Orange County Head Start and pre-kindergarten programs are now accepting applications for children ages birth through 5 years of age for the upcoming 2019-20 school year. Only Orange County residents may apply.  There is no cost to families for participation.  For consideration in the program, call 661-4470 or stop by any of the Orange County Public Schools for an application.

Shirts for Supplies drive

The Avis Beasley Community Outreach Group is selling t-shirts to support its annual "Shirts for Supplies" school supply drive. The drive ends July 31. To purchase a shirt, visit: www.bonfire.com/shirts-for-supplies, the group's Facebook page or website at www.avisbcommunityoutreach.com.

Mysteries of Montpelier

In July, Montpelier will open a new exhibit in the visitor center titled "Mysteries of Montpelier." This exhibit will put visitors into the shoes of museum curators. Showcasing artifacts that have been found across Montpelier's 2,650 acres, the exhibit will answer questions of the past and tell the stories of who lived at Montpelier, what they ate, how they dressed, and more. This exhibit will show how Montpelier has changed throughout time with a wide range of artifacts, including Native American spear points,  Dolley Madison's slippers, a bayonet from the gun of a Confederate soldier and bowling pins from the duPont bowling alley, among other items. For more information, visit /www.montpelier.org.



The Foothills Housing Network will host a free tenants’ information workshop Thursday, June 27, from 6 – 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 tenants’ rights and responsibilities, followed by a question and answer period.  Register at www.tenantrightsworkshop627.eventbrite.com.



Join Master Naturalists and other experts as they share topical knowledge and provide a small group experience at James Madison’s Montpelier on Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m.–noon. The topic of this nature tour will be 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 the 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.


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. The cost is $65 per person and 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. 

July 2

Rotary rural economy discussion

The Rotary Club of Orange is inviting the public to a presentation and discussion on "The Promise of Heritage Economic Development for Virginia’s Rural Areas" at its July 2 meeting. The club meets at 8 a.m. at Country Cookin' in Orange. Speakers will provide a brief on the State of Virginia’s rural economy and how historic and ecological asset restoration can enhance it. Estimates of the economic benefits of the proposed Rapidan Blueway and comprehensive Rapidan and Robinson River floodplain restoration will also be provided. The public is invited and is asked to RSVP to Jamie McConnell at jamiemcconnell@hotmail.com.

July 3

Project Linus prep day

Project Linus will hold a blanket prep day Wednesday, July 3 and a work day Saturday, July 13 at Rhoadesville Baptist Church. Times will be announced later. The nonprofit creates quilts and other handmade blankets for children experiencing trauma, including illness, loss of a loved one or removal from their family home. For more information, contact chapter coordinator Debbie Busby at (540) 834-6412 or debbie4linus@icloud.com.


Join the Young at Heart Club Wednesday, July 3 for bingo. The Young at Heart Club meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the East Orange Ruritan building at the intersection of Rt. 20 and 522.  The club is open to senior adults and provides a social outlet including games, guest speakers, luncheons and other entertainment.  For information, contact Barbara Morris at 672-0552.

July 7

Historic Landscape Tour

James Madison’s Montpelier offers a free historic landscape tour Sunday, 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 is not required.



Shakespeare is returning to the Barboursville Ruins July 12 - 27.  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 information, including how to get tickets, how to purchase a picnic basket and what happens if it rains.


The Dolley Madison Garden Club summer concert series returns to Taylor Park Friday, July 12, at 6 p.m. with the Rapidan Orchestra "Fun Band," leading concert-goers in a lively sing-along. Taylor Park is located on Main Street in Orange. The concert will be held rain or shine and those who attend are encouraged to bring a chair.



Join Old Rag Master Naturalists Saturday, July 13 at Waterpenny Farm, 53 Waterpenny Lane, Sperryville, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. for a hands-on experience learning about pollinators, native plants and counting butterflies. The free program is open to children ages 6 and older, accompanied by a parent or adult. Pre-registration is required. Email butterflycount2019@gmail.com. Participants should wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.


Locust Grove AARP Chapter 5239 will be holding a free VIN etching program Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the lower level of the Lake of the Woods Clubhouse. VIN etching helps protect against car theft. For more information, call (540) 840-5648.



The Piedmont Dementia Education Committee will sponsor a presentation on the “TeepaSNOW Positive Approach to Brain Change” Wednesday, July 17 at Eastern View High School. For more information, contact Kathi Walker at (540) 825-3100, ext. 3416, or email kwalker@rrscb.org.

August 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.

August 10


On August 10, join Transcend Paranormal and RTL Paranormal on an investigation of the Exchange Hotel in Gordonsville—the 15th most-haunted location in the United States and the second-most haunted location in Virginia. Allen Marston will be the special guest. All levels of ghost hunters are welcome.  Reservations are required.  Tickets may be purchased at TranscendParanormal.com.

AUGust 11


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.

August 12

Centennial Concert Series

The Dolley Madison Garden Club summer concert series returns to Taylor Park Friday, July 12, at 6 p.m. with DJ Nate Clancy cuing up beach music for a fun evening of "throw-back" tunes. Taylor Park is located on Main Street in Orange. The concert will be held rain or shine and those who attend are encouraged to bring a chair.

September 15

Free clinic golf benefit

The 17th annual Tony Fogliani Memorial Golf Tournament benefitting the Orange County Free Clinic will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. at Meadows Farms Golf Course in Locust Grove. Early registration is $75 per player and $300 per team. The tournament will be a captain’s choice, shotgun start format. For sponsorship or registration information, call 672-3530 or visit www.oragnecountyfreeclinic.org.

SEPTember 26


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

September 28

OCHS class of 1974 reunion

A reunion of the Orange County High School Class of 1974 is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. at Veteran’s Park near the Orange American Legion Hall. For more information, email OrangeCountyHigh1974@gmail.com.

OCTober 19


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 three items for $50. The museum is located at 129 Caroline St. in Orange. For more information, call 672-1776.

OCTober 26


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.

DECember 4


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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 at 7:30 p.m. at Orange Presbyterian Church, located on the corner of Main and Caroline streets. For more information, call 672-5696.


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.

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