Morning Coffee Break: Handbell Choir at Bon Air Library

Bon Air Library

Ring in the holidays with the festive sound of traditional English handbells.

Learn about the art and history of handbell music.

Date:           Tuesday – December 2 2014
Time:          10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location:    Bon Air Combined Meeting Rooms A & B

Morning Coffee Break programs are recommended for adults aged 55 and better.

Walgreens sponsors the Morning Coffee Break Series. Our thanks to them for providing refreshments and for their Wellness Welcomes at the start of each program.

Police take part in ‘Tie One on for Safety’ campaign

Chesterfield Police Car - Large Cropped

The Chesterfield County Police Department, in support of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, will participate in the national “Tie One On for Safety” campaign from Thanksgiving Day through the New Year. Since 1986, “Tie One On for Safety” has been MADD’s longest running and most visible public awareness project. Police will step up efforts to identify and arrest those people who choose to drink and drive.

Police remind the public that there are alternatives to drinking and driving:

  • Utilize a designated driver.
  • Make arrangements to use a taxi or cab service.
  • Call someone to pick you up.

Police will continue their drunken driving prevention efforts and enforcement through routine traffic stops, sobriety checkpoints and enhanced patrols during the holiday season. More information about drunken driving and MADD can be found at http://www.madd.org/.

Free skate weekend at Stony Point Fashion Park

Ice Rink at Stony Pont Fashion Park

Enjoy Free Skate Weekend, Friday, November 28th, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, November 29th, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 30th, 12 noon to 6 p.m.

Complimentary sessions begin every hour on the hour.  Each one hour session consists of 45 minutes of skating with 15 minutes in-between sessions to condition the surface.

Capacity of rink is 30 individuals per session.  Skaters must have a wrist band prior to entering the rink.

All participants skate at their own risk. In the event of inclement weather during free skate weekend, Stony Point Fashion Park will distribute 100 free skating passes per day at the Center’s discretion.

Join Henricus for “Virginia’s Thanksgiving Feast and Prayer” Event on Nov. 29

Henricus Park

Henricus Historical Park announced that “Virginia’s Thanksgiving Feast and Prayer” event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visitors are invited to learn about the real meaning of Thanksgiving, which was recognized by colonists at Henricus before the Pilgrims settled in Massachusetts.

Period-dressed historical interpreters will portray how the English gathered, gave thanks for survival and feasted during special occasions. They also will learn how they negotiated an eight-year peace with the Powhatan people, while also beginning a successful tobacco industry. Visitors will meet Sgt. Thomas Harris at his cabin with fellow soldiers, Mistress Alice Proctor at the tobacco plantation, and Master John Rolfe and his wife, Rebecca, (previously known as Pocahontas) at Rocke Hall.

“Join Henricus Historical Park for this new event on Thanksgiving weekend,” said Charles L. Grant, executive director. “It’s a great way to look back on how the traditions of Thanksgiving were begun at the second successful English settlement in North America,”

Little Nature Sprouts Club announces December dates

Rockwood Nature Center

Bring your little nature sprout, ages 3-5, to Rockwood Nature Center on two consecutive Wednesdays or Thursdays in December, 10-11 a.m.

Each week, they can have fun exploring nature, doing crafts and listening to stories.

The cost is $12 per child and includes two classes. “Holiday Goodies for Our Pets” is the theme for Dec. 3 and 4, and “Holiday Goodies for Wildlife” is the theme for Dec. 10 and 11. Both days cover the same theme. All sessions will be at Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road.

To register:

Wednesdays – Course  28895

Thursdays – Course  28896

For more information, contact Denise Flora, 745-7020 or florad@chesterfield.gov.

Pocahontas and the Powhatan Nation at Bon Air Libary on Nov. 15th

Bon Air Library

Get to know the real Pocahontas as we explore the myths and facts about her. Gain a better understanding of Virginia’s original inhabitants through replicas of a bow and arrow, stone tools and animal skins used by the Powhatan Indians 400 years ago. This Virginia Historical Society program is recommended for children 6-10 years old.

Date:  Saturday – November 15 2014
Time:  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location:  Bon Air Library Combined Meeting Rooms A & B

Community Emergency Response Team course begins Nov. 4

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Registration is open for Chesterfield County’s 45th Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, training course. There is no charge for the course, which begins Nov. 4 and is open to the first 35 persons aged 18 and older who apply. The deadline to enroll is Oct. 31.

The eight-day initial training course is held two mornings a week over four consecutive weeks. The training provides participants with basic emergency response skills that are essential in the critical time after a disaster and before first responders arrive. Topics include: light duty search and rescue, fire safety and suppression, basic and advanced emergency care, incident command system, terrorism awareness, emergency communications and disaster psychology.

Graduates earn certificates and receive CERT emergency gear including a backpack.

Registration forms are available online at www.chesterfield.gov/CERT/, by emailing CERT@chesterfield.gov, or by calling 804-751-CERT (2378).