Mountain run

A placid view of Mountain Run through Yowell Meadow Park on a recent spring day.

USDA food distribution

Empowering Culpeper will be distributing free food commodities from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, with support from local businesses, from 9 to 11 a.m. this Saturday at Culpeper United Methodist Church, 1233 Oaklawn Dr. in the town of Culpeper.

Food is distributed based on income and household size. The Culpeper Connector provides transportation to and from the church

Jonathan Austin Magic

Magician Jonathan Austin will perform multiple shows this week as part of the Culpeper County Library Summer Reading Program.

The magic will happen at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. There will also be a 10:30 a.m. show on Friday, June 14. Seating is first come, first served for this free event sponsored by Kohls Cares and Paul and Karen Laski.

First Learning Circle for local women farm, forestland owners

American Farmland Trust recently announced a women-dedicated learning circle has been established for Virginia women farmland or forest land owners in Spotsylvania, Orange, Culpeper and Louisa counties.

Learning Circles provide women the opportunity to meet other landowners, share farm successes and challenges, discuss land goals and access advice and technical assistance to help implement conservation practices.

The learning circle will meet 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. this Friday, June 14 at Historic Brackett’s Farm, 1790 Nolting Rd. in Gordonsville, Louisa County. The meeting will cover, “Conservation on My Land, Where Can I Find Help?”

The learning circle will offer women landowners the opportunity to hear local agriculture and conservation experts talk about conservation and farming practices that promote healthy and productive farms by nurturing life in the soil.

For information, contact womenforthelandMD@farmland.org. Register for the upcoming local meeting at http://bit.ly/ 2AGNxbaWomenForTheLandMD.

Veterans Resource Summit

An informative seminar for veterans will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Friday, June 14 at Culpeper Baptist Church, 318 S. West St.

Topics to be covered will include pension, survivor’s pension, aid and attendance and other veterans benefits offered in Virginia. Veterans service providers will be on site to provide resource information and other handouts. The event is free and open to the public. For information, contact 540/829-6405 or 877/926-8300.

Windmore Presents Seussical Jr.

Windmore Foundation for the Arts summer theater camp will be presenting Seussical Jr. with music by Stephen Flaherty and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens based on the works of Dr. Seuss.

Mary Flemming is the Director of the Summer camp for children ages 5 to 17 which Is being held at Verdun Adventure Bound. Amanda Reck is the Producer.

The performances will be in the Anne Marie Sheridan Amphitheatre at Verdun Adventure Bound, 17044 Adventure Bound Trail, Rixeyville at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. this Saturday, June 15. Tickets are available online at Windmorefoundation.org. Food vendor Graze to Griddle will be on site.

Transportation interruption

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services transportation will not operate on Friday due to an Employee In-Service Training.

Orange Ribs & Brews Festival

The Orange Ribs & Brews Festival will be held 4 to 10 p.m. this Saturday on Short Street in the town of Orange. Enjoy juicy ribs, cold beverages and live music by opener Billy & the Back Beats and headliner Apple Butter Soul Band. Admission is free. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at Lakeland Farm. For information, see theoda.org or contact Orange Downtown Alliance at 540/672-2540.

Juneteenth Celebration

James Madison’s Montpelier will host a Juneteenth Celebration 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday on the grounds of the presidential estate in Orange County.

Co-sponsored by the Orange County African American Historical Society and the Arts Center in Orange, the cultural event is a chance to honor ancestors while celebrating African American art, history, food, music, faith, family and freedom.

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