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.
Prince George Farmers’ Market | Oct. 2
The weekly 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 event takes place from 8 a.m. - noon at Scott Park Pavilion, 6380 Scott Memorial Park Road, Prince George.
Co-Parenting: Two Parents, Two Homes | Oct. 2
For separated parents, raising a child amicably can be challenging. This class, held from 1-2 p.m., at the Army Community Service center, Bldg. 9023, will help participants focus on the responsibilities of parenting and the pitfalls of putting children in the middle of conflicts. Registration is required for this free program. Call 804-734-6381.
Fall Plant Sale and Clinic | Oct. 2
The Prince George Master Gardeners group presents its annual Fall Plant Sale and Clinic on Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at the Regional Heritage Center Parking Lot, 6406 Courthouse Road. The selection of greenery will include perennials, natives, shrubs, trees, houseplants, herbs and more. Experts will be on-site to answer your gardening questions. Admission is free. For further info, visit www.pgmga.org.
African-American School Open House | Oct. 2
Free tours of the Pleasant View African-American Schoolhouse in Chesterfield County are available on Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The structure was built in 1930 and it served as a schoolhouse until 1947. It was designated as a historic landmark in 2017. This open house is in conjunction with Eppington Heritage Day. The school is located at 18431 River Road, Chesterfield. Parking is available on site. For further details, call 804-751-4946.
Newcomers Orientation | Oct. 4
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. All participants are required to follow COVID-19 safety protocols. For further info, call 804-454-5719.
Money on the Move Class | Oct. 5
The Army Community Service Financial Readiness Program hosts this free in-person training session every first Tuesday of the month from 9-11 a.m. in Room 125 of the Soldier Support Center. Topics include financial entitlements and major costs associated with PCS moves. Seats in each class are limited, so pre-registration is advised. This training is mandatory for E-4 and below and O-2 and below. For more information and signup, call 804-765-3800.
Stress Management Class | Oct. 5
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.
Fire Prevention Week Displays | Oct. 6-8
In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, the Fort Lee Fire Department will provide safety and home protection information at three locations – the Main PX on Oct. 6, the PXtra on Oct. 7 and the commissary on Oct. 8 – from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. each day. The theme of this year’s observance is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,” an intentional focus on the lifesaving importance of smoke alarms in homes. Additional info is available at www.army.mil/article/250677.
Dinner and Discipleship | Oct. 6
The fall session of Dinner and Discipleship at Memorial Chapel continues each Wednesday evening through Dec. 8. The range of class topics includes Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, marriage care, a Great Truths of the Bible study and much more. The evening starts with a free dinner served at 5:30 p.m. Families are welcome. For further information and class signup, call 804-734-6494.
Career Training | Oct. 7
“Interview Techniques” and “Salary Negotiations” are the topics of back-to-back classes that will be presented in the Soldier Support Center, Room 124. All transitioning service members, military spouses, veterans and government civilians are welcome to attend. For registration and further info, call 804-734-6612.
Career Skills Program Seminar | Oct. 7
Transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses are invited to the Career Skills Program Seminar scheduled for Oct. 7, 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 email@example.com or call 757-550-1766.
Glow Run | Oct. 7
All Fort Lee community members are welcome to take part in a 5K Glow Run set for Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. on the Ordnance Campus. The Marine Detachment - Fort Lee Birthday Ball committee is organizing the event, and all proceeds will go to that celebration. Hydration stations will be set up along the run route. The entry fee is $15 for adults and $10 for children, which includes an event T-shirt and glow accessories. Preregistration is required as their will be no on-site signup. For further info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Play Paintball | Oct. 9
Authorized Family and MWR patrons are invited to this special 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. event to be held at the Paintball Range adjacent to the Outdoor Recreation Center, building 15014, 5th Street. Players must be 13 years of age or older and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The rental cost is $40, which includes a marker, air, facemask and 500 paintballs. A similar event is set for Oct. 23. For more information, call 804-765-2212.
Hunt or Be Hunted Night | Oct. 9
The HideAway club extends an invitation to all community members for its Hunt or Be Hunted Night. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the party begins at 8 p.m. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes appropriate for the occasion. The evening will feature karaoke, drink specials and other fun activities. Admission is free. Guests are expected to follow COVID-19 safety protocols. For additional details, call 804-734-1755.
Fabulous Evening of Marching Bands | Oct. 12
Ten marching bands from Chesterfield high schools will perform at Meadowbrook High School, 4901 Cogbill Road. The first performance starts at 6:50 p.m. with a new band taking the field every 15 minutes through 9 p.m. Guests will experience the bold sounds and precision moves of talented band students and the beautifully choreographed moves of their accompanying color guards. Admission is free. This is the alternate rain date of an event previously scheduled for Oct. 5.
Daddy Boot Camp | Oct. 13
A free “Daddy Boot Camp” class for expectant and new fathers is set for Oct. 13, 10-11 a.m., at the Army Community Service facility on Mahone Avenue. Participants will learn the basics of infant development, baby safety and available community resources. Registration is required. Call 804-734-6381.
Thrift Savings Plan Seminar | Oct. 14
Learn detailed information about TSP, the Defense Department’s premier retirement savings program, at this monthly presentation in the Fort Lee Army Community Service facility. The class is free and open to everyone in the community. Individuals are asked to register by the Tuesday before the scheduled class date. For signup, call 804-734-3800.
Master Gardner Seminar | Oct. 14
An expert from the Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department will speak on the topic of “soil and water in sustainable landscaping” during a special presentation at Ettrick Recreation Center, 20261 Woodpecker Road, South Chesterfield. The free seminar is set for Oct. 14, 11 a.m. - noon. For signup, contact Tiffani Davis at 804-706-2596 or DavisTif@chesterfield.gov.
Owl Prowl | Oct. 15
A free nature tour at Petersburg National Battlefield Park is set for Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Biologist Tim Blumenschine will lead the 90-minute driving excursion with frequent stops to look and listen for the park’s awe-inspiring nighttime predators. All ages are welcome; however, space is limited and reservations are required. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and a flashlight. To reserve a spot, send an email to email@example.com or call 804-732-3531 ext. 200.
Fort Lee Oktoberfest | Oct. 16
Family and MWR’s most-popular fall celebration, Oktoberfest, is coming back with all of its traditional offerings – German beer, food and music by the Original Elbe-Musikanten Band. The event is set for Oct. 16, 5-9 p.m., in the Lee Club. Participation is limited to age 21 and older, and all community members are invited. Tickets can be purchased for $8 in advance (before Oct. 13) or $10 at the door. Food and beverages are not included in the admission cost. Tickets are available at the Leisure Travel Office on Battle Drive (across from the Lee Club). A commemorative mug is available for purchase. For additional details, visit lee.armymwr.com/calendar/event/fort-lee-oktoberfest/5296472/62474.
‘Celebrating Captain Sally’ Presentation | Oct. 16
A historical talk about Civil War Nurse Sally Tompkins is set for Oct. 16, noon, at Magnolia Grange House Museum, 10020 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield. The guest presenter for the event is Debbie Phillips, a local historical interpreter who will perform a first-person portrayal of her subject. This is a free program and individuals interested in attending are asked to register at least one week in advance by calling 804-748-1498.
Couples Communication Workshop | Oct. 19
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.
Virtual CYS Recruitment Fair | Oct. 20
Child and Youth Services at Fort Lee is hiring program assistants. Information about the positions – including what’s being offered in the way of pay, benefits, and recruitment and retention bonuses – will be share at this virtual event. Additional information about the openings available and details for submitting required documents in advance can be found at the following link: lee.armymwr.com/calendar/event/cys-recruitment-fair/5293928/62335.
Right Arm Night | Oct. 20
The Overtime Sports Bar (downstairs level of Lee Club) is hosting the next quarterly event – Oct. 20, 5-7 p.m. – in which leaders can relax with their team members and build camaraderie through conversation and fun activities. Complimentary refreshments will be available. Right Arm Night is open to all ranks and services, military or civilian. For more information, call 804-734-7541.
Business Show and Job Fair | Oct. 22
Job seekers can network with business owners and learn about position openings in the local area during a Business Show and Job Fair set for Oct. 22, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Central Wellness Center, 11023 Prince George Drive, Disputanta. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place. Further information is available at www.princegeorgecountyva.gov/business/2021_business_show_and_job_fair.php.
Halloween Drive-in Movie | Oct. 23
Signup is underway for a free family drive-in movie event set for Oct. 23, 6 p.m., at Bensley Recreation Center, Drewry’s Bluff Road, North Chesterfield. Each participant will receive a Halloween-themed goodie bag with popcorn and spooky treats. Prizes will be awarded to the scariest decorated vehicle. Pre-registration is required and there is a 60-vehicle limit. For signup, contact Lauren Wood at 804-768-7904 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ghosts of Chesterfield | Oct. 26
Learn about the spirits and specters believed to haunt historic sites and properties in Chesterfield County during a special presentation on Oct. 26, 2 p.m., at Ettrick Recreation Center, 20262 Woodpecker Road. All ages are welcome. To sign up for this free program, contact Tiffani Davis at 804-706-2596 or DavisTif@chesterfield.gov.
Military Homebuyers Workshop | Oct. 28
Hosted by the Fort Lee Housing Office, this workshop for military homebuyers will be held Oct. 28, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., in the Soldier Support Center, Room 129. Participants will learn about financial considerations, the role of lenders, working with the real estate agent, the home inspection process, closing the sale and more. Required registration can be completed at www.virginiahousing.com/findaclass. For questions, call 804-765-3862.