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Homeschool Events in Virginia

Find out all about the homeschool events coming up around Virginia!  These are reader-submitted events that run each Wednesday in the Virginia Homeschool Update weekly e-newsletter.

Do you have a homeschool event to share? Let us know about it here.

1. Butter Churning Day – Chesterfield – June 29
2. “The Scientific Mind of Thomas Jefferson” – Chesterfield – July 6
3. Chesterfield County Public Library Museum Pass Bags – CCPL Locations – Ongoing

Butter Churning Day – Chesterfield – June 29

Chesterfield County Museum
Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, June 29, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Butter churning demonstration will be held at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Cost: This is a free, family event.

Drop in for a butter churning demonstration, view a collection of photos from Chesterfield farms of the past, learn about the Colonial art of tin punching, and create a tin-punched design to take home.

For more information, call 804-768-7311 or visit the website.

“The Scientific Mind of Thomas Jefferson” – Chesterfield – July 6

Magnolia Grange House Museum
Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, July 6, 2019, at noon. Cost: This is a free community event.

Thomas Jefferson was known as a renaissance man, having been a lawyer, an architect, a patriot, an industrial spy, a politician, and a farmer. However, Jefferson considered himself first and foremost to be a scientist. Learn about Jefferson’s scientific works as costumed interpreter Jack Bantle speaks on “The Scientific Mind of Thomas Jefferson.”

For more information, call Lorie Arnold at 804-748-1498 or visit the website.

Chesterfield County Public Library Museum Pass Bags – CCPL Locations – Ongoing

Chesterfield County Public Library is partnering with the Friends of Chesterfield County Public Library and eight area museums to provide free admission to participating museum locations. The passes are part of the CCPL Museum Pass Bag collection that includes reading material, DVDs, CDs and other items to enhance participants’ museum visit (contents vary by bag). The collection will be available beginning in June, 2019.

Museum Pass Bags can be checked out for seven days. Participating museums include Henricus Historical Park, Maymont, The Edgar Allan Poe Museum, The Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Weston Plantation, The Valentine, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia. Even more museums may be added later.

The number of passes offered varies by museum. For more information, call 804-751-2275, or visit the website.

Summer Days at Henricus – Henricus – Multiple Dates Through August 31

Henricus Historical Park
Henricus, Virginia

Saturday, June 8 through Saturday, August 31, 2019.

Henricus Historical Park introduces new interpretation themes for the summer. Cost: $9/adult, 13 years and older; $7/child, ages three to twelve; children two years and younger and Henricus members are free.

Musket, Pike, and Cannon Thursdays: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Explore the weapons and tactics common to Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. Demonstrations will incorporate muskets, pikes, and an artillery drill with the cannon. These 30-minute programs are hands-on and appropriate for all audiences.

Forge Ahead Fridays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Guests will learn about 17th-century trades and watch demonstrations of blacksmithing, leather-working, wood-working, sewing, apothecary, and more.

Secret Quest Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Children twelve years and younger can participate in the Henricus scavenger hunt. The first five families to complete five days of the quest receive a free, one-year family membership to the park (limit one per family).

“Chronicle of Cartooning” – Chesterfield – Registration Deadline Is June 14
“Beneath the War: How American Submarines Defeated the Japanese Empire” – Chesterfield – June 15
The Taming of the Shrew – Alexandria – June 20-23

“Chronicle of Cartooning” – Chesterfield – Registration Deadline Is June 14

Magnolia Grange Museum House
Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, June 22, 2019, at noon. Cost: This is a free event for children ages six through twelve. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration deadline is Friday, July 14, 2019, at 4 p.m. Call Lorie Arnold at 804-748-1498 to register.

This program will honor the work of cartoon creators like Looney Tunes voice actor Mel Blanc and animator Chuck Jones, and will include an afternoon of flipbook-making, so the kids in attendance can create their own animated works.

For more information, contact Lorie Arnold at 804-748-1498.

“Beneath the War: How American Submarines Defeated the Japanese Empire” – Chesterfield – June 15

Magnolia Grange House Museum
Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, June 15, 2019, at noon. This is a free community event.

During World War II, the often-unsung heroes of the war in the Pacific were the men of the Silent Service, America’s submarine fleet. Although they constituted less than two percent of the U. S. Navy, this small fighting force was responsible for over fifty-six percent of merchant tonnage and twenty-eight percent of Japanese warship tonnage sunk during the war. Join Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia and Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation as Correy Twilley, the curator and education director for the U. S. Army Quartermaster Museum at Fort Lee, discusses the evolution of submarine tactics, weaponry, and crew training throughout the Second World War.

For more information, contact Lorie Arnold at 804-748-1498.

 

The Taming of the Shrew – Alexandria – June 20-23

Metropolitan School of the Arts
Alexandria, Virginia

Thursday, June 20 through Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 23, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Cost: $15/person. Purchase tickets online here.

Metropolitan Homeschool Productions serves the home educated in providing performing arts classes and full-scale, high-quality productions. Performed in the style of Commedia dell’arte, this funniest of Shakespeare’s comedies features a greedy father, smitten young lovers, mischievous servants, disguises, and a temperamental “shrew” who meets her match.

This hilarious, fast-paced version in Shakespeare’s original language includes a re-imagined opening scene that features The Company of Particoat Wags, an Elizabethan children’s acting company that receives a surprise visit from Queen Bess herself. Everyone takes a trip to sunny Italy in the premiere of Il Soggiorno della Regina: A Festival of Renaissance Music, Dance, Song and Story, and everyone lives happily ever after.

For more information, contact Barbara Schwartz at 571-243-2526 or bschwartz@metropolitanarts.org.


Valiant Warrior Project Quilting Event – Purcellville – June 6-17
Civil War Day Camp – New Market – July  9-13

Valiant Warrior Project Quilting Event – Purcellville – June 6-17

Joshua’s Hands
205 N. Maple Avenue
Purcellville, Virginia

Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 17, 2019, Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Valiant Warrior Project meets twice a year to teach and mentor quilting skills while making quilts for those who have been wounded in service to our country. To date, the organization has made more than 1,500 quilts, which have been sent to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, and the military hospitals at Ramstein and Landstuhl.

No experience is needed; no registration is required. All supplies are provided, although donations of red, white, or blue fabric are welcome. Experienced quilters are welcome to bring their own machines if preferred. Those wishing to participate but unable to attend may contribute projects made from home, and monetary contributions to help underwrite quilting and shipping costs are also gladly accepted.

Civil War Day Camp – New Market – Registration Deadline Is June 28

Virginia Museum of the Civil War
New Market, Virginia

Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12, 2019, and Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration deadline is June 28 for the first camp, and July 12 for the second camp. Cost: $20/student (ages 7 to 12) per day; sign up for all five days and save $20; minimum of three days required to participate. Space is limited to 30 campers per session; early registration is recommended. An optional uniform kit of soldier’s hat, haversack, and canteen is available for $35. Uniform kit is not required to participate.

Your camper will experience hands-on history lessons while exploring the Civil War and the Battle of New Market from the perspective of the Union and Confederate soldiers, the civilians, and the VMI cadets. They’ll learn to drill, eat period food, play games that the soldiers might have played, create their own versions of 19th-century crafts, tour the battlefield, earn prizes, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Mink at 866-515-1864 or minksc@vmi.edu.


 

“Susanna’s Midnight Ride” – Chesterfield – June 1
Colonial Kids – Chesterfield – June 8
2019 Sweeney Concert Series – Appomattox – Multiple Dates

“Susanna’s Midnight Ride” – Chesterfield – June 1

Magnolia Grange House Museum
Chesterfield, Virginia 

Saturday, June 1, 2019, at noon. Cost: This is a free, community event.

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) and the Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation hosts author Libby McNamee’s presentation on her book “Susanna’s Midnight Ride: The Girl Who Won the Revolutionary War.”

Learn about the fascinating story of Susanna Bolling. When British General Cornwallis invades her family’s Bollingbrook Plantation in City Point, Susanna overhears his plan to capture General Lafayette. She sneaks out of her house through a secret tunnel, crosses the Appomattox River, and rides into the darkness to warn Lafayette. 

For more information, contact Lorie Arnold at 804-748-1498.  

Colonial Kids – Chesterfield – June 8

Magnolia Grange House Museum

Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, June 8, 2019, at noon. Cost: This is a free community event for students ages six to twelve years. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) and the Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation present “Colonial Kids,” a fun educational event which will allow children to discover what American life was like during the 1700s and to play various Colonial games.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact call Lorie Arnold at 804-748-1498.

2019 Sweeney Concert Series – Appomattox – Multiple Dates

Appomattox Court House National Historic Park
McLean House
Appomattox, Virginia

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and the Appomattox 1865 Foundation will present the annual Sweeney Summer Concert Series on the McLean House porch through August 27.

All concerts begin at 6 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket to take in the music and historic setting. Food and drink are welcome (alcohol is not permitted on park grounds). All shows are free and open to the public. Donations received at the event will further the Appomattox 1865 Foundation’s project to restore and create exhibits in the Charles Sweeney Cabin. The Sweeney concert series pays tribute to the local musical Sweeney family, including the renowned popularizer of the banjo, Joel Sweeney.

Upcoming concert events include:

June 25 – NiteKAP: A trio of local Bedford musicians who perform an eclectic mix of American folk music.

July 23 – Laura Semilian & Band: Victorian Americana, Eclectic Crossover, Period and Conceptual Music Programming, and Original Compositions

August 27 – The Bush League (Acoustic): “RVS Blues,” a heady melange of funk, soul, gospel, and rock all wrapped up in the love of the Blues, particularly North Mississippi Hill Country Blue

For more information, contact Shea Klein at 434-664-0012.

BJU Press Homeschool Curriculum Display – Harrisonburg – June 4
Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities – Chesterfield County – Ongoing

BJU Press Homeschool Curriculum Display – Harrisonburg – June 4

Courtyard by Marriott Harrisonburg, Virginia Tuesday, June 4, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: This is a free community event. Drop in anytime between 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. to browse the latest editions of BJU Press Homeschool curriculum for 2019 with other homeschool families in a relaxed atmosphere. For more information, contact Heather Spencer at 540-256-5362 or hspencerhwp@gmail.com.

Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities – Chesterfield County – Ongoing

Chesterfield Library is offering a variety of events, activities, and classes for students ages five and older. Registration is required and will remain open until all available slots are filled, although most classes fill quickly. Activities include author visits, acoustic concerts, storytimes, bicycle maintenance, preschool science labs, Minecraft art, rocketry, chess clubs, and new engineering programs highlighting bridge building, simple machines, physics, and chemical engineering. more information regarding specific age requirements and class availability, and to register for events, see the website.

Planter’s Day – Chesterfield – May 18
Chesterfield Maker Expo – Chesterfield – June 1
Host Families for French and Spanish Students Needed – Richmond Area – July

Planter’s Day – Chesterfield – May 18 

Magnolia Grange House Museum
Chesterfield, Virginia 

Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: This is a free, family event, open to the public. The gift shop will be open, and hotdogs, lemonade, and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

Join CHSV and Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation at the Magnolia Grange House Museum for their annual “Planters Day” and explore what life on the farm was like in Chesterfield County during the 1860s. Costumed interpreters will be on hand to share living history exhibits, traditional period music, trades such as a potter, a doctor, a midwife, a carpenter, a broom maker, a candle maker, a laundress, an herbal historian, and many more.

There will be period children’s activities and games and period music provided by the Bowld Sojer Band and the Haversacks and Hardtack String Band. Magnolia Grange Museum will also offer free tours throughout the day.

For more information, contact Lorie Arnold at 804-748-1498.

Chesterfield Maker Expo – Chesterfield – June 1

Central Library
Chesterfield, Virginia 

Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: This is a free event, open to the public. Merchandise and food will be available for purchase. 

Join Chesterfield County Public Library for the fourth annual Chesterfield Maker Expo. Meet makers of all kinds, including artists, engineers, librarians, and more. Explore what they do, see demonstrations, and try hands-on activities. This family-friendly festival will feature crafts, robots, 3-D printing, weaving, machines, and more.

For more information, contact Jennifer Hayek at 804-748-1763 or hayekj@chesterfield.gov

Host Families for French and Spanish Students Needed – Richmond Area – July

Host families are needed for exchange students from Spain and France. Host students, ages 13 to 17, in your home for three to four weeks during the month of July. Learn about the student’s culture while he or she learns about living in an American family while being a part of what you regularly do. There is a variety of programs to suit your family’s work or non-working schedule. Families receive stipends to help out with expenses. Transportation or vacation concerns can be addressed.


For more information, contact Debbie Hardy at 804-909-3190 or debbiehardy2003@yahoo.com.

Homeschooling in Hampton Roads 3rd Annual Field Day – Norfolk – May 30
Theatrical Summer Camps at the Historic Wayne Theatre – Waynesboro – Multiple Dates Beginning June 10
Fork Union Military Academy Summer Camps – Fork Union – Multiple Dates Beginning June 21

Homeschooling in Hampton Roads 3rd Annual Field Day – Norfolk – May 30

Lakewood Park
1715 Willow Wood Drive
Norfolk, Virginia

 Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: This is a free event, open to the public.

Join other area homeschoolers for games and a potluck lunch. All ages are welcome; children and adults can participate in field games.

For more information, contact Sherene Silverberg at 757-404-1462 or shez.silverburg@gmail.com.

Theatrical Summer Camps at the Historic Wayne Theatre – Waynesboro – Multiple Dates Beginning June 10

The Historic Wayne Theatre
Waynesboro, Virginia 

The Historic Wayne Theatre will conduct two different summer camps for children grades K-12. Pre-registration is required.

“Imagination Station”

Monday, June 10, through Friday, June 14, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon (rising K-1) and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (rising 2-5). Cost: $125/student.

This camp will use dramatic play movement, music, and a hint of visual art, to explore a variety of theatre subjects such as improvisation, physical theatre, and acting.

“Production Camp”

Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Performance dates are Friday, June 28, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 29, at 10:30 a.m. Cost: $295/student.

In this two-week production, students in grades four through twelve will audition and learn choreography, music, and blocking as they rehearse and perform the junior musical, Junie B. Jones.

Fork Union Military Academy Summer Camps – Fork Union – Multiple Dates Beginning June 21

Fork Union Military Academy will offer a variety of summer sports camps including Basketball School, Football, Strength, and Speed Camp, Father-Son Weekend, and All Sports Camp.

Multiple camp sessions will be held in June and July. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Cost varies per camp.

For more information and to register for camp, visit the website.

1. 50th Anniversary Moon Landing Competition – Submission Deadline Is May 31
2. Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia 2018 Summer Camps – Chesterfield – Multiple Dates Beginning July 8

50th Anniversary Moon Landing Competition – Submission Deadline Is May 31

The Center for Educational Partnerships at Old Dominion University, the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, the ODU Libraries, and the Slover Library present the 50th Anniversary Moon Landing Contest—“Voyages and Discoveries: Cross-Generational Reflections on the Significance of Space Exploration,” a cross-generational competition for adults and children to collaboratively write a reflection and provide an accompanying drawing or picture of an original artwork on the topic of the last 50 years and the next 50 years of space exploration.

Form a two-person team of an adult and teen or adult and child and share your stories and ideas. Download the starter questionnaire or come to a contest workshop for help getting started. Workshops are held at Slover Library in Norfolk, Virginia, every Friday in April and May at 12:30pm. (Attending a workshop is not required to enter the contest.)

Entries will be published in an online anthology and winners will be invited to a reception on June 30, 2019, for recognition and to receive a space-themed prize. Selected entries will also be printed and displayed at the Slover and Perry libraries as part of a summer of lunar landing themed events.

For registration form and complete contest details, visit the website.

Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia 2018 Summer Camps – Chesterfield – Multiple Dates Beginning July 8

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia will partner with the Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation to offer a variety of summer day camps, including Diggin’ in History Archaeology Camp, Heritage Crafts and Games Camp, and Grandparent and Grandchild Summer Camp.  

Cost for all camps is $100/person. Multiple camp sessions will be held in July and August. Pre-registration is required and can be done on the website. Information sheets for each camp, camp release forms, and the code of behavior can also be found on the website

For more information, contact Bryan Truzzie at 804-751-4946.


 

Historic Pleasant View School Open House – Chesterfield – May 4

Historic Pleasant View School
Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: This is a free community event.

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia and Chesterfield County Department of Parks and recreation will present an open house at Historic Pleasant View School in Chesterfield.

Members of CHSV’s African American History Committee will share the history of the

schoolhouse and conduct tours of this historic landmark, still featuring its original exterior, hardwood floors, and beaded-board walls and ceilings. Original desks, blackboard and other items from the past will be on display. Tours are free and will be on-going throughout the day. Parking is available on site at the school.

Pleasant View School was built in 1930 and served as an elementary school until 1947. It was designated a Chesterfield County Historic Landmark in April 2017 in recognition of its significance as an authentic representation of early twentieth-century education in the county. This one-room schoolhouse is Chesterfield’s best remaining example of African-American education in the segregated era.

For more information, contact Bryan Truzzie at 804-751-4946.

Building Code Safety Month Scholarship Essay Contest – Submission Deadline Is May 12

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development is sponsoring an essay contest to highlight Building Code Safety Month. This year’s theme is No Code. No Confidence. Entrants should submit a 1000-word or fewer essay that illustrates how having building codes in place can increase the level of confidence within a community. All entries must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on May 12, 2019, and the scholarship recipients will be contacted on May 24, 2019. Download the essay application here (this is a Word document).

There will be a total of five secondary or higher education scholarships to rising or graduating high school seniors and current first, second, or third year students of a two- or four-year institution.

Submit applications and essays by email to rishaunda.robinson@dhcd.virginia.gov

Foster Parent Information Session – Richmond – May 14

Baptist General Association of Virginia
Richmond, Virginia 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cost: Admission is free; no registration is required.

Learn how to become a foster parent through HopeTree Family Services’ Foster Care program.

HopeTree’s Foster Care program helps meet the needs of children and youth who require individualized care and attention in a stable, Christian, family setting.

For more information, contact Shannon Updike at 804-201-9006 or shannonu@hopetreefs.org.


Henricus Educator Open House – Chester – April 18
Opera in Williamsburg Dress Rehearsal – Williamsburg – Registration Deadline Is May 2
The Battle of New Market 155th Anniversary Reenactment – New Market – May 18 & 19
Valiant Warrior Project Quilting Event – Purcellville – June 6-17

Henricus Educator Open House – Chester – April 18

Henricus Historical Park
Chester, Virginia 

Thursday, April 18, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. This is a free event open to all public, private, or homeschool educators and their immediate family members. Pre-registration is required.

This family-friendly event will include tours of the site, demonstrations from school programs, make-and-take activities for kids, discussions on the new STEM offerings, project-based learning projects available to schools, light refreshments, and raffle drawings for educational items from the gift shop.

Call 804-318-8797 or email burrs@chesterfield.gov to register for the event. 

Opera in Williamsburg Dress Rehearsal – Williamsburg – Registration Deadline Is May 2

Kimball Theater
Williamsburg, Virginia

 Friday, May 3, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. Registration is required by May 2.

Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, with their adult chaperones, are invited to attend Opera in Williamsburg’s dress rehearsal of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at no cost.

The Magic Flute is a fairy tale, with themes of love and marriage and of overcoming trials. Groups are welcome to stay for the entire rehearsal or to leave early. The opera is sung in German with English dialogue, and presented with English supertitles.

For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Carolyn Campbell at 757-810-4523 or campbell_skbtcr@msn.com.

The Battle of New Market 155th Anniversary Reenactment – New Market – May 18 & 19

Virginia Museum of the Civil War
New Market, Virginia

Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $8/person (ages 10 and older) per day in advance; $10/person (ages 10 and older) per day at the gate. Children nine years old and younger are free.

Battles will be staged at noon and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

See one of the oldest continual reenactments in the nation and experience Civil War soldier life as you visit on-going demonstrations and living history presentations prior to and after the battle each day. Explore the sights and sounds of the Civil War with artillery, cavalry, musket firing, camp life, medical corps, and more. Enjoy treats from a variety of food vendors and shop for souvenirs on Sutler Row.

To purchase advance tickets, call 866-515-1864.

Valiant Warrior Project Quilting Event – Purcellville – June 6-17

Joshua’s Hands
205 N. Maple Avenue
Purcellville, Virginia

 Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 17, 2019, Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Valiant Warrior Project meets twice a year to teach and mentor quilting skills while making quilts for those who have been wounded in service to our country. To date, the organization has made more than 1,500 quilts, which have been sent to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, and the military hospitals at Ramstein and Landstuhl.  

No experience is needed;, no registration is required. All supplies are provided, although donations of red, white, or blue fabric are welcome. Experienced quilters are welcome to bring their own machines if preferred. Those wishing to participate but unable to attend may contribute projects made from home, and monetary contributions to help underwrite quilting and shipping costs are also gladly accepted.

Director’s Annual Battlefield Tour – New Market – May 15

Director’s Annual Battlefield Tour – New Market – May 15

Virginia Museum of the Civil War
New Market, Virginia 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $20/person. Cost includes walking tour; participants will receive a bottle of water and light refreshments along the way. The tour is limited to 50 participants; pre-registration is required, and will remain open until spaces are filled.

Explore the battlefield with Civil War historian and Site Director, Lt. Col. Troy D. Marshall, who will explain the action as it took place exactly 155 years ago. Hear the accounts of the battle in the words of the soldiers who were there. The tour includes a visit to the Bushong home, a viewing of the movie Field of Lost Shoes, and a visit to the “bloody cedars.”.

 Participants should wear comfortable clothing, sunscreen, and walking shoes, and may bring a camp chair if they wish. Tour will include walking on the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park and driving personal vehicles to the nearby Darby’s Inn parking lot.

For more information or to register for the event, contact Lt. Col. Troy Marshall at 866-515-1864 or nmbshp@vmi.edu.

Alpha Theater Summer Camp Registration Open – Midlothian – Auditions April 12-13 Kindergarten Graduation – Richmond – Registration Deadline Is April 15 Spring into STEM Kids Night Out – Fairfax – April 27 Homeschool Family Connection Used Curriculum Sale – Richmond – April 30

Alpha Theater Summer Camp Registration Open – Midlothian – Auditions April 12-13

Grace Bible Church (camp week location)

Kingsway Community Church (production week location)

Midlothian, Virginia

Monday, June 24, 2019, through Saturday, July 13, 2019. Cost: $250/camper, ages 9-20; $225/each additional sibling. A $25 registration fee will be collected via Paypal. Instructions are given at the end of the registration form. Registration is now open, and will remain open until the 60 camper spaces are filled.

 Alpha Theatre and Arts Summer Drama Camp will be producing “The Slipper and the Rose” in a summer camp for 9- to 20-year-olds. Auditions will be Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 2019, for registered campers.

Alpha Theatre and Arts Company is an independent, non-profit organization comprised of believers coming together to exercise their God-given talents with a goal to please and give glory to our Maker. Summer camp is a unique opportunity for students to grow in their faith, make friends, and learn acting and singing skills.

For more information, see the website or contact Scott Davis at 804-334-5400 or davisfamilyva@comcast.net.

Kindergarten Graduation – Richmond – Registration Deadline Is April 15

Grove Avenue Baptist Church
Richmond, Virginia

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mandatory rehearsal on Monday, May 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Registration deadline is April 15. Cost: $25/child. Cost includes cake, photos, expenses, and supplies. Additional $10 if you would like to keep the cap and gown. 

Graduation is open to all homeschool families. Plan and save special projects, assignments, pictures, and crafts to display on your child’s kindergarten table. Family and friends are welcome to join the celebration.

Bring a small snack to share (salty snack, fruit, or veggie). Cake and punch will be provided.

For more information, contact Stephanie Konicki at homeeducators@grovechurch.net

Spring into STEM Kids Night Out – Fairfax – April 27

Children’s Science Center Lab
Fairfax, Virginia 

Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $40/student, grades K-6. Registration required.

Students will be served pizza, fruit, drinks, and dessert while watching science videos, followed by rotations through various science activities. Activities will include learning about circuits and electronics by creating a take-home bug, discovering the hidden colors within a flower petal using capillary action to bring out pigmentation, and upcycling a container from home and working with staff to plant sustainable seeds.

Children must be checked in and out at Guest Services, by the same parent, unless a different pick-up parent is noted at drop-off.

Please note that this is a drop-off only event. If your child experiences separation anxiety or needs individual attention to eat or visit the bathroom, this event is not recommended.

For more information, visit the website

Homeschool Family Connection Used Curriculum Sale – Richmond – April 30

Grove Avenue Baptist Church
Richmond, Virginia 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. for vendor and seller set-up.

Vendor and seller registration required. Cost: $10/seller table, HSFC members; $15/table, non-members; $5/entrepreneur, children and teens only; $20/vendor table. There is no cost to shop the event.

For more information, contact Stephanie Konicki at homeeducators@grovechurch.net.

Battle at Osborne’s Landing Revolutionary War Reenactment – Chester – April 27

Henricus Historical Park

Chester, Virginia

Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $7/child, ages three to twelve years; $9/adult, ages twelve and older; Henricus patrons free.

Visit Revolutionary War reenactors in their American and British encampments as they re-create the 1781 Battle at Osborne’s Landing where Major General William Phillips ordered British forces, including Benedict Arnold, to attack the supplies of the Virginia State Navy and Virginia Militia. During this attack, most of the Virginia State Navy fleet was destroyed. Visitors will experience militia drills and artillery demos–the sights and sounds of the American Revolution in Virginia.

Historic Pleasant View School Open House – Chesterfield – May 4

Historic Pleasant View School

Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: This is a free community event.

Members of Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia’s African American History Committee will share the history of the school house and conduct tours. Tours will be on-going throughout the day. Parking is available on site at the school.

Pleasant View School was built in 1930 and designated a Chesterfield County Historic Landmark in April, 2017 in recognition of its significance as an authentic representation of early twentieth-century education in the county. This one-room schoolhouse is the best remaining example of African-American education in the segregated era. Pleasant View served as an elementary school until 1947. The Pleasant View Community Association maintained the building and used it as a community center from 1947 until 1998.

Now owned by the County’s Department of Parks and Recreation, this landmark stands with its original exterior, hardwood floors, and beaded-board walls and ceilings. Original desks, blackboard and other items from the past will be on display.

For more information, contact Bryan Truzzie at 804-751-4946.

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