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DANVILLE, Va. — If you are looking to learn a new trade, two Danville pastors might have the right apprenticeship program for you.

During the Danville City Council Meeting June 15, two local pastors announced their new program: they offer a paid painting apprenticeship to everyone who is interested. Participants must be at least 14 years old and up to 30 years of age. The program also guarantees a job after completion.

If you are interested and would like to know more information, you can email or call 434-429-2508.

At the meeting, Danville Parks and Recreation Health and Wellness Coordinator Danielle Montague invited the community to participate on this year’s Juneteenth celebration this upcoming Sunday, June 19. The event will have music, a civil rights tour and presentations. The event will take place at the Carrington Pavilion from 3:30 p.m to 7 p.m.

“It is picnic style, come out and bring the kids, some food and celebrate with us,” Montague said.

Also during the meeting, Qonell Totten, founder and president of One Accord Connections, invited the community to the annual Rock D’ Block celebration that is taking place June 26, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will be hosted at Pumpkin Creek Park on Taylor Drive.

“We will have a petting zoo, food, activities, a basketball tournament,” Totten said. “We will have water activities as well.”

At the meeting, the first reading for an ordinance to amend the fiscal year 2021 budget was discussed to allocate additional federal aviation funding. This additional funding is in preparation to host the bigger planes expected to fly into the area with the Caesars casino opening.

“We are not working with Caesars [on this project] but we are anticipating what might be needed,” said Marc Adelman, Danville Regional Airport director.

Staff Writer

Neftali Cabrales is a staff writer for the Star-Tribune. Neftali holds a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina and is a native of Cuba.

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