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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.  Community groups seeking volunteer support from Fort Lee can submit a request to susan.n.garling.civ@mail.mil.

African-American Cultural Heritage Exhibits | All Month

During this annual program, visitors to Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown can explore gallery exhibits, films and educational programs recounting the experiences of Africans and African-Americans in colonial times. On Feb. 26, Jamestown Settlement will present “After Angelo,” a heritage day filled with art, performances and historical presentations. Additional information about both sites, including ticket costs and location, is available at https://jyfmuseums.org.

Bonsai Exhibit | All Month

Explore the art of Bonsai tree sculpting at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond. The special exhibit includes yamadori, which are trees collected from the wild, and urbandon, city-grown greenery. Many of the exhibited trees have been sculpted for more than 30 years and are over a century old. This display is in addition to Lewis Ginter’s vast indoor and outdoor garden exhibits. Further info is available at lewisginter.org.

Dinner and Discipleship | Feb. 2

Dinner and Discipleship gatherings at Memorial Chapel take place each Wednesday. The evenings include a free catered meal followed by small group classes focused on a wide range of topics including Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, marriage care, a Great Truths of the Bible study and much more. Free childcare is provided. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. For further information and class signup, call 804-734-6483.

The Four Chaplains | Feb. 3

During this online-only event, the Virginia War Memorial presents the story of the four chaplains who gave up their life vests to save others aboard a sinking transport ship in 1944. Witnesses say the four men linked arms and prayed as the transport slipped below the waves. While the presentation is free, those interested in watching are encouraged to sign up in advance at us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_i5Yg5AcrR6mu3lzKIzVyJQ. The program starts at 2 p.m.

Learn Line Dancing | Feb. 4

Instructor Heidi Orland Vaughan will walk participants through the fun and easy basics of line dancing during this Feb. 4 class starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Ettrick Recreation Center, 20261 Woodpecker Road, South Chesterfield. Both ballroom and country line dancing is covered, and all are welcome, from beginner to skilled. The cost is $30 and advanced registration is requested. For info and signup, contact Tiffany Davis at 804-706-2596 or Tif@chesterfield.gov.

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‘Diary of Anne Frank’ | Feb. 4-20

The Theater Company at Fort Lee presents “The Diary of Anne Frank” over three weekends in February at the Lee Theater. The shows are set for Feb. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m., and Feb. 6, 13 and 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for youths. All shows are open to the public. The Lee Theater is in building 4300 on Mahone Avenue. For further details and reservations, call 804-734-6629.

Haunts of Richmond Ghost Tours | Feb. 4, 18

Guests will ascend Richmond’s picturesque Capitol Hill while a guide shares several of the areas best-known ghost stories including the haunting of the executive mansion, the Great Theatre Fire, spirits of the state capitol and more. The 90-minute program starts at 7 p.m. Additional tours are scheduled each month through November. For other details and required pre-paid reservations, visit www.hauntsofrichmond.com.

Point of Rocks Exhibit | Feb. 5

An exhibit titled “Historic Point of Rocks” opens Feb. 5 at the Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield Courthouse Green. The exhibit consists of photos and artifacts from the area near Enon where a Union field hospital capable of supporting 3,000 troops at a time was established. Guests will learn about the visit of Abraham Lincoln and the work of Clara Barton and other nurses. The museum is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday thru Friday, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 804-796-7121.

Newcomers Orientation | Feb. 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. All participants are required to follow COVID-19 safety protocols. For further info, call 804-734-6388.

Co-Parenting: Two Parents, Two Homes | Feb. 7

For separated parents, raising a child amicably can be challenging. This class, starting at 6 p.m. in the Army Community Service center, building 9023, will help participants focus on the responsibilities of parenting and recognize the pitfalls of putting children in the middle of conflicts. Registration is required for this free program. Call 804-734-6381.

Baby Basics for New Dads | Feb. 9

This informative class for expectant and new fathers begins at 9 a.m. in the Army Community Service facility on Mahone Avenue. Participants will learn the basics of infant development, baby safety and available community resources. It’s a great opportunity to network with other new dads in the community. Registration is required. Call 804-734-6381.

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Virtual Field Trip to Army Museum | Feb. 9, 16, 23

During this free virtual field trip, historians from the National Museum of the U.S. Army will talk about the commitment, challenges and sacrifices of the Buffalo soldier from 1866-1916. Generations of African-Americans fought for the protection of the U.S., but it would not be until the Civil War they would serve in an official capacity. Each program starts at 10 a.m. Register at tickets.thenmusa.org/SelectDate.aspx?TrackingType=Customer&ActivityID=20201120.

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ | Feb. 11-12, 18-19

The Broken Leg Theater group at the Perkinson Center for Arts and Education will present William Shakespeare’s beloved comedy that includes magic, fairies and a love potion gone wild.  All shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $8-$20. The newly built Perkinson Center is located at 11810 Centre Street, Chester. For additional information and reservations, visit perkinsoncenter.org.

Rescheduled Running Clinic | Feb. 12

A certified fitness instructor will share her knowledge of running techniques – including improved performance and injury avoidance – during a special presentation now set for Feb. 12, 9-11 a.m., at MacLaughlin Fitness Center. Participants should wear running gear so they can take part in the practice drills planned for the session. The cost is $35 per person, and individuals must register prior to the day of the event. For further details, call 804-765-3070.

Artifacts Roadshow | Feb. 12

Community members can bring military-related items to the Virginia War Memorial, Feb. 12, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., for a free review by Curator Jesse Smith and other experts. They will offer insights about objects and preservation tips, but they cannot provide monetary value estimates. There is no admission charge. The memorial is located at 621 South Belvidere Street, Richmond. In addition to the Roadshow, the VWM will present its annual used military book sale that day from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more info, visit www.vawarmemorial.org or call 804-796-2020.

Valentine Tea & Devine Program | Feb. 12

Pamplin Historical Park’s annual Valentine Tea & Devine Program is set for Feb. 12, 2-4 p.m. Reservations must be made by Feb. 9. The program features living historians in period dress sharing proper 19th century etiquette while serving gourmet tea and tasty treats. Guests also will learn about the art of divining or fortune telling, which assisted Victorians in selecting a suitable spouse. The event will be held at the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg. Tickets are $30. For info or reservations, call 804-861-2408.

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8th Annual Fredericksburg Kids Expo | Feb. 12-13

Promising fun for the whole family, the Fredericksburg Kids Expo features a musical petting zoo, inflatables, a giant corn maze, LEGO displays, pony rides, model trains and so much more. Celebrity stunt dog trainers Chrissy Joy and Joy Crew also will be presenting daily shows. The expo will be open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days. Tickets are $5-$10 in advance or $5-$12 at the door. The Expo and Conference Center is located at 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg. For additional info, visit www.fredericksburgkidexpo.com.

Theater Auditions | Feb. 13, 15

The Lee Playhouse theater group will conduct auditions for its May production “Kiss Me Kate” Feb. 13 and 17 at 7 p.m. in the Lee Theater. Adult performers are needed for a variety of supportive and ensemble roles. Those auditioning should prepare a 32-bar musical theater presentation. Please bring sheet music (accompanist provided) and be dressed for dance movement. No performers are paid and rehearsals will begin in early March. For other details, email info@leeplayhouse.com or call 804-734-6629.

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony | Feb. 13

Classic Warner Bros. cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and other well-known Looney Tune characters will be projected on a giant screen as the Richmond Symphony Orchestra performs accompanying music. Showtime is 3 p.m. It will be presented at the Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel Street, Richmond. Ticket prices vary by seat location. For additional details and reservations, visit www.richmondsymphony.com/event/bugs-bunny-at-the-symphony.

Anger Management Class | Feb. 15

Presented by the ACS Family Advocacy Program, this one-hour session breaks down the process in which we allow ourselves to get angry, and teaches techniques to intercept the emotion before it becomes and impulsive behavior with irreversible consequences. The free class starts at 10 a.m. in the ACS facility on Mahone Avenue. For further info and signup, call 804-734-6381.

Tax Refund Tips | Feb. 16

Helpful tips for maximizing 2020 tax refunds will be shared at this Financial Readiness Program class to be held at 11 a.m., Feb. 16, in the main ACS facility on Mahone Avenue. The session will be focused on wise investing for yourself and your future. All FRP training sessions are free and open to the entire community. The registration deadline is the Tuesday before each class date. For signup, call 804-765-3800.

Military Homebuyers Workshop | Feb. 17

Hosted by the Fort Lee Housing Office, this workshop for military homebuyers will be held Feb. 17, 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.

PGCPS Teacher Job Fair | Feb. 18-19

The Prince George County Public School District is conducting its annual Teacher Job Fair Feb. 18, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Feb 19, 10 a.m. - noon. The event will take place at the PG School Board Office, 6410 Courts Drive, Prince George. The district is seeking talented instructors to support the educational and socio-emotional needs of children in the community. They include military kids residing on Fort Lee. Positions are available in general and special education. Many positions include early sign-on bonuses. For signup, visit www.pgs.k12.va.us/jobfairs.

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Walking Town Hall | Feb. 22

Residents of Fort Lee’s Madison Park housing area will have an opportunity to speak with senior leaders and representatives of community support agencies – including Kenner Army Health Clinic and Hunt Military Communities – during the installation’s second “Walking Town Hall.” The event is set for Feb. 22 from 4-6 p.m. Military families in the area are welcome to come out and ask questions, gather info or voice concerns. Updates about the event will be posted to the ArmyFortLee Facebook page.

Thrift Savings Plan Seminar | Feb. 24

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 two-hour class that starts at 11 a.m. 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.

Cooking with Herbs | Feb. 24

Do you know your turmeric from thyme or your parsley from paprika? When do you use them and in what amount? You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to conquer the herb game. Master Gardner Janice Beatty will explain the uses of fresh herbs to dress up a dish and add valuable nutrients and antioxidants. This free class will be presented Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. - noon at the Ettrick Recreation Center, 20261 Woodpecker Road, South Chesterfield. For signup, call Tiffany Davis at 804-706-2596.

Yorktown Winter Market | Feb. 26

Gourmet chocolates and baked goods, framed art, and homemade crafts and jewelry are just some of the items visiting community members will find at the Yorktown Winter Market set for Feb. 26, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The market is held along Riverwalk Landing, which parallels the picturesque Yorktown River. Admission is free. Click here for additional information.

Hands-Only CPR Training | Feb. 28

During this free class, Kimberly Rideout from Chesterfield Fire and Emergency Services will walk participants through the steps of hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. The American Heart Association estimates 475,000 people die each year in the U.S. from cardiac arrest. Many lives could be saved by knowing the steps for CPR. The class will be conducted at the Ettrick Recreation Center, 20261 Woodpecker Road, South Chesterfield. For signup, call 804-706-2596.