In the Community… Helping you and your family find things to do outside of the gate.

Dog Easter Egg Hunt

Memorial (Kenmore) Park, 1402 Kenmore Ave, Fredericksburg, will hold a Dog Easter Egg Hunt March 24. Entrance fee is $5 for up to two dogs, pre-registration is requested. On-site registration will be available only if space remains. Come dressed to enter our doggie costume contest to compete for prizes. This is a great way to get out and play with your favorite furry friend. Your registration of $5 allows up to two dogs to join in the fun! Dogs must be at least 12 weeks old. A small dog area will also be available for dogs less than 15lbs. Pre-registration requested. All dog parents must sign a release acknowledging their dog(s) are current on shots and are healthy. For information or to register, call 540-372-1086 or visit www.FredParksRec.com.

All aboard! Rappahannock Railroad Museum

Every Saturday morning from 9 a.m.–noon the Rappahannock Railroad Museum opens its doors to provide visitors a glimpse into railroad history. Step aboard restored cabooses or the Pennsylvania Railroad baggage car and view the artifacts and exhibits pertaining to railroad history, weather permitting (generally when it doesn’t rain and the temperature is above 40). In addition, visitors are invited to take an excursion on a railroad Maintenance of Way train out of Spotsylvania Business Park and along Deep Run No reservations required.

Experience the view the trainman had from the cupola of the caboose, see the tools used by the track workers of the past and much, much more.

Where: The fun begins at 11700 Main St, Fredericksburg at the museum in the Spotsylvania Business Park just off Rte. 2, across from the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds.

For more information call 301-653-7983 or visit www.rrmusuem.org Admission is free.

Family Easter celebration

Go out and enjoy a free Easter event with Fire/Rescue and the Sheriff’s Office personnel at Chancellor’s Village, 12001 Village Lane, Fredericksburg from 2–4 p.m., March 25.

There will be lots of fun to enjoy including pictures with the Easter Bunny, barrel train rides and crafts. For more infomation, contact Krista at 540-786-5000.

Join a book club

More than 5 million people meet monthly across the U.S. in book clubs to share common interests, develop friendships and discuss their thoughts on the writings of others. In our area the largest organized book groups for adults are hosted through the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. If you are a reader who would like to meet new people, socialize amongst friends, and discuss some of the year’s best books, join one of the groups by visiting http://www.librarypoint.org/bookgroups.

PAWs for Reading

Does your child find reading a little ruff? Then come to the PAWs for Reading program that brings children and trained therapy dogs from Blue Gray Therapy Dogs together and allows children to practice their reading skills by reading out loud to trained dogs. PAWs for Reading helps foster a love of reading within children by providing a comfortable opportunity to read.

Sessions are offered at the Porter Library in Stafford on the first Saturday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon; the England Run Library in Stafford on the first Saturday of the month from 2–3 p.m.; The Salem Church Library in Fredericksburg the second Saturday of the month from 1:30–3 p.m.; and at the Fredericksburg Branch Library on the third Saturday of the month from 2:15–3:45 p.m. Information on pre-registering can be found at www.librarypoint.org/pawsforreading.

Do you know your library?

Did you know that the Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) is open to base residents as well as those who reside in Stafford, Spotsylvania and Fredericksburg?

The CRRL offers many diverse resources within their eight facilities and through their award-winning website librarypoint.org. They also offer classes and events for all ages, from babes in arms to seniors, from STEM classes to tax preparation to job help.

Your Central Rappahannock Regional Library card is the key to a range of library services and a wealth of information online. You can get yours online at http://www.librarypoint.org/card.

Grow-A-Reader for kids

Grow-A-Reader is an educational opportunity for caregivers of children birth to age five to lay the foundations for a lifetime of reading. Specially trained staff present stories, songs and activities in a fun environment that supports learning. These classes are offered on a regular schedule at libraries in Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Westmoreland. For more information, visit www.Librarypoint.org/growareader.

Egg hunts, crafts and more

Eggstravaganza is a fun filled day of crafts, games, tours, egg hunts, and more. It will be held at Ben Lomond Historic Site at 10321 Sudley Manor Drive in Manassas on March 24 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Tickets for the 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. egg hunt are $5 each and must be purchased in advance at the site.

Learn about famous suffragist

Join the Manassas Museum for a presentation by living historian Lynne Garvey-Hodge about Mrs. Robert Walker, a D.C. area suffragist who was arrested and imprisoned at the Occoquan Workhouse for demonstrating outside the White House. Hear Mrs. Walker’s reflections on her work as a suffragist, as well as her personal life and role in Baltimore’s exclusive “Blue Book” society. This free event will be held at the Manassas Museum located at 9101 Prince William Street on March 24 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

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