Service Day

Sisters Victoria Smith, 12, and 3-year-old Gloria, of Lake of the Woods, clean headstones Wednesday in Culpeper National Cemetery as part of the first-ever National Day of Service & Remembrance on 9/11, an initiative produced in partnership with Carry the Load.

Local Author Extravaganza

All are invited to join the Friends of the Culpeper County Library for its Seventh Annual Local Author Extravaganza 2 to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 14 in the Library’s meeting room.

Each author will have a table and be available to talk to the public about their books. The authors will have books available for purchase and autographing. Each author has been invited to speak briefly about their book, or books—check at the Library for specific times.

Two dozen authors will be in attendance as well as representation from the Windmore Writers Group. The Local Author Event was awarded Best Adult Program by the Virginia Public Library Directors Association. There will be coffee, punch and cookies to enjoy while chatting with local authors.

Rep. Spanberger Orange County Town Hall this weekend

Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th, will host a town hall noon to 1 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 15 in Room 114 at Germanna Community College Locust Grove Campus, 2130 Germanna Highway in Locust Grove.

The public event will be the local Congresswoman’s 10th town hall in Central Virginia since she was sworn into office in January.To date, Spanberger has answered questions and heard constituents at community-focused town halls in Goochland, Spotsylvania, Nottoway, Henrico,Louisa, Amelia, Chesterfield, Culpeper, and Powhatan.

At Sunday’s town hall in Locust Grove, the Congresswoman will deliver a brief legislative update, followed by the question-and-answer period. Her team members will be present to help people who have an issue with a federal government benefit or program.

Quilting exhibition

The Madison Quilt Guild will host an Open House 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 14 at Madison Presbyterian Church, 1236 Fishback Rd. in Madison.

Guild member’s quilt projects will be on display and snacks will be served at this free event. Families, Individuals, young and old, fellow quilters and crafters, the curious and everyone in between are all encouraged to attend. Come see beautiful quilts and chat with the quilters who made them. For information, see Madison Quilters on Facebook.

White House Ornaments for sale

The Eastern View High School Choral Boosters are currently selling the 2019 White House Ornaments for $25 through December.

To purchase one contact, trichtar@culpeperschools.org. The Boosters appreciate all the support.

Free leadership workshop

An innovative free workshop, “Heart-Centered Leadership: Reinventing Your Place in the World,” will be held 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sept. 16 at the Gloria Faye Dingus Center for the Arts, 92 Main St., Suite 104 in downtown Warrenton.

Two local businesswomen are hosting the program out of a desire to give the community specific tools to deal with the increased stress of daily life. It will offer a fresh approach to leadership as practiced by co-presenters, strategist and leadership coach, Shari J Goodwin of Jaeger 2, and success coach Diane L Haworth. Advance registration on EventBrite is requested.

Culpeper Farm Tour volunteers needed

Love the great outdoors and life on the farm? Volunteering for the upcoming Culpeper Farm Tour could be a perfect fit.

The Farm Tour Committee is recruiting folks to volunteer for the Culpeper Farm Tour happening Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 at sites around the county. Volunteers are needed to meet with farm friends and visitors for two shifts on each day—10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers working a three-hour shift will receive a free t-shirt and the satisfaction of supporting local agriculture. To volunteer, contact Lori Loy at 540/727-3410 or lloy@culpepercounty.gov. For information about the upcoming tour, see CulpeperFarmTour.com.

Astronomy for Everyone

Sky Meadows State Park will host an evening of space exploration 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 on site at 11012 Edmonds Lane in Delaplane, northern Fauquier County.

The event will begin with a half-hour “Junior Astronomer” program for children ages 5-12 followed by a talk about the importance of dark skies and light conservation. The volunteer Ambassadors of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab will present a half-hour multimedia presentation on the latest in U.S. space research.

After the presentation, attendees will get oriented to the celestial skies with a brief sky tour. For the remainder of the program, participants can take advantage of Sky Meadows’ dark skies by looking at deep space objects through telescopes provided by our Dark Sky volunteers.

Have your own telescope? Feel free to bring your scope or binoculars for your own sky exploration. Entrance gates will close one hour after program start time. In the event of rain or clouds, only the “Junior Astronomer” and multimedia presentations will be provided.

Parking for this program is $5 per vehicle. Entrance gates close one hour after program start time. In the event of rain or clouds, only the “Junior Astronomer” and multimedia presentations will be provided.

Are you an astronomy enthusiast interested in volunteering for the monthly programs? Contact skymeadows@dcr.virginia.gov or 540/592-3556.

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