Thursday, June 21, 2007

Local events this weekend: June 22-24

Thursday & Friday, June 21-22, 5:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday, June 23, 1:00pm-10:00pm
Join Fluvanna County Parks & Recreation for 4 days of carnival fun! There will be over 14 rides for children & adults. Don't forget the midway filled with game & food vendors! Tickets are $1 each with rides using 3-5 tickets. Come out to Fluvanna County and have some summer fun! Pleasant Grove Park in Fluvanna County. Directions: From C'ville: Take I-64 east towards Richmond exit at Zion Crossroads. Turn right onto Route 15 South towards Palmyra. Cross Rivanna River turn right onto route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway). Park entrance 3 miles on the right. All ages welcome. Email: 434/842-3150.

Saturday, June 23, 10:00am-12:00pm
Children between the ages of 6-14 will navigate through a variety of stations designed to challenge their balance, coordination, and knowledge of bike safety. The first 100 kids to arrive will receive a FREE bike helmet, and all participants will be entered in a raffle for great prizes! Limited bikes will be available so please bring a bike to participate if you can. Buford Middle School Parking Lot. Directions: off Cherry Avenue, one block west of the 9th-10th Connector Road. FREE. Recommended for ages 6 to 14. Email: For more info call: 434/295-6554.

Saturday June 23, 2007, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm,
Ash Lawn Highland, Charlottesville, Virginia
60 Quality antiques dealers from around the country will offer for sale the best in 18th-20th century American and Continental, formal and country furniture and accessories in the Hilltop Pavilion and under tents. Great food and wines will be available. 703-779-2800. Web Site:

Saturday, June 23, 11:00am-6:00pm
Summer Fun in the Country! The place to be this weekend for all the fun a family could want: live music, award-winning wineries, an artisan market, rural living exhibits, and great food. The Kids' Fest area is loaded with games, crafts, and activities for children. $20 adults, kids 12 and under free. Oak Ridge Estate in Arrington. Directions: 35 miles south on Rt. 29 past Lovingston to left on Rte 653.

Saturday, June 23, 9:00am
Charlottesville City youth can paddle Virginia's largest river as Charlottesville Parks and Recreation teams up with the Float Fisherman of Virginia to host its first annual "Kids Float on the James River". Meet at Carver Center and head to Scottsville and float to the Hardware River Landing. Transportation, canoes, paddles, and lifejackets provided along with lunch, snacks, and drinks. Parents and those with their own canoes are welcome to join us as well. Free. Reservations required. 434/970-3572.

Saturday, June 23, 10:00am-2:00pm
Open at the Keelboat barn in Darden Towe Park teaching the skills of exploration: knot-making, compass reading, and nature observation, as well as carpentry and boat building skills such as chiseling and drilling. The 55-foot replica of the Lewis and Clark Expedition keelboat is on display with some recent additions. Free admission. On the north end of Darden Towe Park past the parking lots. 434/979-2425.

Saturday, June 23, 7:00pm
Sit back and enjoy some great old time music at the wooded amphitheater. Live bands will play a nice variety of traditional styles. Seating is available, but feel free to bring lawn chairs and a picnic supper. At the conclusion of the concert, the public is invited to join in an open jam session by the campfire. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton. Directions: take I-64 toward Staunton, then I-81 North, exit 222 and follow signs. 7 pm-9pm. $10 adult, $5 child (6-12). All ages welcome. Email: 540-332-7850.

Sunday, June 24, 9:00am
4th Sundays at Scheier Natural Area: Eileen Rowan, Founding Coordinator of the Virginia Important Bird Areas Program, former consulting Environmental Scientist to Audubon Virginia guides visitors through the program "Nesting Birds and Birdsong." Please bring water, sunscreen and insect repellent. Binoculars and field guides recommended but not necessary. Focus of program is birdsong, so those joining the walk should be able to remain quiet as needed. Free. Scheier Natural Area, in Fluvanna County. 434/97-RIVER or

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