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; at 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.

Ice-breaker Bass Tournaments

Ice-breaker Bass Tournaments will be held at Motts Run Reservoir Feb. 25 and March 10 beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until weigh-in at 3 p.m. There is a $50 entry fee per team (with $5 going toward big fish). Proceeds will benefit the Kids’ Fishing Derby. Bring your own fishing gear. Motts Run Reservoir will be open to the public and for renting boats during the event. To register, contact Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events at 540-372-1086.

Art classes for kids

Do you have a child who is between of the age of two and five? Would you like to introduce them to arts education in a museum setting? Join this award-winning class as they complete art projects, along with age-appropriate studio tours, exploratory garden walks, and engaging stories. Enrollment in the Preschool Palette classes enhance fine motor skills, math and language skills, and cognitive development. Next class is March 10. For more information and to register, visit http://garimelchers.umw.edu/education/preschool-palette/

Preschool Play Date

The National Museum of the Marine Corps will host a Preschool Play Date from 10–11:30 a.m. on March 13. Bring your preschool aged children out to learn about women in the Marine Corps. Stick around for story time and fun hands-on activities. The event is free and open to children under age 5.

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.

Month of the Military Child fitness celebration at Museum

April is the Month of the Military Child and the National Museum of the Marine Corps is helping celebrate with a focus on fitness. Wear your sneakers and come prepared to get your workout on April 14 from noon–3 p.m. Children will learn about fitness and nutrition with fun games, activities and more. The event is open to the public and free.

Napoleon lecture

The University of Mary Washington’s Great Lives Lecture Series reveals how extraordinary people – some born to privilege and power, others from modest backgrounds – shaped art, literature, science, government, and the human experience.

Join Jeremy Black on April 17 at 7:30 p.m. as he discusses his book “Napoleon.”

This book provides an analytic perspective on the life of Napoleon Bonaparte, who was unquestionably one of the most prominent, and most controversial leaders in world history. Born in Corsica in 1769, he rose to power as a French military and political leader during the French Revolution, becoming Emperor of the French from 1804-1814 (and again, briefly, in 1815). For more than a decade he dominated European and global affairs.

Generally regarded as one of the greatest commanders in history, his military campaigns are still studied in military schools around the world, while much of his political and cultural legacy has also endured in various forms.

This free program will be held in Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall, 1301 College Avenue in Fredericksburg.

Children’s theatre special program

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site will be presented by the Bay Area Children’s Theater April 22 from 2-4 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas Virginia. Get your tickets for this premiere musical based upon the New York Times best-selling children’s book. Recommended for ages 3-8. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children at www.hyltoncenter.org.

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