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Compiled by Susan Larson, and broadcast as Your Community Calendar on Sunday Mornings with Dee on B101.5 FM.

A selection of special events in the Fredericksburg region for April 2017. Check back, as we update this calendar throughout the month. (Last update 11 p.m. Saturday, April 1.)

Walk ‘n Roll Fredericksburg
April 2, 2017, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Quarles Petroleum parking lot, 1701 Fall Hill Ave., Fredericksburg.
Walk or Roll (wheelchair, stroller, wagon, bike, walker) on the 1-mile or 3-mile hike around Fredericksburg’s Heritage Trail. Compete with other teams to get the most donations in support of the disAbility Resource Center. Register: https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=125507

“The New Guy” Video Series Red-Carpet Premiere
Friday, April 7, 2017, 4 p.m. at UMW’s Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium, 1801 College Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
‘The New Guy’ is a collection of short films that follow President Paino through uniquely Mary Washington adventures, as he gets to know the university and the city, along with their activities and amenities. “The camera loves Paino, who grabbed attention in T-Pain Misses You, a humorous film about a lonesome university president on a student-less campus during holiday break. The 2013 YouTube sensation, filmed when Paino was president of Missouri’s Truman State University, garnered more than 100,000 views, and earned him inclusion as one of “America’s coolest college presidents.”

First Friday Fredericksburg
Join the art galleries and studios of Fredericksburg, Virginia, for First Friday Art Walk every month. Opening receptions are from 6 – 9 p.m., unless otherwise indicated. 

Artisans, Art & History Day
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Chatham Manor, 120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22405
The Friends of Chatham in conjunction with the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park are holding an Artisans, Art, and History Day at Chatham Manor on Saturday, April 8, 2017, for K through 12th grade students and their families. To learn more, visit http://friendsofchatham.org/events/

Chamber Choral of Fredericksburg
April 8, 2017, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Fredericksburg Baptist Church, 1019 Princess Anne St, Fredericksburg, VA 
The Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg will present its Spring concert, “How Can We Keep from Singing.”
Adults $10 / Students $5

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Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office 6th Annual Autism Awareness Day
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 12 – 4 p.m.
Chancellor High School, 6300 Harrison Rd, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407
Food; Games; Entertainment; Demonstrations; Silent Auction. All sensory friendly.
https://www.facebook.com/events/367984303571907/

Fit History Hikes
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park will once again combine health and history with a new series of Fit History Hikes.
“These ranger-led hikes are designed to cover a lot of ground in addition to a lot of history, said National Park Service historian Becky Oakes.
The spring 2017 hikes range from two to six miles. All hikes begin at 10 a.m.

April 15: Fredericksburg: Slaughter Pen Farm (2 miles round trip) 
Join historian Becca Jameson to hike in the footsteps of the Union soldiers who temporarily succeeded in breaking the Confederate line of battle. Meet at 11190 Tidewater Trail, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.

April 29: Wilderness: Chewning and Tapp Farms (~4.5 miles round-trip)
Join historian Peter Maugle, and discover the dynamic stories of two farm sites transformed by the fighting in May of 1864. Meet at Stop #5 on the Wilderness Battlefield.

Fredericksburg Brewfest (Spring)
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fredericksburg Fairgrounds, 2400 Airport Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
$10 – $50

Grandparent/Grandchild Archaeology Day Camp
Tuesday, April 18, or Thursday, April 20, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Kenmore Plantation, 1201 Washington Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
This one-day camp is an excellent opportunity for grandchildren and grandparents to learn together at George Washington’s boyhood home. Campers get a crash course on the entire archaeology process at Ferry Farm, and the importance of archaeology to history.
Cost: $30 per person ($25 for a second child)
Ages 8-12. Limited availability. For more information and to make reservations, call 540-370-0732 x24 or email hayes@gwffoundation.org
http://www.kenmore.org/events.html

Cirque Italia Traveling Water Circus
April 20 – 23, 2017
Fredericksburg Agricultural Fairgrounds, 2400 Airport Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Under the stunning White & Blue Big Top Tent
· April 21 – Friday: 7:30pm
· April 22 – Saturday: 1:30pm, 4:30pm, & 7:30pm
· April 23 – Sunday: 1:30pm & 4:30pm

Virginia Garden Week
April 22 – 29
In Fredericksburg:
Fredericksburg’s Kenmore Valley Neighborhood Walking Tour for Virginia Garden Week
Tuesday, April 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tickets include admission to six homes and three gardens, horticulture and artistic demonstrations, and light refreshments.
http://www.vagardenweek.org/main/tours

Everything But the Garage Sale
Saturday, April 22, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fredericksburg Expo Center, 2371 Carl D Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
$4. Children 12 and under, free.
Fredericksburg largest garage sale.

Earth Day Fredericksburg
Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Old Mill Park, 2201 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
This free festival is filled with hands-on exhibits, live music, food, and much more. From beekeepers to birds of prey, pony rides to face painting, environmental organizations to scouting groups, there is something for everyone. Sponsored by Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation. Raindate: April 29

Children’s Festival and Open House
Saturday, April 22, 12 – 4 p.m. at the Rising Sun Tavern, 1304 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Colonial games. Free with paid adult admission.
https://www.facebook.com/RisingSunTavern/

Mary Washington House Plant Sale and Garden Open House
Saturday, April 22, 1 – 3 p.m. at Mary Washington House, 1200 Charles St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Washington Heritage Museum gardener Jeannette Rose will be available to answer your garden questions.

Spring Open House at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont
Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Enjoy the beauty of Belmont, and take a tour of the historic house and the artist’s studio. Wander the gardens and hike the woodland trails Drop-in Preschool Palette classes will be offered from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Yoga Foundation of Fredericksburg will be offering a free, all-levels friendly 60-minute yoga class on the grounds at 1 p.m. The Roots House will be open 12 noon until 3 p.m., during which volunteer guides will give the public a rare view of the building and share its fascinating history. The Soft Serve Truck will be selling frozen treats from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free.

Fredericksburg Area Museum Grand Reopening
Saturday, April 22, 2017
907 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401
The festivities begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m.
At 5 p.m. there will be an exclusive preview hour for Highballs & Hydrangea ticket holders and invited guests only.
At 6 p.m. the Highballs & Hydrangeas party moves to Market Square.
Cost is $25 for museum members, $50 for non-members.

St. James’ House Spring Opening
April 24 – 30, 2017, from 1 – 4 p.m.
St. James’ House at 1300 Charles St. in Fredericksburg, Va.,
St. James’ House was built about 1768, and is one of the few 18th-century frame houses still standing in Fredericksburg. It’s open for tours only two weeks a year. Admission is $5 per person.

Egg-A-Palooza 2017
Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center
Dee Daniels & Ted Schubel want kids ages 4-14 to build a 10x10x10 egg device that will hold a raw, uncook, untreated egg. Devices will be dropped from a fire truck from approximate 75-100 feet up in the air. If your egg survives the drop, you have the chance at winning the Grand Prize…$500.00 and half your weight in candy (candy tops out at 50lbs.)

James Monroe Birthday at the James Monroe Museum
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 12 – 4 p.m. at the James Monroe Museum, 908 Charles St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Celebrate the 259th anniversary of the birth of our fifth president with James Monroe. There will be a book talk on the newly-reissued “The Autobiography of James Monroe,” with historian William Ferraro. There will also be family-friendly activities, music, and refreshments.

Culpeper’s Fifth Annual ‘Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest’ Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 12 – 5 p.m. in the Spencer Street Lot in Historic Downtown Culpeper, VA 22701
The Gnarly Hops brew fest is back, with live music and more than 70 beer and cider selections. Sample Virginia and nationally brewed beers, including many area favorites.
Gnarly Hops is a rain or shine event.

Toyotacare 250
Saturday, April 29. Green flag waves at 1 p.m.
Richmond International Raceway, 600 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222
Advance reserved tickets are $40.
Advance general admission tickets are $30.
Kids 12 & younger are free in general admission seats with a ticketed adult.
NASCAR’s young guns take on battle-tested veterans around America’s premier short track.
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