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.
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.
RUN AND REMEMBER 5K
Hospice of the Piedmont’s 18th annual “Run and Remember” 5K run/walk in memory of Sally Carle will take place Saturday, May 11, at Keswick Hall and Golf Club. All proceeds will benefit Hospice of the Piedmont, the region’s only nonprofit, community-based hospice organization. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and the run will begin at 8 a.m. The cost is $35 in advance or $40 on race day for individuals, $20 for virtual runners or children ages 12-18, and $15 for children under 12. Memorial flowers are available with a $10 donation for each pinwheel. For more information or to register, visit www.hopva.org/5k.
O.C. DEMS OFFICE OPENING
Sen. Mark Warner will be the featured speaker for the official opening of the new Orange County Democratic Committee headquarters Saturday, May 11, at 111 Chapman St. in Orange (behind The Lightwell Café). Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
MOTHER’S DAY AT MONTPELIER
On Mother’s Day, May 12, House tours at James Madison’s Montpelier are free for all moms accompanied by a paying adult or child. Take any of Montpelier’s daily tours, enjoy lunch at the Exchange Café, peruse the museum shop and galleries in the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center and other places around the property, and explore more than 8 miles of walking trails.
VOTER DISENFRANCHISEMENT TALK
Orange Branch NAACP legislative affairs and political action committee chair Bruce Monroe will give a talk on “Voter Disenfranchisement in Virginia” Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in the Orange County Library meeting room, located in the Sedwick Building in Orange. Seating is limited but all are welcome. For more information, call Ellen Wessel at (540) 222-3439.
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 (PWC) 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 manager, at (540) 445-5395 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUNG AT HEART CLUB
The Young at Heart Club will be away from its usual location during its next meeting May 15, as the club will be visiting Jim Lillard at his residence. The Young at Heart Club meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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.
AARP BASEBALL TRIP
AARP Locust Grove Chapter 5239 will travel to 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.
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.
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.
MONTPELIER ECO RODEO
On May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Montpelier will host a free, family-friendly festival celebrating James Madison’s environmental stewardship. Visitors will learn about animal conservation, meet beekeepers, shop for native plants and visit with artisans, vendors and nonprofits who share a passion for nature. Mr. Madison will be at home to greet guests and discuss his early views on conservation. Registration is not required.
GRIEF SUPPORT REGISTRATION
Orange Baptist Church is offering GriefShare, a grief recovery support group open to anyone who has lost a loved one. Samantha Reynolds will be the facilitator. Registration will take place Sunday, May 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the church and will offer participants a chance to meet Samantha, pick up a workbook, ask questions and enjoy refreshments. The first group meeting will be Sunday, June 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 672-2996 or visit www.griefshare.org and enter postal code 22960.
G.C. HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING
The Greene County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. Ruth Walkup will present a program on the Confederate cemetery in Stanardsville. Garrett Ensor will give a brief report on his Eagle Scout project concerning historic Stanardsville. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. For more information, contact Joann Powell at (434) 985-2382.
DOLLEY MADISON’S BIRTHDAY
Celebrate Dolley Madison’s 251st birthday May 20 with free dessert at Montpelier’s Exchange Café. In addition, house tours are free for anyone who shares Dolley’s name or birthday.
OCHS SPORTS PHYSICALS
Orange County High School’s physical night will take place Tuesday, May 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hornet Sports Center. Physicals are $20. Anyone planning to participate in scholastic sports activities at the high school must have a physical.
MCHS REUNION MEETING
The Madison County High School class of 1969 will hold its next planning meeting Tuesday, May 21, at noon at Giovanna’s. The class will be making final preparations for the June 8 event to be held at Pepper’s Grill in Culpeper.
O.C. JOB FAIR
Orange County Economic Development will sponsor a job fair Thursday, May 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Orange Train Depot, located at 122 E. Main St. in downtown Orange. An additional job preparation workshop will be available May 16, at 2 p.m. For more information or to register for the fair, call (540) 212-4570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOSPICE OF THE PIEDMONT GOLF TOURNAMENT
Hospice of the Piedmont will hold its 12th annual SWING Golf Classic and raffle drawing Friday, May 24, at Fauquier Springs Country Club in Warrenton. Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100. The grand prize is a $2,500 gift card to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa. Businesses and individuals may sponsor a hole for $200. All proceeds will benefit Hospice of the Piedmont. To register a team for the tournament, visit www.hopva.org/golf. For more information or to purchase raffle tickets or sponsorships, contact Shannon Gearing at Shannon.email@example.com.
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.
MONTPELIER ARCHAEOLOGY TOUR
Montpelier’s next “Dig It!” hands-on archaeology field tour will take place May 25, at 1 p.m. Work alongside Montpelier’s archaeology staff at the dig site to learn about archaeology and the excavation process. The cost is $22 for adults and $9 for children ages 6-14. Registration is required. For more information, visit www.montpelier.org/events.
AMERICAN LEGION MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM
On Memorial Day, May 27, Orange American Legion Post 156 will pay tribute to all military veterans in a service at the legion hall beginning at 11 a.m. Post commander Alan Drinkwater will lead the program, which will include a reading of the names of Orange County residents who gave their lives defending the country. The Orange Community Band will present a patriotic music program. All community members are invited. The hall is located at the end of Newton Street in the Town of Orange. (Please note the location change. In prior years, the program was held at Taylor Park.)
RIKKI’S REFUGE MEMORIAL DAY POTLUCK
On Memorial Day, May 27, Rikki’s Refuge animal sanctuary will host a behind-the-scenes tour and potluck. Tours will take place at noon and the potluck will begin at 3 p.m. Participants must R.S.V.P. by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations of produce for the tour and canned paté-style cat food are appreciated.
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 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.
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.
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.
ST. JUDE BENEFIT CONCERT
American Legion Post 156 will host its annual concert to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.