Mechanicsville – Sheila Talley

January 22, 2015


I hope you all are keeping warm. Did your kids enjoy the snow day? We had lots of ice in Mechanicsville for a couple of days. I hope you celebrated Martin Luther King on Monday. I haven’t seen, “Selma” the movie yet, but it’s on my list. Edgar Allen Poe’s birthday was also celebrated in Richmond. If you went to any of these events, we’d love to hear about it.

Good news for the community is that Operation Hope Playgrounds have completed another one at Courthouse Park. This big project was established in 2004 by Dana Nelson and Katie Stilwell. We’d like to congratulate both on their hard work in getting these projects started and finished. Playgrounds now exist at Pole Green Park, Poor Farm Park and Courthouse Park for children of all abilities. More than 240 businesses, individuals and groups donated gifts and volunteer hours to enhance Hanover’s playgrounds. Now that’s what I call “playing nice together.”

Sunday, Jan. 25, GriefShare, a support group to help those who have lost a loved one, will meet from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville at Shady Grove and Meadowbridge roads. The group continues to meet each Sunday through April 19. Please call (804) 746-9073 for more information.

This is our neighbor, Ashland’s year to sparkle with their bi-annual variety show scheduled for March 19-21 this year. Be sure to read, Meriwether Gilmore’s Ashland Column in Neighborhood Network to hear more about this event that many from Mechanicsville love coming out to see.

It’s time for Brunswick stew and several organizations are selling it. Black Creek Baptist Church is holding an old-fashioned Square Dance and Brunswick stew sale Saturday, Jan. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Black Creek Fellowship Center, 6229 McClellan Road. Call the church at (804) 781-0330 if you’d like to order your stew.

Please look ahead to “Night to Shine” sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, a prom for special needs folks, which will be hosted Feb. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the West End Presbyterian Church. The location is at 9008 Quioccasin Road in Richmond. It’s a night to walk the red carpet, enjoy the royal treatment and dance the night away. Call Hanover County Parks and Recreation at (804) 365-7154 for more information.

Coming in February, but not too soon to secure tickets, is the Church of the Redeemer concert featuring, David Haas and Lori True. David and Lori are Grammy nominated composers for their song, “I shall see God.” The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 at the church on 8275 Meadowbridge Road. Lori and David are performers and liturgy leaders who write and sing their beautiful Christian contemporary music. Cost is $15. The following day, the above will lead a day of music reflection and prayer. Cost is $25 including lunch; $35 if you plan to come to both events. All denominations are invited. Please call (804) 746-4911 for more information.

Hanover ARC needs you! Jan. 26 is the day to visit the Virginia General Assembly as we rally and advocate for and with people with developmental disabilities. The rally will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Bell Tower on Capitol Square, (corner of Bank and 9th Street, Richmond). Meet with your legislators after the rally to share your story.

Please send your news to or call (804) 746-9142. Have a super week!

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