Former ACLU president to speak at Sweet Briar College

Nadine Strossen, who served as president of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1991 to 2008 — the first woman and youngest person to ever hold that post — will speak at Sweet Briar College at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held in Josey Dining Room in Prothro Hall.

Strossen has written, taught and advocated extensively in the areas of constitutional law and civil liberties. She has visited more than 500 campuses and has commented frequently on legal issues in the national media, having appeared on virtually every national news program. She has been a monthly columnist for two online publications and a weekly commentator on the Talk America Radio Network.

She currently serves as the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School and is a member of the ACLU’s National Advisory Council. Strossen is author of several books, including her most recent: “HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship.”

In 2017, the American Bar Association presented Strossen with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. She’s been acknowledged as one of the top 100 influential women by Vanity Fair and as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by The National Law Journal. Working Woman Magazine listed her among the “350 Women Who Changed the World.”

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, she practiced law in her hometown of Minneapolis and New York City.

Following her talk, guests are invited to stay and have dinner with Strossen. The guest rate for dinner is $9.50 for adults and $5.50 for children 11 and younger. For more information, visit

After dinner, guests are invited to enjoy Sweet Briar Theatre’s performance of “The Importance of Being Earnest” at 7:30 p.m. in Murchison Lane Auditorium in the Babcock Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for non-SBC students and free for the Sweet Briar community.

For more information about Strossen’s lecture, email Josh Wheeler at

Friends of Amherst Public Library to hold annual book and bake sales

The Friends of the Amherst County Public Library will hold their annual Book Sale and Bake Sale on April 6 at the Amherst County Public Library, 382 South Main St.

The sale will run from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will include books for all ages and a variety of delicious baked goods. Money raised will be used to support important programs at the Amherst County Public Library.

The library currently is accepting donations of recently published, gently used books. Older books, books in poor condition, textbooks, and magazines cannot be accepted. There also is a sign-up sheet at the library for anyone wishing to donate baked goods to support the sale. All contributions will be appreciated, a notice from the Friends group states.

The Friends is a volunteer nonprofit that provides financial resources and promotes public awareness to support programming at the Amherst County Public Library. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Friends of the Amherst County Public Library, membership forms are available at the library.

Vietnam veteran appreciation event planned for March 23

The Second Annual Vietnam Era Veterans Coming Home event is set for Saturday, March 23, at Tree of Life in Lynchburg.

The gathering includes a ceremony to honor area veterans, speakers, light snacks and refreshments and music. The event takes place at Tree of Life Ministries, 2812 Greenview Drive, Lynchburg. Registration for Vietnam era veterans begins at 1 p.m. The ceremony is from 2 to 3 p.m. To RVSP email or

VCCA receives $10K for military veteran residency program

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst recently announced it has been awarded an $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for its Collateral Reparations: Artist Residencies for Military Veterans program.

Since its inception in 2016, the program has brought 12 military veterans and visual artists to the VCCA campus at Mt. San Angelo near Sweet Briar. The current grant will fund three additional residencies for military veterans, visual artists and composers. The funding includes a $1,000 stipend for each fellow.

Joy Heyrman, executive director of VCCA, said in a news release it is grateful for the National Endowment for the Arts for supporting the project and is honored to provide creative space for military veteran artists “whose distinctive voices are so important for our society to hear.”

Recent veteran-fellow and writer Ramiro Hinojosa said in the release the project gave much-needed space and time to reflect. “While at VCCA, I was able to revise most of the stories in my collection, as well as share some of my work with the surrounding community – both of which are valuable to the creative process,” Hinojosa said in the release.

The deadline is May 15 for a fall residency and a second deadline for a winter 2020 residency is set for Sept. 15. For more information, visit

Sweet Briar announces scholarships in partnership with Girl Scouts

Sweet Briar College has announced two additional scholarships, for a total of four, in partnership with the Girl Scouts of the USA for girls who have completed the Girl Scouts’ Gold Award.

Through donations, Girl Scouts who have been accepted at Sweet Briar from anywhere in the United States can apply for one $2,500 award, and another two awards of $2,500 each are reserved for students in Virginia and Georgia. A $5,000 award is designated for a Girl Scout from the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital, according to a news release.

The scholarships are funded by multiple Sweet Briar alumnae who are former Girl Scouts and care deeply about advancing women’s leadership, according to the release. All four scholarship awards are available for eligible incoming first-year students from the designated geographic areas who have achieved the Girl Scout Gold Award and have been accepted to Sweet Briar. The scholarship award is for the first year of study. The deadline is April 1. For more information, email or call (434) 381-6142.

Region 2000 council rebrands itself

The Region 2000 Local Government Council has rebranded as the Central Virginia Planning District Commission (CVPDC), according to a news release.

Chartered by the General Assembly in 1969, the CVPDC was created to “encourage and assist local elected and appointed officials in addressing issues that extend beyond their individual localities while working to strengthen collaboration and effective communication among their neighboring jurisdictions.”

The new name “clearly communicates its focus on planning, community development and services the support the residents, businesses and communities of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell and Lynchburg,” according to the release.

For more information, visit

VDOE seeking partners for summer meals program

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is seeking partners to participate in the commonwealth’s annual Summer Food Service Program to ensure that children have access to nutritious meals during months when school is not in session.

The program — which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture — allows organizations to combine a feeding program with a summer activity program in communities where at least 50 percent of the children are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.

Organizations approved to participate are reimbursed for meals served and for associated administrative costs. In addition, all participants receive training and technical assistance from VDOE.

The Summer Food Service Program operates in schools, public housing centers, community centers, playgrounds, camps, parks and churches. Organizations that may quality to participate in the program include public or private schools, local governments, public or nonprofit private residential summer camps, and nonprofit organizations such as faith-based and community-based organizations.

Information for organizations interested in applying to participate in the Summer Food Service Program — including details on application deadlines — is available on the VDOE website.

Local 4-H center receives $10K grant for education programs

The Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center in Appomattox has received a $10,000 grant from the International Paper Foundation for the center’s Nature Resource Education Programs (NRE).

The NRE Programs are designed to develop awareness and appreciation of the natural environment by utilizing the science leg of STEM through hands-on and field experiences during the school year, according to a news release.

The program, which is correlated to the SOLs, offers outdoor class settings for earth science, life science, life-skill development and leadership development and offerings are conducted through in-school programs and in-the-field experience at the 4-H Educational Center.

The grant will enable hundreds of school-age children to attend the programs, according to the release. For more information, call (434) 248-5444 or visit

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