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.
Wednesday, March 1
First Wednesday Complimentary "Get Back in the Game" four-part health talk series, 6-7:30 p.m. Ryan Jander MD from Sentara OrthoJoint Center in Northern Virginia will discuss "Joint Pain, "Athlete's Elbow," 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, April 5, Paymaun Lotfi MD on "Latest Advances in Treatment of Spine Conditions"; 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, March 3
First Friday in historic downtown Manassas, 6-9 p.m., http://www.visitmanassas.org
Saturday, March 4
• Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Drop-off Day, 8 a.m. to noon, Manassas Transfer Station, 8305 Quarry Rd., Manassas, 20110. Repeats April 1 (shredding also), May 6, 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.
• “The Marks They’ve Left Behind”: Civil War Graffiti Bus Tour, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Throughout the Civil War, many soldiers left their marks in the buildings they encountered. Now visit some of these vandalized homes in Northern Virginia. See the marks they left behind, discover their stories, and learn about the families whose lives were impacted by their visits. Meet at: Ben Lomond Historic Site off Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, VA. Reservations: 703-367-7872. $80 per person (lunch included)
Tuesday, March 7
Warrenton Antiquarian Society’s annual Open Meeting, 2 p.m. at Warrenton-Fauquier Visitors Center, 33 N. Calhoun St. in Warrenton, VA.with guest speaker Marc Leepson, journalist, historian and author of nine books including “What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life,” the first biography of the author of the “Star-Spangled Banner” in 75 years. Informal reception after book talk. Free.
Wednesday, March 8
Internet Safety program, 7-9 p.m., Sudley Elementary School, Manassas. PWC Police Department will give a presentation. Recommended for families of children of all ages, but particularly for children entering middle and high school. Child care will be provided for school-age children and concessions will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 9
• Internet Safety seminar on social media and “sexting.”, 6:30-9:30 p.m.. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, presented by PWC Police Department.Parents can learn how the Police Department investigates these types of cases, and an assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney will discuss how these cases are prosecuted in court. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to attend with a parent.
• 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:
Saturday, March 11
• Greater Manassas St. Patrick's Day Parade, 18th annual, 11 a.m., through streets of historic downtown manassas.www.stpatprade.net
• Cockpit Point Civil War Park Trails Marker Dedication, 10 a.m. Free program will take place at 18245 Cockpit Point Rd., Dumfries, VA. Marker is located at the end of Cockpit Point Road. Tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations required for tours, to include difficult terrain and off trail style hiking. Reservations: 703-792-4754/ $20/per person.
Sunday, March 12
• Historic Manassas Bridal Show, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Center for the Arts, Old Town Manassas, http://www.visitmanassas.org
• Book Talk at Manassas Museum, 9100 Prince William Street, Old Town Manassas. "The Battle of Glendale" with author Douglas Crenshaw. http://www.visitmanassas.org
Monday, March 13
Prince William Retired Teacher's Association meeting and brunch, 10 a.m., St. Thomas United Methodist Church at 8899 Sudley Road in Manassas. Service project will include the collection of toiletries for county shelters as well as a program. RSVP by March 6 to Marian Rognlien at 703-754-9221 or
Friday, March 17
• Cemetery Tour at Manassas Confederate Cemetery, 8 p.m. http://www.visitmanassas.org
• Giselle presented by Russian National Ballet Theatre, 8 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, George Mason University, Manassas,VA 20110. Tickets: 888-945-2468 or www,hyltoncenter.org
Saturday, March 18
• Tutor Training Workshop for Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William, 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m.) with the follow-up on Saturday, April 1st 9 a.m. to noon.Learn how to teach reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills to the students who are both American-born and English Language Learners. Both classroom and one-on-one matches are available. Info: http://www.lvapw.org
• How to make organic vegetable gardens grow, gardening seminar (two-part Sustainable Garden series March 18 & March 25), 10:30 a.m.-noon, Central Library, Manassas. March 18: starting seeds, soil preparations and composting. March 25: what to plant and when to plant it, how to rotate crops, how to harvest and successive planting that can keep a garden going well into the colder months. Register at 703-792-7747. Free.
• Manassas Chorale “Voices United: Honor and Majesty” Concert, featuring sacred music, including John Leavitt’s “Missa Festiva, ”7:30 PM, Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas VA, 20110. In conjunction with the Voices United Workshop Choir led by Constantina Tsolainou. Sponsored by Heritage Financial. Info: manassaschorale.org, 703-738-6452,
. Tickets: Reserved seating at hyltoncenter.org, by phone at 888-945-2468, or at the Hylton Center Box Office. $18/$20
Sunday, March 19
• Lodge on the Lake Bridal Show, 12-5 p.m., 3501 Mill Creek Road, Haymarket. heated tent, wedding professionals, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, door prizes, more. Preregister for free admission at http://www.sammysrental.com/bridal_show
. $10 at door.Book Talk at Manassas Museum, 1:30 p.m., 9100 Prince William Street, Old Town Manassas. "Lincoln's Greatest Journey" with author Noah Andre Trudeau. http://www.visitmanassas.org
Tuesday, March 21
"The Challenges of Diagnosing ADHD” — A free talk by Dr. Joni Johnson of Pediatric Partners for Attention and Learning in Stafford, VA, with Q&A afterwards. Sponsored by NoVA/DC CHADD. 7-8:30pm in the Community room of the Haymarket Gainesville Community Library, 14870 Lightner Road, Haymarket, VA. All are welcome. For information:
Thursday, March 23
• If This Old Building Could Talk, 7 p.m. Old Manassas Courthouse, Manassas VA. PWC Historic Preservation Division's Staff Preservationist Sarah Nucci will share her research on Williams Ordinary from its beginning in the mid-18th century through the first quarter of the 19th century. She will use primary source material, dendroconology, and other research to give a clearer picture of the early use of the building that now is used as the HPD headquarters. Info: 703-792-4754. Free, donations accepted.
• 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:
Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26
“Everything is New Here” Prince William-Manassas History Symposium,$10 for all day symposium (8:30 .m.-6 p.m.) on March 25, $50 for historic homes tour on March 26. Spaces are limited, reservations required. Join several local historic organizations for the First Annual Prince William-Manassas History Symposium. The $10 fee for the Symposium includes speakers throughout the day and an evening reception at Manassas Museum. On March 26, take a rare chance to visit four privately owned historic homes in Prince William County. The $50 fee includes transportation and lunch. Spaces are limited. For information and reservations call 703-792-4754.
Saturday, March 25
• Open House, Montessori of Gainesville Casa dei Bambini, 10 a.m. to noon, 14130 Glenkirk Road (across from Glenkirk Elementary School), Gainesville VA 20155. Info: wwmcdgb,com or
Sunday, March 26
• 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, April 1
• Household Hazardous Waste, Shredding and Electronic Drop-off Day, 8 a.m. to noon, Manassas Transfer Station, 8305 Quarry Rd., Manassas, 20110. Repeats May 6, 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.
• Civil War Trust Annual Park Clean Up Day, 8 a.m.-noon, Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, Bristow VA. Park Day is a nationwide event that encourages Civil War enthusiasts to help maintain, restore and preserve Civil War sites through volunteerism. Join other volunteers for a fun and rewarding day of work at Bristoe Battlefield, on Rte. 619, just off Rte. 28. Wear sturdy work shoes and bring gloves. Tools and snacks will be provided. Info: 703-366-3049. Free.
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.
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