1. Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” January Event – Appomattox – January 20

Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park
Appomattox, Virginia

Cost: All events are free and open to the public. Participants should wear appropriate athletic shoes and outerwear and bring a water bottle.

A dog walk of approximately two miles will take place on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10 a.m. Meet at the Lee’s Headquarters pull-off for a winter walk through the park. All dogs must be on a leash.

For more information contact Robin Snyder at 434-352-8987, extension 222.

The Healthy Parks Healthy People partnership is composed of seven area parks including Appomattox Court House NHP, Bear Creek Lake State Park, High Bridge Trail State Park, Holliday Lake State Park, James River State Park, Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park, and Twin Lakes State Park. Its mission is to showcase healthy recreational opportunities on public lands and encourage stewardship of these special places. For more information on events at the State Parks, visit the website.

2. Homeschool Family Indoor Rock Climbing Class – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is January 26

Peak Experiences Indoor Rock Climbing Gym
Midlothian, VA

Fridays, February 2, 2018 through April 20, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $150/month for one parent and two children (ages five and older); $25/each additional participant; and $25/extra for climbers under age eight. A membership option for a parent and one child is also available. Monthly fee includes full gym membership with two hours of personalized class instruction per week, the right to climb outside of class time, complimentary gear during class hours, and a 10% discount at the gear shop. Registration deadline is January 26.

Join other homeschool families and learn the fun and challenging sport of indoor rock climbing. Rock climbing builds fitness, confidence, problem-solving skills, and strong families. This is a family class for both parents and children. Parents are expected to participate.

For more information, or to register for the class, e-mail jkjessen@comcast.net.


3. “Stossel in the Classroom” Essay Contest – Submission Deadline Is February 16

Submissions are now being accepted for the “Stossel in the Classroom” essay contest. The contest is open to students ages 12 to 18 years. Submission deadline is February 16.

Total cash prizes of $9500 will be awarded to submissions earning honorable mention, semi-finalist, and finalist rankings, with a grand prize of $1500, plus an expense-paid trip to New York City and lunch with John Stossel.  

This year’s essay topic is “Price Gouging During Natural Disasters.” Students should watch John Stossel’s video about price gouging and write a 500-1000 word essay arguing for or against laws that prohibit price “gouging” during an emergency.

Visit the website for more information, including complete contest rules and submission guidelines.

 

4. “Stossel in the Classroom” Video Contest – Submission Deadline Is February 26

Submissions are now being accepted for the “Stossel in the Classroom” video contest. The contest is open to students ages 14 to 23 years. Submission deadline is February 26.

Total cash prizes of $6500 will be awarded to submissions earning finalist and first- and second-place rankings, with a grand prize of $1500, plus an expense-paid trip to New York City and lunch with John Stossel being awarded to the top submissions in both the high school and college divisions.

This year’s video topic is “Price Gouging During Natural Disasters.” Students should watch John Stossel’s video about price gouging and create a one- to three-minute video arguing for or against laws that prohibit price “gouging” during an emergency.

Visit the website for more information, including complete contest rules and submission guidelines.

 

5. Host Families for French and Spanish Students Needed – Richmond area – July

Host families are needed for exchange students from Spain and France. Host students, ages 13 to 17, in your home for three to four weeks during the month of July. Learn about the student’s culture while he or she learns about living in an American family while being a part of what you regularly do. There are a variety of programs to suit your family’s work or non-working schedule. Families receive stipends to help out with expenses. Transportation or vacation concerns can be addressed.

For more information, contact Debbie Hardy at 804-909-3190 or debbiehardy2003@yahoo.com.