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Kyla Falkenstein, a student at King George High School, has been selected as the National Youth Delegate to the 2022 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment.

Falkenstein joins a select group of 100 students from across the country to participate in an intensive week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. Falkenstein was chosen on the basis of his academic achievements and his demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in science and conservation studies.

The week-long program will be held at George Mason University, June 26-July 1. For more information, visit


Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold its 2022 Household Tree and Shrub Identification Series on Thursdays, April 28 through June 2, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The first class will be held at the Virginia Cooperative Extension Stafford County Office, 1739 Richmond Highway. The following classes will be held outdoors at the University of Mary Washington and Cossey Botanical Park.

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Learn the methods needed to identify trees and shrubs in the Fredericksburg area. Anyone interested in identifying woody ornamentals is encouraged to participate. The series is open to the public, but space is limited.

The cost is $85 and the deadline to register is April 26.

For more information, contact Guy Mussey at 540/658-8000 or [email protected]; or Lisa Ellis at 540/658-8000 or [email protected]

If you are a person with a disability and would like assistance or accommodations, notify Guy Mussey at 540/658-8000/TDD, during business hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to discuss the accommodation five days before an event. The TTY number is 800.828.1120.


The Rappahannock Choral Society meets Monday evenings at the Zoan Baptist Church, 5888 Plank Road. Interested singers and former members should plan to attend Monday’s rehearsal, beginning at 6:30 p.m., to register, pay dues and receive music.

The band will begin preparing for the spring concert, “Yesterday: The Music That Brings Us Back…”. For more information, visit Email [email protected] or call the RCS office at 540/412-6152 for audition information.

The Spotsylvanians Chorus will hold public rehearsals Monday, March 21, 7-9 p.m., at the Marshall Center, 8800 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania.

Current protocols require vaccinated singers to mask up indoors. For more information, email [email protected] or visit

The Voices, a small choir directed by Mandy Carr, recruits high-pitched voices. No hearing is necessary.

Rehearsals are held twice a month on Tuesday evenings and include stage presence techniques as well as vocal training skills. The Voices performs at venues in the area with music from the 40s to the 80s; think poodle skirts, love beads and flip flops.

The band’s first rehearsal will be Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Methodist Church, 2208 Lafayette Blvd. Contact Denise Luck at [email protected] if you are interested in joining.


Joe Eveler has been named Artistic Director of the Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg, beginning with their upcoming spring concert. Eveler served as interim director for all of 2021.

“Joe has been a dedicated member of the Chamber Chorale since 2003, and we are delighted that he has agreed to take on this position on a permanent basis. He has a great relationship with the group and has put together an exciting schedule for the spring concert that we know everyone will enjoy,” said Jim Corrow, President of the Chamber Chorale.

Details and links to concert times can be found online at


Fredericksburg seniors will be heading to the Hollywood Casino, Charlestown, W.Va., on March 24. Boarding at 8 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. The price is $55 per person, including the driver’s tip. Call Judy Mitchell at 540/371-2987 for more information.

Seniors will catch an afternoon performance of “Camelot” on April 27 and “Nunsense,” featuring Sally Struthers, on May 25. To enter, call Betty Lee at 540/786-2650 for more information.

The seniors will travel to the Norfolk International Tattoo on May 1. Tickets are $129 each and include dinner. Call Nancy for more information at 540/845-8391.

The travel desk at 408 Canal Street is open Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to register for trips, pay dues, get information or shop at the thrift store; the phone number is 540/371-2429.


The Big Oink piggy bank design contest, sponsored by the Chancellor Lions Club Charities and Carter Bank and Trust, is open to children from kindergarten through 12th grade. It aims to help students learn money management and to promote savings and creativity. This year there is also a division open to adults to express their creativity, although the focus remains on educating students.

Students create their own piggy bank in any design or shape. Banks can be made of any material, including coffee cans, milk cartons, Lego, wood, or paper, but they should be no larger than 12 x 12 x 12 inches.

Banks can be dropped off at the Spotsylvania Towne Center information booth April 1-8 or brought to the food court April 9 between 10 a.m. and noon.

The winning banks for each age group will receive $40. Second place will receive $30 and third place will receive $25. If winners open a savings account with Carter Bank and Trust within 30 days of winning, the Chancellor Lions Club will double the prize.

All banks must be picked up April 10, 4-6 p.m.

Event flyers are available at the mall information booth or on


Rappahannock United Way will be hosting a series of free virtual workshops for juniors, seniors and recent high school graduates. “Prosper Students” will offer sessions from March 28 to April 1, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Topics covered include job interview basics, budgeting, credit essentials, saving, buying a vehicle and renting an apartment.

For more information or to register, visit


FailSafe-ERA will hold its Mulligans for Kids Second Chance Golf Tournament to help children affected by the incarceration of a parent. Critical early intervention can give these children a chance to thrive and break the cycle of incarceration. Your support gives those who need a mulligan—a second chance at life.

The tournament will take place at Fredericksburg Country Club on May 13.

Many contribution opportunities are available. Foursomes, sponsorships, gift cards or giveaways are some of the ways the community can get involved. Visit to register or for more information.


“The American Red Cross is about people supporting each other through difficult and devastating times,” said community volunteer leader Shirley Grant.

This tradition began nearly 80 years ago when President Franklin Roosevelt issued the first national proclamation of Red Cross Month, and every president has followed since. The work of the Red Cross is fueled by volunteers, as well as generous financial and blood donors, community partners and people trained in essential health and safety skills.

When a person is in need, the Red Cross must be ready to intervene; we need you to continue the mission. Visit to get involved.

The American Red Cross Rappahannock Chapter expresses its gratitude for the generous support of the community. Without you, families might not have a warm blanket when a house fire leaves them out in the cold, hospital patients might not have the blood products they need after an emergency, and people struggling to coping with a crisis might not have someone to help them through the heartache.

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