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 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.


MAY 29


Join the Young at Heart Club Wednesday, June 5, 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.

MAY 30


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

MAY 31


  Orange County impressionist artist Lee Nixon will offer a gallery talk at The Purcell Gallery in the Louisa Arts Center on Friday, May 31, at 6:30 p.m. Nixon is exhibiting 32 original acrylic landscape paintings based on the theme, “Paintings of Paradise.” The exhibit will run through July 26. Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of The Louisa Arts Center and The Purcell Gallery Committee. The Louisa Arts Center is located at 212 Fredericksburg Avenue, Louisa. For information, please contact Meagan DuBois at (540) 967-5200 or at



Bound2please Books (B2plz) on Main Street in downtown Orange will host its monthly science fiction book club meeting Saturday, June 1 at 3:30 p.m. The club will gather informally to discuss science fiction and other fantastic topics. Club meetings are free and open to the public.  Call 672-4000 or email for information.  The bookshop is located at 132 West Main Street in Orange.



The Mountain View Nursing Home’s choir will have a free benefit concert for the Orange County Free Clinic June 2, at 7 p.m. at Orange Baptist Church. Donations will be taken at the door. The chorale group consists of 30-40 people who are part of the staff at Mountain View Nursing Home. They will be closing out their season with this benefit. For information contact Kim Frye at 672-3530.


The Orange Community Band will perform its free spring concert on Sunday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Orange County High School. The concert will feature instrumental solos, folk song suite, Irish songs and Anderson’s, “The Typewriter.” For information, visit

June 3

OCHS “Honors the Fallen”

The Margarten Men’s Choir from Holland was in the United States in 2018 to mark the 74th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, which took place in Holland in the fall of 1944. This choir performed in Orange Sept. 29, 2018. More than 8,000 American soldiers who died liberating the Netherlands in WWII are buried there. The Orange County Historical Society’s June 3 meeting will feature the story of this remarkable town’s involvement with Operation Market Garden and the cemetery—a relationship that endures to this day. The meeting will be held at the society’s research center at 130 Caroline Street and is free and open to the public. Refreshments begin at 7p.m., with the program to follow at 7:30 p.m. 

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.



The Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble will perform a concert on Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at Orange United Methodist Church and Sunday, June 9, at 4 p.m. at Piedmont Episcopal Church, Madison.  Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.



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.


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


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 or find “Good Time Cruisers” on Facebook.


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  In case of inclement weather, call 672-2728, ext. 141 or 252.


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.



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 The cost is $25 per child if registered on or before May 6, or $30 afterward. Snacks will be provided.


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

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 Walnut Hills Drive, then another right and follow the signs to the Kemper family cemetery.  For more information, call Steve Holmes at (703) 597-3050.



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 and click on “calendar of events.” For more information, call (804) 524-3292.


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 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.



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 or $20 at the door, and 50/50 raffle tickets will be available for purchase during the event.



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. 



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  Light refreshments will be provided.

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.



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.


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 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 or call 972-6385.



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 or call 832-5355.



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  In case of inclement weather, call 672-2728, ext. 141 or 252.



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 for details, from how to get tickets to how to purchase a picnic basket to what happens if it rains.



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

AUG. 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.

OCT. 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 3 items for $50. The museum is located at 129 Caroline St. in Orange. For more information, call 672-1776.

OCT. 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

DEC. 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



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 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.


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


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.


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 and To register, call 661-5475 or visit


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 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.


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


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 or unit director Sheila Donnelly at, or call 672-6858.

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