Arts and crafts

Piedmont Regional Art Show and Sale, opening gala , 6-8:30 p.m. May 10. Grace Episcopal Church, 6507 Main St., The Plains. $15. Show and sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 11, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 12. Free-will offering. Proceeds benefit church ministries and art exhibitions. 540-253-5177, www.gracetheplains.org.

Second Saturday craft workshop, for all ages, 1-3 p.m. May 11, Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane. Each month will feature a history- or nature-themed project. Inquire at the visitors center for the workshop location. Park entry fee, $4 per vehicle. 540-592-3556.

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

History

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

“What’s in the Settle’s Kettle?” 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane. Stop by the log cabin to see what treats costumed park rangers are cooking on the open hearth. Sample dishes and take historic recipes home. Park entry fee, $4 per vehicle. 540-592-3556.

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 will 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

Marshall Book Club, 7 p.m. Monday, 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.

Socrates Cafe, 7 p.m. May 14, Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St. Group discussion: “What Does It Mean To Teach?” 540-422-8500.

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

Warrenton Chorale Spring Concert, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, 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

Geocaching 101, 10- a.m.-noon Sunday, 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. Park entry fee, $4 per vehicle. 540-592-3556.

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

Audubon bird walk, 9-11 a.m. May 11, Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane. Celebrate “International Migratory Bird Day” with a two-mile walk led by a volunteer from Shenandoah Audubon. Take binoculars, a field guide and water. Wear sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots. Insect repellant is recommended. Park entry fee, $4 per vehicle. 540-592-3556.

Mother’s Day wildflower walk, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 12, Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane. An easy walk along the park’s wildflower trails. Take water. Meet at the Blue Ridge Trailhead. Park entry fee, $4 per vehicle. 540-592-3556.

Astronomy Club sky watch, 7-11 p.m. May 18, C.M. Crockett Park, 10066 Rogues Rd., Midland. Age 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, Saturday, 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, set in New York in 1965 during a visit from the pope. 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Hope Christian Fellowship, 4173 Bludau Dr., Vint Hill. Cold readings from the script required. Men trying out for Artie must play the piano and sing 16 bars of music. www.fctstage.org.

“The King and I,” presented by Fauquier Community Theatre, 4225 Aiken Dr., Warrenton. Friday and Saturday and May 5, May 10-12 and May 17-19. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $17; seniors and students, $15. 540-349-8760 or www.fctstage.org.

Miscellaneous

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, 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 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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