March 6, 2014
Hello, everybody! I see there’s a new picture gracing the Ten Most Wanted at the post office. Her name is Spring, and I’m not kidding, I saw her in town just the other day…
As this week’s column goes to press, the latest polar plunge is wreaking havoc all over town. The cardinals and wrens are all puffy and fat as they vie for space at the feeder, the kitties are bopping their heads in the picture window, watching the feathered show, and the blowing snow is reminding me more of an abundant dusting of powdered sugar than anything else. That’s some fine cake Mother Nature is making!
Lots of happy faces ‘round town this week as some local folks blow out their birthday candles. Among them are Andrew Owens, opening presents March 9, Matt Henley, dapper in his paper party hat March 10, and Shirley Waddy, radiant in the glow of candlelight March 14.
Liberty Middle School is gearing up to present a unique program for teens and ‘tweens ages 10-14 and their parents called “Strengthening Families” over seven consecutive Tuesday sessions beginning March 11 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Middle schoolers will learn life skills such as resisting peer pressure, getting along with others and avoiding drug and alcohol issues. Parents will discover ways to better communicate with their teens, setting rules and showing love and support.
Registration forms for the program went home with first semester report cards. The registration deadline is Monday, March 10. If you didn’t get a registration form, you can contact your student’s school counselor for more info or to reserve your family’s spot at (804) 365-8060.
As of this moment, the Cochrane Rockville Library plans to hold its Opening Reception for Youth Art Month this Friday, March 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the branch, but that definitely may change, depending on whether or not schools open this week! If you’re planning to attend, please call the branch at (804) 749-3146 to ensure the event is happening, or to check on possible rescheduling.
Teens and ‘tweens: looking for some techy fun? Round up your best buds and head over to the library Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m. for their Teen Tech Week event, “Bowling for Books.” Test your skills on the Wii gaming system for fun and prizes. Snacks and drinks are provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Rockville Library.
Like I said, spring is hiding around here somewhere. (If you see her, tell her to stay a while next time!) No doubt you’re dreaming of getting out in the garden, growing some tasty veggies or beautifying your yard. Learn tips on preparing soil, composting, and weeding from Hanover County Master Gardener Valerie Kish at the library’s “Preparing Your Spring Garden” program Saturday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m.
Got news to share in this space? Rockville would love to hear it. Send your birthday shout outs, tall tales and snow day stories to email@example.com or call (804) 749-3401. Enjoy your week!