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/ .
Chesterfield County’s Department of Parks and Recreation is offering a full lineup of programs for seniors this winter. To register, call 804-748-1623 at least one week in advance. Classes typically fill fast. Fees are charged for most programs. These programs for those aged 50-plus are at Huguenot Road Baptist Church, 10525 W Huguenot Road. For more information, contact Elizabeth Markham, 212-8815.
- Introduction to Laptops – Monday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-noon – Those with little or no knowledge of laptops, or those considering purchasing one, will learn about settings, installing programs and accessing Wi-Fi. Bring a laptop, if you have one. Course 29254
- Introduction to the Tablet – Tuesday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m.-noon – Learn the basic operations of tablets, small, touch-screen computers. Learn the differences between e-readers and tablets – about settings, installing applications and accessing Wi-Fi. Bring a fully-charged tablet. $13 fee. Course 29258
Get in the holiday spirit with a special reading of “The Polar Express!” We’ll sing carols, have a craft activity and refreshments. Registration is required and begins Dec. 6.
Date: Monday – December 22 2014
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Bon Air Library Combined Meeting Rooms A & B
Program Type: Children
The regional James River Advisory Council will hold its 22nd Annual James River Parade of Lights for Saturday, Dec. 13. Boats decorated with thousands of lights will cruise the James between Richmond and Henrico and Chesterfield counties. Multiple viewing sites, several of which provide additional entertainment, make it easy for people throughout the region to view this spectacular holiday tradition on the James. Admission is free to all sites.
— Libby Hill Park, corner of 28th and East Franklin streets, entertainment begins at 4:30 p.m., parade viewing at 6 p.m.
— Intermediate Terminal Dock, Dock and Water streets, parade viewing at 6 p.m.
— Osborne Park and Boat Landing, 9530 Osborne Turnpike, entertainment begins at 4 p.m., parade viewing 7-7:30 p.m.
— Dutch Gap Boat Landing, 441 Coxendale Road, parade viewing 7:30-7:45 p.m.
— Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, entertainment begins at 6 p.m., parade viewing 7:45-8 p.m.
Parking is first come, first served. For more information, including directions, visit jrac-va.org or call 804-717-6681.
What would you do if someone you know began experiencing a mental-health challenge? Find out how to help at the Mental Health First Aid class, 8:30 a.m-1 p.m., at the Community Development Building, 9800 Government Center Parkway. Register for the two-day class session of your choice: Thursday and Friday, Jan. 29-30, or Feb. 26-27.
Fee: $25. Training materials are included. To receive a certificate, both days of a training session must be completed.
For more information, or to register, contact email@example.com or 804-768-7212.
The holidays are fast approaching. Decorate your holiday tree with a glimmering bit of history. The Chesterfield Employee Association’s 2014 Christmas Ornament featuring Mid-Lothian Mines is now available for $20 each at Mid-Lothian mines, 13301 N. Woolridge Rd., Midlothian,or at the Chesterfield County Human Resources Department, Room 302, 9901 Lori Road, Chesterfield.
The ornament is a tribute to an industry that was critical to the county’s growth, economy and infrastructure: coal mining. What was once a thriving industry is now a historical gem and beautiful natural resource for active families to enjoy.
As early as 1699, coal was being mined and used by French Huguenot settlers in the Midlothian area. The first commercial coal mines in North America were in Midlothian, which was formerly known as Coalfield. Coal was shipped to every colony in colonial America and also to Bermuda, Antigua and Barbados.
Since 2009, the Virginia Chapter of the Ninety-Nines has sponsored a Christmas Toy Airlift to collect toys for military families who need help in providing for their children, many of whom are injured, ill or struggling financially. In November and December, new and unwrapped toys are taken to local airports throughout the state. Gifts are needed for children of all ages.
On Saturday, Dec. 13, pilots will fly the donations to Richmond Executive Airport, 7427 Airfield Drive, where soldiers from Fort Lee will pick them up and transport them to the Holiday Helper Association for distribution. In Chesterfield County, a donation box is located in the lobby of Richmond Executive Airport. Residents are encouraged to bring gifts at any time from now through Dec. 13.
Santa also will be flying in on Dec. 13, 10 a.m., to visit with children and receive their donations. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the L.C. Bird Chorus, the Bon Air Strings and Walt Street, a retired singer from the Air Force Band. King’s Corner restaurant will be open for lunch.