Community Happenings

Published 7:21 pm Saturday, July 28, 2018

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Saturday, July 28

Cold wax painting workshop: Artist Nancy Stutts provides instruction in this versatile medium for representational or abstract painting styles at The Arts Center @319 in downtown Smithfield. Class fee is $50 for Isle of Wight Arts League members and $670 for non-members, plus a materials fee of $50 for wax, scrapers, panels and paper. Participants are to bring oil paints and an apron, but some paints will be provided. There will be a short break for lunch. You must register and pay by Saturday, July 21. For more information or to register, call 357-7707, visit or email

IW Arts League Members Show: The exhibition will be on display daily through Aug. 25. Peoples’ choice award voting will take place by paper ballot in the gallery throughout the month of July. For more information, call the Arts Center at 357-7707 or visit The Arts Center is located at 319 Main St., downtown Smithfield.

Smithfield Little Theatre: Season tickets are now on sale for the Smithfield Little Theatre’s 2018-2019 season. The lineup includes “Legally Blonde – the Musical,” “Play On” and “Big Fish.” For more information, visit


Sunday, July 29

Beginning Jewelry, Pearl Knotting: Learn the basic hand-knotting technique to string or restring pearls from artist Diane Milner. The class includes the completion of a seven- to eight-inch knotted bracelet using bead tips and a gold-filled safety clasp. All tools are provided and all supplies are included in the workshop fee of $30 for Isle of Wight Arts League members and $40 for non-members. Reservations are required one week in advance of the workshop, which will be held at The Arts Center @319 in downtown Smithfield. Call 357-7707 to register or for more information.


Monday, July 30

JuliARTte Summer Camp: All materials are included for daily art projects, including painting, fiber art and jewelry with instruction by resident artist Juliette MarShall. The class will be held each day through Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. The class fee is $25 per day or $100 for the entire week for Isle of Wight Arts League members or $35 per day or $120 per week for non members, plus a materials fee of $10 per day or $50 per week. Materials fees are due by the first day of class. For more information or to register, call The Arts Center @319, located at 319 Main St., downtown Smithfield, call 357-7707, visit or email


Wednesday, Aug. 1

St. Luke’s Flower Removal: St. Luke’s Memorial Park Cemetery removes all flowers and decorations twice per year for grounds maintenance. If you wish to remove your flowers or decorations, you should do so before July 31. Please do not replace until after Aug. 2. St. Luke’s is not responsible for any arrangements present on Aug. 1. Contact Fred Hodges, cemetery sales and services manager, with any questions at 357-3367 or


Saturday, Aug. 4

First Saturdays Artisan Market: Local artisans with unique specialties in stained glass creations, forged metal art, handmade brooms, handcrafted and repurposed furniture, silver jewelry, wearable art, herbal soaps, local writers and books, oil paintings, handcrafted pens, knit and crochet, quilts, folk art, pottery, carved and turned wood, handcrafted knives, Native American crafts, locally grown produce, craft demonstrations and more. The Nottoway Tribe of Virginia History Interpretive Exhibit is also available for view. This takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gallery 1606, corner of Highway 58 and Main Street, 18001 Southampton Parkway. Reservations are required for free vendor space. Free admission. Free parking. For further information, email or call 434 658-4454.


Monday, Aug. 6

Carrollton Civic League meeting: The Carrollton Civic League will meet 7 p.m., in the community room of Sentara St. Luke’s Medical Center at 20209 Sentara Way. The topic of discussion is “Town of Carrollton?” Should Isle of Wight County’s Newport Election District and adjacent areas in both the Windsor and Smithfield districts be incorporated as a town under the Code of Virginia? The public is always invited. A short business meeting will follow. For more information, call 613-6183. The CCL continues its’ decades long tradition of preserving and enhancing the quality of life in the greater Carrollton area of Isle of Wight County.


Saturday, Aug. 11

Yoga at Windsor Castle Park: This is an all-level yoga class to benefit the “Warriors at Ease” charity. Held the second Saturday of each month through September from 9 to 10 a.m., the cost is $10 per person. Bring your own mat. For more information, email


Wednesday, Aug. 22

Windsor Community Blood Drive: The next Windsor Community Blood Drive will be from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Windsor Ruritan Clubhouse, 14 Community Drive, Windsor. This is sponsored by AARP of Windsor, the Woman’s Club of Windsor and the Windsor Ruritan Club. All donors will receive a $5 gift card via email. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit and enter WindsorComm to schedule an appointment.


Saturday, Sept. 8

Heritage Day: Heritage Day will be at Southampton Heritage Village/Agriculture and Forestry Museum on Heritage Lane, Courtland, from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The cost for adults is $5, school-age children $2, pre-schoolers are free. There will be running heritage equipment: saw mill, grist mill, printing press, large model train displays, plus hands-on trains for kids, a scavenger hunt, craft vendors, old cars, tractors, engines and music. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, call Anne Bryant at 562-5783.