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APRIL 7, 21
MASTER GARDENER HELP DESK
Do you have home horticulture questions or need help identifying plants? The Master Gardeners will hold an open office help desk Thursdays, April 7 and 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Orange County Extension Office at 146 North Madison Road, Orange. For additional information or assistance, call (540) 672-1361.
GERMANNA NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCE WALK
Join the Germanna Foundation Friday, April 8, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a walk along its trails, highlighting the natural and cultural resources in the Siegen Forest. Highlights will include the lustrous bluebells, the Rapidan River, historic millrace, and more. The walk will be about 1.5 hours, round-trip. Space is limited to 15 people per tour. The event is free, with a suggested $10 donation on the day of the event. In the event of rain, the walk will be canceled. Call the visitor center at (540) 423-1700 the day of event with any questions or concerns if there is inclement weather. Register at germanna.org. For additional information, contact Ashley Abruzzo at [email protected].
APRIL 8 – 9
CLOTHING AND HOUSEHOLD ITEM EXCHANGE
Orange Church of the Nazarene is hosting a clothing and household items exchange at 159 W. Nelson Street Friday, April 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. If anyone has a need for clothing or household items they are welcome to come and exchange whatever they have to pick up whatever they need. Questions can be directed to the church at (540) 406-4065.
ROTARY CLUB BBQ BENEFIT
The Rotary Club of Orange will host its annual BBQ fundraiser Saturday, April 9, at 6 p.m. at Rounton Farm. Tickets will be $30 for all-you-can eat-and-drink and are available for purchase on the Rotary Club website and at some Orange business locations. There will be a silent auction and a few live auction items during an evening of fun that supports through scholarships and other contributions. Stay tuned for additional ticket information.
Orange Baptist Church will hold its sixth annual Easter Egg Drop event Saturday, April 9, at the church’s Route 15 property north of town. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., children and their families are invited to enjoy free activities, music, Easter-themed games, food, hay rides, a presentation of the Easter story and thousands of eggs dropped from a helicopter. The event is free and open to all.
The Orange County Landfill, Litter Control Committee and Rappahannock Goodwill Industries will be hosting an electronics recycling event Saturday, April 9 at the Orange County landfill. The event will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until noon. Accepted items include: computers, computer monitors, hard drives, printers, scanners, copiers, fax machines, wires, cables, video game systems, VCR and DVD systems, etc. Televisions and large appliances will not be accepted. The landfill is located at 11350 Porter Road, Orange. For more information, call (540) 672-9315 or (540) 661-5405.
CEDAR MT. PARK DAY
Volunteers of all ages are welcome at Cedar Mountain’s Park Day Saturday, April 9. Park Day projects at Cedar Mountain include trail maintenance, cleaning signage, cannons and cemeteries, raking, clipping and other grounds care, litter removal, and more. Volunteers are encouraged to bring garden tools and work gloves. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. for check-in and ends at noon with a picnic lunch. At 1 p.m., a FCMB historian will host a guided two-hour walking tour of the battlefield. The location is 9465 General Winder Road, Rapidan. For more information, visit www.friendsofcedarmountain.org.
Orange American Legion Post 156 will host a community breakfast Saturday, April 9.The breakfast will be held at the American Legion hall on Newton Street from 7 to 10 a.m. Donations are welcome.
DEMENTIA FRIENDS INFO SESSION
Aging Together will host a one-hour Dementia Friends Information Session Tuesday, April 12, from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom. Dementia Friends is a growing movement to make a difference for those living with any dementia-related disease. The event is free. To participate, go to www.agingtogether.org/upcomingprograms.
RRCS BOARD MEETING
Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services will hold its next regularly scheduled Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 12, at 1 p.m. at 15361 Bradford Road, in Culpeper. Individuals with disabilities who require special assistance to attend and participate should contact Deanne Cockerill at (540) 825-3100, extension 3213.
THE YOUNG AT HEART CLUB
Join the Young at Heart Club Wednesday, April 13 to listen to the music of Dave & Friends. The club normally meets Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the East Orange Ruritan Building at the intersection of Route 20 and Route 522. The club is open to young at heart senior adults 50 and older and provides a social outlet. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Barbara Morris (540) 672-0552.
GARVIS HUFF AWARDS NOMINATIONS
The Orange County Office on Youth is accepting nominations for the Garvis Huff Outstanding Youth and Youth Advocate Awards. The public is encouraged to nominate students who demonstrate community involvement beyond academic and athletic achievements, and regularly contribute to their community. Nomination applications are available at the Office on Youth, Monday through Friday during business hours, or electronically from the Office on Youth webpage at www.orangecountyva.gov/garvishuff. For additional information or to request an application, contact the Office on Youth at (540) 672-5484 or [email protected]. All nominations must be returned to the Office on Youth or postmarked by Friday, April 15.
April 15 – May 8
“IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU”
Tickets are on sale for Four County Players’ “It Shoulda Been You,” a charming, funny and original new musical, on the mainstage of the Barboursville Community Theater weekends April 15 through May 8. (No show Sunday, April 17–Easter.) For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at (540) 832-5355, visit the Four County Players’ website at www.fourcp.org, or the organization’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fourcountyplayers.
SPRING CAR SHOW AND COMMUNITY EVENT
The Orange County High School FCCLA and Paint It Orange will hold a benefit spring car show and community event Saturday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. behind OCHS. Car registration is $10 per car and every car registered helps donate a pack of diapers to the Mom2Mom community organization. Mom2Mom is a local nonprofit that helps mothers and families access resources and also provides food, hygiene and other infant-related supplies. The day’s activities also include facepainting, an Easter Bunny photo booth, egg hunts (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) an egg relay and egg painting. Rain date is April 23.
ARTS CENTER READING
The Arts Center in Orange will host author Ray Chung for a reading from his new book, Off to the Races with Mukha the Dingo, Saturday, April 16, at 1 p.m. The children’s book, written by Chung and illustrated by Emily Hurst Pritchett, takes place in the Virginia Piedmont. Copies of Off to the Races with Mukha the Dingo will be available for purchase at the Arts Center gift shop. For additional information, visit www.artscenterinorange.com/events.
APRIL 16 – MAY 7
FUNDAMENTALS OF IMPROV
Four County Players presents “Fundamentals of Improv with Andy Davis,” a four-week workshop April 16 through May 7. The workshop will be held in the Four County Players’ Cellar and is $160 per registrant ($140 for Four County members). This four-week class focuses on developing the fundamentals of improv comedy. During each session, participants will learn how to build stories, characters, relationships, and more from virtually nothing. Visit http://fourcp.org/ for more information or to register.
APRIL 18 – 19
“AS YOU LIKE IT” AUDITIONS
Four County Players announce auditions for this summer’s Shakespeare at the Ruins production of “As You Like It” April 18 – 19 at 7 p.m. at the Barboursville Community Theater. Call backs will be Sunday, April 24 at 7 p.m. and Monday, April 25, at 7 p.m., if needed. Rehearsals will begin in early to mid-May with performances scheduled July 15-30. Actors 16 and older are encouraged to audition and all must register at https://forms.gle/mvEK5cifm398gAwQ8. No walk-ins permitted. For more information about the process or for more information, email [email protected].
MEMORY DECLINE SEMINAR
Aging Together is hosting a memory loss program that will help participants distinguish between typical age-related changes and signs of something more serious. The free event is offered to older adults, caregivers and community members Thursday, April 21 at 2:30 p.m. To register for the Zoom-based program, visit www.agingtogether.org/upcomingprograms.
THROUGH APRIL 22
HEALTHY LIVING GRANT APPS
Culpeper Wellness Foundation will award $120,000 in Healthy Living Grants for health and wellness projects serving Orange, Madison and Culpeper counties. Applications for these grants will be accepted beginning March 7 through April 22. Applicants can request funding up to $10,000 to support projects or activities that will be completed by March 31, 2023. The Healthy Living Grant program guidelines, application requirements and application link (available March 7) are on the Foundation’s website at www.culpeperwellnessfoundation.org/grants.
HISTORIC GARDEN WEEK
The Dolley Madison Garden Club will host Historic Garden Week Saturday, April 23, with “A Grand Tour Close to Home: Garden Designs from Europe, Asia and America.” This year’s tour features Tre Sorelle in Locust Dale, Greenway at Madison Mills, the Annie duPont Garden and the Garden at Bassett House at James Madison’s Montpelier, and Windrock in Somerset. The tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the Garden at Bassett House open only from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $30 and available at www.vagardenweek.org until 10 a.m. April 23. Tickets for children are $15. Local ticket outlets include: The Arts Center in Orange, the Market at Grelen in Somerset and the Laurie Holladay Shop in Gordonsville. Day-of tickets are $40 and available at each tour location. There is no single-site admission. Children are admitted for $20 on tour day. Those 5 and under are admitted for free. For additional information, visit [email protected].
BOY SCOUT SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER
Boy Scout troops 14 and 2020 will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Tuesday, April 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Orange American Legion Post 156 on Newton Street in Orange. The dine-in or take-out meal includes meat or vegetable sauce, and garlic bread. Each meal will be donation-based with no set price. All donations go toward Boy Scout troops 14 and 2020 to help scouts pay their annual dues, for summer camp and annual recharter. Cub Scouts Pack 14 will have cake and desserts for sale. For more information, call 672-8974.
The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission will meet on Wednesday, April 27, at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Orange County Public Safety Building, 11282 Government Center Drive, Orange. Public comment may be submitted at the meeting, or via email prior to the meeting to [email protected] or by calling (540) 829-7450, ext. 11 by 10 a.m., April 27. The agenda and supporting materials will be posted to the commission website www.rrregion.org one week in advance of the meeting.
4-H HEALTHY LIVING SUMMIT
A 4-H Healthy Living Summit is scheduled Saturday, April 30 at the George Washington Carver Agricultural Research Center on Route 15 north of Orange. The cost is $10 for 4-H-enrolled youth ages 14 to 18 and includes lunch, snacks and supplies. Registration deadline is April 10. The summit is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and includes discussion on nutrition education, physical fitness, wellness and emotional well-being. Visit https://bit.ly/4-Hhealthylivingsummit to register.
FOWB DINNER AND SPEAKER
Friends of Wilderness Battlefield will host a dinner and speaker event at The Cove at Fawn Lake on Saturday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m. The speaker will be John Hennessy, recently retired chief historian with the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, and his presentation will look at how this unusual landscape came to embody what the Civil War had become, the immense stakes, and the profound sense of moment the nation felt as the armies fought their way through Spotsylvania County in May 1864. Guests will choose their meal option when they RSVP online. Tickets are $36 (plus processing fee) until April 13. After then, tickets will be $46 (plus processing fee) per person. Tickets may be ordered at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5409343. The deadline for reservations is Friday, April 22.
As the Town of Orange celebrates 150 years, The Arts Center in Orange seeks original artworks inspired by the community’s presidential past. In partnership with the James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage, this exhibition is an opportunity for artists to share their unique interpretations of local history. Each artist whose work is selected for exhibition will receive an honorarium of $150. For additional informaiton or to submit a work, visit https://www.artscenterinorange.com/open-calls/historical-reference.
BLUE RIDGE CHORALE SPRING CONCERT
The Blue Ridge Chorale will present its spring concert Sunday, May 22, at 3:30 p.m. Spring Concert. The Blue Ridge Chorale spring concert is a free event and will be held at Culpeper Baptist Church 318 S. West Street.
4-H DAIRY MONTH POSTER CONTEST
Virginia 4-H members are encouraged to participate in the 2022 June Dairy Month 4-H Poster Contest to promote milk and milk products and their health benefits. Prizes range from $50 to $100. Entries must be submitted by June 15. Visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GVAGMYs5erqYHfuIvsrIxk7B5_IzJ5Ni/view to enter.
AARP TAX AIDE PLANS
The AARP 2021 tax preparation season starts Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the Town of Orange public works building on Warren Street. Due to continuing COVID precautions, participants are asked to pick up and complete all preparatory material in advance. This material will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Jan. 4, from about 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside the building’s glass enclosure. Since no walk-ins will be accepted, appointments are made by calling (540) 661-5475 starting Jan. 17. Callers should speak slowly and clearly so that calls are understood and returned. AARP membership is not a requirement for this free service but it is provided for older members of the community and those of low to moderate income.
Pickleball (a mixture of tennis, ping pong and badminton) returns to the Trevillian Elementary School tennis courts Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Program and equipment is provided by Louisa County Parks and Recreation. Thus seeking instruction must register by calling Annette Hayes, USA Pickleball Association Ambassador, at (434) 960-5860. There is no fee to participate.
WANTED: VOLUNTEER DRIVERS
Like to help people? Like to drive? Aging Together is seeking volunteer drivers. If you are seeking volunteer opportunities and would like to help older adults or those with disabilities get to doctors appointments, grocery stores, and more, contact Sarah Gillespie of Aging Together at [email protected] or (540) 505-5900. Volunteer drivers are needed in Culpeper, Madison and Orange. You decide your schedule and where you would like to volunteer. You can use your own vehicle, or you may choose to use an agency car.
POSTPONED: OES GIFTING FUNDRAISER
The Orange Elementary School Parents Group March Gifting Calendar Fundraiser has been postponed to April. Check back for new details.
LIBRARY MOBILE APP
Patrons of the Orange County Public Library System can literally have the library at their fingertips 24 hours a day, seven days a week, thanks to the launch of the OCPLVA mobile app from Capira. This new app is available for both Apple and Android devices through their mobile application stores. Using this app, patrons can browse the library’s collection, place items on hold for pickup, view account status and renew checkouts, access the library’s digital resources, receive phone notifications, and more. The app is also useful for in-person visits as it allows users to access a digital version of their library card. Families can even store all their library cards digitally in one place. To find and download the new application, interested parties should search “OCPLVA” in their mobile application store. For more information, call (540) 672-3811 or visit https://ocplva.org/.
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