What’s happening in Fauquier County

Arts and crafts

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

History

Weston Farmstead open house, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 4476 Weston Rd., Casanova. Weston was the home of the Charles Nourse family until 1959, when it was bequeathed to the Antiquarian Society. Sponsored by the Warrenton Antiquarian Society. Free. 540-341-4668.

Civil War Medicine Lecture and Warrenton Museum tour, 4:30 p.m. April 28, Warrenton Courthouse, Court St., Warrenton. Refreshments. $20. 540-347-5525.

Genealogical research assistance, 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. Local history displays; Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Trust volunteers help visitors with research. Free. 540-364-3440 or fhpf@verizon.net.

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

Gold panning demonstrations, 2-2:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and 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

Friends of Film,1 p.m. Monday, Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St. A screening and discussion of “The Social Network” (2010). 540-422-8505.

Socrates Cafe, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St. Group discussion: “Does Humanity Have a Better Understanding of Reality Today Than in the Past?” 540-422-8500.

Marshall Book Club, 7 p.m. April 29, John Marshall Library, 4133 Rectortown Rd., Marshall. “The Story of Beautiful Girl” by Rachel Simon. 540-422-8500.

Great Books Club, 7 p.m., May 6, Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St. Discussion: “Notes from the Underground,” by Fyodor Dostoevsky. 540-422-8505.

Mystery Book Club, noon May 16, Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St. “The Yard ,” by Alex Grecian. 540-422-8514.

Bealeton Book Club, 7:30 p.m. May 20, Bealeton Library, 10877 Willow Dr. “Thinking Fast and Slow,” by Daniel Kahneman. 540-422-8533.

Writing workshop, 2-4 p.m. first Thursdays, Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St. 540-422-8500,
Ext. 6862.

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. 540-439-1039.

Music and dance

Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, “Glory, Fantasy, Cinderella,” with the Piedmont Singers and Rachel Franklin, piano soloist. 3 p.m. Sunday, the Highland School, 597 Broadview Ave., Warrenton. 540-270-3168 or www.piedmontsymphony.org.

Warrenton Chorale Spring Concert, 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. April 28, Airlie Pavilion, 6809 Airlie Rd., Warrenton. $12; in advance, $10. www.warrentonchorale.org.

Fauquier Community Band, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays. Open rehearsal; 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 Beekeepers,” 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane. A presentation by Ramona and Doug Morris. $4 per vehicle park-entry fee. 540-592-3556.

Nature stroll, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane. A casual walk through the park with Mary Alexander. Take water and wear comfortable shoes. Insect repellant is recommended. Meet at the visitors center. $4 per vehicle park-entry fee. 540-592-3556.

Geocaching 101, 1- a.m.-noon April 28, Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane. Learn what a geocache is and how to use a hand-held navigator to pinpoint caches. The workshop includes a ranger-led hike to find caches in the park. $3; family, $8. Fee includes use of Sky Meadows Global Positioning System units. $4 per vehicle park-entry fee. 540-592-3556.

“Flutter By, Butterfly,” 1-3 p.m. April 28, Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane. A guided walk to learn about butterflies. Take binoculars and water. $4 per vehicle park-entry fee. 540-592-3556.

Astronomy Club sky watch, 7-11 p.m. May 18, C.M. Crockett Park, 10066 Rogues Rd., Midland. Those 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Take a telescope or look through one provided by the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club. $6; Fauquier County residents, free. 540-788-4867.

Orienteering courses, C.M. Crockett Park, 10066 Rogues Rd., Midland. Information and maps are available at the office. 540-788-4867.

Sports and recreation

Virginia Gold Cup Races, May 4, Great Meadow, Old Tavern Road, The Plains. Gates open at 10 a.m.; pre-race entertainment at 11 a.m., first race at 1:30 p.m. Hurdle and timber horse races, Jack Russell terrier races, tent, vendors, tailgating and hat contests. A $85 vehicle pass admits up to six people. 540-347-2612 or www.vagoldcup.com.

Chess Club, 6:30-8:30 p.m. fourth Mondays, Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St. Chessboards welcomed. Light snacks and beverages provided by Friends of the Fauquier Library. 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 are welcome. $5. fauquierbridge@gmail.com or 540-364-3861.

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 Theatre auditions, for “The House of Blue Leaves,” a dark comedy by John Guare, 5-8 p.m. Friday, and 1-3 p.m. April 28, Hope Christian Fellowship, 4173 Bludau Dr., Vint Hill. Audition requirements include cold readings from the script. Men auditioning for Artie must be able to play the piano and need to bring 16 bars of music to sing. www.fctstage.org.

Miscellaneous

Home and Garden Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Fauquier County Fairgrounds, 6209 Old Auburn Rd., Warrenton. 540-349-8060.$5; age 12 and younger, free.

Warrenton Newcomers Club, 9:30-11:30 a.m. second Wednesdays, Mercy Hall near St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 121 John E. Mann St., Warrenton. For people who have lived in the area less than five years. 540-347-7720.

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

Supper Club, for people 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 for adults, 7 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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