Mechanicsville – Sheila Talley

October 16, 2014


The AARP Hanover Chapter 5335 is having a big community Yard Sale Saturday, Oct. 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. beside Tompkins Jewelry Store, the corner of College Avenue and N. Washington Highway (Route 1). To retain a space, call Apphia Downing at (804) 798-1373 to register. She is taking orders now and spaces are quickly going to disappear, so reserve your space now or make plans to come and shop.

Calling all Atlee Raiders Class of 1994! Join them for their 20th reunion at Hardywood Brewery in Richmond Nov. 15 from 7-10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $45/person through Oct. 30, then they go up to $55/person. Contact Catherine Batzli Stewart for more information at

Even though many of us are fortunate enough to receive and give many gifts during the holiday season, others right in our community are not. If you’d like to make your holiday season rich, by volunteering keep reading.

From Joanne Brown at the Salvation Army—“Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner? The Salvation Army is asking for your help as we are ready to register clients for Christmas Assistance. If you could possibly help, please contact me. (Client registration is meeting with pre-screened clients one-on-one and entering their family data and children’s Christmas wish lists into our database.) Registration is Monday – Friday, Oct. 13-17, Oct. 20-24, and Oct. 27-31. Bi-lingual (Spanish) volunteers are needed for the week of Oct. 27-31. Volunteer times are: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and/or 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Other Salvation Army volunteer opportunities include: The job of Bell Ringer – Nov. 14 – Dec. 24 (excluding Sundays). Greet shoppers and accept donations while ringing an iconic Salvation Army bell at any of our 70 locations. Kettles, bells and aprons are supplied. You bring the Christmas cheer! Time commitment is 2-hour increments – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please visit our website to view exact locations and sign up:
Christmas Distribution Center – Dec. 1-5; 8-13; 15-19. Assist with the sorting and preparing of gifts and assemble bicycles for the Christmas Assistance clients. (Gifts are collected at the mall locations and delivered to the warehouse for sorting and preparation.) Time commitment is 4 hours. Warehouse location TBD. Warehouse is on the Service Center property. Distribution is 12/17 – 12/19.
Kettle Collection Counting: Assist accounting staff with the counting of monies collected by Bell Ringers. Call Central Virginia Area Command (804) 591-3826 – Office (804) 305-2362 – Cell”

It’s coming soon! Date night has never been so much fun and besides that you’ll help people who don’t have decent homes. The Church of the Redeemer Catholic Church in Mechanicsville will present its seventh annual Gala museum quality exhibit of Nativities, “No Room at the Inn on Friday, Dec. 5. The fun begins with an adult only festival with music, heavy hors’ d’oeuvres, tasty wine and a multicultural, unique and an ever-changing display of nativities. This is a party with a purpose. Besides socializing, guests will have shopping opportunities; a live and silent auction of theme baskets. Tickets for this event are $20 ahead and $25 at the door. I’ll tell you more about the rest of the weekend soon. Mark your calendar for Dec. 5.

Please send news about what your club or church is planning for the holidays to or call (804) 746-9142.

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