Rockville – Donna-Jo Webster

January 22, 2015


Hello, everybody! January is clipping by, faster than a junebug on the back of a racehorse with a strong tail wind. I saw in an online posting from Krystal Forte the other day that some local stores already have Easter candy on display (!). Has Cupid gone on a no-chocolate diet?

Happy hometown birthday wishes go out this week to a whole bunch of fine folks. Among them are Archie Abaire and Dick Burgess, both cutting their cakes on Jan. 23, Vicki Neilson, opening presents on Jan. 24, and Joe Holzgrefe, hearing that familiar song on Jan. 25.

Attention all fifth grade writers: the Rotary Club of Hanover County announces their second annual Rotary Essay Contest with cash prizes! This year’s theme is “Rotary’s Motto: Service Above Self – What It Means to the Conduct of My Daily Life.” Essays should not exceed 300 words in length, and should be neatly handwritten on one side of standard paper or typed.

First prize for the essay contest is a $200 gift certificate, second place is a $100 certificate, and third place is a $50 certificate. The contest is open to all fifth graders in Hanover County, whether students in public or private schools or home-schooled. Essay contest forms and complete rules are available at the Cochrane Rockville Library (or any Hanover County Pamunkey Regional Library branch). Students can also visit the Rotary website at Postmark deadline is midnight Saturday, Feb. 28.

Speaking of the library, the Cochrane Rockville branch hosts a special evening storytime for all ages this Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. in honor of the upcoming Winter Read Aloud program. Kids can wear their pajamas and bring a special plush friend for an evening of silly stories featuring that mischievous monkey, Curious George, songs, fingerplays and a bedtime snack, too.

First Friday Films returns to the library Friday, Feb. 6 at 4:30 p.m. Bring the whole neighborhood for a full-length feature film on the branch’s big screen. Enjoy free popcorn, snacks, and soft drinks, too, courtesy of the Friends of the Rockville Library. Call the branch at (804) 749-3146 for the film’s title.

With Valentine’s Day hovering on the horizon, show your creative side and make a special holiday card for that one true love of yours at a fun library program Monday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. Supplies and snacks are provided. The program is open to everyone ages 11 and up.

Send your news and events (preferably at least two weeks in advance) to or call (804) 749-3401. Enjoy your week!

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