Happy New Year!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Sending peace and joy from all of us at Common Ground. Mark your calendars for important things coming up in 2019!

in this message:
PFLAG meeting January 8
Next Planning Meeting January 15
Women’s March Anniversary “Women’s Wave” January 19
2019 Guest Chef Program!
Upcoming Local Events
PFLAG meeting January 8
Common Ground members are committed to supporting fundraisers, PFLAG activities and events. Join us at their next meeting at the Floyd County Library Tuesday January 8 from 6 – 7:30.

Next Planning Meeting January 15 5:30 at 508 Brews in Hillsville
Draft Agenda:
Soup Kitchen plan for Feb 5 – Guest chef program (no soup kitchen in January due to New Years!)
Treasurer’s Report & Update
Women’s March January 19 – Independence VA
Community Garden
New 2019 Business
Fundraiser Ideas

  • Pie Fillings at Cannery
  • Run – 50 miler / Goat Yoga (spring) / Community Soup

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Decide Date and Location for Next Planning meeting

Women’s March Anniversary “Women’s Wave” January 19
Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Sidewalk at Rite Aid & Subway in Galax, VA | FREE
Join us for an international event celebrating the Third Anniversary of the Women’s March. Millions of women and allies are coming together again to resist government policies that hurt women, minorities, and our precious planet. This anniversary event will kick-off a new Women’s March Agenda to engage local communities and promote transformational change. If you live in or near Grayson County, Galax, or Carroll County, Virginia, march with us! And if you want to help plan our Local Sister March, please contact Katie@TheOracleInstitute.org.

Aerial view of march location:

2019 Guest Chef Program!
Cook food? We need you! Be a guest chef starting in January. Stephanie, Abby and the rest of us love cooking, but we’re hoping to share the responsibility of cooking for the Soup Kitchen on the first Tuesday of each month. With a few guest chefs we will be able to better serve the community and keep our enthusiasm! Will you be our local hero and cook a huge meal once or twice next year? You don’t even have to help serve it. Click here to sign up as a guest chef in 2019! Special thank you and shout out to Ben Roberts for volunteering to cook on March 5.

Upcoming Local Events

2019 Martin Luther King Celebration
Monday, January 21st, the holiday, from 1 pm — 2:30 pm at the Floyd County High School auditorium and cafeteria. As it is the holiday school kids are definitely invited.

The program will be from 1 pm – 1:45 pm in the auditorium and a hospitality buffet of finger foods (pizza, chicken tenders, wings, fruits, vegetables, cheese, crackers, sandwiches and cookies) from 1:45 — 2:30 pm in the auditorium.

We ask all who attend to make acquaintance with someone you don’t know during the hospitality time. If you would like to provide finger food, time, or a service for this event, please call Edna Whittier at 540-745-3674. Leave your name, phone number (please say the number twice and slowly) and a short message.

Opioid Analgesics: Pain and Abuse Jan 21

Linda Dykstra Hylander and Darlene Vaughn will speak about opioid use and abuse at the Landcare meeting on Monday, January 21st at 7:00 pm. Join us for an interactive discussion and learning session. Read more here.


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