Chesterfield County, Virginia's Weekly E-Newsletter
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
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Be Ready for Census 2020
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia and five U.S. territories, providing critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers and many others use to provide daily services, products and support for you and your community. Billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads and other resources based on census data. As a service to our citizens, Chesterfield County is committed to having everyone counted.
Beginning March 12, the census will arrive by mail and will ask citizens to respond in one of three ways: online, by phone or by mail.

Black History Month Event:
Origins of the First Twenty Africans
Throughout the month of February, Chesterfield is partnering with Virginia State University to celebrate Black History Month with a variety of programs, activities and lectures designed to explore the rich, diverse background of African Americans and their contributions to our community and nation.
Join Pia Spinner, a former interpreter from Henricus Historical Park, as she shares the Origins of the First Twenty Africans brought to America. Discover how the arrival of these men and women would shape the direction of a burgeoning nation. This event is on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 6-7 p.m. at the Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Road.

Register for this event and many more and  visit the website for a full schedule of Black History Month events.
Cultivate a Successful Garden
with Cooperative Extension
Do you want to learn how to garden or haven't had much luck? Chesterfield Cooperative Extension can help! They are offering free lawn and garden seminars throughout the spring, presented by Chesterfield County 's Virginia Master Gardener volunteers.

The third and final seminar, Begin the Garden , takes place on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 7051 Lucy Corr Blvd. Attendees will learn how to plan and prepare for a successful garden this spring. Seating is limited and registration is required .
Gossip and Grandeur at Magnolia Grange
Step back in time to enjoy Gossip and Grandeur in the Gilded Age this Saturday, Feb. 8 from 1-3 p.m. at the historic Magnolia Grange House, 10020 Iron Bridge Road.

Enjoy tea, finger sandwiches and sweets while learning about the rules of polite society, the grand parties and the tittle-tattle of the late 1800's.

This program will be presented by Nancy Lowden, Manager of Historical Programs for Maymont. Admission is $30 per person, seating is limited and reservations are required.
Chesterfield County Public Schools
Budget Town Hall Meetings
Chesterfield County Public Schools are holding community meetings based on magisterial district to discuss the proposed operating budget FY2021. There are three meetings remaining:

  • Matoaca District Budget Town Hall: Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Matoaca High School auditorium, 17700 Longhouse Lane.
  • Midlothian District Budget Town Hall: Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the A. M. Davis Elementary School cafeteria, 415 S Providence Road.
  • Midlothian District Budget Town Hall: Monday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Midlothian Middle School auditorium, 13501 Midlothian Turnpike.
Be a Good Landlord, Be a Good Tenant
with the Community Enhancement Guide
Chesterfield County's Department of Community Enhancement and the Revitalize Out Communities Committee ( ROCC ) have published a Good Landlord/Good Tenant Guide designed to provide both parties the information, tips and resources needed to achieve a mutually-beneficial rental experience.
The guide, available online as a webpage and downloadable brochure, provides information on all five stages of the rental journey:

  • Rental Knowledge
  • The Inspection
  • The Lease
  • The Occupancy
  • The Move Out
It also includes links to useful resources for landlords and tenants, including information on state and federal law as well as non-profit and governmental groups that can provide legal aid, landlord ratings and more.

For more information on the Good Landlord/Good Tenant Guide or to explore Chesterfield's efforts to improve the value, quality and attractiveness of the county, visit the Department of Community Enhancement webpage.
The Deadline has Been Extended to Nominate
a Chesterfield Community Champion
You still have time to nominate a  Chesterfield Community Champion!

Know a Chesterfield resident who has volunteered their time and/or resources to effect positive change in their community? We want to hear all about them!

Chesterfield County  announced the inaugural Chesterfield Community Champions  event to honor these notable volunteers. Awards will be given to winners from seven categories:

  • Youth (ages 12 and under)
  • Teens (ages 13 and older)
  • Youth Group (two or more volunteers under the age of 18)
  • Adult (ages 18 to 59)
  • Senior (ages 60 and older)
  • Group (two or more volunteers with no age restriction)
  • Organization (a business, church, etc.)

To nominate a person or group, please visit the  Chesterfield Community Champions webpage  to complete a nomination form.  The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, Feb. 14.

The event will be held on Thursday, April 2, from 7-9 p.m. at the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center (CTC) @ Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road.
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