DANCE MINISTRY

SEEKS MEMBERS

The Restoration Community Dance Ministry is now accepting new worship dancers for its new season.

No audition is necessary, just a love to worship the Lord. You can bring your worship tools—flags, etc.

Dance preparations have already begun and meetings are held on Wednesday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Lake Of The Woods Church Worship Center, 1 Church Road, Locust Grove.

Restoration Community Dance Ministry is joined by different worship dancers from other churches in the surrounding community.

E-mail restoration23@yahoo.com; or visit restorationcommunitydanceministry.com for more information.

WRITING WORKSHOP SET FOR MAY

Jennifer Springsteen, a Pushcart Prize nominee, author and editor, will hold a writing workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 11 at The Free Lance–Star, 1340 Central Park Blvd., Suite 100.

Participants will generate new writing by responding to prompts and offering feedback. New and established writers are welcome. To register, send an email to jennifer.springsteen@pdxwriters.com. The fee is $20.

LEARN TO IDentify TREES AND SHRUBS

Virginia Cooperative Extension will sponsor a Tree and Shrub Identification Series on Thursdays, May 2 through June 6, from 9 to 11 a.m.

The first class will be held at the Virginia Cooperative Extension Stafford County Office located in the Rowser Building at 1739 Jefferson Davis Highway. Subsequent classes will be held outdoors at the University of Mary Washington and Cossey Botanical Park.

Participants will learn the methods needed to identify trees and shrubs in the Fredericksburg area. Anyone with an interest in identifying woody ornament plants is encouraged to participate.

The series is open to the public, but space is limited. The cost is $75. Register by April 26.

For more information, contact Guy Mussey, Extension Agent, ANR, Unit Coordinator, at the Stafford County Extension Office at 540/658-8000; or gmussey@vt.edu.

GOLF TOURNEY

TO BENEFIT

LEGION BASEBALL

Spotsylvania American Legion Post 320 will host its second annual American Legion Baseball Charity Golf Tournament on April 26 at the Gauntlet Golf Course.

Foursome golf teams, raffle donations and sponsors are needed.

Questions may be directed to Golf Sponsorship Director Justin Carlisle at 434/327-3948; or cvilleinspector2@aol.com.

NOMINATE A HOMETOWN HERO

The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is seeking community nominations for its 10th annual Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes award.

Previous winners have included community leaders, foster parents, disability advocates, small business owners, teachers, police officers and firefighters. Allen & Allen has honored more than 400 local individuals since the award was created, all of whom have shared their own unique and inspiring story of giving.

The public is encouraged to visit allenandallen.com to complete a short nomination form to recognize heroes throughout the Commonwealth. Forms are also available in each of the firm’s eight locations. Nominations will be accepted through April 30.

GROWERS ASSOCIATION OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS

The Northern Neck Vegetable Growers Association will continue its commitment to agriculture and the region by offering three scholarships totaling $10,000 to deserving area youth studying agriculture. Eligible applicants must live in one of the counties served by the Northern Neck of Virginia Farmers Market. Successful applicants must be 18 to 24 years old and at least graduating seniors in high school.

These funds are only eligible for use for undergraduate coursework and can include community college agricultural programming and technical training. A strong emphasis will be placed on a demonstrated commitment to agriculture not only with coursework but also community involvement and career goals.

For more information and an application, call the Westmoreland County Extension Office at 804/493-8924; or email sromelcz@vt.edu. Applications must be received by May 10 at 5 p.m. No electronic transmissions accepted.

HELP STOCK FOOD BANK FOR SUMMER

Caliber Collision locations in Fredericksburg and Stafford County have launched the 8th annual Rhythm Restoration Food Drive. It will run through May 10.

Cash and food donations collected will be donated to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank to help keep their shelves stocked during summer months when demand from children and their families is highest.

Collection centers for cash and food donations are located at Caliber’s two locations. Online cash donations may also be made at fooddrivedonations.com.

For the nearest Caliber Collision location to donate food items, visit calibercollision.com.

GROUP FOR SINGLE MOMS SET TO MEET

A new nonprofit group for single moms is meeting in Culpeper. Single Mothers United will meet every third Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Libertas Manor, 405 Sperryville Pike. The goal is to provide monthly support for single moms, offering a free dinner and a new topic of discussion each month. Children are welcome to attend.

For more information, visit singlemothersunited.org; or email michelle@singlemothersunited.org or pennie@singlemothersunited.org.

SIGN UP FOR SHAMROCK

GOLF CLASSIC

The Ancient Order of Hibernians will host its sixth annual Shamrock Charity Golf Classic at Meadows Farms Golf Course on April 29. For 30 years, the Gen. Thomas F. Meagher Division, named after the Civil War commander of the Irish Brigade, has been the Fredericksburg area entity of the AOH. It exists for two main reasons: to promote Irish tradition and culture and to financially support approved charitable entities in the area.

The cost to participate in the golf classic is $80 per player or $300 for a four-player team. Tournament sponsorship opportunities are available, and donations of raffle and door prizes are welcome. For further details or to sign up to play, contact Dave McLaughlin at dave.mcl@verizon.net; or 703/915-3735.

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