Mechanicsville – Sheila Talley

April 23, 2015


It seemed last winter that spring was a long way off, but it’s here and what a nice one we’re having. National Volunteer Week was April 12 -18, which was last week. We have many volunteers in our community. Hats off to all of you because everything you do makes a difference. We’d love to hear from anyone who’d like to tell your story of how you volunteer and why. Congratulations for volunteering!

Mechanicsville Branch Library is offering a free hand’s-on class on “Ancestry and Heritage” Tuesday, April 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. Call the library for more information.

Saturday, May 2, Stonewall Jackson Middle School in Mechanicsville is having their sixth annual Booster Bonanza presented by the Boosters Club. If you’d like to be a vendor at the great yard sale, email for details. It is free to the public; vendors pay $25 for space and $10 to rent a table, (may bring your own table.) Richmond Game Truck, RVA Pops, Thirty-One, Origami Owl, Moon Bounce, Juicy Lucy and more will be there. All proceeds benefit SJ Middle School.

Hanover County premieres Tony Garcia, (director of the jazz studies program at VCU) Music Commission Saturday, May 16, at 7 p.m. The Hanover Concert Band (Karla Bloom, director) will present a special benefit concert. The evening includes the premiere of “Hanover Celebration,” commissioned by Marshall Johnson in honor of the 25th anniversary year of the band. There will be three original pieces by members of the Fairmount congregation in addition to music featuring instruments in five different sections of the band. It will be presented at Fairmount Christian Church, 6502 Creighton Road in Mechanicsville, just off I-295. Admission will be to bring non-perishable food items to stock the shelves of the Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Fund (M.C.E.F.)

Spring equals prom time. May 16 is the date for a Junior/Senior Prom at Church of the Redeemer for home-schooled students. It takes place from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. The fee is $20 in advance and $30 at the door. The church is located at 8275 Meadowbridge Road. Girls are asked to wear tea length or long gowns. Dates’ ages are between 15 and 19 years old. (No exceptions.)

We’ll be seeing couples all dressed up in local restaurants soon before their prom. It’s always nice to have memories of dressing like a prince or princess for the evening, getting flowers, and taking photos. I hear that now some kids are putting their invitations to the prom on a higher level than some of us had for marriage proposals. These events may mean more than the actual dancing.

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