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Lynchburg holds meetings for parents, guardians of rising kindergartners

Lynchburg City Schools has scheduled a series of public events for parents and guardians of children who will enter kindergarten for the 2023-24 school year. These community events will give parents and guardians of rising kindergarteners the opportunity to hear from school principals, teachers, and parents. Parents will even be able to register their student(s) for next school year at the events. Child care and transportation will also be available.

Families can learn more and RSVP for the Kindergarten Kickstart events at

Kindergarten Kickstart Events

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

St. John’s Episcopal Church

205 Elmwood Ave, Lynchburg, VA 24503

6:00 p.m.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Peakland United Methodist Church

4434 Boonsboro Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24503

6:00 p.m.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Ramp Church International

701 Thomas Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24502

6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Virginia University of Lynchburg – Humbles Hall

2058 Garfield Avenue Lynchburg, VA 24501

6:00 p.m.

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P&H joins ‘maker’ network

Patrick & Henry Community College has been selected to join the inaugural cohort of the MakerUSA Learning Network. The MakerUSA Learning Network is a national community designed to facilitate the exchange of resources and ideas supporting maker education and pathways to “making” industries.

“Making” includes industries ranging from advanced manufacturing and biotechnology to computer science and the skilled trades.

P&HCC has two Fab Labs. One Fab Lab is housed in the Thomas P. Dalton IDEA Center in Martinsville and is the first in the Commonwealth of Virginia that is part of the Fab Lab Network. P&HCC’s second Fab Lab is in Patrick County and was funded by a Build to Scale grant from the US Economic Development Administration. Both facilities offer opportunities for digital fabrication for individuals and companies in ways that are not practical or economical using mass production. In addition to integrating the Fab Lab into academic programming, Patrick & Henry uses it to promote student and community entrepreneurship and is available to business and industry to develop new products and technology.

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Washington and Lee presents Just Food lecture

The Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee University’s Just Food series continues on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. with an artist’s talk by Jackie Black. Black will talk about the intention and process behind her exhibit, the “Last Meal,” that portrays the last meal requests of inmates sentenced to death. The exhibit will be on display in Lykes Atrium in Wilson Hall from Nov.7 – Dec. 8.

This lecture will take place over Zoom and is open to the public. Attendees can register for free online at

The Just Food series is a public event series hosted by the Campus Kitchen at W&L that explores the intersection of the food system and social justice issues. This year’s series will include several events examining multiple perspectives on the connections between food and carceral systems. A full listing of events for the year can be found at