Community Happenings

Published 3:31 pm Friday, January 11, 2019

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Thursday, Jan. 10

Tell Me A Story: This 10 a.m. program, geared for children ages 3 to 5, introduces youngsters to the symbols of Isle of Wight County and features books, songs and games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Theme: Pigs. Isle of Wight County Museum, 103 Main St., Smithfield. For details, call 356-1223 or visit


Saturday, Jan. 12

Old-Fashioned Country Breakfast: This will be served from 7 to 10 a.m. by the Smithfield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8545, 223 Washington St., across from the library and YMCA. The menu features 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 age 6-12 are $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.

Cold wax painting workshop: Artist Nancy Stutts provides instruction in this versatile medium for representational or abstract painting styles at The Arts Center @ 319 (319 Main St., downtown Smithfield) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants are to bring oil paints, but some paints will be provided.Bring an apron. There will be a short break for lunch. The class fee is $50 for Isle of Wight Arts League members and $60 for non-members, plus a materials fee of $50 for wax, scrapers, panels and paper for each student. You must register and pay by Monday, Jan. 7. For more information, or to register call 357-7707 or email


Monday, Jan. 14

IOW Citizens Association: The organization will meet 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Sentara St. Luke’s medical building 20209 Sentara Way, Carrollton. Lisa Meunier will lead a discussion proposing increased engagement by the IWCA in the county’s budgeting process. For details, call Vicky Hulick at 505-3450 or Albert Burckard at 613-6183.


Tuesday, Jan. 15

Oil painting classes: Instructor Stephanie Faleski will teach this series of classes at The Arts Center @ 319 (319 Main St., downtown Smithfield) on Jan. 15, 22 and 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn to paint in oils. New or returning students welcome. Work from your favorite photos. Instruction includes advice on scene selection, purchasing supplies, sketching images onto canvas, working with values and mixing colors. Bring your own supplies (supply list provided upon request. The cost is $80 for Isle of Wight Arts League members for three sessions (total of six hours) and $90 for non-members. Please register by Sunday, Jan. 13. Payment must be received prior to the first session. For more information, or to register, call 357-7707 or email


Wednesday, Jan. 17

Woman’s Club of Windsor: The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Windsor Ruritan Club, 14 Community Drive. Visitors are always welcomed. We encourage you to “Fall in Love” with The Woman’s Club of Windsor.


Wednesday, Jan. 19

Book signing: The Arts Center @ 319 (319 Main St., downtown Smithfield) will host a book signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring Smithfield authors Doris Gwaltney and W. Michael Farmer. Copies of their recent works will be available for purchase. Original poems and stories by Gwaltney, Farmer and other members of the Isle of Wight Writers Group are on display at The Arts Center through Friday, Feb. 8.


Saturday, Jan. 20

First Pitch Banquet: Paul D. Camp Community College Hurricanes softball and baseball teams are planning this fundraiser, the 2019 First Pitch Banquet, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin. The event features NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler and former NFL player Greg Scott. The banquet will include a barbecue dinner catered by Nothin’ Butt Fun and a cash bar. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple and may be purchased from any baseball or softball player. Checks may be made payable to the PDCCC Foundation. If mailing, please send to: Paul D. Camp Community College, Attention: Dr. Renee Felts, 100 N College Drive, Franklin, VA 23851. For more information, call coaches David Mitchell, 569-6767; Carrie Hoeft, 569-6768; or Sean Wade, 419-8449.


Friday, Jan. 25

Mike Evans and The Band-It Band will perform from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the club house, 140 Manning Road, Suffolk. There is no admission charge. Donations to the band go in the tip jar, so please give generously. Soft drinks, BBQ, hot dogs, snacks, and desserts will be available for purchase. For more information, call George Fowler at 617-5955.


Saturday, Jan. 26

Snowy creek: Create a painting with oil paint and palette knives at The Arts Center @ 319 (319 Main St., downtown Smithfield, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with instructor Barbara Lively Mastaglio. This is a make-it-and-take-it three-hour workshop for students ages 16 and up of all skill level. The cost is $55 for Isle of Wight Arts League Members and $65 for non-members, plus a materials fee of $18, which covers canvases, paint and the use of all tools provided by the instructor. Register by Thursday, Jan. 24 to reserve your space. For more information or to register, call 357-7707 or email


Sunday, Jan. 27

IOW Historical Society: The group will meet at 2 p.m. in the Ruritan Club, 17011 Courthouse Highway, Guest speaker will be Justin A. Sarafin, statewide director of Preservation Initiatives and Engagement at Preservation Virginia. He will highlight endangered historic sites here in Isle of Wight County. For information, contact Carolyn A. Keen at or Albert Burckard at 613-6183.

In search of the Lost Colony: At 2 p.m., Nicholas Luccketti, principal investigator and archaeologist of the James River Institute for Archaeology and first president of research for the First Colony Foundation, offers tantalizing clues recently unearthed as to the whereabouts of one of history’s long-standing mysteries — the possible relocation of the Roanoke settlers of the 1585 Lost Colony to a site in Eastern North Carolina called “Site X.” This lecture will be in the Isle of Wight County Museum, 103 Main St., Smithfield. For details, call 356-1223 or visit


Tuesday, Jan. 29

Become a Master Naturalist: The Virginia Master Naturalists – Historic Southside Chapter for 2019 is sponsoring the course. There are 27 hours of classes in ichthyology, botany, entomology, ornithology, forestry, etc. in nine 3-hour lectures at the Isle of Wight Cooperative Extension office. There are also 13 hours of field trips in various swamps, forests, beaches, etc. All classes are taught by career professionals, mainly VDGIF game wardens, fisheries biologists, forest managers, etc. The classes, much less the field trips, feature handling of live specimens and field samples. Tuition is $125 per person or $190 per couple, and includes many field guides in the various disciplines. The entire program is run out of Virginia Tech. To sign up or get more information, contact the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office at 365-6261.


Thursday, Feb. 14

Sweetheart dinner: The Airfield 4-H Conference Center will have a Sweetheart Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Special music by Rick Bozart. The cost is $49.95 per couple. Choice of two entrées. Reservations are required. Deadline is on Thursday, Feb. 7.

Small Business Develpment Consultations: Free one-hour sessions with Jim Carroll from the Small Business Development Center will take place in IOW Chamber office, 100 Main St. Smithfield. These are on the second Thursday of each month. Call 357-3502 or emai for an appointment from 9 a.m. to noon.