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Diversions, week of March 16, 2017

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 9:40 am

Through March 27
The Ashland Beekeepers Association (ABA) is offering a four-session class: “A Beekeeper Introductory Short Course” running each Monday evening through March 27, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The short course will be held at Family Life Baptist Church, 206 S. Washington Highway, Ashland, VA 23005. For details, contact or call Ronnie at (804) 651-3504 and leave a message.

March 17-19
Find your Fabulous at the Southern Women’s Show. The Southern Women’s Show features one-of-a-kind shopping, fabulous fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, gourmet foods, health screenings, how-to workshops, makeovers, and celebrity guests.
Hours: March 17 – Friday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; March 18 – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; March  19 – Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special features: Food Lion Kitchen Stage featuring hourly cooking demonstrations. Meet Keegan Allen from Freeform’s hit show Pretty Little Liars Saturday, March 18. Runway Fashion Shows. Makeovers and gifts with purchase options. Teacher Appreciation Day is Sunday, March 19. Adults: $12 at the door; Youth (6-12) $6; Under 6 free with adult.

March 18
Hanover Airpark Business Association 5k Walk/Run will be held Saturday, March 18, at noon at the Center of the Universe Brewing Company (COTU), 11293 Air park Road, Ashland. Live music and food trucks will be waiting at the finish line.

Building Expo at the Atlee Branch Library Saturday, March 18, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Ages 4 and up. Build structure out of a variety of building materials at our engineering expo. Snacks provided by the Friends of the Atlee Library. Call (804) 559-0654 or visit the library at 9161 Atlee Road for more information.

All-you-can-eat Salt Fish Breakfast to include scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, spiced apples, biscuits, cornbread, coffee, and juice. Take-out plates will be available for purchase. The Doswell Ruritan Club is located at 16433 N. Washington Highway Saturday, March 18, from 6 to 9 a.m. The cost is $9 for adults; Children, ages 4 through 10 cost $4.

PHHS IB Art Show – Come see art produced and curated by Senior International Baccalaureate Students from Patrick Henry High School. All weekend! Hanover Arts & Activities Center, (804) 798-2728,

March 21
Computer Basics Class at the Ashland Branch Library Tuesday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. Covers beginning computer skills like finding out about the parts of a computer, learning how to use a mouse, beginning to explore and search the internet, and how to create and save documents with Microsoft Word 2010. Call (804) 798-4072 or visit the library to sign up for this class.

March 24
Game Show – Hanover Parks and Recreation (Therapeutic Recreation) Ages 14 and up. Good Answer! Good Answer!  Come on down to the incredibly fun Game Show night. We’ll try to capture the fun as seen on TV as we put on our own version of such shows as Family Feud, The Price is Right and more. Snacks will be served.  In home support personnel encouraged to attend program with participant at no cost.) $5 per participant. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Montpelier Community Center. Call (804)365-7150 or

March 25
BINGO – 7 p.m. (804) 883-7378, visit for details.

Hanover Master Gardeners: Small Scale Gardening at the Atlee Branch Library Saturday, March 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Hanover Master Gardeners will show you the basics of small scale gardening. See for more information. Call (804) 559-0654 or visit the library at 9161 Atlee Road for more information.

Pork BBQ Dinner with rolls, baked beans, slaw, baked apples, dessert, and beverages. Take-out plates will be available for purchase. The Doswell Ruritan Club is located at 16433 N. Washington Highway. Saturday, March 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children, ages 4 to 10.

March 27
Beaverdam Easter Sunrise Service – Easter Sunday the Beaverdam Ruritan Club offers an Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. under the Ruritan Pavilion at the Clubhouse located at 18002 Teman Road. Casual or Sunday Best, all are welcome – coffee, juice and donuts. Free – rain or shine.

Windemere Art Gallery is having an art show “Something About Spring” and Opening Reception April 1, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. featuring the Lee Artists Association. The gallery is located at 6162 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville. For additional information, call (804) 730-0384.

April 2, 3
James River Cellars April Fools Wine Festival– Taste wines from six wineries, listen to live music, visit with crafts vendors and check out our food vendors. Rain or shine, $. James River Cellars, noon to 5 p.m. (804) 550-7516.

April 8
Hanover AARP Chapter #5335 will be holding its fourth bi-annual Community Yard Sale at the corner of College Avenue and Route 1. The date is April 8th with a rain date of April 15, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Here are some of the ways their proceeds go back to the community: a $500 Scholarship to a Hanover County Senior, aiding in the support of ACES (Food Drive) along with the Hanover Christmas Mother’s program, appreciating Hanover’s Challenged Young Adults with a program especially designed for them and celebrating Veterans of the United States. Spaces are now available for a donation of $15 and these spaces disappear fairly quickly, so get in on the action and call Apphia Downing at (804) 798-1373 for an application before all spaces are taken.

April 9
Heritage Music Night– The West Hanover Band is coming out to entertain us! Donations
benefi t The Montpelier Center for Arts and Education, free. The Montpelier Center for Arts and Education, 6:45 to 9 p.m. (804) 883-7378,

Beaverdam Wine Festival– The Beaverdam Heritage Days Foundation and the Beaverdam Depot are sponsoring the fourth annual Beaverdam Wine Festival on April 9, at the fairgrounds of Pop’s Country Store Museum located at 19419 Beaverdam Road, Beaverdam. Numerous local wineries, several local bands and dozens of vendors. Don’t miss out on this great event. Gates open at 11a.m.

April 22
The Hanover Book Festival is back! To be held on April 22, at the Richmond Times-Dispatch Community Room, 8460 Times Dispatch Blvd., Mechanicsville. Authors! If you haven’t registered yet, do it soon; there are only 11 tables left! Go to for information and registration form. For anyone interested in writing, workshops will be offered. Info on the workshops and registration forms can be found on the website. This is a free event for readers to meet authors and discuss and purchase books.

April 23
Ashland Garden Club Tour– Developed by RF&P Railroad Company as a mineral springs resort, the town dates back to the late 1840s when it was called “Slash Cottage.” Ashland got its name in 1855, and was incorporated on Feb. 19, 1858. With the relocation of Randolph-Macon College to Ashland in 1868, the town evolved from a railroad resort to a small college town. This stroll through Ashland, lovingly nicknamed the Center of the Universe, will take you inside historic homes of varied architectural styles. Plan your visit to enjoy the tour, plus all that Ashland has to offer – restaurants, art, one-of-a-kind shops, The Ashland Museum and more. During the Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional info, send email to:
Historic Garden Week Luncheon – Ashland Garden Club hosts Historic Garden Week in Ashland with a luncheon at The Center and fl oral art by local artists. Hanover Arts & Activities Center, (804)798-2728,