Senior Planning seminar, Rotary set to meet

TODAY’S WORD is gallus (gaul-us). Example: The city council asked for time to consider the idea, as it was a rather gallus plan.

SUNDAY’S WORD was nazirite (naz-a-rite). It means someone consecrated to the service of God, who vows not to touch wine or cut his hair. Example: The man had to decline, when offered a glass of wine, because he had taken a vow as a nazirite.

Senior Planning

Senior citizens and their family members interested in planning ahead will have a chance to go over what to expect. The Southern Area Agency on Aging will hold “Senior Planning 101” Tuesday in Room 107 of the New College Institute. It’ll be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The topics include “Protecting Your Money,” “Your Essential Documents” and “Long-Term Care Options.”

Rotary meets

The Martinsville Rotary Club will meet on Tuesday at Hugo’s, 10 E. Church Street in Martinsville. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m., discussing upcoming community projects. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend.

Bowling lessons

Sportlanes is working with Henry County’s Parks and Recreation to help senior citizens learn about bowling. Anybody 50 and older can learn the fundamentals through classes every Tuesday for the next four weeks. The classes run from 1 to 2 p.m. at Sportlanes, 10 Koehler Road and the cost is $20. To register, call Henry County Parks and Recreation at 276-634-4644.

Quilters Guild

The Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild will have a meeting Nov. 1 at 9:30 a.m. at Piedmont Arts, 215 Starling Avenue. Everyone is welcome to bring their own project to work on. All level of quilters are welcome to join.


What should the future of Patrick Henry Community College be? That’s the question college leaders want the public’s help in answering. On Nov. 3, the college will hold a town hall meeting at the Dalton IDEA Center, 26 Fayette Street in Martinsville, beginning at 6 p.m. College leaders will lay out their five year strategic plan for the school and then hear from local residents.

Heritage Sale

Fieldale Heritage Inc. Group will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 5 in the former community center, now Fieldale Recreation Center. Why are we talking about it now? Because at 10 a.m. this Saturday, the side door to the Recreation Center will be open for anyone who wants to donate items for the group to use in the sale.

Foley Family Reunion

The family of Walter Foley will get together Nov. 6 for their annual family reunion. It’ll be held at Fairystone Fire Department, 6687 Fairystone Park Highway. Everyone coming is asked to bring a covered dish and drink. The meal starts at 1 p.m.

TRIVIA QUESTION: Every type of animal has a different diet. For one of them, a single item makes up 99 percent of its diet. What one item makes up 99 percent of a Giant Panda’s diet? The answer will be in tomorrow’s Stroller.

TRIVIA ANSWER: On Sunday, we talked about the American Pledge of Allegiance. Some people who grew up going to Vacation Bible School might be familiar with a different type of pledge, one to the Christian flag. Where and when was the flag created? The Christian flag was originally conceived on Sept. 26, 1897. Charles Overton, a Sunday School superintendent, was asked to give a speech at Brighton Chapel on New York’s Coney Island. He asked the students to consider what a flag representing Christianity would look like. In 1907, he took that idea and designed the actual flag. It has a white background to symbolize peace, purity and innocence. The blue square symbolizes heaven. The cross inside the blue square represents all Christians. It was adopted in the U.S. by the National Council of Churches in 1942.

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