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Every Day
Prince William Forest Park Visitors Center, 18100 Headquarters Rd, Triangle VA 22172, off Joplin Rd. (VA 619), open sunrise to sunset. The visitor center is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years holidays. Info: 703-221-4706 or Fee..

Every Monday
Live Music every Monday Night 5-9 pm at Bertucci’s, 8114 Stonewall Shops,  in Gainesville., 20155. No cover fee or charge. Triple “M” Mondays which stands for Meatballs, Martinis and Live Music.

Every Wednesday
Rotary Club of Manassas, Noon, Center for the Arts (new location), Old Town Manassas.

Every Thursday through Monday
Prince William County historic sites Ben Lomond, Brentsville Courthouse and Rippon Lodge open Thursday through Monday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for regular tours. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For questions or to arrange a tour for large groups call the site. Tours begin on the hour and are $5 per person over 6. Call sites for more information.
• Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
• Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 20136, 703-365-7895
• Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr, Manassas VA 20109, 703-367-7872.

Every Saturday
Manassas Farmer's Market, Parking Lot B in Old Town Manassas, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Moves to commuter lot if event downtown. Temperatures must be above freezing.

Now through Sunday, Sept. 24
Tailor-Made: Vintage Fashions from Manassas Museum's collection unveiled, Manassas Museum, 9100 Prince William Street, Old Town Manassas,

Sunday, July 9

• Prince William Community Band's "Petting Zoo" of musical instruments for all ages, followed at 3 p.m. by Children's Concert and beginning at 4:30 p.m.
free ice cream for everyone.
Sunday, June 11
• Book Talk at Manassas Museum, 1:30 p.m., 9100 Prince William Street, Old Town Manassas. Determined to Stand and Fight with author Ryna T. Quint, a seasonal park historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. In early July 1864, a quickly patched together force of outnumbered Union soldiers under the command of Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace prepared for a last-ditch defense along the banks of the Monocacy River. Quint tells the story of that pivotal day and an even more pivotal campaign that went right to the gates of Washington, D.C. Free..

• Final season performance of The Wizard of Oz (youth version presented by Fauquier Community Theatre, Vint Hill Theater, 4225 Aiken Drive, Warrenton in Vint Hill at 2pm. Tickets are available online at or by leaving a message at 540-349-8760.

• Grace United Methodist Church on Wellington Rd., Manassas, celebrating 150 years and dedication of historical marker and former slave quarters, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, June 13
Primary Election for Governor, Lt. Governor, Va. House of Delegates (some) and Attorney General

Wednesday, June 21
Serve our Willing Warriors is holding a Town Hall, 7 to 8 pm, open to all volunteers and the community. The Town Hall gives you a chance to meet the leadership team, hear how we are helping recovering warriors and their families, meet some outstanding volunteers, and learn about upcoming events. Please RSVP by 6pm on June 20. SOWW has several fun fundraisers coming up including Heroes on the River, a Poker Run, and a golf tournament. Please check its web site at:

Thursday, June 22
CHADD Support Group for Parents of Kids with ADHD, every fourth Thursday from 7-8:30pm at the Haymarket Gainesville Community Library, 14870 Lightner Road, Haymarket, VA. This is an open group and all are welcome. Sponsored by NOVA CHADD; facilitated by Neil and Linda Swanson. Info: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 703-829-6129.

Sunday, June 25
• Bird Walk at Merrimac Farm off Fleetwood Drive in the Aden area of Nokesville, 8 to 11 a.m. Meet at Merrimac Farm, Stone House, 15014 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville. Dress for the weather, take binoculars and cameras. More info and RSVP (appreciated) to Prince William Conservation Alliance, Call 703-499-4954 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Free.

• Book Talk at Manassas Museum, 1:30 p.m., 9100 Prince William Street, Old Town Manassas. The Maryland Campaign of 1862, Volume III--The Battle of Shepherdstown and the End of the Campaign with author Tom Clemens. Last of a three-part series concludes this invaluable narrative with a bibliographical dictionary (and genealogical goldmine) of the soldiers, politicians, and diplomats who had an impact on shaping the manuscript. While many names will be familiar to readers, others upon whom the author relied for creating his campaign narrative are as obscure to us today as they were during the war. Free..

Tuesday, July 4
• Dale City Independence Day Parade
Thousands are expected to line Dale Boulevard on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. for the 47th annual Dale City Independence Day parade. The annual tradition in Dale City showcases scouting troops, churches, politicians, performing arts groups and other groups from throughout the area. The Family Fun Day festivities, including vendors, games and entertainment.
• Celebrate America with Old Town Manassas
The fun starts with children’s activities, food vendors and a red, white and blue hayride followed by a fireworks display at the Manassas Museum. Bring your lawn chairs and get there early to get the best spots!
• The Freedom Museum in Manassas Open House
The Freedom Museum in Manassas will host an open house July 4 from 10 am – 4 pm to celebrate war heroes from Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park from the Spanish American War through the present day.
• Fourth of July Celebration at Signal Hill Park
The Manassas Park Parks and Recreation Department is hosting Fourth of July celebration at Signal Hill Park. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs to enjoy fireworks display.
• Potomac Nationals Annual Fireworks Show
In Woodbridge, the Potomac Nationals are hosting its Fourth of July annual fireworks show after the baseball game at Pfitzner Stadium. It’s the ultimate Fourth of July picnic all-you-can-eat hot dogs, hamburgers and sides.
Friday, July 7
First Friday in historic downtown Manassas, 6-9 p.m.,

Saturday, July 8
• Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Drop-off Day and shredding, 8 a.m. to noon, Manassas Transfer Station, 8305 Quarry Rd., Manassas, 20110. Repeats Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7 and Nov. 4 (shredding also). Trashline 703-257-8252. Free for city residents.

Thursday, July 13
CHADD Support Group for Parents of Kids with ADHD - every second Thursday from 7-8:30pm at the Warrenton Police Department Training Room, 333 Carriage House Lane, Warrenton, VA. This is an open group and all are welcome. Sponsored by NOVA CHADD; facilitated by Neil and Linda Swanson. For information: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 703-829-6129.

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