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Rotary Club of Brandermill weekly meeting, 7:30 a.m., Brandermill Country Club, 3700 Brandermill Parkway. Eric Rohnacher, 346-5466.
Bookthink Discussion Group, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., LaPrade Library, 9000 Hull Street Road. “Mistress of the Art of Death” by Ariana Franklin will be discussed. 276-7755.
Computer Assistance for Job Seekers, 11 a.m.-noon, Central Library, 9501 Lori Road. Library staff will be available to guide job seekers through online job applications, resumes and searching job sites. 748-1603, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Tax Credits for 2009: How Much Will
You Get Back?, 7-7:45 p.m., LaPrade Library, 9000 Hull Street Road. Learn the ins-and-outs of the 2009 tax credit laws. Registration required. 276-7755, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Come Home Alive, 7-9 p.m., Meadowbrook High School, 4901 Cogbill Road. Teens and their parents are invited to this safe driving program. Come Home Alive complements the driver education course taught in high schools, and topics include coaching tips for parents, an overview of the driver education curriculum, traffic laws governing teen drivers, insurance and safety reminders. Aimed at 10th graders but others are welcome. Free. 743-3675.
Widowed Persons Services meeting, 7 p.m., Brandermill Church, 4500 Millridge Parkway. Support group for widows and widowers. 350-3604.
Friday, Oct. 9
Bon Air Rotary weekly meeting, 7:30- 8:30 a.m., Joe’s Inn at Bon Air, 6212 Buford Road. Cora Huitt, 339-3826.
Acorns and Autumn Leaves, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Bensley Community Building, 2900 Drewry’s Bluff Road. Paint acorns and autumn leaves on a picture frame. Instructor to provide materials. $25. 275-5321.
Saturday, Oct. 10
Eagles at Sunrise, 7-8:45 a.m., Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road. Watch the sun rise and search for bald eagles, blue heron and osprey on the James River. Minimum age is 15. Registration required. $40. Greg Velzy, 748-1124.
Second Annual Brandermill Volksmarch, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Pavilion at Sunday Park, 4602 Millridge Parkway. This is an organized, noncompetitive 10k walk (with a 6k option). Dogs are permitted (leashed at all times and cleaned up after). Free. Registration required. Renate Sabulsky, 639-6188, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strategies for Success, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., L.C. Bird High School, 10301 Courthouse Road. Session topics include study strategies, strengthening parent-educator partnerships, fostering self-esteem, individualized education programs, learning styles, social skills and transitioning into middle school. Author and illustrator Trevor Romain will discuss how to “Bully-Proof Your Child.” $10/conference and lunch, $5/8:30 a.m. keynote speech by Romain only. Sponsored by the Parent- Teacher Resource Center of Chesterfield County Public Schools. 279-7311.
Craft, Consultant and Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., C&F Bank, 1400 Alverser Drive. This fundraiser for Camp Virginia Jaycee will feature Partylite, Pampered Chef, Miche Bags, MaryKay, Avon, Tastefully Simple, crafts and yard sale items. Spaces available. 337-7587.
Revisit: Our History, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., John Tyler Community College, Chester campus, 13101 Jefferson Davis Highway. John Tyler Community College, in partnership with the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia, will host an author and speaker symposium to explore historical figures such as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. The event will also feature a discussion on 19th-century music. Free. www.jtcc.edu/revisit, www.chesterfieldhistory.com.
Community Preparedness Fair, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3541 Cogbill Road. Join Chesterfield Fire and EMS, the Homeland Security Community Emergency Response Team, Medical Reserve Corps, Red Cross, Walgreen’s and others to learn how to prepare against disease, natural disaster, terrorism, layoffs and more. Get your winter flu shot, sit in a real fire truck and find fun and games for the kids. Free. Cost of flu shot is $24.95 (contact Walgreens for insurance information). Jenny Rios, 275- 0230.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Dance, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., LaPrade Library, 9000 Hull Street Road. Learn the moves that made Latin dance a worldwide sensation. Recommended for high-school students and adults. Registration required. 276-7755, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Sunday, Oct. 11
Bon Air Volunteer Fire Department Station #4 Open House, 1-5 p.m., 2600 Polo Parkway. Tour the station as part of Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4-10). Kids can complete the “Safety Smart Quiz” for a chance to win a prize. Michele Garnett, 840-9035.
Pet adoptions, noon-3 p.m., PetSmart, 1276 Carmia Way. Adopt a new pet during this event sponsored by the Richmond Animal League. www.ral.org.
Monday, Oct. 12
Liaison Committee meeting, 8 a.m., Lane B. Ramsey Administration Building, 9901 Lori Road, room 502. Members of the Chesterfield County School Board and Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors will meet. 748- 1405.
Pee-Wee Golf Clinic, 9-10 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week, Windy Hill Sports Complex, 16500 Midlothian Turnpike. This three-session class teaches the basics of the game to children ages 3-6. Sponsored by Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation. $60. 794-7193.
Christopher Columbus and the Great Exchange, 1-2 p.m., Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Road. Educators from the Mariner’s Museum will examine the effect European plants, animals and diseases had on the cultures and lives of the people from 1492 to today. Recommended for students in grades 3-6. Registration required. 320-2461, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Cardio Step ‘n’ Style, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays through Nov. 19, Mayes-Colbert Ettrick Community Building, 20400 Laurel Road. Turn those unwanted pounds into lean muscle and burn calories at the same time. $35. 526-5596.
High school information fair, 7 p.m., James River High School, 3700 James River Road. All of Chesterfield’s high school specialty centers, two governor’s schools, Chesterfield Technical Center and online education will participate. Eighth-grade students and their parents are encouraged to attend. 594-1756.
Come Home Alive, 7-9 p.m., Manchester High School, 12601 Bailey Bridge Road. See listing under Oct. 8. 739-6275.
Southside Area Mothers of Multiples (SAMOM) monthly meeting, 7 p.m., St. Francis Medical Center, 13710 St. Francis Blvd. Brenda, 986-5790, www.samom.com.
Tuesday, Oct. 13
Rotary Club of Midlothian weekly meeting, 7:30 a.m., Holiday Inn Select, 1021 Koger Center Blvd. Jeff Martin, 869-3435.
Whooo’s Awake at Night?, 10-10:30 a.m., Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road. Learn about the animals who sleep during the day and are awake at night. Part of the Tuesday Explorations series for 2 year olds. Registration required. $5/child. Denise Flora, 745-7020.
Forgetfulness, When is it a Problem?, 6-7 p.m., Spring Arbor of Salisbury, 14001 Turnberry Lane. Part of the Alzheimer’s Association Workshop Series, hosted by Spring Arbor of Salisbury. Free. Reservations required. 897-2727.
Prepare for the HCA Virginia 8K, 6-7 p.m., CJW Medical Center, Chippenham campus, 7101 Jahnke Road, Kraus Auditorium, first floor. Learn what to expect on race day (Nov. 14), how to train and how to avoid injury. Free. Reservations required. 320-DOCS (3627).
Kiwanis Club of Chesterfield weekly meeting, 6:30 p.m., Independence Golf Club, 600 Founders Bridge Blvd. The mission of the Kiwanis Club is to serve the community, primarily focusing on children and youth. www.kiwanisofchesterfield.org.
High school information fair, 7 p.m., Thomas Dale High School, 3626 West Hundred Road. See listing under Oct. 12.
School board meeting, 7 p.m., County Administration Building, 10001 Iron Bridge Road, public meeting room. 748-1050.
Tuesday Night Westerns, 7 p.m., LaPrade Library, 9000 Hull Street Road. Join hosts Harry Daniel and Tom Wyatt for classic western movies. “Trail to Laredo” with Charles Starrett and “Hawk of the Wilderness,” chapters eight and nine, will be featured. 276- 7755.
Wednesday, Oct. 14
Rotary Club of James River weekly meeting, 7:30 a.m., Village Bank Corporate Office, 15521 Midlothian Turnpike. Gary Powers, (703) 786-8226.
Brandermill Woman’s Club monthly meeting, 9:30 a.m. coffee, 10 a.m. meeting, noon lunch, Brandermill Country Club, 3700 Brandermill Parkway. Members do not have to be residents of Brandermill. Join the fun of the book, dining, antiques, movies or service groups. This meeting will feature author Emyl Jenkins. Reservations required for lunch. Dorothy Schay, 464-1812.
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Midlothian chapter 2265 monthly meeting, 9:30 a.m., Brandermill Woods Retirement Community Meeting Room, 14311 Brandermill Woods Trail. A representative from Blue Cross/Blue Shield will discuss the Federal Blue Cross Benefit coverage. Joyce Burton, 743-2584.
A First Look at Animals of the Night, 10-11 a.m., Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road. Discover the animals who sleep during the day and are awake at night. Part of the Exploring Nature with Small Hands series for children ages 3-4. A parent or guardian must accompany each child. Registration required. $8/child. Denise Flora, 745-7020.
Rock Climbing 101 for 50 and Over, 10-11:30 a.m., weekly through Nov. 18, Peak Experiences, 11421 Polo Circle. This course will start with basic concepts in safety and move into techniques for scaling vertical terrain. Sponsored by Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation. $95. Greg Velzy, 748-1124.
Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Meadowbrook Country Club, 3700 Cogbill Road. Guest speaker will be Elizabeth Povar, director of business development for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. $15/members, $20/non-members by 4 p.m., Oct. 9. Late registration is $20/members, $25/non-members. 748-6364 ext. 2, email@example.com.
Special Education Advisory Committee meeting, 4:30-6 p.m., Fulghum Center, 4003 Cogbill Road. The school system’s Special Education Advisory Committee will meet. 594-1732.
Altrusa monthly meeting, 6 p.m., Nuccio’s Restaurant, 1108 Courthouse Road. This is a professional women’s service organization, which specializes in community needs as well as literacy, the environment and AIDS/HIV. Dot Bennett, 272-2324.
Tough Tots-Little Dragons Karate Club, 6-7 p.m., weekly through Nov. 18, Mayes- Colbert Ettrick Community Building, 20400 Laurel Road. This program is designed to enhance self-esteem and physical fitness in children ages 4-6. $35. 526-5596.
Bottoms Up Divers Scuba Diving Club monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m., Antonio’s Restaurant, 11956 Iron Bridge Plaza. The club offers experiences in all phases of sport diving including photography, spear fishing, wreck diving, nature study and artifact hunting and provides the membership with safe, organized diving activities. 226-3201, www.angelfire.com/va/bottomsupdivers.com.
Young Literature Lovers, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clover Hill Library, 6701 Deer Run Drive. “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman will be discussed. 318-8668.
Cause of Death Unknown: The Mystery of Poe’s Death, 7-8:30 p.m., Chester Library, 11800 Centre St. Members of the Poe Museum will give you the chance to solve the mystery of how Edgar Allan Poe met his untimely end. Recommended for high-school students and adults. Registration required. 748-6314, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Chesterfield County Democratic Committee monthly meeting, 7 p.m., Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd. The meeting will focus on organizing for the November election. Alexis Crump, 920-5305, www.chesterfielddems.org.
Come Home Alive, 7-9 p.m., L.C. Bird High School, 10301 Courthouse Road. See listing under Oct. 8. 768-6110.
LOOKING AHEAD… Thursday, Oct. 15
Bon Air-Manchester-Midlothian Lions Club meeting, 6 p.m. social, 6:30 p.m. dinner meeting, Holiday Inn Select, 1021 Koger Center Blvd. The Lions Club supports sight, hearing and other local charitable causes. Prospective new members are welcome to attend. Bill Daniels, 272-7673, www.BammLionsClub.org.
Medicine abuse prevention town hall meeting, 6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. meeting, Bon Air Baptist Church, 2531 Buford Road. This meeting will bring together community lawmakers, parents, educators, retailers, law enforcement officials, health-care professionals and others to discuss solutions to the dangerous trend of teens abusing medicine to get high. Sponsored by Substance Abuse Free Environment, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and Community Anti- Drug Coalitions of America. 717-6802, www.StopMedicineAbuse.org.
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