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.
The Orange Uncorked wine festival will be held Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. across from The Market at Grelen. Magnolia Vineyards and Well Hung Vineyards are scheduled to attend, along with familiar local favorites, including Barboursville, Horton and Prince Michel. More than a dozen area wineries and cideries are scheduled to attend in addition to artisans, bands and food trucks. Advance tickets are $20. For more information, visit the event’s website at www.orangevachamber.com/pages/MontpelierWineFestival.
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.
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.
DMGC CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
Dolley Madison Garden Club will celebrate its 100th birthday with a centennial ceremony May 5 at 2 p.m. at Taylor Park in downtown Orange. The event will include VIP speakers, a presentation of a commissioned sculpture to the community from the club, and music composed specifically for the anniversary. For more information, visit www.dmgcvirginia.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
SPORTS CAMP EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE
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.
PICKLEBALL SPRING SCHEDULE
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. 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.
YOUNG AT HEART
Join the Young at Heart Club Wednesday, May 8, for entertainment by the Flat Run Ramblers and a taco lunch. 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.
GERMANNA RIBBON CUTTING
The Germanna Foundation invites the public to the ribbon cutting of the new Hitt Archaeology Center on Thursday, May 9, at 3 p.m. at the Fort Germanna Visitor Center, located at 2062 Germanna Highway in Locust Grove. The Germanna Foundation tells America’s story of liberty through the frontier experience of her settlers and descendants using archaeological, historical and genealogical research and interpretation. The center will be used to store and display artifacts, as well as catalogue and clean artifacts found at Germanna Foundation properties including the Fort Germanna and Enchanted Castle archaeology site, historic Salubria and the Hitt Farm. Light refreshments will be served.
“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.
O.C. FAIR YARD SALE
A community yard sale and flea market swap will take place Saturday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Orange County Fairgrounds, located at 14500 Old Gordonsville Road in Orange. The fair board will be selling hanging baskets and food will be available for purchase. To reserve a space, call Carol at (434) 981-8941 or Drema at (540) 717-5631.
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.
As part of its monthly “Health Matters” series, Powell Wellness Center will host a stroke awareness discussion Tuesday, May 14, at noon at the PWC café, located at 1005 Golf Drive in Culpeper. Learn the signs, symptoms, risk factors and treatments from a panel representing Culpeper Medical Center’s occupational therapy, speech language pathology and physical therapy services. This event is free and open to the community. For more information, contact Patrice Barklund, PWC fitness mamager, at (540) 445-5395 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
WWI DOCUMENTARY SCREENING
The Daughters of the American Revolution Susannah Chandler Chapter will present the documentary “The Hello Girls: Women Telephone Operators of WWI” Saturday, May 18, at 1:30 p.m. at the Lake of the Woods Community Center. The film tells the story of America’s first female soldiers, whom the U.S. Army Corps sent to France as telephone operators in 1918. The showing is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the film. Contributions to the chapter’s women veterans fund are appreciated. For more information, call 661-7202.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com or unit director Sheila Donnelly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 672-6858.