The Mechanicsville Tea Party will hold this month’s meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023 at 7 p.m. at Freedom Services and Training, 6701 Cold Harbor Road in Mechanicsville. It is directly across from Dollar General and not far from the Cold Harbor Road/Creighton Road traffic circle. Instead of having a guest speaker, the group will watch the widely acclaimed documentary “Mind Polluters.” It is about the efforts of grass roots volunteers, elected officials and Christian academics to expose the infiltration of our public school system with pornographic materials. As always, meetings are open to anyone. If you have any questions, contact Glenn Baker at (804) 752-8389. If he does not answer, please leave a message and he will return your call in a timely manner.
The Hanover County Department of Community Resources and Senior Connections (the Capital Area Agency on Aging) will host a Caregiver Expo and Resource event on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 175, 8700 Bell Creek Road. The event coincides with National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, more than 40 million people in our country provide unpaid care to an aging adult each year. Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond, Dowda Senior Consultants and Senior Connections will give presentations at the expo. There will also be 30 exhibitors, door prizes and refreshments. For more information, contact the Hanover County Department of Community Resources at [email protected] or (804) 365-4300. Sponsors for this event are Covenant Woods, Advance Care, Woodhouse Catering, Dowda Senior Consultants and Virginia Artesian.
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Come join us at the Historic Polegreen Church Site on Friday, Nov.17 at 5 p.m. for the annual Holiday Illumination! The Atlee High School Orchestra will be performing, and we will light up the church! There will be a Revolutionary War Encampment. The Local Cup Food Truck will be available for people to enjoy and the gift shop will be open to purchase special ornaments! Our Board Member, Tommy Nance, will be on site to sign copies of his book “America’s Forerunner.” The event is free to attend and there is plenty of parking on-site, so come out and partake in the festivities.
Mechanicsville’s Church of the Redeemer will be hosting its 42 annual Craft Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This annual favorite, which will boast over 100 craft vendors, will also feature breakfast, lunch, a bake sale, photos with Santa Claus and even a Santa Shop, where children can shop with family and friends. Raffle tickets will also be available at 3 for $5. A $1 donation at the door will earn attendees a door prize ticket and a can of non-perishable food earns a bonus ticket. The church is located at 8725 Meadowbridge Rd.
Are you the parent of a child with Type 1 Diabetes? Parenting a teen with Type 1 diabetes in Hanover. We all understand how demanding this life is. Which is one of the reasons Tara Gray is setting up a meet and greet and a group for have monthly meetings. Please send an email to [email protected] with your name and information if you would like to join.
If you think you may have a drinking problem, AA can help. Visit aarichmond.org for meeting info in Hanover County and other areas or call the 24-hour hotline at (804) 355-1212.
Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions One Stop Shop (MCEF OSS) is open for food, clothing and linens from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 7235 Stonewall Parkway in Mechanicsville (rear parking lot). The shop is available for residents in the 23111 and 23116 zip codes with identification and proof of residency.
The Studley Seniors meet at Enon UMC, 6156 Studley Road, Mechanicsville, 23116 at 10:30 a.m. on the third Monday of the month. They enjoy fellowship, a devotion, a short business session, a program (entertainment/games) and a “covered dish” lunch. The schedule through 2024 is Nov. 20, Dec.18, Jan.15, Feb.19, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug.19, Sept.16, Oct. 21., Nov.18, and Dec. 16. Additional information is available at (804) 746-4719 (church) or (804) 730-9786 (Marilyn).
Saturdays The Community Salt Fish Breakfast is held at Enon UMC, 6156 Studley Road in Mechanicsille on the first Saturday of October-March, from 8-10 a.m. The Buffet Menu includes salt fish, scrambled eggs, bacon, grits, hash browns, corn cakes, biscuits, sausage gravy, apples, waffles, beverages and fellowship. Adults $10, children (age 6 and under) eat free with the profits supporting missions. This season’s remaining schedule is Nov. 4, Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 2.
Trinity Lutheran Church, Ashland Campus, located at 11515 Ashcake Road in Ashland 2 miles west of U.S. 1, holds its church service at 5 p.m. with Pastor Rev. Dr. Roy Minnix. Visit www.trinityrichmond.net or call (804) 270-9626.
All Souls Episcopal Church celebrates Holy Eucharist Rite II at 9:15 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church at 8154 Atlee Rd. in Mechanicsville. A nursery will be available for infants and toddlers. Katherine G. Dougherty is the Deacon in charge of All Souls. Visit www.allsoulsva.org.
A Healing and Recovery SS Class meets at 9 a.m. at the Walnut Grove Baptist Church at 7046 Cold Harbor Rd. in Mechanicsville. The class is for adults 18 and over and is an extension of the NorthStar community that also meets at 6 p.m. Fridays at the church. The Christian 12 Steps and Biblical wisdom are the basis of study and discussion to learn about God’s place in our lives. All are welcome. Contact (804) 746-5081 or contact Craig Simpson at [email protected].
Outside the Walls, a Narcotics Anonymous group, meets from 6 to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Pamunkey Regional Jail at 7240 Courtland Farm Rd. in Hanover. Contact John Shinholser, McShin president, at (804) 249-1845. The website is http://www.mcshin.org.
The Hanover Concert Band rehearses from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday. Membership is open to anyone who can read music and play a non-string instrument. High school students are welcome with parents’ permission. Visit www.hanoverconcertband.org or call (804) 789-0536.
The American Legion Post 175, located at 8700 Bell Creek Road in Mechanicsville, holds a “Meet and Greet, Coffee and Donut” event from 9-11 a.m. every Tuesday for the community and perspective members to meet members and learn about what they do for the community. Visit http://www.post175.org/.
The Rotary Club of Hanover meets the first and third Wednesday of the month, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Roma’s Italian Restaurant, 7240 Bell Creek Rd. Mechanicsville. Changes, additions and additional information can be found at hanoverrotary.org or by e-mailing jhenichec[email protected]. Invest your time and serve for a better community.
BINGO – Hosted by VFW Post 9808 will be held at 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m., at 7168 Flag Lane in Mechanicsville. For more information call (804) 746-9808 or email [email protected]
Walnut Grove Baptist Church will be conducting Free Adult English Classes (ESL) and Citizenship Classes (Passing the Test) Wednesday mornings. Classes will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at 7046 Cold Harbor Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. For more information, contact the church office at (804) 746-5081 or contact Frank at [email protected] or (804) 402-7701. The classes are free but students are asked to purchase the books required for the class.
The Rotary Club of Ashland meets on Thursdays at noon at the Trackside Grill, 301 S. Railroad Avenue, Ashland VA 23005. For more information, call (603) 325-2572 or join us at https://www.facebook.com/AshlandVARotary.
Overcomers Outreach & Women’s Codependency is a Christ-centered anonymous support program offering hope and healing for recovering alcoholics, addicts and their families. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at Shalom Baptist Church at 8116 Walnut Grove Road Mechanicsville. For more information, call (804) 366-6524 or email [email protected].
New Highland Baptist Church hosts open basketball gym time for adults in the Christian Life Center (CLC) starting at 7:30 PM. The church is located at 9200 New Ashcake Road in Mechanicsville. Use the side back entrance to enter. Contact Jeff Fitzgerald at [email protected].
Civil Air Patrol, Hanover Squadron, meets Thursdays, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fairfield Presbyterian Church, 6930 Cold Harbor Road, in Mechanicsville. CAP is an awesome program for youth, ages 12- 21, as well as for adults who care about young people and want to help train America’s next generation of Leaders. You’ll find cadet life exciting if you enjoy Flying, Leadership Training, Model Rocketry, Earning Rank & Awards, and much more. Visit hanover.vawg.cap.gov or contact Capt. James Wright at (804) 551-3354 or [email protected].
The Building Bridges group of Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. The group’s mission is to bring a message of hope and recovery to those suffering from addiction issues. They meet on Fridays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, 7356 Atlee Road in Mechanicsville. Visit rvana.org.
Bingo – Hosted by VFW Post 9808 will be held at 7 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m. at 7168 Flag Lane in Mechanicsville. For more information call 804-746-9808 or email [email protected]
Ashland Saturday Soundtracks is held Saturdays from 4 to 7 p.m. through October. Guests are invited to shop, dine, and play in Downtown Ashland while they enjoy the musical styles of local performers. Every Ashland Saturday Soundtracks concert is free, accessible, and open to the public at 102 South Railroad Avenue. Learn more at AshlandVirginia.com/Soundtracks
The Ashland Beekeepers Association (ABA) meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at First Baptist Church, 800 Thompson St in Ashland. Meetings provide educational programs and Q&A sessions about honey bees, beekeeping, and native plants for pollinators and bees. All are welcome to attend. For more information on meetings or upcoming classes please visit http://ashlandvabeekeepers.org
The WEB of Hope meets from 10 a. m. to noon at the Black Creek Baptist Church at 6289 McClellan Road in Mechanicsville. It is one of several groups in the Richmond area that crochets, knits, sews, and quilts gifts for the American Red Cross to distributed to those in need. Since its inception, the WEB has donated over 153,000 gifts locally, nationally and globally. If you can make it, the WEB can use it. Call Laurie Wagner at (804) 781-0338.
An Alzheimer’s/Dementia support group for caregivers and others who want to help and encourage those who have loved ones with dementia illnesses meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month on Zoom. Contact Jennifer Bean at (804) 559-2805 or the church office at (804) 746-9073.
The Hanover County Community Services Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at 12300 Washington Hwy. in Ashland.
The FeedMore Mobile Food Pantry will be distributing food from 10 to 11 a.m. at the First Shiloh Baptist Church at 8150 Walnut Grove Rd. in Mechanicsville. Contact Heather at [email protected].
The Mechanicsville Fellowship Club meets each month (excluding July and Aug.) at 10:30 a.m. in Room G110 of Shady Grove United Methodist Church at 8209 Shady Grove Rd. in Mechanicsville. Bring a covered dish and join in with a group celebrating faith, fellowship, friends and fun. Meetings are cancelled if Hanover County Public Schools are two hours late or cancelled due to inclement weather. To register, call the church at (804) 746-9073. Call Janet Lewis at (804) 398-8947.
The Hanover County Historical Society will be conducting free tours of the Old Hanover Courthouse on the Historic Courthouse Green from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every second Tuesday through December. The address is 13182 Hanover Courthouse Road in Hanover. Visit http://www.hanoverhistorical.org/index.
The Hanover Ruritan Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at Walnut Grove Baptist Church with dinner at 6.30 p.m. Ruritan is a national organization dedicated to improving communities and building a better America through fellowship, goodwill and community service. The first Ruritan Club was chartered May 21, 1928, in Holland, Virginia. Ruritan has grown throughout the United States of America, and in doing so has become. “America’s Leading Community Service Organization.” Membership in Ruritan is an honor and privilege. To learn more about Ruritan, find out how to become a member, request a membership application or get answers to your questions, call (804) 746-5728 or send a letter to Hanover Ruritan, P. O. Box 625, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. To be a guest of the club, call the numbers listed above. The club welcomes both men and women.
Hanover Community Services Board says if you are a family member or friend of someone who has a mental illness, you are not alone. There is support. Hanover Community Services Board offers a family support group on the second Wednesday of every month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Bell Creek location, 8475 Bell Creek Road in Mechanicsville. Facilitators Rebecca Strader and Heidi Brown invite you to attend this group that follows NAMI principles of confidentiality, respect, empathy and support to one another. No sign up or registration is required. Contact Rebecca at (804) 365-6746 or Heidi at (804) 365-6769.
The Hanover-Ashland TRIAD meets the second Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the new Atlee Library, 9212 Rutlandshire Drive, Mechanicsville. The Hanover-Ashland TRIAD is a program that focuses on providing information to seniors to improve their quality of life. The Hanover-Ashland TRIAD is a joint venture involving the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Ashland Police Department, AARP, Hanover County governmental agencies, human services agencies, civic groups and seniors themselves.
Community Services — Food pantry open to the public every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at Meadowbridge Seventh Day Adventist Church, 7400 Antique Lane in Mechanicsville. For more information call (804) 746-2788.
The Ashland Museum holds Trivia Night on the third Thursday of each month at Origin Beer Lab, 106 S. Railroad Ave., Ashland, 6pm. Free, no reservations needed. Follow us on instagram (@ashlandmuseum) or facebook. For information, email [email protected] or call (804) 368-7314.
The Rotary Club of Hanover meets the first and third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Roma’s Italian Restaurant, 7240 Bell Creek Road in Mechanicsville. Changes, additions and additional information at hanoverrotary.org or jhenichec[email protected]. Invest your time and serve for a better community.
The Atlee Ruritan Club meets every fourth Monday at Hillcrest Baptist Church on Route 301. Meetings, that include dinner and a program, begin at 6:30 p.m. Ruritan is a national community service organization dedicated to fellowship, goodwill and community service. The Atlee Club welcomes both men and women. To learn more about the club’s mission and reserve a spot for dinner, call (804) 789-9365.
January through Oct., The American Legion Post 175 hosts a “Community Breakfast” from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The breakfast is open to the public and is located at 8700 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville.