Programs & Resources

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Meeting Place 

Public informational meetings, VCA events, Private parties, Voting

The Varna Community Center has two rooms used for VCA - sponsored activities such as the Varna After School Program, community meals and our geography quiz event, GeoWhiz.

 

We make our facilities available at no charge for Town of Dryden meetings and meetings by other governmental agencies especially when the topic is of special interest to VCA members.

 

The Community Center is a polling site for the Ithaca City School District and for two Tompkins County Board of Elections voting districts in the Town of Dryden.

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Meeting room features:​

  • Larger room:

    • capacity 85, linoleum floor

    • good for children's birthday parties!

  • Smaller room:

    • capacity 54, carpeted

    • excellent for small gatherings

  • Tables & chairs available

  • *NEW* Building-wide ventilation & air filtration system

  • Central heating

  • Accessible 

  • Free WiFi 

  • Ample parking

Contact us about renting:

Rental.VCA.facilities@gmail.com

607-272-2658 

Varna After School Program

visit the VASP website:  www.VarnaAfterSchoolProgram.com

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After School care for children in

grades K through 5

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COMMERCIAL KITCHEN

  • Tompkins County Health Department approved

  • 10-burner gas range with 2 ovens

  • Commercial dishwasher machine

  • Triple bay sink plus hand washing sink

  • Large central work table plus counter space

  • Reach-in cooler in kitchen

  • Walk-in cooler and freezer units behind the building

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Recreational Facilities

Open to all, dawn to dusk. Obey posted rules.

Playground for ages 2-12, Basketball Practice Court,

Woodland Trail, Lawn, Picnic Tables

Playgound designed by PlayByDesign

Built by VCA members and friends in 2016

Pancake Breakfasts

Our famous breakfasts have been on hold during the pandemic.  The VCA board of directors has decided the earliest a breakfast might be scheduled is February 2022. 

 

One of the important questions is whether there will be enough helpers to plan, create, serve and clean up. Volunteers get a free breakfast!

Let us know if you are willing to help. Call:   607-272-2658

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TC3 Student Award

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The VCA supports students attending Tompkins Cortland Community College and living in the Town of Dryden (includes Varna!) 

An award of $300 may be given for the best essay on this topic:  How have you stayed connected to your           community during the pandemic? 

Find instructions here    Find release form here

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GEO WHIZ is the VCA's fun and educational geography quiz event.  It runs like a spelling, is played by teams, and serves as a fundraiser for the VCA.  It is usually held in early November.

We canceled GEO WHIZ in 2020 and unfortunately, 2021, is also canceled. 

Sample questions:  

What town is home to the Tompkins County fairgrounds?

Minsk is the capital of what country?

Tahawus (the cloud splitter) is the Algonquin name for what NY mountain?

More resources for the community:

  • Mutual Aid Tompkins free food cupboard by the front door available 24/7 during the pandemic

  • Free book lending library outside the front door   

  • Weekly AA meetings - 8pm on Thursdays - 'Any Lengths' group - currently meeting off site

  • Tai Chi classes by Ithaca chapter of USA Tai Chi Society - on hold until 2022

  • Family Reading Partnership Bright Red Bookshelf (inside)

  • Free WiFi - available inside and out;    password:  pancake1