News and notes from Fredericksburg's entertainment scene
Month at a Glance: April
Director’s Tour, Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, 224 Washington St., Falmouth. Join Belmont director David Berreth on a personal tour, including a behind-the-scenes look at seldom-seen works by Gari Melchers. 2 p.m. 540/654-1840 or email@example.com to register.
Bingo, Falmouth Fire Department, 250 Butler Road. Doors open 5 p.m., games begin 6:30 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Benefits the Stafford High School field hockey team. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or any member of the field hockey team.
The Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series: “J.E.B. Stuart,” UMW, Dodd Auditorium. By Emory Thomas, author of “Bold Dragoon.” 7:30 p.m. Free. 540/654-1065.
Astronomy, Culpeper County Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper. Observe the moon and other lunar features with amateur astronomer Myron Wasiuta. 7–9 p.m. 540/825-8691.
Lecture and Book Signing, Northern Virginia Community College, 15200 Neabsco Mills Road, Woodbridge. Mark Van Stone will present a lecture titled “It’s Not the End of the World.” After the lecture, he will sign copies of his book, “2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya.” 7 p.m. Free admission. 703/878-4607.
Full Moon Night Hike, Caledon Natural Area, 11617 Caledon Road, King George. Explore the woods on a short hike in the winter forest. 8 p.m. $3 person/$8 family. Reservations required. 540/663-3861.
First Saturday in Mary’s Garden, Mary Washington House, 1200 Charles St., Fredericksburg. Enjoy games as they were in the 18th century. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 540/373-1569.
Spring Big Woods Walk, James Madison’s Montpelier, 11407 Constitution Highway, Orange. Guided tour of the 200-acre old-growth forest. 2 p.m. 540/672-2728.
Project Discovery, a support group for married women questioning their sexuality or for women coming out later in life meets at Central Rappahannock Regional Library. 7–9 p.m. 540/373-2776.
Free Tax Preparation, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg. 5–8 p.m. 540/373-0041, ext. 316.
Exhibit: “Annual Student Exhibition,” UMW, duPont Gallery. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Through April 27. 540/654-1013.
“Home Landscape Course for the Gardening Novice,” Rowser Building, 1739 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford. Runs Thursdays, April 12 through May 31. $75. Registration deadline is April 6.
Civil War Relic Show, Fredericksburg Expo Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway. 2–7 p.m. $8, under age 12 free. fredericksburgexpocenter.com.
Virginia Gentlemen’s Spring Dance and Beach Party, Eagles Lodge, 21 Cool Springs Road, Stafford. Music by Band of Oz. 8 p.m. to midnight. $60 per couple includes beer and set-ups. Benefits Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters. Tickets available at Prudential Simpson Realtors, 77 Cambridge St.; Dennis Dodson, 2304 Jefferson Davis Highway; Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters, 325A Wallace St.; or any member of Virginia Gentlemen.
Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, The Highland School, 597 Broadview Ave., Warrenton. 3 p.m. Tickets available at at the door, piedmontsymphony.org.
Mary Washington Healthcare’s Advance Directives Day, Mary Washington Hospital, 1001 Sam Perry Blvd. and Stafford Hospital, 101 Hospital Center Blvd. Hear information relative to healthcare decision making. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 540/741-0640.
Women’s Bible Study and Support Group, Christian Family Counseling, 1320 Central Park Blvd. Explore the Book of Esther. 10 a.m. 540/786-9493.
“Cabaret,” Riverside Center Dinner Theater, 95 Riverside Parkway, Falmouth. Lunch 11:30 a.m., play 1:30 p.m. 540/370-4300.
“Social Media for Dummies,” Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy, 3630 Lee Hill Drive, Spotsylvania. How to keep children safe when using social media. 6:30–8 p.m. email@example.com.
Relay for Life of Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania High School, 6975 Courthouse Road. Gates open 4:30 p.m. for camp setup, event starts at 6 p.m. and ends April 21 at 6 a.m. Benefits the American Cancer Society. relayforlife.org/spotsylvania.
Eve Watters, Culpeper Depot. Celtic harpist. 7 p.m. $8 in advance, $10 at the door, children $5. To purchase tickets in advance contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 540/547-4333.
Country, Western Dance Lessons, Waltz and Two-Step, American Legion Post 290, 1204 American Legion Road, Stafford. 5–7 p.m. $7. 540/273-1812.
“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” Chatham Manor, 120 Chatham Lane, Stafford. Exhibit examines how President Abraham Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War—the Secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. 540/371-0802.
The Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series: “P.T. Barnum,” UMW, George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium. By Neil Harris, author of “Humbug: The Art of P.T. Barnum.” 7:30 p.m. Free. 654-1065.
Survivors of Suicide support group meets at Fredericksburg Baptist Church (Princess Anne entrance) at 7 p.m. 540/371-2704 or mhafred@ mhafred.org.
Fourth annual Candlelight Vigil and Second annual Art Contest Against Violence, Historical Westmoreland County Courthouse, 111 Polk St., Montross. Light a candle in memory of a loved one lost through violent crime. 6–8 p.m. 804/493-8539.
Blue Ridge Chorale, Germanna Community College Daniel Technology Center, 18121 Technology Drive, Culpeper. 7 p.m. Adults $15, ages 5–12 $5. 540/948-4573; brcsings.com.
Gospel Expo 2012, The Louisa Performing Arts Center, 212 Fredericksburg Ave., Louisa. The Ladies of Praise, Salt, Charles Harris, Chosen, Sonya Richards, plus guest artists Truth from North Carolina, Fundamental from New Jersey, Charles Harris from Virginia Beach and GM Thompson Memorial Choir. 4–7 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 804/240-5409.
Black History Bowl, Massaponax High School, 8201 Jefferson Davis Highway, Spotsylvania. Local high school students test their knowledge of black history. Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. 3 p.m. 540/659-6708.
Exhibit: “From the Sahara to the Shenandoah,” Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center, 1001 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg. Featuring the landscape paintings of Kathleen Walsh. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 540/371-3037; famcc.org.
—Compiled by Debbie Sauder