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Calendar of charity events that raise funds or other type donations for many worthy causes in the community. Most events in Woodbridge-Manassas-Gainesville-Nokesville areas of Prince William County.

Things to do in the local area

Calendar of local happenings: Meetings, art shows, workshops, weekend events, children's activities and more. Many are free or have a small fee. Also see charity calendar--Things to do and help others too!

Hot air balloon festival at Flying Circus Aerodrome in Bealeton Aug. 18-19

Flying Circus Aerodrome will host its annual hot air balloon extravaganza. Gates will open at 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19 for the early balloon flights and the aerodrome stays open until dark. Balloons will only fly in the early morning and evening when the winds are light. More than a dozen hot air balloons will be flying.

Noted Civil War civilian historian to speak at Manassas Battlefield Sept. 8

Manassas Battlefield Trust will host noted Civil War civilian historian Juanita Leisch for a free talk on "Armed with the Needles of Necessity" on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m. The event will be held at The Theater @ Manassas National Battlefield Park Visitor Center, 6511 Sudley Rd., Manassas, VA 20109.

Volunteers needed for upcoming events and more in greater Prince William - Aug. 3, 2018

Love animals? Pet care takers needed on weekend evenings in Dumfries Like crafts? Volunteer needed to teach a craft weekly at Manassas Senior Center. Male mentors asked for Youth For Tomorrow in Bristow. Like to cook? Large group of volunteers asked to purchase, prepare and serve brunch or dinner on select dates for up to 90 residents at SERVE shelter in Manassas.

Volunteers are needed in the greater Prince William Community - July 20, 2018

Volunteers needed to help with Manassas History Weekend, teach crafts and sign language to seniors, deliver Meals on Wheels, help write resumes. distribute school backpacks and mentor boys. among others.

Get the lowdown July 31 on good bugs and bad bugs in the garden

Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and Master Gardeners are offering a free presentation on “Good Bugs Bad Bugs in Our Garden” on Tuesday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at Fauquier Extension Office, 24 Pelham Street, Warrenton.

First-ever folk festival Oct. 20 at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

The first-ever Poplar Forest Folk Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The one-day festival, celebrating one of Jefferson’s favorite passions, will feature some of Virginia’s best Americana and folk music bands—blue grass, old-time and Americana—on a stage in the backyard of Jefferson’s favorite hide-away.

Annual benefit car & truck show Aug. 4 at church in The Plains

The Third Annual Grace Episcopal Car & Truck Show will be on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the church, 6507 Main St., The Plains, VA. There is no admission charge. Proceeds benefit the Rise Against Hunger food packing event in November at Grace Church.

Annual Yellow Ducky Splash fundraiser in Occoquan July 7

Watch hundreds of numbered rubber ducks drop from a bridge and race along the Occoquan Rive when you visit Occoquan on Saturday, July 7, at noon for the annual Duck Splash race.

Volunteers needed in the local community - July 6, 2018

Meals on Wheels needs drivers, ACTS needs flower beds removed, CASA needs volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children. There are many other needs for volunteers too.

Brentsville, Dumfries, Manassas have stops on new Virginia History Trails

Northern Virginia residents can be a “tourist in their own town” this summer by exploring regional sites via a new Virginia History Trails app in connection with the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution.
Today's Obituaries

Ryan Murray, super senior at Battlefield High School, Haymarket

Ryan Murray, a super senior at Battlefield High School, Haymarket, endeared himself to many in and around Haymarket and Gainesville with his sunny disposition, broad grin, and outgoing personality; making new friends every day.

Michael McKinney, 66, of Winchester, master mechanic, veteran, classic car buff, father of two

Michael Wayne McKinney, 66, of Winchester, VA passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Visitation will be Friday, July 20, 2018 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Victory Church with a funeral service at 2 p.m. The family welcomes anyone to bring his or her classic car. Burial will be private.

Pauline W. Shortridge, retired from Piedmont FSB, mother of two, attended Manassas Church of Christ

A funeral service was held July 7, 2018 at Pierce Funeral Home in Manassas for Pauline Wampler Shortridge, 88, of Millsboro, Del., and formerly of Manassas, Va. The widow of Ervine Cecil Shortridge, she passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018, after a brief illness at the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford, Del. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date at the Frankford Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 43 Thatcher Street, Frankford, Del.
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