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Community Happenings

Saturday, March 17

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: Come and join us for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Airfield Conference Center, 15189 Airfield Road, Wakefield. There will be two Easter Egg Hunts. One at 9 a.m. and another at 10 a.m. For more information and reservations call 899-4901.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Smithfield. The parade will begin on James Street at 10:30 a.m. and proceed onto Grace Street and North Mason Street, concluding on Washington Street. For more information, email cchapman@iwus.net.

Share Your Stories: March is National Peanut Month, and to celebrate, we ask that you share your peanut stories with us. The museum is writing a book about Isle of Wight County’s agricultural history, and we need your help documenting peanuts…as well as pork, cotton, wheat, soybeans, corn, potatoes and more. Share your photos, documents, memories and drawings and more so that Isle of Wight County’s agricultural story will be preserved for future generations. For an appointment, please email or contact jengland@smithfieldva.gov or 357-0115.

Food bank collections: The Women’s committee of the Isle of Wight Farm Bureau will collect non-perishable food items for our local food banks until Monday, March 26. Please bring your items to a Farm Bureau office at 79 East Windsor Blvd., Windsor, or 225C Battery Park Road, Smithfield.

Wednesday, March 21

AARP Windsor Chapter No. 5309: The meeting starts at 10 a.m. in the Windsor Ruritan Clubhouse, 14 Community Drive. Brain health will be the topic. For details, contact Yolanda B. Blount, chapter president, at 818-1211 or byrd4323@aol.com.

Friday, March 23

Bethlehem Jam: Joe Singer and the “Texas Tidewater Connection Band” perform from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Bethlehem Ruritan Club House, 140 Manning Rd. Suffolk. No admission charge, but donations to the tip jar go to the band so please give generously. Soft drinks, BBQ, hot dogs, snacks and desserts will be available for purchase. For more information, call 617-5955.

Saturday, March 24

Ole-Fashioned Country Breakfast: The Smithfield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8545 invite the community for the meal in the post at 223 Washington St., across from the library and YMCA. Breakfast is served from 7 to 10 a.m. with a menu of: scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, biscuits, gravy, hash browns, corn bread, fried salt spot and mixed fruit. Coffee and juice are included with a $7 donation. Omelet to order is an additional $2. Children ages 6 to 12, $4 and children under 6 eat free. All proceeds go to support the many activities and programs of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8545 in Smithfield.

Fort Huger Walking Tour: This is a special free program presented by the Isle of Wight County Museum, and begins at 10 a.m. Meet at the fort: 15080 Talcott Terrace in the county.

The Paul D. Camp Community CollegeFoundation Board will hold its third annual Building for the Future Gala. The event gets underway at 5:30 p.m., in the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center. Proceeds will be used for the following to support upgrades and expansions that will benefit students. For information or tickets, call Dr. Renee Felts at 569-6760.

Friday, April 6

Spring Teen Fling: Call all teens. Spring Teen Fling will from Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8 at the Airfield 4-H Center, 15189 Airfield Road, Wakefield. Activities include campfire, canoeing, dance, movies, sports and games. For more information, visit www.airfield4hcenter.com.

Saturday, April 7

Golf tournament: The Seventh Annual Child Abuse Prevention Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Joyner Gray Yale Ruritan Club and Southampton Social Services, will be at Cypress Cove Country Club, 20333 Country Club Road, Franklin. Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 4. The rain date is Saturday, April 14. The cost is $75 per person ($300 for foursomes; $50 per high school student that plays,) which includes carts, green fees, range balls, prizes and a barbecue dinner by Jerry’s Roadside Grill & Catering. Hole sponsorships are $100 each. Registration and purchase of mulligans begin at noon and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Proceeds go back to the county community via programs that support the prevention of child abuse. For details, contact Jerry Stivers at 630-8604; or Michelle Stivers at 556-2623 (mobile) or 653-3122 (work.)

Saturday, April 14

Down Home Day: This year’s event at the Southampton Heritage Village/Agriculture & Forestry Museum in Courtland has been expanded an hour to give people more time to see the demonstrations and exhibits, as well as enjoying food and fellowship. Jimmy Ricks and his Shiloh Grass bluegrass band will perform. The gristmill will be running, providing fresh cornmeal. Bill Vick will have a display of hand shellers for corn. The model trains will also be running, including one that children can operate. For more information, call 654-6785.

Friday, April 20

Environmental Education Camp: This event will be from Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22 at the Airfield 4-H Center, 15189 Airfield Road, Wakefield. For more information, visit www.airfield4hcenter.com.

Saturday, April 21

Wakefield Ruritan Club Bash/BBQ and Shad Homecoming: Join us from 3 to 8 p.m. for fun, food and entertainment. This year’s event will host various children’s activities, display with the history of the Wakefield Ruritans and Shad Planking, cornhole tournament,a live band, BBQ and Shad, raffle with with four prizes and a beer truck.