This monthly calendar listing is prepared by the USAG Fort Lee Public Affairs Office. The inclusion of off-post events is meant to encourage Team Lee members – particularly those new to the area – to go out and explore the many historic, recreational and entertainment activities offered throughout Central and Southeast Virginia. The Army does not promote or endorse the associated sponsors, organizations or businesses. The full schedule of Family and MWR activities is available at lee.armymwr.com or on the Digital Garrison app.
Decorative Painting on Wood | May 28
During this two-hour class, starting at 6 p.m., a skilled artist will provide step-by-step instructions for using stencils and paint to create decorative art or signs that can be given as gifts or proudly displayed in the student’s home. The class fee is $50 per person. For signup and further details, call 804-734-2899.
Story-walk | May 28-31
Rockwood Nature Center, in partnership with the Chesterfield Public Library, invites families with young children to enjoy an outdoor reading and counting adventure featuring the picture book “Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek,” written by Marianne Berkes. The stroller-friendly trail walk will be offered throughout Memorial Day weekend during park hours, noon - 5 p.m. The Nature Center is located at 3401 Courthouse Rd. For further info, call 804-768-7448.
Blackbeard Pirate Festival | May 28-30
Hampton’s waterfront comes alive with dozens of pirate re-enactors costumed in historically accurate garb. The festival also features children’s activities, live music performances, fireworks, food and arts and crafts vendors, and more. The event takes place along Settlers Landing Road in downtown Hampton. For further details, visit www.blackbeardfestival.com.
Historic Reenactment | May 29
A Memorial Day weekend celebration at Henricus Historical Park, Chester, will feature costumed historians and military tactics demonstrations from the 16th and 17th centuries. A collection of armor, navigational tools and weapons will be on display. The hours of the May 29 event are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free for all military with ID, first responders and park members. The cost for other guests is $9 for adults and $7 for children ages 3-12. The park is located at 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. For other details, visit henricus.org.
Commonwealth Memorial Day Ceremony | May 31
Featuring remarks by Gov. Ralph Northam and conducted on the grounds of the solemn and picturesque Virginia War Memorial, the commonwealth’s annual Memorial Day ceremony is set for May 31 at 11 a.m. In-person attendance is being allowed this year, however, guests who have not been fully vaccinated are expected to wear masks. Those attending should plan to arrive no later than 10:45 a.m. The war memorial is located at 621 S. Belvidere Street, Richmond. The event also will be livestreamed on two Facebook pages – VirginiaVeterans and VirginiaWarMemorial.
Trivia Night | June 2
Show off your knowledge of pop culture, sports, military history and more at this weekly HideAway club event that’s open to all Fort Lee community members. The top-scoring team will claim an awesome door prize. The start time is 6:30 p.m. The HideAway club is located on 5th Street, adjacent to the Outdoor Recreation facility. For more info, call 804-734-1755.
Career Skills Program Seminar | June 3
Transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses are invited to the Career Skills Program Seminar scheduled for June 3, 10 a.m. - noon, in Room 125 at the Soldier Support Center. Participants will learn about area resources for improving job skills, and the event serves as a networking opportunity with representatives of technology enterprises and colleges. To register, visit firstname.lastname@example.org or call 757-550-1766.
Virginia International Tattoo | June 3-6
Featuring its usual lineup of precision drill teams, military bands, Celtic dancers and marching groups from the U.S. Armed Forces, the Virginia International Tattoo returns as an in-person event this year after being limited to livestream only in 2020. The event will be conducted at S.B. Ballard Stadium on the Old Dominion University Campus, 5115 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk. Ticket prices range from $20 - $55. The shows on Thursday thru Saturday start at 7:30 p.m., and the performance on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. For reservations, call the box office at 757-282-2822.
Basic Drawing Class | June 4
Drawing techniques for beginners will be presented in this Picture Perfect Frame Shop class set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Participants will use pencil and Conte crayons while learning to create strokes with value, gesture and perspective. The class fee is $35. All materials are provided. To register for the class, call 804-734-6137.
Women’s Self Defense Workshop | June 5
This is an empowering self-defense class covering basic defensive moves and safety awareness measures. The content is appropriate for teen girls, adults and maturing women. Participants 13 and older are welcome. No prior martial arts skills are needed. The class is set for 9-11 a.m. at the Ettrick Recreation Center, 20261 Woodpecker Road, South Chesterfield. The cost is $30 per person. To register, contact Tiffani Davis at 804-706-2596.
Cork and Canvas | June 5
Hosted by the Picture Perfect Frame Shop, Cork and Canvas is a recreational activity in which participants can enjoy a glass of wine and light hors d’oeuvres while creating a painting with step-by-step instructions from a trained artist. The cost is $40 per person. The event runs from 4-7 p.m. Signup is required as seating is limited. To register, call 804-734-6137.
Symphony in the Park | June 5
A Richmond Symphony Performance is set for June 5, 8-9 p.m., at the Heritage Amphitheater, Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield. Admission is free, but there is a $10 parking fee. Those wishing to attend the event must request a ticket through the richmondsymphony.com website.
Newcomers Orientation | June 7
Service members, civilian employees and their spouses are invited to this monthly briefing in the Soldier Support Center auditorium, starting at 2 p.m. Participants will learn about various installation activities including the Exchange, Child and Youth Services, Safety, Housing, FMWR and others. COVID-19 safety protocols are expected to be followed by all participants. For further info, call 804-454-5719.
Virtual Job Fair | June 9
The next Military Hire/JobZone Virtual Job Fair – set for June 9, 2-5 p.m. – will be specifically focused on defense industry and contracting positions. Companies scheduled to participate are associated with airline operations, ground defense, shipbuilding, technology research and development, logistics engineering, and much more. All transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses are welcome to participate. Pre-registration is required at www.jobzoneonline.com.
Free Family Drive-in Movie | June 11
Load up the car with family and friends, and head on over to the Army Logistics University parking lot for this nostalgically fun movie-watching experience. The evening’s featured film is “The Call of the Wild,” starring Harrison Ford. The sound will be broadcasted over FM radio. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. The movie starts at 8:45 p.m. For additional details, call 804-734-7195.
Prince George Farmers’ Market | June 12
The biweekly Prince George Farmers’ Market features produce, meat and dairy items from the local area. Vendors also offer handcrafted jewelry, apparel, pottery, home decorative items and much more. The next event is scheduled for June 12, 8 a.m. - noon. It is held at Scott Park Pavilion, 6380 Scott Memorial Park Road, Prince George.
Cars and Corks | June 12
Maymont Mansion in Richmond is hosting a community party with cool and classic cars, live music, tasty beverages, food trucks and tons of other fun for families. The event takes place from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The rain date is June 13. General admission tickets are $10, or $5 for children ages 3-12. All proceeds benefit the Maymont historical area. For more information, visit www.Maymont.org.
Cornhole Tournament | June 12
Prizes are awarded to the top two teams at this HideAway club event that takes place on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Team signup starts at 4 p.m., and the tournament starts at 4:30 p.m. Participation is free. Beverages are available for purchase from the club. For further details, call 804-734-1755.
Motorcycle Rider Course | June 14
Class slots are still available for the next Military Sport-bike Rider Course set for June 14, 8 a.m., at the Motorcycle Training Area on the corner of Mahone and A avenues. This course is a mandatory requirement for service members who ride a sport bike. Focus areas include crash avoidance skills and techniques for negotiating off-road terrain. Registration must be completed online at imc.army.mil/airs/default.aspx.
Nine and Wine | June 14
This special event for ladies will feature nine holes of golf followed by wine, finger sandwiches and friendly conversation in the clubhouse. All skill levels are welcome. The cost is $20 per person, which includes golf and cart fees, food and a glass of wine. Paid registration is required two days before each event. Call 804-734-2899.
Introduction to Digital Photography | June 16
Learn how to use lighting, composition and your camera’s settings to achieve high-quality digital photos, even on your smartphone. The class is scheduled for 10 a.m. - noon at the Ettrick Recreation Center, 20261 Woodpecker Road, South Chesterfied. This is a free course. To register, contact Tiffani Davis at 804-706-2596.
Kayaking on the Appomattox | June 16
Outdoor Recreation is offering kayaking excursions on the Appomattox River biweekly throughout the summer. The launch point is Roslyn Landing in Colonial Heights. All equipment and a trip map is provided. The cost is $25 per person. The start time is 5:45 p.m. Registration is required at least two day before each event. For more information and signup, call 804-765-2212.
Painting on Glass | June 17
Participants of this Picture Perfect Frame Shop-hosted class, set for 6:30-8:30 p.m., will hand paint a wine glass with step-by-step instructions from a skilled artist. The cost is $35 per person. The glass and art supplies are provided. Preregistration is required. Call 804-734-6137.
Still Life Painting | June 18
During this 5:30-7:30 p.m. class, participants will use acrylic paint to create a still-life drawing with step-by-step instruction from the creative team at the Picture Perfect Frame Shop, building 9024, Battle Drive. The class fee is $35 and signup is required. Call 804-734-6137.
Women Veterans Summit | June 23-24
All female Soldiers past and present are invited to participate in the 2021 Virtual Virginia Women Veterans Summit set for June 23-24. It will feature a series of presentations and panel discussions on topics such as career strategies, entrepreneurship, financial security, and personal health and wellness. There is no cost to participate. Pre-event registration is underway at host.regform.com/virginiawomenveteranssummit.