WEDNESDAY, JULY 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.
WEDNESDAY-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.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 26
FREE MEAL/FOOD DISTRIBUTION: church van available to pick up people on Wednesday and on Sunday mornings, to ride call the church at 694-6357; 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.
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.
MUSIC: by the Kitchen Pickers, space available who enjoy dancing, food available, 10 a.m. to noon, Historic John D. Bassett Event Center, Riverside Drive, Bassett.
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.
REUNION: for the descendants of Hiram and Ida Smith Montgomery, Albert and Laura Quesinberry Vipperman and Hiram and Laura Quesinberry Vipperman Montgomery; bring favorite foods, door prizes, family pictures and a lawn chair; for information contact Glenda McCormick
at (336) 682-3973 or firstname.lastname@example.org; noon, Pilot View Picnic Shelter, Hillsville, off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 186; turn onto Spencer Mill Rd. and turn right onto Pilot View Road.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: theme: “All Star! One team, one God, one goal,” for ages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade; bring a bathing suit and towel; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., hot dogs served at 2 p.m., play time from 3 to 6 p.m.,, Sycamore Baptist Church.
BIBLE SCHOOL: “Footsteps of Jesus,” for information call Mark Wright at 692-8775 or Sally Smith at (276) 694-7358; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with brunch and lunch, playtime with Splish and Splash from Outdoor Entertainment from 2 to 4 p.m., New Beginnings Baptist Church.
SUNDAY, JULY 30
VIPPERMAN FAMILY REUNION: for descendants of Charlie Allen and Mary E. Vipperman, call (276) 952-2807 for information, Vesta Community Building.
FIFTH SUNDAY NIGHT SINGING: with special music by Roger Wells, 7 p.m., Peters Creek Baptist Church, 6561 Hwy. 8 N., (VA/NC state line), Lawsonville, N.C.; pastor: Terry Ragsdale.
SPEAKER: Rev. Willie Loyd from Winston Salem, NC; Samaria Holiness Church, 2892 Salem Hwy., off hwy. 8, Stuart; 3 p.m.
SUNDAY-WEDNESDAY, JULY 30-AUGUST 2
REVIVAL: with Blonnie Gregory, evangelist; special singing each night; Sun. at 6 p.m., Mon.-Wed. at 7:30 p.m.., Harris Chapel Church, Willis, pastor: Marcus Wood.
MONDAY, JULY 31
MONDAY MARKET: home-grown produce, eggs, plants; jellies, crafts, live music, 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.
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.
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 email@example.com; 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.
SEVEN STAGES OF ALZHEIMER’S INFORMATION: learn about the different stages and handling techniques; speakers: Debbie Tatum, Patrick County Social Services; Carol Wood, Blue Ridge Therapy Connection; Sandra Anglin, Patrick County Health Department; and Sally Smith, Alzheimer’s Group LLC; for information call (276) 694-7358 or (276) 698-2901; 3 p.m.,
THURSDAY, AUGUST 3
SPENCER-PENN PHOTO CLUB MEETING: learn new photo techniques, first meeting free to new members, 6:30 p.m., Spencer-Penn Centre.
RUSSELL CREEK COMMUNITY CRIME WATCH MEETING: guest speaker from 911 Dispatch, for information call the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office at 694-3161; 7 p.m., New Hope United Methodist Church.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4
BLOOD DRIVE: 1 to 6 p.m., Blackberry Baptist Church, 3241 Stone Dairy Rd., Bassett.
STUART FARMERS’ MARKET: recipe cookbook/exchange, fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, meats, eggs, tea and coffee; other items also available, 8 a.m. to noon, downtown Stuart.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5
SMART-WILLIAMS REUNION: for descendants of Clarendar and Mamie Williams Smart; bring covered dish, for information call (276) 952-8302; meet at 12:30 p.m., meal at 1 p.m., Dobyns Community Building, Rye Cove Rd., Stuart.
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.
BINGO: sponsored by the Meadows of Dan Women’s Club; bingo theme is “sports,” raffle drawings, food available, proceeds will be donated to Mountain Top Recreation Park for repairs, upgrades and adding playground equipment and a fitness trail; doors open at 5 p.m., games begin at 6 p.m., Meadows of Dan Community Building, 2858 Jeb Stuart Hwy., Meadows of Dan.
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.
MONDAY, AUGUST 7
FLOYD QUILT GUILD MEETING: business meeting followed by show and tell, theme: “It’s back to school time,” members can show what they made over the summer; 10 a.m., Floyd Center for the Arts, 220 Parkway Lane, Floyd.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 10
BUFFALO RIDGE COMMUNITY CRIME WATCH: guest speaker, Captain Ward Stone, presenting a class on the legal and illegal carry of weapons in Virginia; for information call the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office at 694-3161; 7 p.m.; Sycamore Baptist Church.
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.
BARBECUE DINNER: sponsored by CCDF Fire and Rescue; menu: barbecue, hush puppies, French fries, coleslaw, dessert and drink; $6 per plate; live music, 4 to 7 p.m., 2086 Dry Pond Hwy., (old CCDF station).
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19
PATRICK COUNTY MUSIC ASSOCIATION: food available from the Patrick County Shooting Education Team; open stage performance at 4:45 p.m., Over the Hill Gang at 6 p.m., featured group, The Country Boys, at 7 p.m.; Rotary Building, 420 Woodland Drive, Stuart.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20
SUNDAY CONCERT: by the Horseshoe Bend Band with Bobby Henderson, Fairy Ann Ashworth Coleman and Mike Sutphin; free admission, donations accepted to help with expenses for the event; call (276) 957-5757 for information, 3 p.m., Spencer-Penn Centre.
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.
Monday, August 7: 2 to 2:55 p.m., BB&T Bank, Meadows of Dan; 3-4:50 p.m., Meadows of Dan Baptist Church.
Tuesday, August 8: 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.
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..