Fauquier County community events

March 4
Arts and crafts

Book ‘n’ Stitchers, 6 p.m. Tuesday, John Marshall Library, 4133 Rectortown Rd., Marshall. Take projects, share tips and discuss 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

Warrenton Antiquarian Society meeting, “Preservation of Fauquier County: One Tombstone at a Time,” a presentation by Lory Payne of the Southern Fauquier Historical Society. 2 p.m. Tuesday, Warrenton Visitor Center, 33 N. Calhoun St., Warrenton. Open to the public. 540-341-4668.

Genealogical research help, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays, noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays, 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

Great Books Club,“Famine,” by Xu Xi (included in the 2006 edition of O. Henry Prize Stories). 7 p.m. Monday, Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St. 540-422-8505.

Marshall Afternoon Book Club,“House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East,” by Anthony Shadid. 1 p.m. March 12, John Marshall Community Center Cafe, 4133 Rectortown Rd., Marshall. 540-422-8527.

Bealeton Evening Book Club, “The Aviator’s Wife,” by Melanie Benjamin. 7:30 p.m. March 17 , Bealeton Library, 10877 Willow Dr. 540-422-8500.

Bealeton Afternoon Book Club,“The Aviator’s Wife,” by Melanie Benjamin. 2:30 p.m. March 20, Bealeton Library, 10877 Willow Dr. 540-422-8500.

Mystery Book Club, P.J. Tracy’s “Monkeewrench.” Noon, March 20, John Barton Payne Building, 2 Courthouse Sq., Warrenton. 540-422-8514.

Marshall Evening Book Club, “Far From the Madding Crowd,” by Thomas Hardy. 7 p.m. March 31. John Marshall Library, 4133 Rectortown Rd., Marshall. 540-422-8500.

Paws to Read, 4 p.m. Wednesday, John Marshall Library, 4133 Rectortown Rd., Marshall. Children ages 5-10 are invited to read to therapy dogs. The program aims to build the child’s confidence and reading ability. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 540-422-8500.

Friends of Film, screening and discussion of “Cold Mountain” (2003), with Nicole Kidman. 1 p.m. March 17, Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St. 540-422-8505.

Book discussion and signing, “The Prophet of Paradise,” by J. Harris Anderson, 6-9 p.m. March 20, Horse Country Saddlery, 60 Alexandria Pike, Warrenton. RSVP. 540-347-3141.

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

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

Music and dance

Community Band spring concert, 7-9 p.m. March 17, Warrenton Community Center, 430 E. Shirley Ave. Free. 540-422-8560.

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

“Meet the Photographer” program, 4 p.m. Sunday, Blue Ridge Farm, 1858 Blue Ridge Farm Rd., Upperville. A presentation by Douglas Lees about his experiences photographing fox hunts, steeplechases, fly fishing and nature scenes. Sponsored by the Mosby Heritage Area Association. Reservations recommended. $25 members; nonmembers, $30. 540-687-6681 or www.mosbyheritagearea.org.

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, 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

Fauquier community Youth Theater auditions, “Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe,” 7-9 p.m. March 14 and 6-8 p.m. March 15, Warrenton Presbyterian Church, 91 Main St., Warrenton. Audition requirements include a completed audition form (available at www.fctstage.org), a recent photo, a prepared one- to two-minute dramatic monologue and cold readings from the script. Performance dates are Aug. 8-10 and 15-17. 540-349-8760 or colliljm@yahoo.com.

Miscellaneous

Adult writing group, 2 p.m. Thursday, Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St. For adults who want to share their work and hear feedback from other writers. Sponsored by the Friends of the Fauquier Library. Free. 540-422-8500.

Job search help, noon-4 p.m. Mondays, 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, Mercy Hall, 121 John E. Mann St., Warrenton. Open to those who have lived in the area five years or less. 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. Register. 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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