What’s Happening around Culpeper

May 2: Kids Wool Felted Soap and Design Workshop at the Loft Gallery and Studio. 2 to 4 p.m. Ages 5 & Up Learn the art of wet-felting using all natural wool roving and handmade soap to create your own bars of lovely felted soap art for gifts or home. This workshop is a great hands-on class for kids or adults – wool felting is easy to do, relaxing, creative and beautiful. Workshop fee includes instruction, wool, and all other tools/materials for making your soap. Parents are welcome to sign up with a child aged 5+ for this class (1 parent + 1 child or 1 sibling pay one registration fee – TWO FOR ONE!) $40 includes all materials Call 540-717-0647 or email: culpeperloft@gmail.com

May 9: Hand Colored Photography for Children with artist and photographer Barbara Ellison at The Loft Gallery. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ages 5 and up. Learn to enhance black and white photographs with various colors.
Following the class, therapy dogs will be made available so that the children can â??read to the dogsâ?? putting newly created bookmarks to use! $60 per student (includes all materials and snack) Call 540-717-0647 or email: culpeperloft@gmail.com

Arts & Entertainment

April 30: Library of Congress Packard Campus Theatre presents All That Heaven Allows (Universal, 1955). Widow Jane Wyman falls in love with a younger man (Rock Hudson) in a suburban New England town, resulting in an avalanche of public and private shaming. practitioner. The film was named to the National Film Registry in 1995. Starts at 7:30 p.m. 19053 Mt. Pony Road, Culpeper (540) 827-1079. ext. 79994

April 30: Stage Alive presents Susan Egan, Broadway and Beyond, at 7:30 p.m. Single concert tickets sold at door for $25. Culpeper County High School auditorium. Check their website for 2015-2016 season at www.stagealive.org. Request brochure by calling 540.972.7866 or 540.972.7117.

May 1: The Library of Congress Packard Campus Theatre presents the Charge of the Light Brigade (Warner Bros., 1936) Errol Flynn stars as Major Geoffrey Vickers, an officer in the 27th Lancers, stationed in India. When his regiment is drawn out on maneuvers, the barracks are attacked and women and children are killed by Indian potentate Surat Khan who is angry that the British government has cut off his subsidies. Starts at 7:30 p.m. 19053 Mt. Pony Road, Culpeper (540) 827-1079. ext. 79994

May 2: The Library of Congress Packard Campus Theatre presents The Thanhouser Studio and the Birth of American Cinema (Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc., 2014) The Thanhouser Studio was based in New Rochelle, New York where it released more than 1,000 films from 1910 to 1917. This documentary reconstructs the forgotten story of the studio as it entered the nascent motion picture industry, competing with Thomas Edisonâ??s licensed Motion Pictures Patents Corporation (MPPC). Three short films produced by the studio in 1913; â??The Farmerâ??s Daughters,â? â??His Uncleâ??s Wivesâ? and â??The Seven Ages of an Alligator,â? are also on the program. Starts at 7:30 p.m. 19053 Mt. Pony Road, Culpeper (540) 827-1079. ext. 79994

May 3: Blue Ridge Chorale presents: â??S Wonderful at 3 p.m. at the State Theatre. Tickets: $12
Blue Ridge Chorale presents a concert right out of the Great American Songbook: filled with George & Ira Gershwinâ??s wonderful, lively songs loaded with rhythms and harmonies, and Cole Porterâ??s amazing sound and catchy lyrics. This season the chorale has 55 singers preparing for the concert: 36 adults and 19 youth! The concert will be directed by music director Bob Burnett and youth director, Cathy ter Weele, accompanied by Brittany Bache with guest musicians. www.culpepertheatre.org

May 3: The Smithsonian at Little Washington presents Excelsa Quarter with Kenneth Slowik at 3 p.m. as part of the 23rd season at The Theatre at Washington. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 under 18. To reserve or purchase tickets, visit TheatreWashingtonVA.com or 540.675.1253. 291 Gay Street in Washington VA.

Church Events

May 2: A ham & chicken dinner ( with all the trimmings) will be held at Hopewell UMC, 23557 Lignum Rd, Lignum, VA, Saturday from 5 – 7 p.m. The proceeds will benefit the Pat Olson Scholarship Fund. For more information, call 540-399-1843.

Moms In Prayer meeting. Meet at St.Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 115 N East St,Culpeper Va(in the library at church). Wednesday 8 a.m.-9 a.m. Group of ladies various ages praying for their children, grandchildren, schools(teachers admin etc) and colleges. Contact :Lesley Lezcano 540 522 6466

Special Events

May 1: Join us at the annual “Libations at the Depot” hosted by the Museum of Culpeper History, which begins on Friday, May 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum in the historic train depot. There will be five libations this season, the first Friday of each month May through September. This year, the events will have themes – so come prepared to listen to good music, dance, mingle, eat, and have a glass of wine or two. There is a small admission fee for attending; but if you wear funny attire you will receive a discount! On May 1, Mother’s Day, wear a hat and receive $1 off the price of admission. 113 S. Commerce Street, 540.829.5954, director@culpepermuseum.com

May 1: A performance by country band Confederate Railroad is in the works for May 1 at the State Theatre to benefit the Culpeper Sheriffâ??s Charitable Fund. The opening act will be The Brown Bag Special at 7 p.m. Concert sponsorship packages are available for purchase. Only seven Sheriffâ??s Sponsorships are available at $500, including two front row seats. To purchase a sponsorship, call Sergeant Bernie Feaganes at 540.829.9883 or complete the form at www.culpepersheriffsoffice.com. General ticket prices are $25/$35 at the State Theatre box office.

May 2: The Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market is brought to you by Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. The market is open every Saturday now through the Saturday before Thanksgiving Nov. 21, from 7:30 a.m. until noon for the 2015 season. Nestled at the end of Davis Street, the market offers a one-stop shop for all things local. More than 30 vendors. Stroll through the market for locally grown fruit, vegetables, herbs, and vibrant flowers. For more information please contact Culpeper Renaissance at 540-825-4416 or visit our website at www.culpeperdowntown.com.

May 2: Congressman Gerry Connelly is the guest speaker at the Culpeper County Democratic Committee fundraiser Saturday, from 4-6 p.m. at the CCDC offices, 102 North Main Street. Congressman Connolly will share his observations about the contemporary scene in Washington. He serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and is the ranking Democratic member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations. He also serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Admission is $25, Students/Young Democrats $15, Donor is $100. Buy tickets at the CCDC website: http://www.culpeperdemocrats.org/. Light refreshments.

May 2: Summer Activity Fair at the Culpeper County library from 2-5 p.m. The Library will host vendors such as Verdun Adventure Bound, Time Family Services, Highland Golf Park, Library Summer Reading Program, Museum of Culpeper History, Sheriff’s Office Youth Sports Camp, 4-H, Kid Central, Bellemeade, Joystream Summer Music Camp, Fresta Valley Christian School, and more. Weâ??ve put them all together for you in one room for your convenience. Come, ask them questions and see what is best for your child. If you are a vendor and would like to be considered or have questions please contact Susan Keller at 540.825.8691 or skeller@cclva.org.

May 2: The Central Office “No Cure Left Behind” Team will be sponsoring SPA Day, Saturday, May 2, from 12 – 5 p.m. at Waves Salon & Spa (221 Southgate Shopping Center). Special pricing: Wash, Cut, & Blow Dry, Women – $25 (Reg $35), Men – $15 (Reg $18), Children under 12 – $10 (Reg $15). Manicures – $10 (Reg $20). No appointments necessary. Owner/Hair Stylist – Cathy Jock and her employees will be working for tips only. 100% of the proceeds go to Relay for Life. Contact Pearl Jamison (540) 825-3677 Ext. 3121

May 2: Meet your responders. Culpeper Fire/Rescue and Law Enforcement Day. A fun and educational day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Held at the Ole Country Store and Bakery on Rt. 29, south of Culpeper. Child identification. Car seat checks. Responders on hand throughout the day. Phone 540.547.4767

May 2: Eagles, Beetles and Asters, Oh My! Nature walk for all ages. Join Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) on a nature walk with Joella and Michael Killian of the University of Mary Washington’s Department of Biological Sciences on Saturday, May 2, from 9:30 a.m. until noon. All ages and families are invited. The backup date is the next day. The cost of the event is $5 per individual and $10 for families, or $4 and $8 for FOR members. For more information call (540) 373-3448. Please pre-register at http://www.eventbrite.com/o/friends-of-the-rappahannock-6172556543

May 6: Germanna Community College will host a Celebration of Life of Dr. Richard Gossweiler at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 at its Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper. The event is open to the public. Gossweiler, a Culpeper resident, passed away suddenly on April 10. Gossweiler, a history professor, retired in 2014 after 32 years of service to GCC and 45 years of service in the Virginia Community College System. He was professor emeritus status. Germanna President David A. Sam praised him for his exemplary contributions to his students, his colleagues and the college.

May 7: The 64th Annual National Day of Prayer event will be held at the Culpeper Courthouse Lawn (off of West Davis Street) on Thursday, May 7, from noon to 1 p.m. This yearâ??s theme is â??Lord, Hear Our Cryâ?, which is based on 1 Kings 8:28. If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Found at (540) 717-7797 or stephen.found@yahoo.com.

May 9: Benefit spaghetti dinner and silent auction for Alexander Brown. Born with heart and lung complications, fundraiser will help with medical related expenses. Alex is the infant son of Tommy and Heather Brown. Salem Volunteer Fire Department from 5-7 p.m. Adults $10, Children 10 and under, $5. Questions phone 540.878.0966 or 540.272.4132

May 9: The Germanna Foundation is pleased to announce that Salubria, in Stevensburg, Virginia, will be open to the public for a short presentation by Dr. Katharine Brown about Anna Jarvis, the founder of Motherâ??s Day and her Germanna and Culpeper connections at 1 p.m. on Saturday, the day before Motherâ??s Day. The mansion will be open for walk-through tours immediately afterward until 2:30 p.m. Admission is free, and donations are welcome. www.germanna.org

May 9: The Jefferson Ruritan Club together with the Jeffersonton Community Center will hold its monthly all-you-can-eat Country Breakfast from 8-11 a.m. (and every 2nd Sat.), at the Jeffersonton Community Center, 5073 Jeffersonton Rd., Jeffersonton (Rts. 802 & 621 off Rt. 229). Menu will include eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, fried apples, biscuits & gravy, pastries, orange juice & coffee. Cost for the breakfast is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 6-12 and under 6 is free. Carry-out will be available! All proceeds go to scholarships, local public service organizations & charities and maintaining the Community Center. All are welcome. For info, call 937-5119 or go to www.jeffersonvaruritanclub.org.

May 16: Culpeper County Sheriffâ??s Office will hold its second annual Police Week 5K Run/Walk Saturday, May 16, at 9 a.m. at the Three Flags subdivision. 97 runners and walkers participated in last yearâ??s race, which raised about $1,200 for the Virginia Public Safety Memorial Foundation to help with dedication events and perpetual maintenance expenses for the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial, where fallen law enforcement officers, including Constable Benjamin M. Nalls and Deputy George R. Lillard Jr. of Culpeper, are honored. There will be a welcome ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the community center (12340 Osprey Lane, Culpeper). Trophies will be awarded to the top overall male and female finishers, and the top female and male finishers in the six age groups- 15 and under, 16-20, 21-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50 and over- will receive awards. Ribbons will be awarded to all children participating.
The entry fee is $25 for participants who pre-register online (www.culpepersheriffsoffice.com) by Friday, May 15; race day registration is $30 and runs from 7:30 to 8:30 AM at the community center. All proceeds will benefit the Culpeper Sheriffâ??s Charitable Fund and the CCSO Chiefâ??s Memorial Scholarship.

May 23: The Jeffersonton Ruritan Club will host its annual Memorial Day Weekend Yard / Craft Sale from 8 a.m. â?? 2 p.m. at the Jeffersonton Community Center, 5073 Jeffersonton Rd., Jeffersonton (Rts. 802 & 621 off Rt. 229). Yard/Craft Sale vendor spaces are available. For information, contact Marcy by email mb1121@comcast.net or by phone at 540-349-2310 or go to www.jeffersonvaruritanclub.org .