Things to do in the local area
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 http://www.nps.gov/prwi
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.
Manassas Farmer's Market, Parking Lot B in Old Town Manassas, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Temperatures must be above freezing.
Sunday, April 2
Book Talk at Manassas Museum, 1:30 p.m., 9100 Prince William Street, Old Town Manassas. "Confederate Waterloo" (The Battle of Five Forks April 1, 1865, and the Controversy that Brought a General Down) with author Michael J. McCarthy. http://www.visitmanassas.org
Wednesday, April 5
First Wednesday Complimentary "Get Back in the Game" health talk series, 6-7:30 p.m. Paymaun Lotfi MD will discuss "Latest Advances in Treatment of Spine Conditions"; Hilton Garden Inn Woodbridge, 2500 Neabsco Common Place (or for GPS) 1500 Smoke Court, Woodbridge VA 22191. Registration not required but appreciated. 1-800-SENTARA (736-8272) or http://www.Sentara.com
Addit.ional talks scheduled May 3, Melissa Yadao MD on "Joint Pain: Treatment Options for Arthritis"; and June 7, Wylie Lowery MD on "Joint Pain: Cartilage Presenrvation in the Knee."
Friday, April 7
First Friday in historic downtown Manassas, 6-9 p.m., http://www.visitmanassas.org
Saturday, April 8
29th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, 9 a.m. to noon. Huge event for clean land, safe waters and healthy lives sponsored by the Alice Ferguson Foundation. Info: potomaccleanup.org to see all the locations and continuing opportunities throughout the month of April or call Hannah at (202) 417-3524. Free.
Thursday, April 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:
Sunday, April 16
Saturday, April 22
Live Well Festival in Manassas, Loy Harris Pavilion, 9am-2pm. Volunteers needed to help get vendors situated from 7am-9am. Also needed is assistance with helping set up the Brunch from 9:30am-12:30 pm. Register: Erin at (703) 361-6599.
Thursday, April 27
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:
Sunday, April 30
• 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:
Saturday, May 6
• Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Drop-off Day, 8 a.m. to noon, Manassas Transfer Station, 8305 Quarry Rd., Manassas, 20110. Repeats June 3, July 8 (shredding also), Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7 and Nov. 4 (shredding also). Trashline 703-257-8252. Free for city residents.
Sunday, June 4
Manassas Hamfest amateur radio and maker technology show, 43rd annual, presented by Ole Virginia Hams Amateur Radio Club, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Prince William County Fairgrounds, Dumfries Road, Manassas. Flea market and vendors, VEC license exam, 8-10:30 a.m., Maker group technology demo, youth programs, Amateur Radio Satellite forum, Broadband ham networks, more.. http://manassashamfest.org
and http://w4ouh.net. Dealer info from George at
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