY, 3 p.m. at Mt. Ellis Baptist Church, 8409 George Washington Hwy, Keysville. The musical ministry will be provided by The Waller Family of Altavista. Pastor Lloyd S. Wesley Sr. and the Mt. Ellis Baptist Church welcome everyone to join.

MARCH 20

PIEDMONT AREA VETERANS COUNCIL, meetings will be held at the Thomas Hardy Graham VFW Post 7059 in Farmville starting this month. Both the board meeting and regular meeting on the third Monday of every month beginning this month. A Community Engagement Meeting, open to the public, will be at 9 a.m. Veteran Service Officers from the American Legion Post No. 32 will be available from 1-4 p.m. that same day to assist in filing for VA Benefits.

MARCH 24

POND MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP, 1-4:30 p.m. sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension. The workshop will begin at the Cumberland Extension Office with a wrap up visit to a pond about two miles from the office. The fee is $5 per person and can be paid on the day of the event.

MARCH 25

BOATER SAFETY CERTIFICATE CLASS, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Central Virginia Community College — Appomattox Center. The class is appropriate for anyone age 10 or older. A certificate is required for anyone operating a 10 horsepower or higher boat in Virginia. No charges for the class, but you must pre-register at www.register-ed.com. Bring lunch. All materials provided. For questions, call (434) 832-7200. Class limited to 20 people.

COMMENT MEETING, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., to help submit comments about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, South Central Counseling Group, 1046 Main St., Dillwyn. Volunteers will guide you through the process of submitting your comments. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Buckingham.

MARCH 30

75TH ANNIVERSARY, noon at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center. The bathhouse ribbon cutting will be held. Reservations are required. Call the 4-H Center at (434) 248-5444 or RSVP online at www.holidaylake4h.com.

APRIL 8

EASTER EGG HUNT, 9-11 a.m. The Randolph District Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is holding a breakfast with the Easter Bunny and egg hunt on at the firehouse, located at 2145 Cumberland Road. The egg hunt will be at 10 a.m. Breakfast will be pancakes, egg casserole, muffins, juice, milk and coffee. Please have the children ages infant to 12 to bring their Easter baskets to collect the eggs. Please donate at the door to support the fire department. The auxiliary meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the firehouse. New members are needed and welcomed.

APRIL 13

ANNUAL MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE, 7 p.m. at Centenary UMC.