WEDNESDAY, JULY 19
FREE MEAL/FOOD DISTRIBUTION/MINISTRY: church van available to pick up people on Wednesday and on Sunday mornings, to ride call the church at 694-6357; speaker: Jamie Redd; doors open at 5:30 p.m., meal at 6 p.m., food bank ministry open Mon., Wed. and Fri. from 3 to 5 p.m.; Patrick Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church.
WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, JULY 19-21
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Mon. from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Tue.-Fri., 6 to 8 p.m., Fairystone Baptist Church, 82 Fairystone Church Loop, Stuart.
THURSDAY, JULY 20
STEP BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: fundraising committee meeting at 2 p.m., nominating committee meeting at 2:45 p.m., board of directors meeting at 3 p.m., The Franklin Center, 50 Claiborne Ave., Rocky Mount.
FRIDAY, JULY 21
STUART FARMERS’ MARKET OPEN: fresh fruits, vegetables (including corn and tomatoes), bread, eggs, meats, tea and coffee for sale; tool sharpening (fee), Rotary fair information available, 8 a.m. to noon, downtown Stuart.
MUSIC: by the Laurel Creek Band featuring Randy Farmer, free admission, food available for sale, 10 a.m. to noon, Historic John D. Bassett Event Center, 3289 Riverside Drive, Bassett.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 21-22
YARD SALE: 8 a.m. until, Trinity Christian School, 14 Gammons Rd., Claudville.
SATURDAY, JULY 22
HALL-McALEXANDER FAMILY REUNION: bring family photos and stories to share, lunch at noon, Bassett Church of the Brethren.
COUNTRY BREAKFAST FUND-RAISER: menu: country ham, sausage, bacon, pancakes, eggs, biscuits and gravy, butter, jelly, coffee, tea and juice; all for donations; funds go to repair the community center basement; 7 to 10 a.m., Willis Gap Community Center, The Hollow Rd., Ararat.
BENEFIT BREAKFAST: to help with the medical expenses of Brian Foley while he is out of work; menu: eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, hash browns, biscuits, gravy, cooked apples; $6 per plate and donations taken; 7 to 10 a.m., Hillcrest Baptist Church fellowship hall, Rt. 58 east, 18075 A.L. Philpott Hwy., next to Old Country Store, Horsepasture.
YARD SALE: to benefit the Lord’s Acre, 7 a.m., 287 Golf Course Rd., Stuart, first house on left from Nettle Ridge.
FREE MUSIC: by Carrie Hinkley, 7 to 9 p.m., Woodberry Inn.
SUNDAY, JULY 23
DUNKLEY FAMILY REUNION: bring a covered dish, lunch at 1 p.m., Collinstown Community Building in N.C.
GUEST SPEAKER: Prophetess Amanda Hairston from Ruffin, N.C., 3 p.m., Samaria Holiness Church, off Rt. 8, 2892 Salem Hwy., Stuart, pastor: Linda Thomas.
MONDAY, JULY 24
MONDAY MARKET: home-grown produce, eggs, plants; jellies, crafts, live music by Small Town Renegades (alternative, acoustic), barbecue truck; rain or shine, free parking (stop at pay booth for a free market pass); most vendors accept cash only; still room for more produce vendors and local crafters, call (276) 930-2424 for information; 5 to 7 p.m., Allied Picnic Area, Shelters 3 and 4, Fairy Stone State Park.
WILLIS GAP COMMUNITY CRIME WATCH MEETING: guest speaker: Dale Owens from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, for information call the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office at 694-3161, 7 p.m., Willis Gap Community Center.
MONDAY-WEDNESDAY, JULY 24-26
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: all ages invited, adult classes also; theme: “Experiencing God’s Gifts,” 6 to 8 p.m., The Gospel Chapel, Danville Pike, Laurel Fork.
MONDAY-FRIDAY, JULY 24-28
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: theme: “Over the Moat,” classes for pre-K through 12th grade; for information call Susan Wright at (276) 694-6823; snacks, Bible lessons, crafts, recreation, music, and a pool party Friday night for the whole family; 6 to 8 p.m., Stuart Baptist Church.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: theme: “Gadgets and Gizmos,” classes for kids and adults of all ages, learn how God designed us uniquely for a purpose; Bible story, music, crafts, games and snacks each night; special party on Fri. to wrap up VBS with a hot dog meal, inflatable activity for kids, escape room for adults, and more; Like on Facebook for more information; 6 to 8:30 p.m., Patrick Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church.
REVIVAL: speaker: Brother Noah Frye, 7 p.m., True Gospel Baptist Church, Rt. 8 south beside Patrick County High School, Stuart.
TUESDAY, JULY 25
BACK2SCHOOL EVENT REGISTRATION: the event offers students brand new shoes, a pair of socks, new backpack filled with school supplies and a haircut; students must attend one of the registrations (see July 15 entry for other), 6 to 8:30 p.m., Rotary Building, Stuart.
WIRED RECOVERY: peer run recovery center that offers support for anyone dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues; provides certified peer recovery specialists, certified WRAP facilitator, one-on-one peer counseling and WRAP classes; for information call Jackie Scales at (276) 340-5221 or Jeff Roher at (276) 352-8902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; 9 a.m. to noon, Stuart United Methodist Church, 108 E. Blue Ridge St., Stuart.
STUART FARMERS’ MARKET: fresh produce for sale, 3 to 6 p.m., downtown Stuart.
FRIDAY, JULY 28
STUART FARMERS’ MARKET: fresh fruit and produce, bread, meat, eggs, tea, coffee and more; information from Master Gardeners on drought resistant plants; market bag raffle; 8 a.m. to noon, downtown Stuart.
SATURDAY, JULY 29
SINGING: 6 p.m., Hills Grove Baptist Church, Claudville.
KIBLER VALLEY RIVER RUN: 35th year, entry fee: $25 per person; camping: $20 per night; sponsored by the Red Bank Ruritan Club, no pets except for service animals, no alcohol allowed on premises; for information contact Roger Gammons at email@example.com or (276) 251-7190 or (276) 251-7112; registration begins at 8:30 a.m., from Stuart, take Rt. 8 south, turn on Rt. 103, at Claudville turn on Rt. 773 (Ararat Hwy.), turn right on Kibler Valley Rd., go approximately 4.2 miles on right.
STEP CAR SHOW: $15 entry fee, for muscle cars, street rods, classics and trucks; trophies awarded; food available, 50/50 raffle, children’s activities, door prizes; free admission to the public; proceeds benefit STEP, Patrick County High School parking lot, 215 Cougar Lane, Stuart.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 1
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: America’s night out against crime; sponsored by the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office, cookout with hot dogs, chips and drinks, swimming at the pool, live music at the gazebo; 6 to 9 p.m., DeHart Park, Stuart.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4
BLOOD DRIVE: 1 to 6 p.m., Blackberry Baptist Church, 3241 Stone Dairy Rd., Bassett.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5
COUNTRY STYLE BREAKFAST: menu: scrambled eggs, sausage, gravy, biscuits, stewed apples, pancakes, bacon, coffee and orange juice; proceeds help to support mission work, 7 to 10 a.m., Providence United Methodist Church, Providence Drive, Patrick Springs.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 6
MOPS COMMUNITY FUN DAY: sponsored by the Creasey’s Chapel MOPS group and community businesses, donations accepted, outside fun from 4 to 6 p.m., movie inside at 6:30 p.m., Rotary Building, Stuart.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, AUGUST 11-12
YARD SALE: proceeds go to the church building fund; biscuits, coffee, sodas and water available both days; Sat. only, bake sale, hot dogs, barbecue and chips for sale; yard sale and biscuit sale open at 8 a.m., Sat. lunch begins at 10:30 a.m., Providence United Methodist Church, Patrick Springs.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12
OUTDOOR CONCERT: featuring Simple Gifts of the Blue Ridge, sponsored by the Reynolds Homestead, free admission but $5 parking fee at the gate, 7 p.m., Shelter #2, Fairy Stone State Park.
AFTER VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: theme: “Getting S’more of Jesus,” for ages 2-12, lunch and snacks will be served; registration begins at 8:45 a.m., Bible school from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sunday night program and cookout at 6 p.m., Minnie’s Chapel Wesleyan Church, Stuart.
Monday, July 24: 2 to 2:55 p.m., BB&T Bank, Meadows of Dan; 3-4:50 p.m., Meadows of Dan Baptist Church.
Tuesday, July 25: 2-3:15 p.m., Woolwine—Rt. 40 and Charity Hwy.; 3:30-4:15 p.m., Charity Primitive Baptist Church; 4:35-4:50 p.m., Robert’s Market, Rt. 57.
Wednesday, July 26:10:30-11:30 a.m., Ararat Fellowship Church; 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Lee’s Greenery, Doe Run Church Rd.; 12:45-1:30 p.m., Willis Gap Community Building; 1:45-2:15 p.m., Blue Mountain Petroleum Station; 2:30-2:55 p.m., Ararat Fellowship Church; 3:10-3:25 p.m., Mountain View Pentecostal Church; 3:30-4:30 p.m., across from Claudville Post Office; 4:35-4:45 p.m., Trinity Christian School.
Thursday, July 27:12:15-12:30 a.m. Wildwood Acres, off St. Rd. 694, 1-2 p.m., Hardin Reynolds Memorial School; 2 to 3:30 p.m., Patrick Henry Fire Station; 3:45-4:45 p.m., Salem United Methodist Church.
Providence United Methodist Church will hold a country breakfast on the first Saturday of each month from 7 to 11 a.m. Donations benefit the church building fund. Eat in or take out.
R U READY 2 GO 2 COLLEGE?
The EOC program assists high school seniors and adults with every step. See Ms. Alderson at the Patrick Henry Community College Stuart site or call (276) 694-8778 for an appointment for free services.
YOUTH PROGRAM RESTRUCTURED
New opportunities are available for spiritual education and activities for fun and community involvement for children ages 2-18. Nursery is available for ages 0-1 during Sunday school and worship service; Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., worship service at 11 a.m., Sunday night service with Bible study, crafts, and community service projects for ages 6-16 at 6:30 p.m. at Patrick Springs Christian Church. Visit www.patsprings.org or www.facebook.com/patrickspringschristian/ for information.
The following groups meet at the Patrick County Branch Library: Sit and Be Fit class meets each Friday from 11 a.m. to noon. Yoga classes meet Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Genealogy class meets Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Color Pencil Open Studio meets the first Thursday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. The Writer’s Block, a new writing group, meets the second and fourth Thursdays from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m.
PATRICK COUNTY FRIENDS OF TENNIS
Patrick County Friends of Tennis will meet at the DeHart Park courts in Stuart on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. for play. Drop by or contact Sharon Smith at (757) 635-6922 or (276) 694-2489 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
MEADOWS OF DAN JAM
Bring musical instruments or join in to sing—or just bring a chair for music each Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. on the Poor Farmer’s Market stage in Meadows of Dan. Call Zeb Hicks at (276) 952-2670 for information.
MEAL, MINISTRY AND FOOD BANK
Patrick Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church has a meal, ministry and a food bank Wednesday nights at the church. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the meal begins at 6 p.m., and the food bank is open after the service (approximately at 7:30 p.m.). Van rides are available for to Wednesday evening and Sunday morning services. Call (276) 694-6357 for information.
COMPANIONS SUPPORT GROUP
Companions, a grief, loss and survivors of suicide support group, will meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. at Piedmont Community Services Group Room, 22280 Jeb Stuart Hwy., Stuart. For information, call Patricia Crissman at (276) 694-4361.
CHRISTIAN MOTORCYCLISTS ASSOCIATION MEETING
The Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA) will meet on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Honduras Coffee Shop in Stuart. Call Terry at (276) 692-5740 for information.
COMMUNITY BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
A community bereavement support group will be held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at Stuart United Methodist Church. (Enter through the red door at the back of the church.) The purpose of the group is to offer support in a relaxing atmosphere to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Call Susan Foster at (276) 694-4416 or Becki Turner at (276) 694-3238 for more information.
Southside Survivor Response Center (formerly Citizens Against Family Violence) currently has support groups in Ararat, Stuart, and Woolwine. These are women’s encouragement, hope and direction support groups for women who have experienced domestic and/or sexual assault. For times and locations, call Sandy at (276) 692-5504 or check the website calendar at www.SSRCenter.org..
SIT AND BE FIT EXERCISE CLASS
Sit and Be Fit, an exercise class taught by Sharon Mason, meets each Friday from 11 a.m. to noon in the meeting room of the Patrick County Library. Call the library at 694-3352 for information.
APPLE BUTTER SALE
Stuart Baptist Church has apple butter for sale at the church from 10 a.m. to noon at the church office at 108 W. Blue Ridge St., Stuart.
The Family History Center at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4751 N.C. 14, just south of Eden, N.C., is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Professional consultants are on hand to help people trace their roots for free through a number of genealogical sites. Call (336) 623-7154 or (336) 623-1797 for information/appointment.
MEADOWS OF DAN ADDICTIONS RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP
The Meadows of Dan Addictions Recovery Support Group meets each Monday night at Mayberry Presbyterian Church, 1127 Mayberry Church Rd., at 7 p.m. Meetings include prayer, fellowship, sharing, networking, and the 12-Step Program to assist with a journey of healing and recovery. For information, contact facilitator Felecia Shelor at (540) 593-3062 or email@example.com.