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The Stroller

Thursday, November 14, 2013

THURSDAY’S WORD is shard (SHAHRD). Julia was so startled that she dropped the bowl, and it shattered into China shards.

WEDNESDAY’S WORD was undergird (un-der-GERD). It means to strengthen or support (something) below. Example: “High school students need to understand the paradigms and traditions that undergird social and political institutions.” — From a lesson plan at, July 3, 2001

A local business is aiming to change the “Lives of Local Children, One Beard at a Time.” In a release, CastingLogos said its staff will join some of the men on the athletics staff at Patrick Henry Community College in a challenge on NoShavEmber: A Competition with a Cause, where the men will grow beards. You donate for the person you judge to have the best beard. The person with the fewest votes at the end of the competition will have to shave his head. Each entrant has pledged to raise at least $100 for the cause. Money donated will go to the Salvation Army.

“We are partnering with the local Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program to provide gifts for children in our community who may otherwise not have a Christmas”, the release states.

Check out the updates on social media every Friday this month (, or on Twitter @CastingLogos) as the beards grow. Stop by the store at 2845 Virginia Ave., Collinsville, to drop your donation in the bucket, along with the name of the person representing the beard you like best.

The competition will sponsor several children with a commitment to raise at least $600 to provide gifts for children locally.

The Patrick Henry Elementary Fall Festival Fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds from the festival will go for new playground equipment at the school. There will be all kinds of games for the kids, including a huge inflatable obstacle course, a giant slide, a bounce house, a cupcake walk, hot dogs and more. Admission is free; wristbands to play the games are $10. There will be local vendors. Chrysler Drive for Kids is a business-to-school partnership with Chrysler. At Drive for the Kids events, parents and guests have an opportunity to earn $10 for the school by taking a brief test drive in a Chrysler Town & Country minivan. Anyone age 18 or older, with a valid driver’s license is eligible to drive. Jim Mills Chrysler, a local business, will match each donation.

Discounted registration for the gardening symposium “Spring to Green” is due by Friday.

“Spring to Green” is sponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and Danville Master Gardeners (DMG). It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Institute Conference Center in Danville. A snow date is scheduled for Feb. 8.

Programs will include “Bulbs As Companion Plants,” “Autumn Finale with Fall Flowering Bulbs,” “I Have Elephants in My Garden, So What’s Your Problem?,”“ Contain Your Gardening Enthusiasm,” “Edible Landscaping” and “Rescue Your Fescue.”

Participants must register by sending a nonrefundable check of $45 to DMG “Spring to Green,” c/o VA Cooperative Extension, 128 Third Ave., Danville, VA, 24540. Checks must be made payable to Danville Master Gardeners. Lunch will be included in the fee, and vegetarian lunch options are available but must be requested. The registration deadline is Jan. 20, but a $5 discount will be given to those who register by Nov. 15.

For more information, visit or call the Virginia Cooperative Extension office at (434) 799-6558.

The Patrick County High School Baseball Team will host a Thirty-One/Gift Card/Coach Bingo on Friday at Rotary Field in Stuart. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Bingo will start at 7 p.m. There will be more than 20 door prizes given, including Thirty-One Bags and accessories and a Coach Bag valued at $319. This is a benefit for the PCHS baseball team.


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