Rockville – Donna-Jo Webster

March 26, 2015

 

Hello, everybody! Happy Spring (at long, long last!). Didn’t I tell you that old gal would show up and paint the town pink (and purple and red and yellow)? I don’t think I’ve ever seen the fields go from brown to green so quickly, and how welcome a sight it is to behold the riots of daffodils peppering the yards everywhere!

Lots of smiles around town this week with a number of local folks celebrating their birthdays. Happy hometown wishes go out to Stephanie Burcham and Faye Proffitt, both cutting cake March 30, Katie Purcell, blowing out candles March 31, and to Kelli Gibbs, hearing that familiar serenade April 1.

A reminder from Hanover County Public Schools: March is Music in Our Schools month, and they’re conducting a gently used instrument drive in its honor. Donate your no-longer-used flutes, oboes, clarinets, trombones, tubas, violas, cellos, and more. You’ll get a receipt for tax purposes and your donations benefit county students. Instruments should be in good working condition or need slight repairs.

At this time, schools can’t accept pianos, drum sets, or items in need of major repair. Contact your local elementary, middle, or high school for details. Response to the drive, I’ve heard, has been great so far – more than 25 instruments have been collected!

More school news: Kindergarten Registration Day will be held Thursday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all county elementary schools. Children must turn 5 years old by Sept. 30 to be eligible. Parents are required to register their children at the school zoned for attendance by their street address. Visit www.hcps.us for details, or call (804) 365-4500 for more info.

First Friday Films returns to the Cochrane Rockville Library Friday, April 3, at 4:30 p.m. Catch a full-length feature on the branch’s big screen. Enjoy free popcorn, snacks and drinks courtesy of the Friends of the Rockville Library. Call the branch at (804) 749-3146 for the film’s title.

Don’t miss the fun at the big Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Gum Spring United Methodist Church Saturday, April 4, at 4 p.m. The event is open to all area children ages 12 and under and their families. The church is located at 191 Cross Country Road (Route 522) in neighboring Gum Spring. Call (804) 556-3494 for details.

Heard the buzz? Hanover County’s Extension Office is hosting a special spring break week program at the library called “Buzzin’ with the Bees” Monday, April 6, at 10 a.m. Discover the ways these fascinating little friends benefit our gardens and create something special to take home, too. Reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To reserve your spot, email lynnj67@vt.edu or call (804) 752-4310.

Got news to share? Rockville would love to hear it. Send your news and events, at least two weeks in advance, to aint_it_the_80s@yahoo.com or call (804) 749-3401. Enjoy your week!