Explore the wonder of winter

Published 11:02 am Thursday, January 16, 2020

Attend a Stewardship workshop on Saturday, Jan. 25, with guest speaker Dr. Robert Williams of Christian Tabernacle Church of Richmond. Third Liberty Baptist Church, located at 2244 Carter G. Woodson Road in New Canton, will hold this event with registration and breakfast at 9 a.m. and the workshop beginning at 10 a.m. The church’s pastor, Kippy Lundy and his wife Cynthia, will serve as the church’s hosts for this event. For more information call (434) 581-3133.

Enjoy the day at Holliday Lake State Park, located at 2759 State Park Road, Appomattox, on Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. – noon for a fun adventure. Winter may seem like a deadly quiet time of year, but the 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 marbled salamanders search for food. There is a lively world beneath winter’s cold grasp. Join park staff and Virginia Master Naturalists as they take an up-close look at two of the park’s most 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. Contact the park office with any questions regarding park programs or to set up private programs for a group. Starting point is shelter #2. No fees for the adventure, and children are welcome. For more details, call (434) 248-6308 or email hollidaylake@dcr.virginia.gov.

Come join the Buckingham Library every Friday at noon for a movie. Bring your own snack or lunch and they will provide the show. Featured film on Friday, Jan. 17, is “Mighty Machines.” Admission is free. Then on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 10:30 a.m., caregivers with children ages 0-5 are invited to share books, rhymes and activities. Early literacy information will be available to take home. These tips will help caregivers share books and daily activities with children in ways that help them prepare for school. And if you ever needed a computer class, here’s your chance. The library offers a class to learn the basics of using a computer. Different classes offered each week. The library has four laptops set up for use. If you have your own laptop or tablet, bring it to class. Those that sign up ahead will have a spot reserved, although walk-ins are welcome. Computer classes are held each Wednesday, unless noted, from 11 a.m. to noon. You can attend whichever session you need. There will also be walk-in Wednesday sessions that you can bring your specific files for help or answers. The library is located at 1140 Main St., in Dillwyn.

SHERRI WISE is a columnist for the Buckingham Bulletin. She can be reached at wise.buckingham@gmail.com.

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