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Published 9:40 am Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Church and Community Events calendar is published each Wednesday. Items must be submitted by noon Monday for that Wednesday’s calendar. Events should be emailed to

October 26-27

VETERAN FARMING CONFERENCE, at Hudson Heritage Farms in Halifax.The conference is geared towards veterans already involved in agriculture and veterans interested in or new to farming. Registration is now open and the event is free for veterans. For more information, contact Rebekah Slabach at (434) 476-2147 or

October 28

FALL FESTIVAL, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Drakes Branch. Visit the Charlotte County Farmer’s Market at Drakes Branch.

FALL FESTIVAL, 2:30-5:30 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church in Red House. Everyone is welcome. The event will include bouncy houses, games, balloon animals, stew, cotton candy, popcorn and more.

TRICK OR TREAT OPEN HOUSE, 6-7:30 p.m. at Charlotte Primary Care in Charlotte Court House. Treats will be given to kids 0-12. 

STEW, 11 a.m. at Jerry and Brenda Bowers’ shop. Cost is $7 per quart of $25 per gallon. Chicken, beef and a mix will be available. All proceeds will benefit expenses associated with the 2018 Honduras mission trip. Pre-orders are welcome. Contact Kenny Shorter (434) 944-3121, Pat Moorefield (434) 446-3274 or Brenda and Jerry Bowers (434) 376-9270. This event is sponsored by Mt. Carmel UMC.

October 28-29

MEN’S DAY WEEKEND, 11 a.m. sponsored by Salem Baptist Church in Red Oak. On Saturday, the Men’s fellowship will be held at Staunton View Park. The Rev. Chester Terry of New St. Douglas and Whittle Grove churches will be the guest speaker. All men are invited. On Sunday, the Salem’s Annual Men’s Day will be celebrated with the Rev. Roger Lee Allen and the Salem Male Chorus. Everyone is invited.

October 29

HEARTLAND BAND, 7 p.m. at Rough Creek Presbyterian Church. Light refreshments will be served following the concert. All are welcome to attend. The church is located three miles north of Phenix on Route 727.

SINGING STARS ANNIVERSARY, 3 p.m. at Central Middle School. The Singing Stars Gospel Singers from Saxe will be celebrating their 27th anniversary. Participating groups include the Golden Stars of Gretna, Freeman family of Gretna, Patrick family of Gretna, Blessed Few of Charlotte Court House, Lamations Gospel Singers of Farmville, Gospel Jublee and others. Everyone is welcome to come. There will be a $5 donation at the door. Prizes will be given away.

SINGING, 11 a.m. at Union Grove Baptist. The event will feature the Oak Grove Boys and Stephanie from Raleigh, NC. A covered dish luncheon will follow. Everyone is invited. Call (434) 736-9970 for more information.

October 30

Candlelight Vigil, 7 p.m. at the Charlotte County Courthouse Lawn.  Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc. will host a candlelight vigil to bring awareness to domestic violence in the community. The vigil is also for victims of domestic violence and those lost to domestic violence.

October 31

TRUNK OR TREAT, 5-7 p.m. at Ash Camp Baptist Church in the parking lot. Adults, youth and children will hand out treats. Look for the best decorated vehicle and costumes while enjoying treats, a hayride, bonfire and s’mores.

TRUNK OR TREAT, 5-6:30 p.m. at Oak View Presbyterian Church.

November 3-4

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday at St. Theresa Parish Center in Farmville. Admission is free and will include a local author book signing, door prizes, baked goods, crafts, stained glass and more.

November 4

USED BOOK SALE, 9 a.m.-noon in the small brick building behind the Charlotte Court House Library. This event is hosted by the Charlotte County Library will host a used book sale. Very low prices on books and DVDs. All proceeds benefit the four libraries of Charlotte County.

BENEFIT STEW, 10 a.m. at Central High Museum grounds. Stew master will be Melvin Woodson. Price is $7 per quart. Hot dogs, hamburgers, cakes and pies will also be available for sale. To preorder, call Thelma Jones at (434) 568-6621 and Dr. Hezteine Foster at (434) 248-5513 or (434) 665-8492. Donations are accepted.

CHICKEN AND PORK BARBECUE, 4-8 p.m. at the Darlington Heights Fire Department. Come out and support the fire department.

TURKEY DINNER, 5-7 p.m. at Abilene Community Center. Take outs will be from 4-5 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children under 10. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information, contact  Betty Gryder at (434) 223-8343.

November 5

SENIOR CHOIR ANNIVERSARY, 3 p.m. at Jericho Baptist Church in Farmville. Special guests will include the St. Michael Baptist Church Senior Choir and Mt. Zion Second Baptist Church Senior Choir.

November 18

THANKSGIVING MARKET, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Drakes Branch Pavilion. Join the Charlotte County Farmer’s Market at Drakes Branch for their special market dates.

December 9

HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Charlotte County Farmer’s Market at Drakes Branch. The market is located at the Drakes Branch Pavilion. Visit for special market dates.


CANTATA PRACTICE, 7 p.m. at Drakes Branch Baptist Church. The Charlotte County Community Choir has begun practice for the December Cantata entitled “Christmas is Real.” Everyone in invited to attend practices. For more information, contact Barbara at (434) 736-4021 or Tony Trent at (434) 736-8559.

ARTISTS AMONG US, The Friends of the Charlotte County Library invite the public to visit the Keysville Branch Library from Oct. 19 until Nov. 22 to view the art show, which features the works of more than a dozen talented professional artists with close ties to Charlotte County. There are many works of art on exhibit, and they may be viewed from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays as well as from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.