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The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield Adventures in Learning Classes. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Chester Baptist Church, 4317 School St. For more information or to register for classes call 706-6689.

Unknown no longer: A Virginia slave name database

More people are now interested in tracing their ancestry than ever. Ancestry.com is one of the major sources that people use to trace the roots of their family as far into the past as is possible. But African-Americans run into a dead-end quickly when using that tool to research just a few generations into the past.

Chester Lions welcomed artist, author to monthly meeting

Well-know artist, sculptor and author, Henry Kidd, spoke at the January 22 Chester Lions Club meeting. Kidd gave a detailed and vivid picture of the Battle of the Crater in Petersburg, along with many of the personalities on both sides of the war. He is especially recognized for his September 11, 2001 painting and Adopt-A-Station project.

Annual Mulch Fundraiser: A garden opportunity

For residents in neighborhoods surrounding the Chesterfield Courthouse, it’s time once again to capitalize on the organic virtues of mulching. This annual Boy Scout fundraiser has been a mainstay for efficient gardeners in our community since its inception nine years ago.

Weekly calendar

Wednesday, February 6
The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield Adventures in Learning Classes. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Chester Baptist Church, 4317 School St. For more information or to register for classes call 706-6689.

Early Literacy Story Times. Chester Library. 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Enon Library. 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – No registration required.

Bilingual Spanish-English Story Times. Meadowdale Library. 7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. No registration required.

SERVICE ABOVE SELF: Chester Rotary members give back to community, schools

“Anything a community can do to help our schools is really appreciated,” said Jennifer T. Lenz, principal of Marguerite Christian Elementary School. “

Thomas Dale baseball field to be dedicated to Matthew Gwaltney

During last week’s Chesterfield County School Board meeting, the board approved a resolution naming the Thomas Dale baseball field, the Matthew Gwaltney field. Matthew, 24, was a victim of the Virginia Tech mass shooting in 2007 and was a talented baseball and basketball player.