Fauquier County community events

Arts and crafts

Book ‘n’ Stitchers, for all ages, noon Tuesday, John Marshall Library, 4133 Rectortown Rd., Marshall. Take along old and new projects to work on while discussing favorite books. Free. 540-422-8500.

Quilters, 7 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, Bethel United Methodist Church, 6903 Blantyre Rd., Warrenton. Free. 540-349-8473.

History

John S. Mosby House Museum, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 173 Main St., Warrenton. The house will feature 19th-century Christmas decorations. Tickets are available at the Warrenton/Fauquier Visitors Center, 33 North Calhoun St., Warrenton. $5; ages 5-17, $3.

Genealogical research help, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays, noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. John K. Gott Library, 4110 Winchester Rd., Marshall Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Trust volunteers assist visitors with research. Free. 540-364-3440 or fhpf@verizon.net.

Old Jail Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays, 10 Ashby St., Warrenton. Free. www.fauquierhistory.com or 540-347-5525.

Gold-panning demonstrations, 2-2:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; 10 a.m. Saturdays. Monroe Park, 14421 Gold Dust Pkwy. (off Route 17), Goldvein. Free. 540-752-5330 or www.goldvein.com.

Literature and discussions

Socrates Cafe, group discussion: “Has America Ever Had a Manifest Destiny?” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Fauquier Library, 11 Winchester St., Warrenton. 540-422-8500.

Marshall Afternoon Book Club, 1 p.m. Wednesday, John Marshall Library, 4133 Rectortown Rd., Marshall. Holiday party and discussion of book selections for the coming year. Free. 540-422-8500.

Marshall Evening Book Club, holiday party, 7 p.m. Monday, John Marshall Library, 4133 Rectortown Rd., Marshall. 540-422-8500.

Friends of Film, screening and discussion of “To Sir, With Love” (1967), starring Sidney Poitier. 1 p.m. Dec. 16, Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St. 540-422-8505.

Bealeton Book Club,The Light Between Oceans,” by M.L. Stedman. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Bealeton Library, 10877 Willow Dr., 540-422-8533.

Mystery Book Club, book chat and year-end review, Dec. 19, Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St. 540-422-8514.

Writing workshop, 2-4 p.m., first Thursdays, Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St. 540-422-8500, Ext. 862.

Book Cellar, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. John Barton Payne Building, 2 Courthouse Sq., Warrenton. New and used books at a discount. 540-439-1939.

Music and dance

Handel’s “Messiah,” the Piedmont Symphony, 3 p.m. Sunday, Highland Center for the Arts, 597 Broadview Ave., Warrenton. 540-347-7528 or www.piedmontsymphony.org.

Zumba dance party, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 15, Vint Hill Village Green Community Center, 4235 Aiken Dr., Warrenton. Glow sticks and door prizes. $15. 540-347-6894.

Fauquier Community Band open rehearsal, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays. New musicians are welcome. Warrenton Community Center, 430 E. Shirley Ave. 540-829-7509.

Blue Ridge Barbershoppers, for men interested in singing four-part harmony. 7:30-10 p.m. Mondays. Warrenton Church of Christ, 6398 Lee Highway Access Dr. 540-788-4257.

Nature

Orienteering courses, C.M. Crockett Park, 10066 Rogues Rd., Midland. 540-788-4867.

Sports and recreation

Scrabble for adults, 6 p.m. Monday, John Marshall Library, 4133 Rectortown Rd., Marshall. Free. 540-422-8500

Chess Club, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St. Chessboards appreciated. Free. 540-422-8500.

Racquetball challenge, age 18 and older, 6-8 p.m. Fridays, Vint Hill Village Green Community Center, 4235 Aiken Dr., Warrenton. $2. 540-347-6894.

Fauquier Duplicate Bridge Club, noon Thursdays, Marshall Community Center, 4133 Rectortown Rd. Pairs and single players welcome. $5. 540-364-3861 or fauquierbridge@gmail.com.

Sunrise Fitness, 6:30-7 a.m. weekdays. Marshall Community Center parking lot, 4133 Rectortown Rd. Free. 540-364-3886.

Drop-in volleyball, age 18 and older. 8-10 p.m. Tuesdays, Vint Hill Village Green Community Center, 4235 Aiken Dr., Warrenton. $7.50; Fauquier residents, $5. 540-347-6894.

Drop-in basketball, ages 12-15, 5-7 p.m. Thursdays, Marshall Community Center, 4133 Rectortown Rd. $5; Fauquier residents, $3. 540-364-3886.

Drop-in basketball, age 14 and older, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Marshall Community Center, 4133 Rectortown Rd. $4. 540-364-3886.

Drop-in basketball, age 18 and older, 8-10 p.m. Wednesdays, Vint Hill Village Green Community Center, 4235 Aiken Dr., Warrenton. $7.50; Fauquier residents, $5. 540-347-6894.

Drop-in basketball, age 35 and older, 6-10 p.m. Mondays, Vint Hill Village Green Community Center, 4235 Aiken Dr., Warrenton. $7.50; Fauquier residents, $5. 540-347-6894.

Walking Club, Warrenton Community Center, 430 E. Shirley Ave. $12; Fauquier residents, $8. 540-347-6896.

Warrenton Stamp and Coin Club, 7 p.m. first Thursdays, SunTrust Bank, 680 Warrenton Center. 540-347-2567 or www.wscc.site11.com.

Theater

“White Christmas,” musical with songs by Irving Berlin. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 15, Fauquier Community Theatre, 4225 Aiken Dr., Warrenton. Directed by Susan Noe. $18; seniors and students, $16. 540-349-8760, www.fctstage.org.

Catriona’s Castle: The Nutcracker, interactive theater program for children. 2-12, 1-2 p.m. Dec. 23, Marshall Community Center, 4133-A Rectortown Rd., Marshall. Registration required. $2. 540-422-8580.

Miscellaneous

GumDrop Square, 6-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and 1-3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 22, John Barton Payne Building, 2 Courthouse Sq., Warrenton. Visits with Santa and a Secret Shop for kids. 540-349-8606 or www.partnershipforwarrenton.org.

Christmas healing service, 6 p.m. Sunday, Liberty Community Church, 11775 Morgansburg Rd., Bealeton. Music by Brad and Rebekah Bichsel. Free. 540-439-0500 or www.positivelifechange.org.

Grandma’s Holiday Cookie and Gift Sale, 4-8 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Warrenton Community Center, 430 E. Shirley Ave., Warrenton. A benefit for the Warrenton Adult Day Care Center. 540-347-2797.

Phone calls from Santa, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 19. Register by Dec. 14; the staff will contact you for information to personalize the call. Free. 540-788-4867 or jeanne.ritchie@fauquiercounty.gov.

Bealeton Library open house and Christmas parade, noon Saturday, 10877 Willow Dr., Bealeton. Free. 540-422-8500.

Christmas celebration, 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Warrenton Community Center, 430 E. Shirley Ave., Warrenton. Tree lighting ceremony, caroling, remembrance of loved ones, refreshments, and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Sponsored by Spiritual Care Support Ministries. Free and non-denominational. 540-349-5814.

“Santa on the Caboose,” 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Warrenton Branch Greenway. Free. 540-422-8560.

“First Night Warrenton,” 7 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31. Alcohol-free celebration with indoor performances, all within walking distance of Main Street. Grand illumination at the Old Courthouse at 11:45 p.m. Sponsored by the Bluemont Concert Series. $10; seniors, $8; ages 3-12, $5. For a schedule, go to www.bluemont.org. 540-955-8186.

New Year’s party, for students ages 13-18 attending a school in Fauquier County. 9 p.m. Dec. 31 -12:30 a.m. Jan. 1, Warrenton Community Center, 430 E. Shirley Ave., Warrenton. A band, party favors, food and beverages provided. Free. 540-422-8560.

Job search help, noon-4 p.m. Monday, Bealeton Library, 10877 Willow Dr. The Virginia Employment Commission assists with résumés and applying for unemployment benefits. Appointments, 540-717-0233.

Warrenton Newcomers Club Coffee and Open House, 9:30-11:30 a.m. second Wednesdays (except January), Mercy Hall, 121 John E. Mann St., Warrenton. 540-347-7720.

Warrenton Ruritan Club, 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Bethel United Methodist Church, 6903 Blantyre Rd. 540-341-7671.

Supper Club, age 55 and older. 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Bistro on the Hill, Fauquier Hospital, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. $4.50. 540-316-3588.

English as a Second Language classes, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, John Marshall Library, 4133 Rectortown Rd., Marshall. 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St. Sponsored by Literacy Volunteers of Fauquier County. Free. 540-422-8465.

Marshall Business and Residents Association meeting, 7:30 p.m. third Tuesdays, Marshall Community Center, 4133 Rectortown Rd. 540-364-1782.

Free tutoring, by National Honor Society members. 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Bealeton Library, 10877 Willow Dr. 540-422-8500.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees luncheon meeting, 11:30 a.m. second Tuesdays, Inn at Vint Hill, 4200 Aiken Dr., Warrenton. $13, buffet. 540-347-9639.

Mothers of Preschoolers, 9:30 a.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Liberty Assembly of God Church, 11775 Morgansburg Rd., Bealeton. Free. 540-439-6523.

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck

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