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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.

Flowers After 5 | Every Thursday in July

Guests can enjoy live music, food, drinks and a relaxing stroll through the stunning flower and greenery displays at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden every Thursday from 5-9 p.m. Tickets must be purchased online at lewisginter.org, and only limited numbers per time slot will be sold. The event is rain or shine; no refunds. The admission cost is $14 for adults, $11 for age 65 and over, and $8 for ages 3-12. Discounts are available for military ID cardholders. Guests are invited to bring blankets or chairs for seating. The park is located at 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond.

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Hill of Heroes | Ongoing thru July 9

An exhibit of 12,000 American flags is on display at the Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere St., Richmond. This annual presentation honors the men and women from the commonwealth who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation from World War II to present day. The names of those individuals are inscribed on the walls of the memorial’s Shrine of Memory. Admission to the memorial is free. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday thru Saturday, and noon-4 p.m., Sunday. For other details, visit vawarmemorial.org.

‘Quilts from the Past’ Exhibit | Ongoing thru December

A new exhibit titled “Quilts from the Past: Memories and Traditions” has opened at the Chesterfield County Museum. Pieces in the collection date back to the 1850s. The range of artistry includes the African-American patchwork quilt, depictions of life during the Civil War era and a 1938 signature quilt that raised funds for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. The museum is located at 6813 Mimms Loop on the historic Courthouse Green. The hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday thru Friday, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday.  For further details, visit www.chesterfieldhistory.com.

Basic Drawing Class | July 3

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.

Cork and Canvas | July 3

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.

Fort Lee Independence Celebration | July 3

This special event for DOD ID cardholders only will be held at Williams Stadium from 5-10 p.m. The evening will feature music, a food court area and a spectacular fireworks show starting at approximately 9:30 p.m. Personal pyrotechnics, tailgating, glass bottles, smoking, backpacks, coolers and pets are not permitted in the event area. Plastic and mesh see-thru bags are allowed. For updates, follow the FortLeeFMWR Facebook page.

Festival de Musica | July 3

Celebrate the Latin American and Hispanic cultures at the Festival de Musica taking place from 4-8 p.m. at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield. Admission is free. The event will showcase music by Kadencia and the Spanglish Latin American Band. There will be Semilla Cultural and Cuban Salsa dance classes. Food trucks and vendors will be on-site selling refreshments and memorabilia. Gates open at 3 p.m. Guests may bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. For more information, call 804-768-7904.

Pamplin Park Celebration | July 4

Visitors can join in the fun of 19th century games, take a tour of the Breakthrough Battlefield, and learn snippets of history from living historians portraying George Washington and an American Doughboy from World War I during Pamplin Historical Park’s Independence Day celebration on July 4 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The park – located at 612 Boydton Plank Rd., Petersburg – also features the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier. For more info, visit pamplinpark.org.

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Liberty Celebration in Yorktown | July 4

This annual event at the American Revolution Museum will feature reenactments by costumed historians, artillery and flintlock musket firing demonstrations, patriotic music from the Fifes and Drums of York Town, and more. Restaurants, shops and the Yorktown beach are within walking distance of the historic area. The main events are scheduled from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Museum admission is $16 for adults; $8 for youth ages 6-12; and free for age 5 and younger. For further information, visit www.historyisfun.org/yorktown-victory-center/liberty-celebration.

Stress Management Class | July 6

Presented by the ACS Family Advocacy Program, this one-hour session introduces participants to some of the main causes of stress in people’s lives and how to reduce the effects over time. The free class starts at noon in the ACS facility on Mahone Avenue. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch. For further info and signup, call 804-734-6381.

Biking in Park | July 7

Starting at 5 p.m., this self-guided mountain bike tour through Battlefield Park features awesome scenery and occasional glimpses of wildlife while serving as a low-stress physical fitness activity at the same time. Bikes and helmets are provided, but participants need to bring their own water. The age limit is 14 and older. Cost is $20 per person, and it is recommended to sign up in advance. For further details, call 804-765-2212.

New Parent Class | July 7

“What to Expect Now That You’re Expecting” is a free class presented by the Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program in building 1231, Mahone Avenue. The session, starting at 1 p.m., will cover body changes during pregnancy, financial considerations, labor and delivery, what dads need to know to support mom, and more. To register for the class, call 804-734-6381.

Trivia Night | July 7

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.

‘Cultures Clash’ Adult Program at Henricus | July 10

Visitors will be taken on a guided tour of Henricus Historical Park to discover how the English settlers coexisted and occasionally clashed with their Powhatan neighbors during the early days of the Virginia Colony. The event is set for 10 a.m. - noon. Registration is required by July 9. The cost is $14. The park is located at 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. For signup and further details, visit henricus.org.

Cornhole Tournament | July 10

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.

‘Pocahontas Premier’ Music Event | July 10

The next outdoor Heritage Amphitheater performance at Pocahontas State Park will feature Sweet Justice, a Richmond-area band that performs classic rock tunes from the ‘70s and ‘80s (sweetjusticemusic.com). Gates open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $10, and there is a parking fee. Pocahontas is located at 10301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield. Tickets can be reserved online at www.myticketstobuy.com/event/1693. Community members can check out the huge assortment of Pocahontas summer activities by clicking here.

‘They’re Playing Our Song’ Auditions | July 11 and 22

The Theater Company at Fort Lee is conducting auditions on July 11 at 2 p.m., and July 22 at 7 p.m. Both will take place at the Lee Theater on Mahone Avenue. The auditions are for adult performers. Those trying out will be asked to sing a 32-bar musical theater selection of their choice. Bring sheet music for the theater group pianist. There also will be dance moves and readings from the script. Those interested should click here to reserve an audition slot. No performers are paid. Rehearsals begin in July for a Sept. 3-19 production run.

Newcomers Orientation | July 12

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.

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Nine and Wine at Cardinal Golf Club | July 12

This special event for ladies will feature nine holes of golf followed by wine, finger sandwiches and friendly conversation in the Cardinal clubhouse. All skill levels are welcome. The cost is $20 per person, which includes golf and cart fees, food and a glass of wine. The start time is 5 p.m. Paid registration is required two days before each event. Call 804-734-2899.

Motorcycle Rider Courses | July 14 and 20

Class slots are available for the next Experienced Rider and Military Sport-bike Rider courses set for July 14 and 20, respectively. The start time is 8 a.m. at the Motorcycle Training Area on the corner of Mahone and A avenues. These courses are a mandatory requirement for service members who ride motorcycles and/or a sport bike. Registration must be completed online at imc.army.mil/airs/default.aspx.

Credit Management Class | July 14

Learn how to establish and maintain good credit in addition to gaining an understanding of credit scores and reports at this Financial Readiness Program class conducted in the Army Community Service facility. The two-hour session begins at 11 a.m. Signup is free and open to all community members. Registration is required by the Tuesday before the class date. Call 804-734-6388.

Kayaking on the Appomattox | July 14

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.

‘Regal Eagle Craft Event’ for Kids | July 15

Children who will be in grades 1-3 next school year are invited to a “Regal Eagle” crafting event at the Magnolia Grange House Museum, 10020 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield. The activity starts at noon. Participants will construct a paper eagle in recognition of the majestic Federalist-Era symbol of the then newly formed government. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required and spaces are limited. For further info and signup, call 804-748-1498.

Painting on Glass | July 15

Participants of this Picture Perfect Frame Shop-hosted class, set for 6:30-8:30 p.m., will handpaint 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.

Third Thursday Street Festival | July 15

Live bands, food trucks, German-style “bier gartens,” kids’ activities and raffle prizes are among the featured offerings of Downtown Hampton Third Thursday Street Festivals that are being conducted monthly thru September. All community members are welcome. Admission is free. The festival takes place along E. Broadway Street in the heart of historic Hopewell. The hours are 5-8 p.m., but guests are welcome to stay and support the many local restaurants supporting the event. To learn more about other activities and attractions, visit hopewelldowntown.com.

Still Life Painting | July 16

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.

Prince George Farmers’ Market | July 17

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 July 17, 8 a.m. - noon. It is held at Scott Park Pavilion, 6380 Scott Memorial Park Road, Prince George.

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Country and Western Night | July 17

Community members are invited to dress up in their best western-wear and head over to the HideAway Club for an evening of music, specialty drinks, karaoke and giveaways. Admission is free. The party starts at 8 p.m., but the doors are open at 6 p.m. For more info, call 804-734-1755.

Bluegrass Jamboree | July 17

This outdoor concert will feature Josh Grigsby and County Line. Admission is free and guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs for seating. Saucy’s BBQ, an event sponsor, will have food and beverages available for purchase. The show is set for 4-6 p.m. with an open bluegrass jam afterward. Additional events are set for Aug. 21, Sept. 25, Oct. 9 and Nov. 6. The event site is at 207 East City Point Rd., Hopewell.

Couples Communication Workshop | July 20

At this one-hour class, couples will learn to speak clearly and constructively, and listen attentively, enabling them to transform conflict into collaboration. The Couples Communication Workshop starts at 1 p.m. and is presented by the Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program. There is no cost to participate, however, preregistration is required. Call 804-734-6381.

Decorative Painting on Wood | July 23

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.