The AMI Urban Farm at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind is an educational farm in downtown Staunton, VA that grows fresh produce for school cafeterias while providing students of all ages a place to learn, play, and grow outdoors. The 3-acre site consists of a 1-acre vegetable farm, outdoor classroom, orchard, and native habitat plantings. The AMI Urban Farm is open to the public every Tuesday from 4-7 pm for Community Work Days. People of all ages are welcome to come help out on the farm and learn about organic agriculture. If you volunteer they will send you home with a basket of produce as a thank you for your contribution. On August 27th join them for their annual Farm to Table Fundraiser Dinner featuring 100% locally-sourced ingredients including fruits and vegetables from the farm. You can get your tickets at Young True Value Hardware in Staunton or by calling (540) 886-0160.
The Belmont-Carlton Neighborhood Association invites you to their Belmont Bash on Saturday, September 17th from 2-6pm. This family friendly event is a celebration of the Belmont neighborhood and the people that live there. There will be live music from the The Hogwaller Ramblers and We are Star Children, food trucks, a beer and cider garden, an antique car display, Fleaville arts, crafts, and vintage vendors, and kids activities of Red Shoe Cville. Please follow the Belmont-Carlton Neighborhood Association on Facebook for more details.
The Madison Greene Humane Society invites you to their end of summer bash from noon until 4pm on August 6th at Monticello Motors. They will be grilling out food and selling raffle tickets. All proceeds will benefit their grassroots no kill shelter. They will also have adoptable kittens available inside. You can find out more on their website, http://madisongreenehumanesociety.com/.
The Stony Point Volunteer Fire Company is hosting their annual Firehouse 5K & Fun Fundraiser again this year. You are invited to join them on August 20th from 8am-1pm at the Stony Point Ruritan. starting off with the Firehouse 5K. Following the race they will be hosting a Touch-a-Truck. Here kids of all ages can sit in a Firetruck, cool off with a hose spray, or try on firefighter gear. They will also have music, food trucks and games with prizes for all. You can learn more on their website.
Opera on the James in Lynchburg is gearing up for their upcoming season, presenting RIGOLETTO in November, a family friendly version of The Magic Flute in January, Falstaff in March and April, and Cabaret-Madama Butterfly’s Garden in April. We are a community venue and host pre-K to college level school performances and interactions of many kinds. For more information about events and upcoming performances, visit their website: http://www.operaonthejames.org/
The Liberty University Farmer’s Market in Lynchburg invites you to come enjoy local goods and fresh food. You can connect with local growers and artisans in Central Virginia. The market has fresh produce, food trucks, jewelry, home decor, and more. The Liberty University Farmer’s Market runs every Thursday, 3:30-6pm, through November 10th at Doc’s Diner on the Liberty University campus. More information is available online, or by calling (434) 582-2262.
This summer James Madison’s Montpelier is offering tours for all children ages 14 and under with an accompanying adult for no additional charge. There’s no better time to introduce young people to the story behind the U.S. Constitution. “Discovering Montpelier: A Family-Friendly Tour,” is a new, interactive tour experience that uses artifacts and documents to learn about the history of the Constitution, the Madisons, and the enslaved community who lived and worked at Montpelier. On Thursdays and Saturdays the “Hands-on- History” tent offers various activities from early American games, to mini-workshops on brick-making. The archaeology lab is open every day to the public, with the “In the Ground and In the Lab”walking tour on the weekends. Children are invited to explore the drawers of artifacts and use touchscreen displays to understand how archaeologists work, and “dig” for artifacts. For more on James Madison’s Montpelier, https://www.montpelier.org/.
Lynch’s Landing hosts http://www.downtownlynchburg.com/ where you can learn all about what is happening in downtown Lynchburg. You can heck out upcoming events, read about downtown businesses, find out about new downtown living options, sign up for our downtown newsletter, and more. A way to explore downtown Lynchburg before your visit.
On August 6th , the Charlottesville Derby Dames present a roller derby double header between Charlottesville’s own Belmont Bruisers and the All Stars as they take on the Carolina Rollergirls from Raleigh, NC at Main Street Arena! The bouts will be at 4:30 and again at 7pm. As always this is a family friendly event! You can get your tickets in advance at Blue Moon Diner, Brown Paper Tickets, or from your favorite Dame. Proceeds from the event benefits Payton’s Project, an organization dedicated to bullying awareness. For more information, visit their website at http://www.charlottesvillederbydames.com/
Charlottesville Ballet will be casting local dancers ages 5 & up for roles in the professional production of “The Nutcracker” and we are excited to be offering auditions in Charlottesville on August 10th and Lynchburg on August 13th! The story follows a young girl named Clara, who receives a magical wooden nutcracker as a holiday gift. With the help of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara journeys through Lands of Snowflakes and Sweets. Dance experience is preferred, but not required. You can find more information about how to try out online, https://www.charlottesvilleballet.org/