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Wednesday, December 7
“Christmas Tea” at Magnolia Grange.  1 p.m.  Author Connie Lapallo will be introducing her latest book, “When the Moon has no More Silver,” and talking about Christmas in the New World.  $25.  Call 796-1479 for reservations.

Bilingual Spanish-English Story Time.  Meadowdale Library.  7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.  Details:  318-8778.

First Baptist invites you to Walk Through Bethlehem

The gymnasium in the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church in Hopewell is currently unrecognizable. There are no signs of a facility to house basketball games, fellowship dinners, or sports camps.

The Rouge: L.C. Bird grad directs Steve Martin comedy

Jeff Cole perches at the bar at Sycamore Rouge, Petersburg’s cabaret-style theatre, trying to enjoy a carry-out calzone before the start of rehearsal.

Local retailers call Small Business Saturday a success

First came Black Friday, then came the door-buster sales on early Thanksgiving morning and Cyber Monday finished off the designated get-a-deal Christmas shopping extravaganza. But wait. What about Small Business Saturday?

Area seniors build leadership skills

Over the summer, 8 high school juniors were selected to attend the 2011 Virginia Girls State representing American Legion Auxiliary Post 284. The theme this year is “The Power of One Voice.”

Two Chester area residents complete Va. Defense training

Edwood C. Corker, SR of Surry Road in Chester and Jay C. Bates of Chester Forest Lane in the Salem Church area completed the Virginia Defense Force Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course held at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, VA.

Thomas Dale’s JROTC cadets gain promotions

The following Thomas Dale High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets were promoted to the rank indicated on Nov. 7.

Bird’s offense slips, loses to Hermitage in finals

Fresh off a win over Varina to advance to their second straight regional title game, the Lloyd C. Bird Skyhawks had a tall task in defeating Hermitage on their home field. The game was largely a defensive battle, and in the end Bird’s turnovers played a key role in the outcome.