HEAD START AND PRE-K PROGRAMS

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.

JUNE 13

ROTARY CLUB “ON TAP”

The Rotary Club of Orange will meet at Forked on Main, June 13 at 5:30 p.m.  Potential members are invited to join club members 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.

FCMB TOURS

Join Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield (FCMB) for a guided walking tour of the battlefield on the third Saturday of each month in June, July, September and October.  Summer and fall tours are open to all ages. No pre-registration is required. Tour dates are: June 15, July 20, Sept. 21 and Oct. 19 at 10 a.m.  A $10 donation is requested. Park at 9465 General Winder Rd., Rapidan.  Please direct inquiries to info@friendsofcedarmountain.org or (540) 727-8849.

Culpeper Minutemen 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 the guest speaker.  New members will be inducted and a 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

The Orange County African-American Historical Society and James Madison’s Montpelier will host the 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.    Registration not required.  Food will be available on site. Visit www.montpelier.org for more information.

“THUNDER IN ORANGE” TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL

Dragon Motorsports returns to Orange June 15 at 7 p.m. with some of the biggest truck and tractor pull classes on the East Coast. The “Thunder in Orange” truck and tractor pull will be held at the Orange County Fairgrounds, 14501 Old Gordonsville Rd.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are admitted for free.  The event supports the Orange County Fair, June 19 -22.

4CP ANNUAL APPRECIATION PARTY

The Four County Players 10th annual volunteer appreciation party will be held Saturday, June 15.  Doors open at 7 p.m.  There will be a brief program and awards ceremony followed by food, music, dancing and tomfoolery! 

FOWB CIVIL WAR MEDICAL HISTORY AT ELLWOOD

Friends of Wilderness Battlefield will host a Civil War medical living history event Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16 at historic Ellwood.  Civil War medicine living history demonstrations will start at 10 a.m. both days.  Ellwood Manor will be open both days from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  On Saturday, there will be guided walking tours and special presentations. See www.fowb.org for more information.

SENIOR CENTER BAKE SALE

The Orange Senior Center will host a bake sale on June 15 at 9 a.m. in front of O’Reilly Auto Parts, 197 N. Madison Rd., Orange.  Stock up on baked goods for your Father’s Day celebration.

June 16

Father’s Day at Montpelier

On Father’s Day, Montpelier house tours are free for all dads accompanied by a paying adult or child.  Take any of Montpelier’s daily tours, enjoy a delicious lunch on site, peruse the museum shop and other places around the property, and explore more than 8 miles miles of walking trails.  Visit www.montpelier.org for more information.

92nd Annual Powell Reunion

The 92nd Annual Powell Reunion will be held at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church on June 16.  The reunion begins at 11 a.m. with a picnic lunch scheduled for 1 p.m. The church is located at 76 Garth Rd., Stanardsville.  For information, 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. For more information, visit www.fourcp.org.

“MANY RIVERS TO CROSS” DOCUMENTARY SCREENING

The Piedmont Race Amity Project will present “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” an award-winning  PBS documentary with Henry Louis Gates Jr., at Culpeper Baptist Church over six weeks beginning June 17 at 7 p.m. The church is located 318 S. West Street, Culpeper. Dates include: June 17, June 24, July 1, July 15, July 22 and July 29. There will be no showing July 8. The event is

free and open to the public.

JUNE 19

Young at heart

Join the Young at Heart Club Wednesday, June 19, for lunch at La Naranja on Byrd Street in Orange. 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.

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: www.bit.ly/2wscg2Q  For a complete listing of all 2019 workshops to be hosted in Orange County, visit www.thinkorangeva.com or contact Rose Deal at 540-672-1238.

JUNE 20

RSA MEETING

The Rapidan Service Authority will meet Thursday, June 20, at 2 p.m. at the Stanardsville Town Hall.

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. 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. Those who wish to be paired with a particular person, should 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 grades. 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

Tenants’ Rights and Responsibilities Workshop

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.

JUNE 29

NATURE EXPLORATION

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.

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. 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.  Write “Golf” on the memo line.

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.

JULY 12

SHAKESPEARE AT THE RUINS

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.

JULY 13

KIDS COUNT BUTTERFLIES

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.

JULY 17

DEMENTIA EDUCATION PRESENTATION

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

PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION AT EXCHANGE HOTEL

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

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 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

BASEBALL GAME

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.

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

OCTOBER 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.

DECEMBER 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.

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.

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