Upcoming 4-13-17

Garden club

The Rappahannock Garden Club will present “A Behind the Scenes Look at Wildflowers” by master naturalist Donna Cottingham at 12:45 p.m. today, April 13, at Grace Hall, 303 South Main Street, Kilmarnock.

Her stunning photography will assist topics on plant and pollinator relationships, propagation and interesting flower characteristics.  She is the butterfly and pollinator education chairman for the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs. Admission is $5 at the door.

Carrots for CASA

Northern Neck CASA will sell candy-filled carrots from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 14, at Tri-Star Supermarket in Kilmarnock. The Belle Isle Easter Bunny will participate.

CASA works with the judge of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in looking out for the best interests of children involved in the court system.

Belle Isle egg hunt

The Friends of Belle Isle will host an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 15, in the picnic area of Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. Following the egg hunt, there will be an opportunity for folks to enjoy games and activities.

Youngsters are reminded to bring their Easter baskets. The hunt is open to ages 1-12. The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures. Parking is $4 per vehicle.

Buzz Bunny

The Bulb Shoppe and Gardens at Brent and Becky’s, 7900 Daffodil Lane, Gloucester, will host a Buzz Bunny Easter Celebration from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 15.

Activities will include photos with Buzz Bunny and around the gardens, as well as a scavenger hunt.

Italian feast

The Knights of Columbus, Council 11210, will host its 10th annual Italian Feast at 5 p.m. April 22 at the Church of the Visitation, 8462 General Puller Highway, Topping. The menu will include homemade meatballs made with pork, beef and veal, Italian sweet sausages, homemade sauce, penne pasta, Italian bread, salad, desserts, red and white wine, coffee and tea.

Reservations are required. Tickets are $18 per adult, $5 for ages 6-11, free ages 5 and under. Take-outs will be available by pre-order. Reservations required, 725-1656, or 776-0078 by Saturday, April 15.

Museum egg hunt

The Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park, 287 Jackson Creek Road, Deltaville, will hold its 10th annual Easter egg hunt from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 15. Related activities will include animals, hayrides and the Easter Bunny.

The hunt will begin at 2 p.m. and is divided into age groups. Ages 3 and younger will scour the Children’s Garden, ages 4-6 will hunt in the Tea House/Waterfront Park area and ages 7-10 in the Wildflower Meadow.

On Stage

The Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts will present the Shadows of the 60’s in a tribute to the Four Tops. The On Stage concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door, if available. Advance tickets can be purchased at Rappahannockfoundation.org, or 438-5555.

Spring Showcase

The Christchurch School Acting One Class will present its Spring Showcase at 7 p.m. Monday, April 17, in the David and Wendy Charlton Fine & Performing Arts Center on the school’s campus, 49 Seahorse Lane, Christchurch.

“Voices of our Own,” a compilation of student-chosen pieces, is free and open to the public. 

Solar power

The Friends of Dragon Run will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at the Gloucester County Library Community Room, 6920 Main Street, Gloucester.

VA Sun program director Aaron Sutch will deliver an educational presentation on solar power. To join Friends of Dragon Run, call Christine Tombleson, 815-0172.

May Faire

The Mathews County Historical Museum will host May Faire May 6, on the Mathews Historic Court House Green.

There will be booths featuring fine art, traditional crafts, heritage demonstrations, food vendors, a country store exhibit, music, colonial activities, games for children, Colonial re-enactors and May Pole dancers.

Garden week tour

The “Heathsville Historic District” will be the site for Historic Garden Week in the Northern Neck on April 26. Tour hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour stops will include Chicacoan Cottage, Oakley, The Academy, Westlawn and Roanoke.

Tickets are $35 per person on tour day at the information center, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 6807 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Advance tickets are $25 per person at www.vagardenweek.org, or contact Phyllis Gootee, pcgootee@gmail.com. Box lunches must be reserved, contact Ellen Kirby, evbwsk@gmail.com.

Poetry contest

Northumberland Public Library, Ye Old Book Shoppe and the shop’s Philosophical Society will host a poetry reading contest, “Ars Poetica II” or “The Art of Poetry” from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20 at the shop, 7072 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. All forms of poetry offered by all ages are welcome. Readings can include original poems, classical poems, song lyrics and whimsical poems.

Contributions to the book store are solicited from contestants, with the suggestion of $.50 for recitations by memory and $1 for those who read. Contestants may enter more than once.

Shoreline evaluation

The Northern Neck Master Gardeners Shoreline Evaluation Program will present “Shoreline Landscaping: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 2 p.m. April 28 at the Transportation Building, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville.

  The theme of the free program will be the changing nature of gardening aesthetics, moving away from purely decorative considerations.

Preakness Party

The Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation will present 13th annual Preakness Party from 3 to 7 p.m. May 20, at “Millmont,” the home of Marilyn and David South at 987 Mill Wharf Road, Wake. The lawn party will include food, wine, auctions and viewing of the races.

Admission is $100 per person. For reservations, call Sharon Drotleff at 333-6707, or e-mail sdrotleff@rappahannock.edu.

Beach blast

The Rappahannock-Fredericksburg Rotary Club will host the second annual Fredericksburg Beach Music Blast from noon to 8 p.m. April 29 at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds, 2400 Airport Avenue, Fredericksburg.

Hear music from The Tams, The Catalina’s, Ammon Tharp and Ammon’s All Stars and Steve Jarrell. Tickets $35 at www.eventbrite.com, or $45 at the gate. Family friendly event for all.