On Jan. 13 during its first meeting of the year, the Chesterfield County School Board elected a chair and vice chair and scheduled meetings for the rest of 2015.
Carrie Coyner, who represents the Bermuda District, will serve as chair. Dianne Smith, who represents the Clover Hill District, will serve as vice chair. The other School Board members are David Wyman (Dale District), Debra Girvin (Midlothian District) and Thomas Doland (Matoaca District).
School Board meeting dates for 2015 are available here: www.boarddocs.com/vsba/chesterfield/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=9SNN3E711EC8.
There is still time for residents to enroll in the Chesterfield County Police Department Citizens Academy that kicks off on Feb. 10, 2015. Participants will meet each Tuesday from Feb. 10 to April 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Clover Hill Police Support Facility, 2730 Hicks Road.
The academy includes visual presentations, question-and-answer sessions, tours and a variety of practical exercises. The department believes graduates of the Citizens Academy play an important partner role in helping it ensure that Chesterfield County is the safest and most secure community of its size in the U.S. Nearly 800residents have already completed the Senior Citizens or Citizens academies, which were first offered in 1999.
Each year, Chesterfield County celebrates Black History Month with a variety of programs, including musical performances, lectures, dance and storytelling, each designed to explore the rich, diverse background of African-Americans and their contributions to our community and nation. All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is suggested for many of the programs, and may be done online at library.chesterfield.gov. For more information, call 804-751-CCPL.
Speaking of Jazz with the Victor Haskins Group
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 7-8:30 p.m., Central Library
Hear how jazz music developed over time and learn the basic concepts behind jazz and other music rooted in African-American culture. Experience a unique blend of trumpeting and energetic collaboration presented in various musical styles. Registration required.
Chesterfield County’s Sustain Our Community Committee, or SOCC, will present its fourth Empowering Neighborhoods Forum on Saturday, Feb. 7, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Manchester Middle School, 7401 Hull Street Road. Attendees will learn how to improve or revitalize their homes and communities. The forum is free and open to the public. Register now at www.chesterfieldcommunities.com. On-site registration also will be available.
8 a.m. Doors Open
- Registration – Visit Exhibits – Refreshments
- Welcome – Event Overview
9 a.m. Workshop Session #1 (choose one)
Join Henricus Historical Park on Saturday, Jan. 24 for the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Battle of Trent’s Reach at Dutch Gap which was the last fight of the Confederate Navy during the American Civil War.
The event will recognize Medal of Honor recipient 2nd Lt. Walter Thorn, 116th United States Colored Troops, for his heroic efforts in the Battle of Trent’s Reach in January of 1865. Thorn ran atop the bulkhead of the canal at Dutch Gap just before it exploded to rescue a sentry who was not pulled off duty. This event will focus on the lives of military and civilian people during the Civil War with a series of lectures, tours and living-history demonstrations.
Period-dressed historical interpreters will demonstrate the lives of sailors, soldiers and civilians during the Civil War from 12-1 p.m. and 3-3:30 p.m. Confederate heavy artillery will also re-create use of a Cohorn Mortar during these timeframes. Tours of Navy battle locations at Henricus and Dutch Gap will take place from 4-5 p.m. One hour lectures will take place in the Education Center at the following times:
Just before Christmas, local Bon Air resident Shawn Cardella won first place at the Pokémon City Championships, earning him the esteemed title of Pokémon City Champion. Along with a trophy, Shawn also received Championship Points that count toward a potential invitation to compete at the 2015 Pokémon World Championships taking place in Boston this summer.
After a full day of head-to-head Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) battles, Shawn Cardella took first place in the Junior Division at the 2014/2015 Pokémon City Championships in Midlothian, VA. Along with the coveted title and City Championship trophy, Shawn earned valuable Championship Points that count toward a potential invitation to compete at the 2015 Pokémon World Championships. In addition, players that achieve a top Championship Points ranking after the 2015 Spring Regional Championships in May will earn Travel Awards to compete at the 2015 Pokémon U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis next summer.
The National Association of Town Watch has released its top award winners for participation in the 2014 National Night Out. Chesterfield County ranked eighth nationally and first in the state among localities with populations of 300,000 or more.
The introduction of National Night Out in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie, according to NATW. The event now involves more than 37 million people annually.
For more information about National Night Out, visit http://www.natw.org/ .