Events set to warm hearts

Published 11:19 am Thursday, February 8, 2018

Several events throughout the Heart of Virginia aim for different ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend in style.

The first event will combine crafts, activities and look to maintain old and establish new traditions. The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (LCVA) on 129 N. Main St. will holds the 16th annual Valentine’s family workshop, called Art to Your Heart’s Content.

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The free event will take place Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“Art projects include, flower-making, hand-crafted and stamped envelopes, decorating hearts, and design your own valentines, just to name a few,” a release from the LCVA about the event cited. “There will also be face-painting and a reading corner.”

The Farmville Lions Club will also offer free vision screenings for participants.

Emily Grabiec, director of education and outreach with LCVA, said the LCVA was excited for the Lions Club’s participation in the event.

“We are delighted to have the Farmville Lions Club sponsor this workshop and to join us once again to offer vision screenings to any participants,” Grabiec said, who noted that they have worked with the club for past events.

Grabiec encouraged members of the community to make the most from the activities at the event.

“The LCVA’s free family workshops are a wonderful way for the community to come together to be creative and celebrate art,” Grabiec said.

If swinging on the dance floor with live music for a good cause sounds like a good time, the Valentine’s dance held at the Payne Memorial Methodist Church in Cumberland may be the place.

The event, taking place Saturday from 6-10 p.m. at 1 Stoney Point Road, will have live music from a band that is set to play music from the 1950s to the present day, Payne Memorial Representative Lisa Davis said.

She said funds from the event will go to benefit county nonprofits.

Davis said the church had previously made donations to the Cumberland Christmas Mother and to the Shop with a Deputy program from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Davis said the church helps “programs where we can give back to the community, help people who aren’t having an easy time of it.”

She said the band is also a treat. The music director of the church is a member of the band, Davis said.

“This just gives us a chance to get together and have a good time,” Davis said.

Food and fellowship will characterize the Valentine’s Day themed fundraiser held by organization Spreading God’s Gifts at First Baptist Church at 16980 Oak St. in Dillwyn.

Organization Vice President Elaine Davenport said participants can enjoy a full meal and music by Brenda Absher, and donations go to a good cause. The organization provides financial assistance and food cards among other services that are distributed to people in need.

“We just raise money and give it away to needy people,” Davenport said. “All we do is help people.”

She said the meal will include “a roast beef dinner, baked potatoes, string beans, fruit cup, rolls, dessert and drinks.”

Lastly, Centra Southside Community Hospital will give community members a chance to learn more about their heart health during a Community Health Fair, taking place on Valentine’s Day from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the hospital’s first floor conference room.

No registration is required for the event, and refreshments will be provided, according to a flyer detailing the fair.

Kerry Mossler, marketing director with Centra, said the annual event focuses on heart health, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings.

“There will be blood pressure checks, cholesterol screenings, glucose readings … all for $15,” Mossler said. “No appointment needed; cash or checks accepted.”

She said for those who are interested in cholesterol screenings, that they would need to fast from 10-12 hours before the screening.

“You can also meet face to face and chat with health professionals to learn about heart healthcare, strokes risks, etc.,” Mossler said.

To learn more about the event, call (434) 315- 2831.