WC TO HOST COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CONCERT

National Southern Gospel Recording Artist the “Down East Boys” will be providing a Community Christmas Concert at William Campbell High School Auditorium on Saturday night, Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Free Admission.

B.E.A.M. CHRISTMAS OPERATING SCHEDULE

B.E.A.M. will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24, so that our volunteers may spend time with their families.  For information of our clients, B.E.A.M. will be open on Saturday, December 21 and December 28, from 10 AM until 12 Noon, and on Tuesday, December 31, from 2 PM until 4 PM.  All other operating hours will remain as in the past. The volunteers at B.E.A.M. wish all of their clients a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  To the churches, businesses and individuals who have continued to support this worthwhile organizations, we express our sincere appreciation and wish you a great Christmas and New Year.

HERITAGE HALL TO HOST BREAKFAST WITH THE GRINCH

Heritage Hall is hosting Breakfast with the Grinch on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.! Join us for a gourmet breakfast buffet complete with a hot chocolate bar! There will be vendors for Christmas shopping! Photos with the Grinch (Bring your own Camera). Magic Reindeer Food. Christmas Craft. Letter to Santa. Grinch Goody Bags. Cost is $5 for adults and $10 for children. Kids 2 and under Free. RSVP to Autumn at 434-376-3717. All proceeds go to Resident Aid. We are looking forward to seeing you!

HALIFAX CHAPTER 1321 MEETING

Halifax Chapter 1321 will hold its December meeting on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Roma's Italian Restaurant, 3403 Old Halifax Road, South Boston, Virginia.  The meeting begins at Noon, and this month's speaker will be Doug Powell of the Halifax County Historical Society.  Powell's topic will be on "Nathaniel Greene and the Race to the Dan."  Chapter members are reminded to bring items for veterans' "Just Because" bags and also canned goods items for the local food pantry.  If there are any questions, please call 804-514-6806.  

CHRISTMAS AT AVOCA

Avoca Museum’s Christmas at Avoca will be held December 14 and 15 from 1-5 p.m. Visitors can tour the Fauntleroy mansion that will be beautifully decorated throughout for the holidays. Enjoy light refreshments, a silent auction, musical entertainment each day of the event. Santa will be in the cabin and much more. $5 admission and children under age 5 get in free. Avoca Museum in located at 1514 Main Street, Altavista.

BEEKEEPING FOR BEGINNERS SCHOOL

Beekeeping for Beginners School registration is now open and consists of three Tuesday night classes, January 28, February 18 and February 25 from 7-9 pm at Prince Edward County Extension Office near Lowe's in Farmville.  A Field Day is planned for a date to be announced since it is weather-dependent.  Cost of $50 per person or Family Unit (Family Unit Category subject to approval) includes all three classes, the Field Day, and two books and pre-registration is required.  Presented by Heart of Virginia Beekeepers.  For more information or to register, come to the Tuesday, December 3 meeting at 6:30 pm, same location, or contact Mary Jane Morgan at 434-315-1433 or wmorgan476@gmail.com

FREE FOOD BOXES THROUGH CANDLELIGHT MINISTRIES

Candlelight Ministries brings free food to Brookneal every third Monday at 2 p.m. The truck comes to Greenspring Baptist Church at 103 Greenspring Lane, Brookneal. All are welcome to come and be fed.

SANTA TO BE AT PHML

Santa will be at Patrick Henry Memorial Library in Brookneal on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6-7:30 p.m. Meet Santa, make crafts and enjoy holiday treats-all for free. Bring your own camera.

NEIGHBORHOOD PRODUCE MARKET

Neighborhood Produce Market offers free produce at area libraries thanks to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank on 2nd Thursdays, 9-10 a.m. in Rustburg; 11 a.m. - 12 noon in Brookneal; on December 12. All are welcome.

CROSSING POINT OFFERS MUCH TO AREA

Crossing Point “Connecting the Community” is open every Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the former location of Good Times building at 101 Booker Road, Brookneal. Crossing Point is offered by Ebenezer Baptist Church and is open to all to enjoy the free fun. There is a coffee and expresso bar, pool tables, arcade, video games, hot dogs, drinks and chips, a kids creative corner, computers, and more.

POETRY BOOK ON SALE NOW

A new book of poetry written by Rev. Jerry Stanfield, Donnalynn Davis and Tim Anderson is on sale now for $10. The book is available at The Union Star, Golden Skillet, and Town of Brookneal office.

UPDIKE FUNDRAISER

Childrey Baptist Church is holding a fundraiser at Golden Skillet in Brookneal where donations are being accepted for Ben and Talley Updike’s mission trip to Africa. Donations of money are being accepted as well as loops and looms to teach their African students how to make potholders for fundraisers. They can be purchased at Michaels in Lynchburg or Walmart.

BOOK SALE AT LIBRARY

The Patrick Henry Public Library in Brookneal invites everyone to stop by for their book sale. Buy one bag full of books for $3 and get a second bag free of charge. There is a variety of fiction and non fiction.

BLESSING BOX MAXI MART

The blessing box at the Gretna Maxi Mart on Rt. 40 West across from Meadows Auto is full of food thanks to Greenfield Church. All in need are encouraged to get a free meal from the box. 

B.E.A.M. EXPANDS HOURS

B.E.A.M. is now open 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon on the third Saturday of each month to serve clients.  B.E.A.M. will continue to open on  Tuesdays from 2:00 - 4:00 PM, and will now be operating on each Saturday from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon. It is located in the Brookneal Community Building on the side.

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST HELD THIRD SATURDAY

Everyone is invited to the Community Breakfast held the third Saturday of each month, 8:30 - 10 a.m., at Brookneal Community Building. The meal is free to the public. Sponsors are Heritage Hall - Brookneal, Falling River Baptist Church, and Watts Realty. Community Breakfast Schedule: December 21- Falling River

ALTAVISTA BLESSING BOX NEEDS DONATIONS

The blessing box located in the parking lot at Altavista Online is always in need of donations that are offered free of charge to people in the neighborhood needing a meal for the day. Place your donated non-perishable food item, toiletries, baby or pet supplies inside the box. You may call Kathy Mayhew at (434) 660-3533 for more information on starting a blessing box or to make a donation.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Narconon wants families to know that cocaine abuse is occurring in almost every community nationwide and the drug is now being mixed with fentanyl, an extremely strong, synthetic opioid. Overdoses from fentanyl-laced cocaine are on the rise and families need to know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose. To learn more about cocaine abuse and how to help your loved one, visit

https://www.narconon-suncoast.org/blog/fentanyl-involved-cocaine-deaths-are-on-the-rise-and-no-one-knows-why.html

ADDICTION SCREENINGS

Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1-888-824-1621

JOB HELP AT LIBRARY

A representative from the Region 2000 Workforce Center has been offering job search help at two branches of the Campbell County Public Library System each Tuesday. Each Tuesday, the representative will be at Patrick Henry from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and at Timbrook from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Patrick Henry is located at 204 Lynchburg Ave., Brookneal. Timbrook is located at 18891 Leesville Road, Lynchburg. The representative will no longer be at the Altavista branch or at the main library in Rustburg. This is a free service. The representative will offer help with job searching, creating resumes, and filling out applications. Appointments are required. To make an appointment at Patrick Henry, call 434-376-3363. To make an appointment at Timbrook, call 434-592-9551. For more information, contact Jordan Welborn, library director, at 434-332-9560 or ljwelborn@co.campbell.va.us.

BREAK OUT WITH BENEFITS

The Campbell County Department of Social Services sends a representative to Patrick Henry Memorial Library in Brookneal once a month to help residents with benefits. Every second Tuesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, a benefit program specialist is at the library to help with the benefit programs SNAP, TANF, and Medicaid. The specialist helps residents in the area who have questions about benefits, who want to apply for or renew benefits, or who want to drop off information. The library is located at 204 Lynchburg Avenue, Brookneal. If you have any questions, please contact Social Services at 434-332-9585.

LITERACY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Adult and Career Education (ACE) of Central Virginia provides free GED classes and career readiness training for adults throughout the region. We are currently seeking volunteer literacy tutors to work one-on-one, in small group settings, or in the classroom with individuals needing extra support, in basic literacy or English as a second language. No experience is necessary; we will provide training, support and resources. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in both an individual’s life and the community at large. If you would like to learn more, please contact us - we would love to hear from you! ACE of Central Virginia. www.centralvaadulted.com. 434-528-6494 or email aceliteracytutors@gmail.com.

GED CLASSES AT PHML

What: Free Adult Education Classes - Campbell County Public Schools When: Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 to 7:30 Where: Patrick Henry Memorial Library. For more information, call 434-477-5583, ex. 632. Enroll when you attend class for the first time! FREE Adult Education Classes at Patrick Henry Memorial Library offering instruction for GED testing, instruction on College and Career Readiness Skills for adults who already have a high school diploma or GED, help in creating a resume, preparing for a job interview, improving reading and math skills, and improving computer skills. The class meets on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 to 7:30. For more information, call 434-477-5583, ex. 632.

BROTHERS-IN-ARMS

The non profit group, Brothers-in-Arms, which helps with unexpected sickness or injury to area fire fighter or EMS volunteers, can be reached at brothersinarmscva@gmail.com. Contact David Cox at 434-851-9902 for more information.