Sundays at Two series will open January 15

Sundays at Two committee members from left are (front row) Lindsy Gardner, Gloria Wallace and Nancy Brandon; (next row) Lovey Jane Long, Laurie McCord, Jackie Ferriter and Elaine Weekley.

The Lancaster Community Library’s 22nd annual Sundays at Two lecture and entertainment series will open January 15.

Offered at 2 p.m. at the library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock, the free programs conclude with refreshments, said committee chairman Gloria Wallace. Reservations are not required.

On January 15, Ray Funkhouser will present “Behind the Scenes: Preparing Olympians.” As president of USA Track and Field Virginia until the next Olympics and a life-long participant in the sport, he will describe how our Olympic teams are selected and the challenges faced by would-be Olympians.

On January 29, Dr. Jeff Stern will present “Are You Ready for a Disaster?” As state coordinator at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, he will provide answers to questions about emergency management in the Commonwealth such as: What do we really need to be ready in the Northern Neck? Do we really need to stockpile three days of food? What help can you expect from volunteer groups? What does the Commonwealth do? What can we expect from FEMA?

On February 5, Susan Sterner, a photographer, photojournalist and associate professor of arts and design at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design of George Washington University, and her husband, Tyrone Turner, a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine, who has traveled widely shooting stories of social and environmental issues, will discuss “The World Next Door.”

From 1998 through 2000, as fellows for the Institute of Current World Affairs, they spent two years documenting life in Northeastern Brazil. Sterner has worked as a staff photographer based in Mississippi and California for the Associated Press and (2001-2005) as a White House photographer documenting the official and behind the scenes life of the presidency. Turner has produced stories for the National Geographic on the disappearing wetlands of Louisiana, increasing hurricane threats and the rebuilding of New Orleans. He was named a Fellow with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for 2016-2017.

On February 12, Anne and Kurt Muse will present “Almost Overthrowing a Dictator and Surviving to Tell the Tale.” An American citizen who grew up in Panama, Muse loved his adopted country. When he was held in the notorious Modelo prison for months because of his patriotic activities, his hope for survival grew dim. Meanwhile, his wife, Anne, and their children were in northern Virginia wondering what was happening. They will describe this time when he was the first civilian rescued by the elite Delta Force.

On February 19, “Guitars for Vets” will be presented by Richmond chapter coordinator Peg Andrae. She will lead the discussion of the history and workings of the organization. Their mission, “The Healing Power of Music in the Hands of Heroes” will be shared by some vets and their teachers.

On March 5, “Rappahannock: Our Historic River and Its People” will be presented with commentary by Richard Moncure. This film shows the birth of the river from its Blue Ridge Mountains headwaters all the way down to where it spreads into the Chesapeake Bay. There will be free popcorn.