Hidden gems at the park
Published 8:01 am Thursday, January 17, 2019
The Buckingham Public Library offers ongoing events. On Mondays from 5-7 p.m. enjoy Monday Funday with a special activity geared just for teens. Tuesdays feature 10:30 a.m. preschool story time. Come by on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. for computer classes or sign up for one-on-one instruction time. Afternoon activities for children ages 6-12 are held each Thursday from 3:30–5 p.m. For monthly schedule of the specific activity, see the library’s Facebook page or visit the website at www.cvrl.net. Fridays at noon are family friendly movie time. Titles will be listed on the library’s webpage or available at the library.
Buckingham Public Schools will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day.
Winter may seem like the most deathly quiet time of year, but Holliday Lake State Park is still very much alive in February. You just have to know where to look, listen and smell. Get low near the ground along the edge of Saunder’s Creek and you will see dry leaves, hear the rushing water, and maybe smell something strange. If you brush the leaves aside, you might find the stinky culprit: skunk cabbage. Just past the beautiful plant is a small depression in the ground filled with water. The surface appears calm, but the water is actually churning with movement as young spotted salamanders hatch from giant blobs. There is another lively world beneath winter’s cold grasp. Join park staff and Virginia Master Naturalists on Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon and take an up-close look at two of the park’s unique organisms. This program includes a half mile walk, so wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the journey and the weather. Feel free to bring a lunch for after the program. Children are welcome. Starting location point is Shelter #2. Contact the Park Office at (434) 248-6308 with any questions regarding park programs or to set up private programs for a group.
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Buckingham Solid Waste and Recycling Center site at the intersection of U.S. Route 15 and Wingo Road, will have aluminum recycling Saturday from 9:30-11:30 a.m., weather permitting.
Girl Scouts in our area are once again selling those delicious Girl Scout cookies. See any girl scout or adult leader to purchase yours. Support local girl scout troops.
Even though cold winter is here, exercise is heating up at Central Virginia Community Health Center in New Canton. Enjoy kickboxing, Tai Chi, yoga, and even a beginner’s exercise class if you are just getting started on your journey to a healthier life. And don’t forget Weight Watchers meetings on Thursdays at 2:45 p.m. for those trying to lose a few pounds. For more information, call (434) 581-3271, extension 10601.
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