ONGOING

  • Blood drives are held throughout the region, at Salem Baptist Church in Spotsylvania and at CarMax in Fredericksburg, as well as other sites. To find a drive or to make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive and type in your Zip code.

MARCH 18



  • The Fredericksburg regional office of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter will offer “10 Warning Signs: When is forgetfulness a problem?” at 7 p.m. at Porter Library, 2001 Parkway Blvd., Stafford. Advance registration is required. Call 540/228-1502.

MARCH 18–19

  • The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board will provide Mental Health First Aid training for adults at the LifeCare Corporate Building, 1180 International Parkway in Stafford County. The session will last from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 18 and 8:30 a.m. to noon March 19. Participants learn about risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, as well as community resources. The $25 registration fee includes a workbook, refreshments and lunch on the first day. Classes are limited. To register, contact Jennifer Bateman at 540/374-3337, ext. 100, or jbateman@rappahannockareacsb.org.

MARCH 27

  • A plant-based cooking class will be held at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 905 Princess Anne St., from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Bring a vegan dish for the potluck which follows the class or make a contribution to The Table, St. George’s food pantry. fredericksburgfoodcoop.com.

APRIL 6

  • The Spring 5K Challenge will be held at Stafford Hospital. The public may register online in advance or on the day of the event starting at 7 a.m. There will be a 1/2-mile kid’s race beginning at 8 a.m. The 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. Additionally, there will be fun for the whole family with vendors, food, music and more. Visit tourstaffordva.com to register and learn more.
  • The Greater Fredericksburg chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. will host its first Zumbathon Fundraiser from 3:30–5 p.m. Jack and Jill of America is a membership organization dedicated to nurturing future leaders by supporting children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. March of Dimes and Jack and Jill have worked together since the 1960s and officially became partners in 2011. The focus is on the March of Dimes mission engagement and programs that raise awareness and funds to prevent prematurity, especially around health disparities. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at gfcjackandjill.eventbrite.com. Purchase tickets in advance; they cost more at the door. Certified instructor Angela Maske will lead the 90-minute event will be filled with music, raffles, giveaways and fun for the family.
  • The “Living the Dream” memorial walk and 5K will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Yowell Meadow Park, Culpeper. There will be a silent auction, food, face painting, games for the kids, water and music. 8 a.m. registration. $35. Preregister at eventbrite.com; search for Living the Dream. Free T-shirt to first 150 registered. Donations from walkers are appreciated. Send tax deductible donations to “Living the Dream” Foundation, Box 4, Culpeper, VA 22701.
  • APRIL 24
  • A plant-based cooking class will be held at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 905 Princess Anne St., from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Bring a vegan dish for the potluck which follows the class or make a contribution to The Table, St. George’s food pantry. fredericksburgfoodcoop.com.

JUNE 12

  • Research shows that children who live in toxic environments grow into adults who struggle with substance use disorder, mental illness, suicidal tendencies, and other health issues. The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board offers free a training to help the public learn more about the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences and the ways to build resilience in the community. Participants will learn how ACEs affect brain development and how that, in turn, affects behavior and physical health. A session will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Rappahannock United Way, 3310 Shannon Park Drive. To register, contact Jennifer Bateman at 540/374-3337, ext. 100, email jbateman@rappahannockareacsb.org or go to bit.ly/ACESregistration_RACSB.
  • SEPT. 25Research shows that children who live in toxic environments grow into adults who struggle with substance use disorder, mental illness, suicidal tendencies, and other health issues. The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board offers free a training to help the public learn more about the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences and the ways to build resilience in the community. Participants will learn how ACEs affect brain development and how that, in turn, affects behavior and physical health. A session will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rappahannock United Way, 3310 Shannon Park Drive. To register, contact Jennifer Bateman at 540/374-3337, ext. 100, email jbateman@rappahannockareacsb.org or go to bit.ly/ACESregistration_RACSB.

DEC. 3

Research shows that children who live in toxic environments grow into adults who struggle with substance use disorder, mental illness, suicidal tendencies, and other health issues. The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board offers free a training to help the public learn more about the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences and the ways to build resilience in the community. Participants will learn how ACEs affect brain development and how that, in turn, affects behavior and physical health. A session will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at RACSB at River Club, 10825 Tidewater Trail. To register, contact Jennifer Bateman at 540/374-3337, ext. 100, email jbateman@rappahannockareacsb.org or go to bit.ly/ACESregistration_RACSB.

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