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In This Issue
Join the Community!
Hamner Happenings
Rockfish Seniors Concert
Rockfish Seniors Concert
Treasure Chest Bag Day
Every Friday,
brunch or lunch
at RVCC from Claudia's Kitchen.
Featuring scones, tarts, coffee, tea, soups, and more!
Conference room
Wi-Fi available

First Saturdays
(8:30-10:30 am)
Community Market (9 am -12 noon)

Free RHOP blood pressure/glucose  checks
(8:30-11 am)
Group ads
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More news about the "happenings" at RVCC. Like everyone else in the Rockfish Valley and the region around it, we've been busily trying to stay ahead of this winter's weather. Plowing the snow and feeding our boiler are big expenses.
So-o-o-o ... if you've not yet renewed your membership, NOW would be a good time to do it! You can renew online or download a form to mail, here.
RVCC 10th Annual Meeting:
Tuesday, March 30

CalendarMark your calendars for the Tenth Anniverary Annual Meeting of the Rockfish Valley Community Center.
More in the March newsletter!

Be Part of Your Community
RVCC is a community center, a place where community happens, as our mission states. At RVCC the interactions of community occur more frequently as spontaneous and intermittent happenings rather than in planned, Playgroundconsistently scheduled activities. We have a big building and scenic grounds that can be utilized a lot more, however, for planned activities and social events. We'd also like to see more occasions where people interact spontaneously on the recreation field, in a class, over food and drink at the new Friday lunches, or bumping into each other at the Treasure Chest, Hamner Theater, or Community Market.

I've been reading a little book Welcome to the Country, by Grayson County native Frank Levering who addresses the BGFissue of "newcomers" moving into the country and adapting to rural life. His last chapter addresses creating community, and notes that rural life is more people-centered than urban life! Among his seven "boiled-down tips" for creating community in the country are - "pitch in; join clubs, civic organizations or faith communities; always donate things/money; and buy locally." RVCC provides the opportunity to do all these community building activities.

RVCC is buying the old Rockfish School property where we intend to perpetuate the community-building mission that began in 2000 when the first Board of Directors created Rockfish Seniorsthe 5010(c)(3) non-profit organization. Keeping this endeavor afloat financially has been one of many challenges, but each year we have pulled through. We count on you, our members and prospective members, to donate generously. We welcome your participation in the committees of our Board, as a volunteer in our office, theater, thrift shop or participant in the Senior Group. Pitch in! Feel the pulse of a community project or event. Make a new friend.

Weave your thread into the fabric of Rockfish Valley Community life.

Sarah Jane Stewart
President, RVCC Board of Directors

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Hamner Happenings

Now, in the winter of your discontent,
comedy returns to the Hamner!

Two new plays for Hamner audiences, each about saying good-bye, will  play in repertory from the end of February into March 2010.

Opening February 25, Nixon's Nixon by Russell Lees opens, with All Is Always Now by local playwright Robert Wray opening the following Thursday. Come see Chris Patrick as Nixon and then come see Chris Patrick as Lowell ... two plays, 5 actors, 1 set - the ultimate actors' challenge
  • Nixon's Nixon previews Weds., Feb. 24 and opens Thurs., Feb. 25. There will be a champagne reception following the opening performance. Additional performance dates are 2/26, 2/27, 3/5, 3/11 and 3/13 at 7:30, 2/28 and 3/7 at 2:00.
  • All Is Always Now will preview Mar. 2 and 3 and opens March 4, with a champagne reception after the opening performance. Additional performances 3/6, 3/10, 3/12, 3/17, 3/18, 3/19 and 3/20 at 7:30; 3/14 at 2:00.
  • There will be talkbacks on Fri., Mar. 5 for Nixon's Nixon and Fri., Mar. 12 for All Is Always Now. Stay and talk to the directors, actors and playwrights!
And mark your calendars for everyone's favorite Nelson County harmonizers: Tiger Lily will be entertaining at the next Hamner Cabaret on Saturday, March 27.

For more info, visit the Hamner website here.

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High on the Mountains Boys
Sing Gospel for RVCC Seniors

The High On The Mountain Boys from Staunton will be entertaining the seniors at RVCC on February 25, from 10:30 until 11:30. The public is invited. Admission free.

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Easy Ways to Support RVCC!
We have signed up with several websites that donate a percentage of purchases/profits back to non-profits. Take a look at them, choose Rockfish Valley Community Center as your non-profit of choice, and you can support the Center while you surf or shop!

The first site is the creation of one of our members and supporters, Richard Averitt. His company, A Part of Something Big, gives RVCC a percentage of designated sales ... and  sources all products from social-development, micro-finance, fair-trade, non-profit, and/or environmentally friendly companies and organizations. The idea is that every product you might buy supports RVCC and also supports another important organization or cause in the US and abroad.

The second site, GoodSearch, is simply a search engine which donates 50% of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. It's a simple and compelling concept. You use GoodSearch exactly as you would any other search engine. Because it's powered by Yahoo!, you get proven search results. The money GoodSearch donates to your cause comes from its advertisers - the users and the organizations do not spend a dime!

Lets Go Green

The last site,, is an online store selling eco-friendly green products for home, business or office. Their products can help you live a greener lifestyle and reduce your carbon footprint. In addition, they work to support groups around the country who rely on fundraising efforts. They donate 25% of every designated sale to RVCC. So besides supporting RVCC you can also support our commitment towards a cleaner, greener planet.

So give them a try. Bookmark 'em! And remember to choose RVCC as your favorite non-profit!

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Bag Day
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Like to flip pancakes?

Cooking PancakesThe much-loved and well-attended monthly pancake breakfast at RVCC
is in need of some volunteers. A morning in the RVCC kitchen on the first Saturday of the month is a highly recommended way to support the community center ... and have fun!

This monthly program helps to fund general operation and program costs at RVCC.

So if you are a regular participant of the breakfasts,
consider being an occasional volunteer.
Call Bo Holland,434.361.0100 or to sign-up.

And thanks!
We invite you to join us at the
Rockfish Valley Community Center ...
Where Community Happens!