KIDS’ SUMMER ART CLASSES

Everything from “Digging Dinosaurs” to “Summer Splash” can be found at The Arts Center In Orange for kids this summer.   Students’ imaginations will go wild in “Big and Messy Art,” “Clayworks” or one of the center’s one-day workshops. All children’s classes are now open for registration. To obtain a copy of the schedule, visit www.artscenterinorange.com or pick up a copy at The Arts Center, located at 129 E. Main St. in Orange. For more information or to register for classes, call 672-7311.

            

HEAD START AND PRE-K PROGRAMS

Orange County Head Start and Pre-Kindergarten programs is now accepting applications for children ages birth through 5 years of age for the upcoming 2019/20 school year.  You must be an Orange County resident to apply.  There is no cost to families for participation.  For consideration in our program, call (540) 661-4470 or stop by any of the Orange County Public Schools for an application.

June 6

Arts Center exhibit opening

The Arts Center In Orange will hold an opening reception for its latest exhibit, “Artist and Teacher,” featuring watercolor paintings by Carol Emerson and her students Thursday, June 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will hang in the Morin Gallery June 6 to July 28. The reception is free and open to the public. The Arts Center is located at 129 E. Main Street, Orange and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.artscenterinorange for more information.

JUNE 7

BEL CANTO VOCAL ENSEMBLE CONCERTS

Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble will present “Be Something Wonderful,” a vocal tribute to spring, in two concerts this weekend. Concerts are scheduled Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church on Main Street in Orange and Sunday, June 9, at 4 p.m. at Piedmont Episcopal Church, 214 Church St., Madison. The concert is free, but donations are welcome.  For more information see: https://belcantovocalensem.wixsite.com/belcanto.

 

JUNE 8

DOG ADOPTION EVENT

The Orange County Animal Shelter will be at Red, White, Blue & Brew on Saturday, June 8, from 2 to 5 p.m. with dogs available for adoption. There also will be a van on site to collect donations for the shelter. For more information, call 672-1124.

JOURNEY FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM TOUR

James Madison’s Montpelier will host a free walking and driving tour on June 8 at 2:30 p.m. Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom, visit sites and original structures that bring life to generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier and learn how citizenship in America evolved from slavery to Emancipation through Jim Crow to present.  Tour will include sites of enslavement near the House as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot.  Registration not required.

HOMEOWNERS’ CLASS

A free class for those interested in buying a home will be offered Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jefferson Madison Regional Library, located at 201 E. Market St. in Charlottesville. The course was developed by the Virginia Housing Development Authority and covers the buying process and how to prepare for home ownership, including personal finances and credit, loan types, the loan process, working with a real estate agent, home inspection, the closing process and more. For more information, call Yolanda Williams, Caldwell Thompson Real Estate, at (800) 460-4284, ext. 836 or register at vhda.com/freeclass.

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.

SEASONAL FOREST STROLL

Join Master Naturalists and Montpelier’s Curator of Horticulture for the second Seasonal Forest Stroll through the historic Landmark Forest and learn about the history that shapes present-day forest ecology, then wind your way through the demonstration forest to see forestry management practices on display.  This is a family-friendly two-hour walk with light hiking.  The cost is $10 per person and begins at James Madison’s Montpelier Visitor Center.  For more info or to register, visit www.montpelier.org/events.  In case of inclement weather, call 672-2728, ext. 141 or 252.

AUTHOR SPEAKER SERIES

Bound2please Books will host author Chris Register on Saturday, June 8 at 5:30 p.m.  “Conversations with US: Great Lakes States” is the next book in the Bound2please speaker series.  Register bicycled around the Great Lakes sparking conversations with local people.  Forget the pollsters and pundits, America can speak for itself.  Call 672-4000 for more information.

Companion Horse Adoption Program

As part of the Grace Church Farm Tour, June 8, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation will host an opportunity to adopt former Thoroughbred racehorses as companion horses in a “Companion Placement Program” at Peggy Augustus' Keswick Farm on Turkey Sag Road, Keswick, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. For information on adopting companion horses (not suitable for riding) please call 672-3454.

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE MEETING

The Orange Democratic Committee monthly meeting will be held on June 8 at 10 a.m. with coffee at 9:30 a.m. at 111 Chapman St., Orange (behind Light Well restaurant).  Speakers will be Kayla Enoch, field manager, DCCC and Seth Heald, founding member of Repower REC.

JUNE 10

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.

PCA CLASS

The next Orange Department of Social Services VIEW/Adult Education Center personal care aid class will be June 10 to 21 from 5 to 9 p.m. For information, contact Bernice Washington at 672-1155 ext. 8141 or by email at bernice.washington@dss.virginia.gov.

June 11

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services will hold its regularly scheduled Board meeting Tuesday, June 11, at 1 p.m. at 15361 Bradford Road, Culpeper. Individuals with disabilities who require special assistance to attend should contact Jeanette Nord at (540) 825-3100, Ext. 3146.

KEMPER BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

The 31st annual birthday observance of Gov. and Gen. James L. Kemper will be held Tuesday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Walnut Hills Farm in Madison Mills.  This event is sponsored by the Kemper-Fry-Strother Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 19, and the Jeanes family who own the property.  Frank Walker, the contemporary favorite son of Madison and Orange, will be speaking about Gov. Kemper, the 19th century favorite son of Madison and Orange. Directions: from Route 15, turn on Little Skyline Drive and take a right onto Kemper Drive to a right on Walnut Hills Drive, then follow the signs to the Kemper family cemetery.  For more information, call Steve Holmes at (703) 597-3050.

JUNE 12

SMALL FARM FIELD DAY

The VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will sponsor a field day Wednesday, June 12, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Carver Center, located at 9432 James Madison Highway in Rapidan. The event will be an opportunity for farmers to learn about a variety of crop production and field management practices and research, and to connect with experts, agricultural leaders and USDA representatives. Field day is free and open to the public. To register, visit ext.vsu.edu and click on “calendar of events.” For more information, call (804) 524-3292.

 LANDSCAPE PEST AND PROBLEM WALKS

Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold landscape pest and problem walks on June 12, July 17 and August 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., rain or shine, at James Madison’s Montpelier, 11350 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station.  Class will meet in front of the visitor center.  To register, contact the VCE at (540) 727-3435, ext 0 or by email heather18@vt.edu and provide your name, phone number, email address and the class you are registering for.   For more information, contact Shawn Appling at (540)727-3435, ext 355.

JUNE 13

ROTARY CLUB MEMBERSHIP

The Rotary Club of Orange will meet at Forked on Main, June 13 at 5:30 p.m.  Potential members are invited to join us for “Rotary on Tap”.  The club is committed to helping the community with scholarships, youth of the County, and many other outreach projects both locally and internationally.

JUNE 15

ST. JUDE BENEFIT CONCERT

The annual benefit concert for St. Jude Children’s Hospital will be held at the American Legion Hall Post 156 on Saturday, June 15, featuring Elvis tribute artist Stewart Chapman. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. at the legion hall, located at 341 Newton St. in Orange, and the concert will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance at www.eventbrite.com or $20 at the door, and 50/50 raffle tickets will be available for purchase during the event.

CULPEPER MINUTEMAN CHAPTER MEETING

Culpeper Minutemen will hold their June Chapter meeting on June 15 at 11 a.m. at Luigi’s Italian Restaurant, 235 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper.  Sally Humphries, author of Unsung Heroes of the American Revolution will be our special guest speaker.  New members will be inducted and summer 2019 activity discussion will take place.  At 2 p.m. there will be a ceremony to honor the original Culpeper Minutemen at the monument in Yowell Meadow Park.

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION AT MONTPELIER

Join James Madison’s Montpelier for their annual Juneteenth Celebration on June 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. honoring ancestors and celebrating African American history, food, music, faith, family and freedom!  From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. enjoy living history, live music and performances, and walking tours. House tours are half-price for adults at $11.  Registration not required.  Food will be offered on site.

THUNDER IN ORANGE TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL

Dragon Motorsports comes back on June 15 at 7 p.m. with some of the biggest classes on the East Coast.  Come out to Thunder in Orange Truck & Tractor Pull at the Orange County Fairgrounds, 14501 Old Gordonsville Rd.  Tickets $15, kids 6-12 $5, kids 5 and under are free.  Event supports Orange County Fair.

June 16

FATHER'S DAY AT MONTPELIER

On Father’s Day, House tours are free for all dads accompanied by a paying adult or child.  Take any tour of our daily tours, enjoy a delicious lunch on site, peruse the museum shop and other places around the property, and explore 8+ miles of walking trails.  Make a day at Montpelier a part of your weekend plans!

92nd ANNUAL POWELL REUNION

The 92nd Annual Powell Reunion will be held at Mount Vernon UMC on June 16.  Arrival and greetings between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Picnic lunch will start at 1 p.m.  The church is located at 76 Garth Rd, Stanardsville.  Questions: call Calvin at 434-985-7347 or Joann 434-985-2382.

JUNE 17

4CP ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Four County Players’ annual membership meeting will be held June 17 at 6:30 p.m. and is open to all current members.  Come hear about the state of the theater, vote on candidates for the open seats on the board of directors and be a part of the active governance of the community theater. 

JUNE 19

MEDICARE 101 EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR

Grace Health & Rehab Center will host a free Medicare 101 educational seminar on Wednesday, June 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 355 William Mills Dr. in Stanardsville.  RSVP to Michelle Pitts at (434) 985-4434 or stamark@gracehc.com.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Small Business Workshop

Orange County Economic Development will host a workshop on June 19 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on how to start your own small business. Register at: https://bit.ly/2wscg2Q  For a complete listing of all 2019 workshops to be hosted in Orange County, please visit www.thinkorangeva.com or contact Rose Deal at 540-672-1238.

June 21

WOMAN'S CLUB YARD SALE

The Woman’s Club of Orange will host a giant yard sale at 404 E. Main Street, Orange, Friday, June 21 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 22, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rain dates are July 5-6. The yard sale will include items from club members. Don’t miss this huge sale. For more information, call 672-2463.

JUNE 22

BOWL FOR SENIORS

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services will hold its 12th annual “Bowl for Seniors” fundraiser Saturday, June 22, from noon to 4 p.m. at Mountain Run Bowling Center. Bowling will be in teams of four with a pledge of $30 or more from each bowler, and there will be a $200 cash prize for the team with the highest pledge total. Raffle tickets for a $500 prize are available for $1 per ticket. Support options include monetary sponsorship and door prize donations. All proceeds will benefit RRCS aging services programs offered throughout Orange, Culpeper, Madison, Rappahannock and Fauquier counties. For more information, contact RRCS at (540) 825-3100.

FOWB CANOE TRIP

The Friends of the Wilderness of The Battlefield will host its third annual Civil War canoe trip on June 22, with National Park Service Historian Greg Mertz in a daylong canoe tour of Civil War sites along the Rapidan River. The group is limited to 15 canoes or 29 participants and the cost is $50  per person.  The group will depart Ely’s Ford at 8:30 a.m., be transported to Germanna and float back to Ely’s Ford arriving about 3 p.m.  Register at www.fowb.org. If you wish to be paired with a particular person, please note that on the comments section of the registration form.

LOW PLAYERS PRESENT: “FULL CIRCLE”

The Lake of the Woods Players present “Full Circle,” starring Michelle Ditzler in two performances of classic Broadway songs and old standards Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23. For tickets and more information, visit www.lowplayers.org or call 972-6385.

JUNE 24

4CP THEATER CAMP

Registration is now open for Four County Players’ summer theater camp, to be held June 24 to 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.

June 27

Tenant’s Rights and Responsibilities Workshop

Foothills Housing Network will host a free workshop on June 27 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Town of Orange Public Works meeting room, 235 Warren St., Orange.  Legal Aid Works will provide an overview of your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, followed by a question and answer period.  Register at https://tenantrightsworkshop627.eventbrite.com.

JUNE 29

NATURE EXPLORATION

Join Master Naturalists and other experts as they share topical knowledge and provide a small group experience on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m.–noon for a nature exploration on mushrooms and other forest floor dwellers.  The walk may involve some moderate hills and is suitable for elementary age children and up. The cost is $10 per person and begins at James Madison’s Montpelier Visitor Center.  For more info or to register, visit www.montpelier.org/events.  In case of inclement weather, call 672-2728, ext. 141 or 252.

TEE OFF WITH BLUE STAR MOTHERS

The Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg Chapter VA4 will hold its golf tournament at Lake of the Woods Golf Course on June 29.  Registration begins at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9 a.m.  $65 per person includes green fees, cart and lunch.  Hole sponsorships are needed. To sponsor or register in advance contact Faye Mohler at fmohler@lowa.org or mail check payable to Blue Star Mother, PO Box 91, Fredericksburg, VA 22404.  Write “Golf” on memo line.

July 7

HISTORIC LANDSCAPE TOUR

James Madison’s Montpelier offers a free tour on July 7 at 1 p.m. 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. Registration not required.

 

JULY 12

SHAKESPEARE AT THE RUINS

Shakespeare is coming, July 12 to 27 at the historic Barboursville Ruins.  Tickets for “Shakespeare at the Ruins: A Midsummer Night’s Dream” are on sale on the Four County Players’ website. Visit www.fourcp.org for details, from how to get tickets to how to purchase a picnic basket to what happens if it rains.

JULY 13

KIDS COUNT BUTTERFLIES

For kids 6 and over accompanied by a parent or guardian:  Join Old Rag Master Naturalists on July 13 at Waterpenny Farm, 53 Waterpenny Lane, Sperryville, from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. for a hands-on experience learning about pollinators, native plants and counting butterflies. This is a free program and pre-registration is required butterflycount2019@gmail.com. Wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.

JULY 17

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 kwalker@rrscb.org.

AUG. 1

MONROE EXHIBIT IN ORANGE

The James Madison Museum will host“Your Obedient Servant: James Monroe’s 1819 Presidential Tour of the Southern States,” a traveling exhibit commemorating the bicentennial of a historic presidential tour, during the month of August. The James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage is located at 129 Caroline St., Orange. It is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 672-1776 or visit www.thejamesmadisonmuseum.net.

Aug. 10

PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION AT THE EXCHANGE HOTEL

On August 10, Join Transcend Paranormal and RTL Paranormal on an investigation of the 15th most haunted location in the US and the 2nd most haunted location in Virginia. Special Guest, Allen Marston.  All experience levels welcome.  Reservations required.  Tickets may be purchased at TranscendParanormal.com.

AUG. 11

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.

SEPTEMBER 26

BASEBALL GAME

Locust Grove AARP Chapter 5239 will sponsor a trip  to Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies baseball game at National Park, Washington D.C. on September 26.  Seats are $75 located in lower field with elevator access.  Depart Lake of the Woods at 1 p.m. and Fredericksburg commuter lot at 1:20 p.m.  For reservations, contact Dave (571) 334-4913, email krausman369@gmail.com or Nick (540) 972-0350, email jnduy@comcast.net.

OCT. 19

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 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.

OCT. 26

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 wisecruiser@hotmail.com.

DEC. 4

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 wisecruiser@hotmail.com.

NOTICES

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.

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.

PICKLEBALL INSTRUCTION

Two free pickleball introduction clinics take place Sundays and Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. the Shenandoah Crossing tennis courts in Gordonsville. An ongoing “Play or Learn” pickleball group also meets Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Trevilians Elementary School tennis courts. Pickleball is a combination of tennis, ping pong and badminton. 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.

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.

AARP FREE TAX-ASSISTANCE

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 SUPPORT

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.

AL-ANON MEETINGS

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 vwawner@bgclubcva.org or unit director Sheila Donnelly at sdonnelly@bgclubcva.org, or call 672-6858.

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