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Welcome to April, 2014! Despite the numerous late season snow storms we received, Spring is definitely on the way! Those harbingers of spring, the forsythia and daffodils, are showing off their brilliant yellows. The rest can't be far behind! And, I know we are all ready for some great Lake Anna weather!!
Significant dates this month include April Fool's Day on the 1st (which also happens to be International Fun at Work Day!), Good Friday on the 18th and Easter on April 20th. However, some of my favorite celebrations this month are Blah, Blah, Blah Day on the 17th, Peanut Butter & Jelly Day on the 2nd and one of my very favorites, No Housework Day! And by the way, someone let Washington know to take the day off on April 30th - it's National Honesty Day!
Louisa County Parks, Recreation & Tourism (LCPRT) is busy this month, as always. You can learn to carve a funky, whimsical house from wood, make beautiful earrings, play PickleBall or learn all about firearm safety, among other fun activities. And on those beautiful, warm days, get out and use the fitness trail and outdoor workout equipment!
Just as a reminder, effective July 1st of this year, many personal watercraft and boat operators are required by Virginia law to complete an approved boating safety course. To assist boaters, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has teemed up with LCPRT to offer a FREE boating safety education class one day each month! Pre-registration is required; see the LCPRT website for information on this and many other fun events!
Have a great month and enjoy life here in beautiful Central Virginia!
Don’t forget to check our Community Calendar to find additional events not listed here. Our Community Calendar is a free service to the community where you can enter your own events. Please feel free to enter your church, non-profits, organization and individual events that are open to the public on our Calendar.
Sponsor Spotlight - Small Country Campground
If you are looking for a great place to camp in Central Virginia, look no further than Small Country Campground, Louisa's premiere campground. Small Country is conveniently located for those looking to camp and go off on day trips. Within just a short drive from Small Country, you can visit fascinating historical sites and towns, a number of award-winning vineyards, cozy small town shoppes or local flea markets and yard sales. It's all up to you, but with so many activities planned at Small Country, you just may change your mind and stay put!
Owners Bill and Ruth Small have created a camping haven right here at 4400 Byrd Mill Road in Louisa, with attention to every detail and fun for everyone. It's an easy commute to Fredericksburg, Richmond and Charlottesville and you'll be here before you know it! There is not a better campground in our area, with the Smalls ensuring that their guests have a wonderful time. [Read More]
Thursday, April 3rd
Cinema Series - The LCPRT and Louisa Arts Center partner up for the Cinema Series! Get the family out of the house on Thursday evenings and enjoy a classic movie; tonight's kick-off feature for April is for John Wayne fans - "Rio Bravo." Show starts at 6:30 p.m., tickets available at the door - $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for youth. Louisa Arts Center, Louisa, VA.
Saturday, April, 5th
Lions Club Yard Sale – Come early to get the best deals in this long-standing yard sale that’s a favorite among the locals! Get a great deal and help support the Lions Club and their work. Parking available next door at the Moose Lodge. Sale starts at 7:00 a.m. until ?. Lions Club Building, School Bus Rd. (Rt. 767),Louisa, VA.
Friday, April 11th
Arena Racing – Watch as drivers in half-scale stock cars zoom around the indoor track at the Richmond Coliseum, competing for a share of over $50,000.00 in cash over the season! Show up an hour early and you can meet the drivers! Friday, racing starts at 7:30 p.m., tickets $6.00 - $16.00. Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA.
Friday Night Cafe – Kick off your Friday nights this spring with the Friday Night Cafe! Tonight's performance features the Carol Covell Trio- relax to some smooth, cool jazz faves. Enjoy a wide variety of wonderful music, fun times with friends and delicious drinks! The music plays - rain or shine - in the Purcell Gallery. Friday, show starts at 6:30 p.m. and doesn't stop until 9:00 p.m.; NO COVER charge! The Louisa Arts Center, Louisa, VA.
Teen Night Hoops & More - Have a great time with this new program for teens, grades 6 through 8. Hang out at the Teen Center on Friday nights for video game tournaments, billiard lessons, basketball tips by AAU coach Tony Banks and late-night pizza and a movie! Fridays, the fun starts at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 12:00 midnight, tickets are only $5.00 and no pre-registration required! Betty Queen Center, Louisa, VA.
Saturday, April 12th
Easter Eggstravaganza - Grab your favorite basket and come out to the best egg hunt in Louisa! Children's games, bounceables, face painting and contests will make for a great day! "Egg Hunt" for ages 1 through 8 and will start at 12:00 noon in Louisa Town Park. Concessions available! Event is Free!! Saturday, 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m., Louisa Town Park, Louisa, VA.
Dogwood Dash Festival & 5k - LCPRT is sponsoring a 5k race at the Dogwood Festival at Small Country Campground! Come early and sign in from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m., all ages, walkers, runners, even dogs on leashes are welcome! Race starts at 8:00 a.m. sharp! Registration is $25.00 by April 1st and $30.00 at the event; Small Country Campground, Louisa, VA.
Richmond Symphony: The Music of the Rolling Stones - This new concerrt addition for the Richmond Symphony is a one-time-only event, so don't miss it! Imagine the Stones #1 hits, performed by an orchestra and backed by a complete rock band, light show and vocals! Saturday, show starts at 8:00 p.m., tickets $25.00 to $60.00, Altria Theater (formerly The Landmark Theater), Richmond, VA.
Saturday April 12th and Sunday, April 13th
Monster Nation - Watch Monster Trucks smash and trash each other! With names like Fatal Attraction and Toxic, what can you expect? There will be a Wheelie Contest, a race and finally the ever popular, no rules, no holds barred demolition competition! And, don't miss the transforming, car-eating dino-robot Transaurus!.See web site for times and ticket prices. Pit Parties will take place before each event, get your Pit Pass from Brown Dodge Ram on Route 29; John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA.
Sunday, April 13th
Charlottesville Municipal Band - The Municipal Band of Charlottesville kicks off its 92nd season with a spring concert at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Light classics, Broadway show tunes and band repertoire standards are on the program for this musical tradition, which concludes, as always, with a John Philip Sousa march. Sunday, show starts at 3:30 p.m., FREE admission Piedmont Virginia Community College,
V. Earl Dickinson Building for Humanities, Fine Arts & Social Sciences, 501 College Dr.,
Tuesday, April 15th
STOMP – Don't miss your one chance to see the critically acclaimed, multiple award winning percussionist, movement and comedy event called "STOMP." "Make a rhythm out of anything we can get out hands on that makes a sound," is the only requirement for a musical instrument in this unique show! Tuesday, show starts at 7:30 p.m, tickets $51.00 to $61.00, John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA.
Tuesday, April 15th & Wednesday, April 16th
Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour – For uniqueness, this show is the winner. Welcome to Michael Jackson's world - as performed by Cirque du Soleil! Always amazing, this fusion of music, dance, fantasy and visuals captures the essence of the "King of Pop". Tuesday, show starts at 8:00 p.m., tickets $52.00 to $152.00, Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA.
Thursday, April 17th
Cinema Series - The LCPRT and Louisa Arts Center partner up for the Cinema Series! Get the family out of the house on Thursday evenings and enjoy a classic movie; tonight's show features the unforgettable Bogey and Bacall in "Casablanca." Show starts at 6:30 p.m., tickets available at the door - $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for youth. Louisa Arts Center, Louisa, VA.
Saturday, April 19th
The Zombies - Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent with Special Guest Pat Sansone - One of the original rock great bands, The Zombies, reunites to delight! Blunstone & Rod Argent recruited Jim Rodford (ARGENT and The Kinks), Rodford's son & top session guitarist Tom Toomey and released a new album in 2013. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and show starts at 8:00 p.m., tickets $25.00 in advance and $27.00 day of show, VIP tickets $45.00. The Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville, VA.
Wednesday, April 23rd - May 4th
Wicked - The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz - Ever wondered about the back-story of the two witches of Oz - Glenda the Good Witch and The Wicked Witch of the West? Here's your chance! Breaking records every time it plays Richmond and winner of over 50 awards, including three Tonys and a Grammy, Wicked is a winner! (Note: Due to content recommend ages 8 and above; under 4 not admitted.) Wednesday, April 23 through Sunday, May 4, see web site for show times, tickets $43.00 to $93.00, Altria Theater (formerly The Landmark Theater), Richmond, VA.
Saturday, April 26th
Mineral Beautification Festival - Get out and celebrate spring! Local growers will have plenty of beautiful trees, bedding plants, shrubs and flowers - everything you need to turn your yard into a showplace! Event runs from 9:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m.; for vendor information contact Bernice Kube at (540) 894-4241 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Located across from Luck Field, Mineral, VA.
Soundworks - Come out and enjoy an old-fashioned a cappella group. However, this is no ordinary group, they won the Busch Gardens 2012 "A cappella Sing-off." Enjoy their harmonies through gospel, popular and classical tunes. Saturday, show starts at 7:30 p.m., tickets $15.00. Cooke-Haley Theatre, The Louisa Arts Center, Louisa, VA.