Community Calendar

Thursday, Feb. 1

SENIOR EXPO – Senior Advocate Windsor Active Aging Expo will be held 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m. at Windsor Town Center, 23361 Courthouse Hwy. Co-sponsored by Isle of Wight Commission on Aging, the half-day event will feature presentations, exhibitors and door prizes. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased in advance at Nike Park, 13036 Nike Park Road, Carrollton, and the Windsor Town Center. For information, call Marisa Taylor at 757-357-5951.

BINGO – American Legion Post 49 will hold a community bingo game at 7 p.m. at 818 S. Church St., Smithfield. Regular and special games payouts of up to $60; progressive games paying larger jackpots that increase weekly. Doors open at 5 p.m.; card sales begin at 6. Sandwiches and snacks are available. For up-to-date information (in case of inclement weather, etc.) check the post’s Facebook page (Post49SmithfieldVA) or call 757-357-9239.

Saturday, Feb. 3

WHAT’S COOKING? – 1-1:30 p.m. at the Blackwater Regional Library Smithfield Branch, 255 James St,. This lecture will highlight cookbook history as well as their influence on history, manners and nutrition over the years. Participants are encouraged to bring their favor cookbook. Free admission.

PRAYER BREAKFAST – Sweet Haven Holy Church of God will hold its annual Men’s Prayer Breakfast 9 a.m. at 22188 Brewers Neck Blvd., Carrollton.

Sunday, Feb. 4

BATTLE OF SMITHFIELD ANNIVERSARY – 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The Isle of Wight County Museum will commemorate the 160th anniversary of Smithfield’s “most dramatic event” with activities along Main Street. The day will feature living historians and events at the museum, Ivy Hill Cemetery, Christ Episcopal Church and the 1750 Courthouse. At the end of the 1864 engagement, the locals were said to have enjoyed coffee in Smithfield for the first time in a long while. Anniversary participants can do the same with a special brew at Cure Coffeehouse and an espresso stout from Wharf Hill Brewing. The event is free. For information, call 757-356-1223 or visit www.historicisleofwight.com

Monday, Feb. 5

CITIZENS MEETING – The Isle of Wight Citizens Association and the Carrollton Civic League will meet together at 6:30 p.m. in the Carrollton Library, 14362 New Towne Haven Lane, Carrollton. Discussion topic will be Supervisor Renee Rountree’s proposal for a countywide task force to address growth/development issues as they affect schools, traffic, utilities, etc. Forinformation call Albert Burckard at 757-613-6183 or Herb De Groft at 757-651-1873.

Tuesday, Feb. 6

MEMBERSHIP MEETING – American Legion Post 49 of Smithfield will hold its monthly membership meeting at 818 S. Church St. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and business meeting at 7 p.m. All current and former Legionnaires are encouraged to attend.  Qualifying veterans are invited to attend and learn more about the local post. For information call 757-357-9239.

Thursday, Feb. 8

SWEETHEART BALL The Isle of Wight Commission on Aging Sweetheart Ball will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. At the Smithfield Center, 220 N. Church St., Smithfield. Doors open at 9 a.m. Tickets are available for advance purchase for $7 at Nike Park, AmeriCare Plus, Home Sweet Home and Windsor True Value. For information contact Marisa Taylor at 757-357-5951 or mtaylor@isleofwightus.net.

BINGO – American Legion Post 49 will hold a community bingo game at 7 p.m. at 818 S. Church St., Smithfield. Regular and special games payouts of up to $60; progressive games paying larger jackpots that increase weekly. Doors open at 5 p.m.; card sales begin at 6. Sandwiches and snacks are available. For up-to-date information (in case of inclement weather, etc.) check the post’s Facebook page (Post49SmithfieldVA) or call 757-357-9239.

Saturday, Feb. 10

SPAGHETTI DINNER Benn’s United Methodist Church, 14571 Benns Church Blvd., will host a Spaghetti Feast noon – 5 p.m. All-you-can-eat spaghetti, meat sauce, bread, salad and iced tea. Dessert sold separately. $10 for adults, $8 for children. Proceeds will benefit church community support activities and the Christian Outreach Program of Isle of Wight County. 

FEARLESS PAGEANT – Isle of Wight County Parks and Recreation will host its first-ever therapeutic recreation “Mister and Miss Fearless Pageant” for individuals with disabilities at 2 p.m. at Smithfield High School. The event is intended to allow participants to step out of their comfort zone, meet new friends, instill confidence and show off their talents. Contestants ages 3-4 and 5-8 will compete in formal wear and fun fashion. Contestants ages 9-12, 13-16, 17-24 and 25 and up will compete in formal wear, fun fashion and respond to an on-stage question. For information, contact Jaimie Belch at 757-365-1663 or jbelch@isleofwightus.net.

Sunday, Feb. 11

VFW MEETING – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8545 will hold its general meeting. Members only. The meeting will start at 5 p.m and be followed by a Super Bowl watch party. The party will be a potluck affair.

Tuesday, Feb. 13

BLACK HISTORY MONTH – The Schoolhouse Museum, along with the Isle of Wight NAACP, will continue the Black History Month Lecture Series on “Transforming Education” at 220 N. Church St., Smithfield, at 6 p.m. Guest speakers will be Richard Linyear, Lansing Davis and Cierra Payne. For information email jessiebl@charter.net.

Thursday, Feb. 15

BINGO – American Legion Post 49 will hold a community bingo game at 7 p.m. at 818 S. Church St., Smithfield. Regular and special games payouts of up to $60; progressive games paying larger jackpots that increase weekly. Doors open at 5 p.m.; card sales begin at 6. Sandwiches and snacks are available. For up-to-date information (in case of inclement weather, etc.) check the post’s Facebook page (Post49SmithfieldVA) or call 757-357-9239.

Thursday, Feb. 22

BINGO – American Legion Post 49 will hold a community bingo game at 7 p.m. at 818 S. Church St., Smithfield. Regular and special games payouts of up to $60; progressive games paying larger jackpots that increase weekly. Doors open at 5 p.m.; card sales begin at 6. Sandwiches and snacks are available. For up-to-date information (in case of inclement weather, etc.) check the post’s Facebook page (Post49SmithfieldVA) or call 757-357-9239.

Thursday, Feb. 29

BINGO – American Legion Post 49 will hold a community bingo game at 7 p.m. at 818 S. Church St., Smithfield. Regular and special games payouts of up to $60; progressive games paying larger jackpots that increase weekly. Doors open at 5 p.m.; card sales begin at 6. Sandwiches and snacks are available. For up-to-date information (in case of inclement weather, etc.) check the post’s Facebook page (Post49SmithfieldVA) or call 757-357-9239.

ONGOING AND UPCOMING

REVIVAL – “A Move of God,”  based on 1 Kings 18:38-39), will be held Feb. 1-3 at 7:30 nightly at All About Jesus Holy Church of Deliverance, 7146 Proctors Bridge Road, Ivor. The guest preacher will be Apostle Paul Dade of Richmond. Apostle Dr. Mable W. Fenner is host pastor. Call 757-859-9444 for information.

LITTLE THEATRE PLAY – The Smithfield Little Theatre will present the comedy “EXIT Laughing” at 210 N. Church St., Smithfield, Feb. 2-25 with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2:30 p.m. Visit https://www.smithfieldlittletheatre.org/ for ticket information and other details.

FISH FRY – The Men’s Club of the Church of the Good Shepherd, 3000 Smithfield Blvd., will sell fish fry dinners every Friday of Lent (Feb. 16 and 23 and March 1, 8, 15 and 22). Dinner will consist of fish filets, french fries, hush puppies and coleslaw. Cost is $12 per meal, take-out only. Hours are 5-7 p.m.

DOWNTOWN STORY WALK – Featuring “Martin’s Big Words” by Doreen Rappaport, Hayden’s Lane, Smithfield, through Feb. 13, celebrating the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Sponsored in part by the Smithfield Library and the Smithfield NAACP. Free admission.​ Best suited for ages 4-11.

RESTAURANT WEEK – Continues through Feb. 3 at participating Isle of Wight restaurants and specialty food and beverage stores. Visit www.genuinesmithfieldva.com for updates.

CHOCOLATE EASTER EGGS – The Good Shepherd Ladies’ Guild is taking orders for half-pound handmade chocolate-covered Easter eggs Feb. 14- March 17. The cost is $8 per egg. This year’s flavors are peanut butter, butter cream, chocolate cream, cherry nut, chocolate marshmallow, coconut toasted almond and mocha. Place orders at gsegglady@gmail.com no later than March 17.

ART CAMP – Isle of Wight County Parks and Recreation has partnered with Kids Create Studio to offer a parent-child art camp for children ages 1½ to 6 on Tuesdays, except holidays, beginning March 5. Participants will paint on real canvas boards, sculpt with air-dry clay and draw in oil pastels as they create animal-themed pieces. Classes will be held at the Nike Park Mary Wells Senior Center, Building B, at 13036 Nike Park Road, Carrollton. Classes will be 9:30-10:30 a.m. The cost is $85 per session. For information, contact Janette Jeffrey at 757-356-0851 or email jjeffrey@isleofwightus.net

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS – The Kiwanis Club of Carrollton is taking applications for $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors that promote academic and service leadership.  Applicants should contact their school counselor or Sherry Vincent at sherry@sherryvincent.org for applications. The deadline to complete the application is Jan. 31.

RURITAN SCHOLARSHIP – The Carrollton Ruritan Club and Carrollton Ruritan Educational Fund are accepting applications for a scholarship to provide financial assistance for higher education after high school or equivalent. Eligible are graduating seniors from Smithfield High School, Isle of Wight Academy or comparable homeschooling who will begin higher education in the summer and/or fall of 2024, including community college, trade school, unpaid training or apprenticeship. Completed application and supporting recommendations, grades and most recent test scores must be received by March 24 at CarrolltonRuritanVA@hotmail.com, or postmarked by March 21 to P.O. Box 32, Carrollton VA 23314. Applications may be obtained from school guidance offices or at the email address above.  

LITERACY GRANTS – The Colonel William Allen Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, is awarding two $250 Literacy Grants to elementary school teachers and reading specialists in public or private schools in Isle of Wight County. To be awarded one of the grants, teachers must submit a 250-word essay explaining how the grant money would be used and how their plan would improve the reading skills of their students. The essay should also contain the name of the applicant, applicant’s contact information and the school where they teach. Essays must be submitted to schupcolet@aol.com by Feb. 29. The grant money will be awarded at the chapter’s May 1 meeting. 

PORK CHOP FUNDRAISER – The Windsor Ruritan Club will host a Pork Chop Dinner 4-6:30 p.m. March 9 at its building on Community Drive. Eat in or take out. Donation of $12 per person is requested. For tickets and information call Gibbie Dowdy at 757-630-5420.

SLT SCHOLARSHIP – The deadline to apply for the Smithfield Little Theatre’s $1,500 educational scholarship is March 15. All high school seniors in the Western Tidewater area and Surry are encouraged to apply. You do not have to be a participant at Smithfield Little Theatre or a theater major to apply. For information visit www.smithfieldlittletheatre.org or call 757-365-0387.

QUILT EXHIBIT – “Warm up for Winter,” a new exhibit featuring quilts by the Angel Quilters of Smithfield, will be held through Feb. 28 at the Arts Center @319, 319 Main St., Smithfield. Free admission. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays noon-4 p.m. For details call 757-357-7707.

YOUTH SOCCER – Registration for spring youth soccer will continue through Feb. 14 for ages 4-15. Participants will be placed in age groups based on how old they are as of April 30. The cost is $65 per child, with price breaks for additional participants ($61 for second child, $63 for third child or more). Late registration is Feb. 15-21. There will be a late fee of $10. Those registering after Feb. 21 will be placed on a waiting list. For information contact William Winstead at wwinstead@isleofwightus.net or 757-365-6325.

MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP – The Smithfield Lions Club will host its annual James A. Bland Memorial Music Scholarship Contest at 2 p.m. March 9 at Trinity United Methodist  Church, 201 Cedar St. Contestants are not required to be from Smithfield, but may only enter one local contest. Interested instrumentalists and vocalists may obtain contest rules and download applications by visiting https://smithfield-lions.com/explore-our-impact-1. Click the “download application” button at the bottom of the Bland Music information.

YOGA CLASSES – Isle of Wight Parks and Recreation will sponsor classes with a certified yoga teacher 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays starting March 13. All yoga levels are accepted. Classes will be held at the Windsor Town Center, 23361 Courthouse Highway. Cost is $10  per class. Drop-in registration is welcome until 6 p.m. For information, contact Michelle Gallegos at 757-242-8513 or mgallegos@isleofwightus.net.

SMITHFIELD RURITAN CLUB – The Smithfield Ruritan Club meets the first Tuesday of every month at Smithfield Station. Social hour is at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and meeting starts at 7 p.m.

FREE THROW CONTESTS – Isle of Wight County Parks and Recreation will hold free throw contests at the Windsor Town Center, 23361 Courthouse Highway, on March 12, April 9 and May 14. Online registration will close the Tuesday before each contest. The cost of registration is $2 for youth (17 years old and under), $4 for adults (18-54) and $2 for seniors (55 and over). For information, contact Michelle Gallegos at 757-242-8513 or mgallegos@isleofwightus.net.

CORNHOLE LEAGUE – Isle of Wight County Parks and Recreation will host a spring adult cornhole league. Games will take place on Thursdays April 11-May 16 in the gym at Windsor Town Center, 23361 Courthouse Highway. Online registration will begin Feb. 5 and will remain open until slots are filled or March 24, whichever comes first. The cost of registration is $25 per team. For information, contact Michelle Gallegos at 757-242-8513 or mgallegos@isleofwightus.net.

SMITHFIELD HIGH REUNION – The classes of 1968 and 1969 are planning a joint class reunion on March 16. For information contact jwlunker2003@yahoo.com 

ROTARY CLUB OF SMITHFIELD – The traditional club holds its membership meetings each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Smithfield Station, 415 S. Church St. The Rotary Happy Hour Club 

meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Red Point Taphouse, 803 S Church St.

VFW MEETINGS – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8545 holds its general meetings the second Wednesday of each month. Dinner is served from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost $11. Meeting is open to the community to meet their local comrades. Members-only meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

CEC JAM – 7:30-9:30 a.m. each Saturday at Christ Episcopal Church. Musicians and “musicians in progress” get together to play and sing a wide range of music, including the Beatles, Eagles, Frank Sinatra, gospel, blues, Pearl Jam and CCR, to name a few. Musicians include people just learning to play the guitar up to lead mentor Lee Harper of the Isle of Wight Guitar Studio. The lyrics and chords are displayed on a large screen near the “Gene Lowery” stage in the church parish hall. Participants are invited to bring their favorite instrument and make a joyful noise. Admission is free. For details call 757-675-5777.

REPUBLICAN MEETING – The Surry County Republican Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at 2144 Colonial Trail West, Dendron. Visit VoteSurry.com for more information. 

COFFEE WITH THE PASTOR – Every Wednesday 9 a.m.-noon at Cure coffee shop on Church Street in Smithfield with pastor Chris Andress of Bethany United Methodist Church.

KAYAK RENTALS – Windsor Castle Park, 705 Cedar St., Smithfield. The free launch is open 365 days a year. The park offers kayak rentals using a self-service kiosk. The rate is $25 for two hours and includes a life jacket. To use the kiosk, first download the Rent.Fun app and create an account. Next, scan the code on the lock to unlock the kiosk and remove your kayak, paddle and life jacket. Return your equipment within the two-hour limit and select “End Rental” in the app. Go to WindsorCastlePark.com for more rules and safety tips. ,

VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER – Joe Grocki is available at Smithfield American Legion Post 49, 818 S. Church St. in Smithfield, on Mondays 9-11 a.m. He is available to assist any military veteran who has questions about their benefits, issues with discharge paperwork or needs assistance filing claims with Veterans Affairs. Appointments can be made by calling 757-357-9239.

SMITHFIELD FARMERS MARKET – Saturdays 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Enjoy fresh, local produce, live music, specialty foods and more in the BSV parking lot (115 Main St.) April through October, with specialty markets in November and December. For information call 757-357-5182.

1750 ISLE OF WIGHT COURTHOUSE – The historic courthouse on Main Street in Smithfield is open Sunday-Thursday 1-4 p.m., Fridays 11 a.m.4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

MANNA – 5:30-7 p.m. every Tuesday at Healing Waters Worship Center, 12172 Smith’s Neck Road, Carrollton. Drive-thru free groceries to all in need. Visit www.hwwcnow.org for more information.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION – Isle of Wight Christian Outreach is offering extended hours for food distribution Mondays from 4-6:30 p.m. This is in addition to the regular Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. distribution. Call 757-356-9267 for information. The mission is located at 402 Grace St. in Smithfield. 

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY – Every second Thursday of the month at the Luter Sports Complex. Sponsored by the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY MUSEUM – Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $2 for ages 18 and up. Interpreting local history, the museum’s exhibits include prehistoric fossils, Native American and Colonial artifacts, a country store and the museum’s most notable artifact — the world’s oldest, edible cured ham. The 1902 pork product exemplifies the patented Smithfield curing process. 

FIELD TRIPS IN ISLE OF WIGHT – Choose from several categories, including History, Art, Agriculture and Plants and Animals. Visit https://www.genuinesmithfieldva.com/events/detail/410/family-field-trip—plants-and-animals/80721

COMMONWEALTH CATHOLIC CHARITIES – Has launched a street outreach program to pair those experiencing homelessness with resources available to them in Western Tidewater. To refer someone in need, contact Ashli Hill, case worker, at 804-546-7529 or the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline at 757-587-4202.