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Civil War takes Chesterfield ground

The first week in May, 147 years ago, brought Union troops on the ground to Chesterfield. The Civil War had arrived. On May 4, 1864, General Ulysses S. Grant put his grand campaign into motion. While sending a diversion brigade to West Point, Major General Benjamin F. Butler and 40,000 troops steamed their way up the James River.

He’s got the look

One day in early April, Carie Keller’s cell phone rang from the Bronx; it was her aunt, telling her about the hottest news in the most recent People magazine. Elizabeth Taylor, pictured on the cover, had passed. The legendary magazine had bid its farewell to the Hollywood goddess.

Grillin’ and Chillin’ on the Green May 12

The Chester Rotary Club invites community members to the Chester Village Green lawn Thursday, May 12 for “Grillin’ on the Green,” an evening of family fun and entertainment in the heart of Chester.

Henricus hosts fourth major event, hospital is focus

Henricus Historical Park continues its 400th commemoration with the fourth major event in a series called “The Year of Henricus” with “Mount Malady- America’s First Hospital” on May 7 and 8.

Ettrick and Matoaca to celebrate Celtic Festival this Saturday

With spring in the air, it’s time for the Ettrick-Matoaca Historical Society’s 11th annual Celtic Festival on Saturday, April 30, at the Knox Springs Farm on Halloway Avenue, just past Matoaca Middle School. The event is free to attend, running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Building blocks of Chester arts

The Village Green will be wired to crank out support for the arts in Chester with “Bricks and Mortar” Saturday, May 14, a benefit concert event with the goal of meeting a costly budget for construction, the bricks and mortar, of the Cultural Arts Center in Chester.

Weekly calendar

Wednesday, April 27
Early Literacy Story Time. 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. at Enon Library; 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. at Chester Library. Details: 530-3403 (Enon) or 748-6314 (Chester).

Spring Session: Adventures in Learning (AIL) Classes. 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Chester Baptist Church, 4317 School St. Details: 706-6689 or www.shepctrchesterfield.org.

Bilingual Spanish-English Story Time. 7 p.m. Meadowdale Library. Details: 318-8778.

Chester Rotary Club Meeting. 7:30 a.m. Wild Rose Café, Chester Square.