RVFD SPRING DINNER
Rapidan Volunteer Fire Department will host a spring pork dinner Friday, April 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. The menu will include pork tenderloin, baked apples, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls, desserts and beverages. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and under. Takeout meals will be available. Proceeds will benefit the tanker fund. RVFD is located at 9729 Locust Dale Road. For more information, call 672-5744.
SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS SEMINAR
The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), in collaboration with Imani Works, will present the last session in its series on sustainable business Friday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Orange County Airport. Sustainable business is about ensuring long-term business success while contributing towards economic and social development and a healthy environment. The workshop not only will present a review of current trends and opportunities, but also will offer specific steps and resources to help businesses become more sustainable. Seating is limited. For more information or to register, email Donald.firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOXWOOD BLIGHT UPDATE
Virginia Cooperative Extension will host a boxwood blight update meeting Friday, April 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Carver Center, located at 9433 James Madison Highway in Rapidan. For more information or to register, call the Culpeper Extension office at (540) 727-3435 or email email@example.com.
AGING TOGETHER SENIOR PROM
Aging Together will hold its 11th annual “Senior Prom” Saturday, April 27, in the gymnasium of Culpeper Christian School, located at 810 Old Rixeyville Road in Culpeper. The event will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. and will feature a fiesta theme, dancing, door prizes, refreshments and more. Admission is free and open to all those 50 and older. For more information, call (540) 829-6405.
DMGC CENTENNIAL TOUR
In celebration of Historic Garden Week, the Dolley Madison Garden Club will host its centennial tour Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church in Gordonsville will serve as the 2019 tour headquarters. This year’s sites include Tivoli, Gaston, The Residence and Windholme. Advance tickets are $30 and can be purchased at www.vagardenweek.org or in person at The Arts Center In Orange, The Market at Grelen in Somerset and the Laurie Holladay Shop in Gordonsville. Tickets also can be purchased on the day of the tour at any of the tour sites for $35. Proceeds will go toward restoring historic gardens and landscapes. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CUB SCOUT AVIATION DAY
Cub Scout Aviation Day will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, at the Gordonsville Municipal Airport. Check-in will begin at 12:30 p.m., with opening ceremonies at 1 p.m. Daytime activities will take place until 4 p.m. and will include drone racing, airplane and helicopter fly-ins, exhibits and hands-on activities. Space-themed activities will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., including an inflatable planetarium and a constellation tour. The price of admission is $20 on the day of the event. The event is designed for Scouts and their families, but boys and girls ages 5-11 who are not Scouts may join onsite on the day of the event for $30.25. For more information, visit www.sjacbsa.org/cub-aviation-day.
MONTPELIER FOREST AND FIELD SERIES
Montpelier’s “Forest and Field” nature exploration series takes visitors to various places throughout the landscape for a closer look at the natural world. This month’s walk will take place April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. and will highlight native plants and animals in harmony. The tour includes some moderate hills and is suitable for elementary-age children and up. The cost is $10 per person. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit www.montpelier.org/events/forest-and-field-a-nature-exploration-series.
JOURNEYS BEREAVEMENT CAMP
Hospice of the Piedmont will hold its 2019 Journeys spring bereavement day camp Saturday, April 27, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Triple C Camp in Charlottesville. This camp is offered to children and teens ages 5-18 who have been affected by the recent death of a loved one. The camp is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, call (434) 817-6900 or 1 (800) 975-5501 or visit www.hopva.org/journeys.
EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
The 2019 “Earth Day, Orange” street festival will take place Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Short Street in downtown Orange. The festival is free, family-friendly and open to the public. Activities will include an art wall, a variety of musical performances, a silent auction, vendors, a world record attempt for earth beach volleyball, an activity tent and a panel discussion on the subject “Sustainability: What Can I Do?” For more information, including a full schedule of activities, contact Dr. Dena Jennings of Imani Works at 672-9000.
DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY
Three safe drug disposal locations will be open Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Orange County. The Town of Orange Police Department will sponsor drug take-backs at Orange Pharmacy, located on West Main Street, and at CVS on Radney Road in Orange. An additional event sponsored by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office will take place in the lower parking lot of the Lake of the Woods clubhouse, located at 205 Lake of the Woods Parkway in Locust Grove. Pills, capsules and liquids will be accepted. Needles and syringes will not be accepted. For more information, call the Orange County Sheriff’s office at 672-1200.
ABSTRACT COLLAGE WORKSHOP
Orange County artist Carol Barber will be offering “Explore Abstraction Through Collage and Painting” Saturday, April 27, as a one-day workshop at The Arts Center In Orange. The class will run from noon to 4 p.m. Barber will discuss abstract art and collage, encouraging students to explore new facets of their creativity. Participants will create their own work of art by the end of the class. More class information can be found online at www.artscenterinorange.com. For more information or to register, call 672-7311.
FOWB BENEFIT CONCERT
Friends of Wilderness Battlefield will host “Great American Songbook Live” Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. at Chancellor High School, located at 6300 Harrison Road in Fredericksburg. The concert will feature singing and dancing sister act Gracie and Lacy Miller, who will perform great American musical hits of the 1920s to 1960s with signature powerhouse vocals. All proceeds will benefit Friends of Wilderness Battlefield operations, preservation and education projects. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.fowb.org.
FARNSWORTH BOOK TALK
Dr. Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science and international affairs and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington, will speak on the topic of his latest book, “Presidential Communication and Character,” Sunday, April 28, at the Lake of the Woods Community Center. The event is sponsored by the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club and is open to all regardless of political affiliation. The program will begin at 1 p.m. in Classroom 2 of the center. For more information, visit the LOW Democratic Club’s website at www.lowdemocrats.org.
4CP BACKSTAGE GROUNDBREAKING
Four County Players will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its “Build a Backstage” project Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. (rain or shine) behind the theater. The community is invited to attend and light refreshments will be served.
LOW PLAYERS AUDITIONS
The LOW Players will hold auditions for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Sunday, April 28 and Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m. in the LOW Community Center. Information, audition forms and cast descriptions are available at www.lowplayers.org.
HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING
Hospice of the Piedmont depends on volunteers to provide a broad array of services to hospice patients and their families. The organization will hold its next volunteer training course Mondays and Wednesdays, April 29 through May 8, at 5:30 p.m. each night at 675 Peterson Jefferson Highway, Suite 300, Charlottesville. Those who wish to volunteer must attend all four sessions. Volunteers generally commit to two to four hours per week. All volunteer roles are non-medical. For more information, contact Tina Hughey-Commers, volunteer coordinator, at (434) 817-6900.
SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MARCH
The Germanna Stands Against Sexual Assault March will take place Monday, April 29, at noon in front of the V. Earl Dickinson Building at the Germanna Community College Fredericksburg Campus in Spotsylvania. The event is a silent march sponsored by GCC Student Activities in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
GOLD MINING HISTORY PRESENTATION
The Orange County Historical Society will host a presentation on “Gold Mining in the Virginia Wilderness” by Frank Walker on Monday, April 29. Walker’s discussion will offer highlights of some of the major mines in the region during the state’s commercial production period from about 1827 to 1937. The meeting will be held at the society’s research center, located at 130 Caroline St. in Orange, and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will begin at 7 p.m. and the program will follow at 7:30 p.m.
Beginning Tuesday, April 30, Powell Wellness Center in Culpeper will offer Wellness 360, a six-week program focused on building diet, lifestyle and fitness habits that contribute to good health. Wellness 360 will be guided by an integrative dietitian, nutritionist and personal trainer and will meet once a week on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. The fee is $250 for this six-session program and preregistration is required. For more information or to register, contact center medical program leader Whitney Propps at (540) 445-5388 or email@example.com. The class will meet at Powell Wellness Center, located at 1005 Golf Drive in Culpeper.
VSU FIELD DAY VENDOR DEADLINE
The Virginia Cooperative Extension is seeking vendors for the 2019 VSU Small Farms Field Day, to be held June 12 at the George Washington Carver Research Center in Rapidan. Applications are due April 30 and can be mailed to: Nadine Jackson, Virginia State University College of Agriculture, P.O. Box 9081, Virginia State University, VA 23806. The fee for vendor space is $100. Vendors should submit a check made payable to “VSU Foundation” along with the application and include “43560 Project/Ag Field Day” in the memo section. For more information or a copy of the application, call (804) 524-3293 or contact Roland Terrell, agriculture management agent, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIENDS OF LIBRARY MEETING
The annual meeting of the Gordonsville Friends of the Library will be held Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the community room of the Gordonsville Library. Officers for the upcoming year will be elected and plans will be made for library events. All those who are interested in supporting the work of the library are invited to attend.
YOUNG AT HEART CLUB
The Young at Heart Club meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the East Orange Ruritan building, located at the intersection of routes 20 and 522. The club is open to senior adults and provides a social outlet including games, guest speakers, luncheons and other entertainment. For more information, contact Barbara Morris at 672-0552.
MCKENNA BOOK TALK
Bound2please Books will host local author Susie McKenna on Friday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m. McKenna’s book, “Last Tracks,” is a tale of cold-weather hiking with a cold-hearted husband who leaves his wife in the wilderness. Along with a short reading, Susie will be bringing props for a demonstration of survival tactics. A book signing and refreshments will follow the discussion.
CARVER MUSEUM YARD/BAKE SALE
The George Washington Carver Regional High School Alumni Association will hold a yard sale and bake sale Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carver Center, located at 9432 James Madison Highway in Rapidan. Proceeds will benefit the Carver 4-County Museum.
JMM PLANT SALE
The James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage will host its annual “Spring Fling Plant Sale” Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is a fundraising effort for the benefit of the museum. Local greenhouses provide the flowers, herbs, shrubs and vegetable plants for sale to benefit museum programs and operations. Children’s activities, a raffle and a rummage sale also will take place throughout the day. The museum is located at 129 Caroline St. in Orange. For more information, call 672-1776.
The Piedmont Dementia Education Committee will offer an educational program, “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia,” presented by Ellen Phipps of the Alzheimer’s Association on Saturday, May 4, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Topics of discussion will include the differences between Alzheimer’s and dementia, disease stages, risk factors, treatment and current research.
ADULT AND CHILD CPR CLASS
The County of Orange Fire and EMS Department will provide free adult, child and infant CPR training to Orange County residents Saturday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 151 Berry Hill Road, Orange. Each class is limited to 10 participants and preregistration is required. To register, contact Orange County Parks and Recreation at 672-5435.
FIGURE PAINTING WORKSHOP
James Erickson’s one-day workshop, “Figure Painting with Acrylics,” will be offered Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Arts Center In Orange. Those interested should register no later than April 27. For more information or to register, call 672-7311. The Arts Center is located at 129 E. Main St. in the Town of Orange.
EARTH DAY 5K
Team Sierra will hold an Earth Day 5K run and 2-mile walk Saturday, May 4, at 8 a.m. at Hoover Ridge Park, located at 158 Primary School Drive in Madison. The cost is $30 for adults and $20 for children. Proceeds will benefit the Sierra Club, a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to exploring, enjoying and protecting the planet. To register, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Madison/TeamSierraEarthDay5k.
BATTLE OF THE WILDERNESS ANNIVERSARY
Friends of Wilderness Battlefield (FoWB) will host a living history event Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, to mark the 155th anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness. The event will be an interactive weekend with living historians portraying famous participants in the battle. Ellwood Manor will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and FoWB volunteer interpreters will be available to talk with visitors and answer questions. The event is free and open to the public. The manor is located at 36380 Constitution Highway (Route 20) in Locust Grove, approximately 0.7 mile from the Route 3 intersection. For more information or directions, visit www.fowb.org.
MONTPELIER BIRD WALK
Montpelier will host a bird walk and natural landscape tour May 4 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Explore remote areas of Montpelier’s 2,700-acre property that are rich in natural beauty, bird habitats and Madison-era history. The walk will be led by Dr. Drew Lanham, alumni distinguished professor of wildlife ecology at Clemson University and renowned naturalist, ornithologist and author, and Dr. Matthew Reeves, director of archaeology and landscape restoration at Montpelier since 2000. The cost is $25 per person and the tour is limited to 25 participants. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit www/montpelier.org/events/birdwalk-exploring-the-natural-and-historic-landscapes-at-montpelier.
CPR AND FIRST AID CLASS
Powell Wellness Center in Culpeper is hosting a Heartsaver CPR/AED and first aid class Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This class is taught by an American Heart Association-certified instructor. The fee is $80 and participants must register by April 29. For more information or to register please contact medical program leader Whitney Propps at (540) 445-5388 or email@example.com. The training will be held at Powell Wellness Center, located at 1005 Golf Drive, Culpeper.
CARVER MUSEUM YARD/BAKE SALE
The George Washington Carver Regional High School Alumni Association will hold a yard sale and bake sale Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carver Center, located at 9432 James Madison Highway in Rapidan. Proceeds will benefit the Carver 4-County Museum.
PAPER SHREDDING EVENT
The Orange County Litter Control Committee and East Orange Ruritan Club will host a shredding event Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at the East Orange Ruritan building, located at 24124 Constitution Highway in Unionville. Orange County residents may bring unwanted confidential paper documents to be shredded on site. Staples are acceptable; however, other fasteners, such as paper clips, binder clips or plastic binding, must be removed. For more information, contact Orange County Litter Control at 661-5323.
RURITAN BREAKFAST AND YARD SALE
A community yard sale and all-you-can-eat breakfast to benefit the East Orange Ruritan Club will take place Saturday, May 4, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Rurirtan building, located at 24124 Constitution Highway in Unionville. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, eggs, apples, biscuits and sausage gravy, coffee, tea and water. Takeout meals will be available. The price is $7 for adults and free for children 3 and under. For more information, call Linda Wilson at 854-8814.
MONTPELIER HISTORIC LANDSCAPE TOUR
A historic landscape tour will take place Sunday, May 5, at 1 p.m. at James Madison’s Montpelier. Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings cultivated over generations. The tour is free and registration is not required.
WDF: INDIA, FEMINISM AND THE WEST
The Women’s Diversity Forum, in cooperation with St. Thomas Episcopal Church and Germanna Community College, will sponsor a discussion on Indian culture Sunday, May 5, at 12:15 p.m. at St. Thomas. Local Indian scholar Sunithi Gnanadoss will share her research on the influences Western culture can have on the traditional Indian woman and how those influences play out in feminist fiction written by Indian women who immigrate to the West. The event is free to attend and will include Indian culinary treats and music.
“GOD OF CARNAGE” OPENS AT 4CP
Four County Players announces the final show of its 46th season, “God of Carnage,” running May 10-26 in the cellar. Friday and Saturday evening performances will take place at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees will begin at 2:30. (There will be no performance Saturday, May 18.) An additional Thursday showing will take place Thursday, May 23, at 8 p.m. Cellar shows tend to sell out quickly so early reservations are recommended. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.fourcp.org or call the box office at 832-5355.
FOWB MOTHER’S DAY TRIBUTE
Join Friends of Wilderness Battlefield members Saturday, May 11, at Ellwood Manor as they read aloud from letters written by Civil War soldiers to their mothers, wives and grandmothers as a special Mother’s Day tribute. Readings will take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Each program will last approximately 30 minutes and Evergreen shade will play Civil War-era music between programs. The event is free and open to the public. Participants should plan to bring a lawn chair. For more information, visit www.fowb.org.
LAKE ORANGE PARENT/CHILD FISHING DAY
A parent/child fishing adventure sponsored by Mountain View Community Church will take place Saturday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Orange. The event is free and open to parents and children with a valid fishing license. Fishing will take place from 8 to 11:30 a.m. followed by a barbecue lunch and awards for the most, biggest and smallest fish.
JOURNEY FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM TOUR
Montpelier will offer its next “Journey from Slavery to Freedom” tour Saturday, May 11, at 2:30 p.m. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and learn how citizenship in America evolved from slavery to Emancipation, through Jim Crow to the present. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the House, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 train depot. The tour is free.
GOOD TIME CRUISE-INS
The Good Time Cruisers Car Club will host a series of cruise-ins the second Saturday of each month, April to October, from 5 p.m. until sundown at the Locust Grove Town Center, located at the intersection of routes 20 and 611. These family-friendly events will feature awards for cars in several categories, food, oldies music and prize drawings. The event is free to both spectators and participants, but donations of canned goods are appreciated and will be given to the local food pantry. All proceeds will benefit local charities. For more information, call 972-1570, visit www.goodtime-cruisers.webs.com or find “Good Time Cruisers” on Facebook.
GIRL SCOUT LADIES’ TEA
A ladies’ tea sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 915 will take place Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Locust Grove Elementary School cafeteria. The cost is $25 per adult/child pair and $10 for each additional guest. Tickets include a light lunch, an assortment of teas and cookie pairings, crafts, door prizes and a photo booth. Raffle tickets, formal photos, and Girl Scout patches and cookies will be available for purchase. Participants should R.S.V.P no later than April 30. For more information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services will hold its regularly scheduled board meeting Tuesday, May 14, at 1 p.m. at 15361 Bradford Road in Culpeper. Individuals with disabilities who require special assistance to attend should contact Jeanette Nord at (540) 825-3100, ext. 3146.
AARP BASEBALL TRIP
AARP Locust Grove Chapter 5239 will visit Washington, D.C., to watch the Washington Nationals host the New York Mets on Saturday, May 16. The bus will depart from the Lake of the Woods parking lot in Locust Grove and the Gordon Road commuter lot in Fredericksburg at approximately 10 a.m., and the game will begin at 1:05 p.m. The cost is $75 per person. For more information, call 972-4883 or (571) 334-4913 or email email@example.com.
LOW LIONS GOLF TOURNAMENT
The 2019 Lake of the Woods (LOW) Lions and Lionesses Selven Powell Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Friday, May 17, at 1 p.m. at the LOW golf course. This year’s proceeds will be used to benefit Wilderness Food Pantry and to provide scholarships to Orange County students in honor of educator and past Lions Club president Selven Powell. Registration is $65 per player if paid before May 15 and includes dinner at the Fareways Café. After May 15, the cost to participate is $75. For more information or to register, contact Dick Gullickson at (703) 314-2919 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIED CHICKEN FESTIVAL
The seventh annual Gordonsville Fried Chicken Festival will be held Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine at the Gordonsville Fire Company fairgrounds. The event will feature cook-off contests for fried chicken and pies, artisan crafters and a wine garden. The third annual Chicken Run 5K, along with the first-ever kids’ 1K, will take place in conjunction with the festival. For more information, visit www.townofgordonsville.org.
SLASHER NURSE FILM PREMIERE
The film “Return of the Slasher Nurse,” the sequel to “Curse of the Slasher Nurse,” will premiere Saturday, May 18, at 6 p.m. at Regal Cinemas 14 in Fredericksburg. Both movies were filmed in Orange. Tickets are available for $15 and can be purchased by emailing email@example.com, calling (540) 406-1713 or visiting www.slashernurse.com. The film is not rated; due to adult content, it is not appropriate for viewers younger than 16.
FOWB MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE
On Saturday, May 25, Friends of Wilderness Battlefield will honor those Civil War soldiers who gave their lives on the Chancellorsville and Wilderness battlefields. The program will be held on the grounds of the historic structure Ellwood and will begin at 2 p.m. Park supervisory historian Greg Mertz will give a presentation reflecting on the legacy of Confederate Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. This event is free and open to the public. Ellwood Manor is located at 36380 Constitution Highway (Route 20) in Locust Grove. For more information, visit www.fowb.org.
FIVE OVER FIFTY AWARDS
Aging Together’s “Five Over Fifty” awards ceremony will be held Thursday, May 30, at the Country Club of Culpeper, located at 2100 Country Club Road, Culpeper. An hors d’oeuvres and cash bar reception will take place at 7 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Orange County award recipient will be Jeff Flynn, founding member of LOWLINC, an organization which helps LOW residents age in place. Proceeds will support education and services for older adults. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call (540) 829-6405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RWB&B DOG ADOPTION EVENT
The Orange County Animal Shelter will be at Red, White, Bleu & Brew on Saturday, June 8, from 2 to 5 p.m. with several dogs available for adoption. There also will be a van on site to collect donations for the shelter. For more information, call 672-1124.
MEGA SPORTS CAMP
Mountain View Community Church will sponsor “Mega Sports Camp” June 10-14 from 9 a.m. to noon each day at Booster Park in Orange. The camp is open to children ages 6-11 and will include flag football, soccer, cheerleading and kickball. Registration is required no later than May 20 and can be completed at bit.ly/2MVEVENTS. The cost is $25 per child if registered on or before May 6, or $30 afterward. Snacks will be provided.
4CP THEATER CAMP
Registration is now open for Four County Players’ summer theater camp, to be held June 24-28 at the theater. Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday. The camp is open to children entering first through ninth grade. A showcase for parents and friends will take place Friday at 7 p.m. for more information, visit www.fourcp.org or call 832-5355.
DEMENTIA EDUCATION PRESENTATION
The Piedmont Dementia Education Committee will sponsor a presentation on the “TeepaSNOW Positive Approach to Brain Change” July 17 at Eastern View High School. For more information, contact Kathi Walker at (540) 825-3100, ext. 3416, or email email@example.com.
MONROE AND MADISON DISCUSSION
On Sunday, Aug. 11, the James Madison Museum will host a presentation entitled “A Friendship That Helped Forge a Nation: Madison and Monroe” by Jarod Kearney, curator of the James Madison Museum and Memorial Library, beginning at 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for the general public and free for museum members. For more information, call 672-1776.
JMM APPRAISAL FAIR
The James Madison Museum will hold its annual appraisal fair Saturday, Oct.19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is patterned after “Antiques Roadshow” and participants are invited to bring treasures for a professional oral appraisal. The fair will feature a video feedback booth; videos will be posted onto the museum’s Facebook page. The cost of appraisal is $20 per item or 3 items for $50. The museum is located at 129 Caroline St. in Orange. For more information, call 672-1776.
AARP FALL FOLIAGE TOUR
AARP Chapter 5239 will sponsor a fall foliage vintage train ride through Maryland’s scenic country side Saturday, Oct. 26. The price is $85 per person and includes lunch. For more information, call 972-4651 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AARP HOLIDAY NYC TRIP
AARP Chapter 5239 will offer a holiday trip to New York City from Wednesday, Dec. 4 to Friday, Dec. 6. The price is $579 per person including: two nights lodging (rooms are double-occupancy); two dinners, including one at a Brazilian steakhouse; a tour of the 9/11 museum, memorial and the top of One World Observatory; “The Ride,” an interactive tour of midtown; and free time to shop and sightsee. For more information, call 972-4651 or email email@example.com.
O.C. SENIOR COOKBOOK
Copies of the “Orange County Senior’s Cookbook: A History and Fundraiser” are available at the Orange Senior Center and Orange Pharmacy. Digital copies are also available for purchase on Amazon. All proceeds benefit the Orange Senior Center. For more information, contact S. Patrick Prate at (540) 308-7559.
PUBLISHING DISCUSSION GROUP
Lucy Russo facilitates meetings for writers who want to learn about new publishing information the second Monday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. and the second Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Culpeper County Library conference room. Discussion topics include information about resources and social media sites, editing tips and places to post works. For more information, call (540) 547-4333 or visit www.windmorefoundation.org.
Two free pickleball introduction clinics take place Sundays and Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. the Shenandoah Crossing tennis courts in Gordonsville. An ongoing “Play or Learn” pickleball group also meets Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Trevilians Elementary School gym. The fee for the “Play or Learn” group is $2. All sessions are led by Annette Hayes, USA Pickleball Association ambassador. Those who plan to attend should call Hayes at (434) 960-5860 before coming.
COMMUNITY PING PONG
A free community ping pong group meets Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. at Shenandoah Crossing Resort in Gordonsville. All participants must register by calling Annette Hayes at (434) 960-5860.
AARP FREE TAX-AIDE
AARP offers free tax assistance to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, especially those 50 and older, Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout tax season from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Town of Orange Community Center, located at 235 Warren St. in the Public Works building. Participants should plan to bring a photo ID, Social Security card and all applicable tax documents. such as W-2 forms. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 661-5475 beginning Jan. 12.
TAX VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The AARP Tax-Aide program, which serves Orange, Madison and Greene counties, is in need of new volunteers. The program is a 10- to 12-week commitment, generally one day per week from Feb. 1 to April 15. IRS training is available. For more information, visit www.aarp.org/taxaide and www.irs.gov/individuals/link-learn-taxes. To register, call 661-5475 or visit www.aarp.org.
Veteran Administration representatives are available to speak with veterans the fourth Tuesday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 210 E. Stevens St. in Culpeper. Walk-ins welcome and appointments are available. For more information, call Kim Hernandez at (540) 273-4733, or call Aging Together at (540) 321-3075 to receive an informational packet on aid and attendance.
LIVING WATER CLINIC
Living Water Community Clinic provides free medical, counseling and spiritual care to eligible patients Thursday evenings from
5 to 8 p.m. The clinic is located at 32345 Constitution Hwy, Suite H, Locust Grove, in Locust Grove Town Center. For more information or to request an appointment, call 854-5922.
For those concerned about a loved one’s drinking, there is help in Al-Anon. The group provides support for family and friends of alcoholics and meets each Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at Orange Presbyterian Church, located on the corner of Main and Caroline streets. For more information, call 672-5696.
VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED
Aging Together is in need of volunteer drivers to assist community members who are over 60 or disabled and who depend on transportation support to get to the doctor, grocery store or pharmacy. Volunteer driving is a simple, low cost but high-impact way of giving back to community. Volunteers choose their own driving schedules. For more information or to apply, call (540) 829-5300 or visit www.fams.org.
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB VOLUNTEERING
Boys and Girls Club of Orange is looking for engaging individuals who are dedicated to working with local youth.
The organization’s primary volunteer need is helping club members with their homework and reading skills. Reading Buddies takes place Monday to Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Homework Helpers is Monday to Thursday from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. The Outdoor Enthusiast program occurs Monday to Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. Each program only requires a time commitment of one day per week. Those interested should contact volunteer coordinator Virginia Wawner at firstname.lastname@example.org or unit director Sheila Donnelly at email@example.com, or call 672-6858.