Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm WMA

Please join us on Saturday, April 11, to welcome spring, celebrate nature close to home and view the fabulous Virginia Bluebells that carpet the Cedar Run shoreline for nearly a mile.

Meet local organizations and people who are working to improve our community. With some of the best Northern Virginia naturalists leading tours and activities, we’re looking forward to a special day at an outstanding natural area. Family-friendly and free of charge.

Saturday, April 4, 9am to noon. Meet at the Stone House, 15014 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville, directions. RSVP to, 703.490.5200.
Join us to wake up the garden for spring and get ready for the Bluebell Festival on April 11. What a lovely way to spend a morning! The Wildlife Garden is a great area to watch wildlife, learn about native plants and pollinators, and get ideas for your own backyard.
We need your help to keep nonnative plants in check to maintain high quality habitat for the birds, bees, and butterflies.

Join us to plant over 400 trees that are needed to address the loss of trees from deer browse. We will be planting trees that are tall enough to be above the deer browse line, giving the new plantings a higher survival success rate.

Garden tools like a garden spade, garden fork, and hand trowel are helpful. Bring work gloves, drinking water, a snack, and sunscreen. Wear sturdy shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting dirty. Dress for the weather. Trees and weed mats will be provided.

Saturday, March 28, from 9am to 1pm, at 5063 Davis Ford Road, park in the lot in front of the Police Station, directions. RSVP to, 703.490.5200.

On the last Sunday of every month at 8am (except December when we sponsor the Nokesville Christmas Bird Count) at Merrimac Farm, Stone House, 15014 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville, VA.

We’ll look for birds as we travel through the uplands to the edge of the floodplain, covering a variety of habitats, including open fields and woodland edges. Everyone is welcome.

Dress for the weather, bring binoculars and cameras. More info and RSVP (appreciated) to PWCA , 703.499.4954 or

Over the past few years, the Minnieville Buffer Project near K9 Gunner Memorial Dog Park has helped to transform an environmental problem into a beautiful area that showcases Virginia’s native plants.

However, invasive plants are trying to move into our buffer and we need help to eradicate them before they can take hold. Please join us to help ensure a beautiful, high quality area for people and wildlife.

Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and a hat to keep off the sun!

Saturday, April 25, 9am to noon, at the parking lot of K9 Gunner Memorial Dog Park, near the Intersection of Minnieville Road and Colby Drive, Woodbridge, directions. RSVP to, 703.490.5200.

Join us for activities during Lent.

Free event for kids ages 3-10 years in Woodbridge.  Bible story, Egg hunt, Crafts, and Snack are included.

Potomac Mills is excited to announce upcoming spring festivities including the arrival of the Easter Bunny on Friday, March 20. Families can make lasting memories by taking photos with the Bunny as part of the Simon Bunny Photo Experience.

Additional holiday events include a sensory-friendly morning with the beloved Caring Bunny on March 29 from 9:00am-10:30am and Pet Photos on April 5 from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Lake Ridge Chorale proudly presents Then and Now, a concert celebrating our 100th anniversary.

Featuring past favorites and new musical selections, including the the premier of “Out of the Silence” composed by Greg Gilpin for Lake Ridge Chorale.

Friday, March 13th, 2020 8 p.m.

Saint Matthew’s Lutheran Church 12351 All Saints Place

Lake Ridge, Virginia

The Concert is free. Donations and non-perishable food items will be collected for ACTS – HUGS – Kara Foundation

Center for the Arts to Host Free Artist Talk Featuring Dr. Yemonja Smalls on March 6

Exhibit Dates: February 7-March 27, 2020

Artist Talk: Friday, March 6, 6-7 PM
Book Reading & Signing: Saturday, March 14, 2-4 PM
(9419 Battle St, Manassas)

In celebration of our current exhibit, It’s Complicated by Dr. Yemonja Smalls, the Center for the Arts will host a free artist talk on Friday, March 6, 6-7 PM in the Caton Merchant Gallery.

It’s Complicated…An Investigation into the Complexities of Relationships
When used to define the relationship, the uttered words, “it’s complicated” suggest hidden or unexplained snags, trickiness or entanglement that blur the beauty of the bond. In her first east coast solo show, Yemonja selects and assembles mixed media to convey the complexities that color relationships. In this investigative show, she explores both a metaphorical and literal process of breaking, tearing, hiding, layering and cementing to yield insight into what creates and maintains unions.
Through deconstructed and re-assembled materials, Yemonja presents multifaceted layers of said connections with precision. The chemistry of colors combined are held together, and even in fracture, everything remains whole. She presents reflections of life/death, self-love, soul-ties, and work-life balance, to name a few, for viewer dialogue.

About the Artist:
Dr. Yemonja Smalls is an artist with very little formal artistic training. Originally from Hershey, PA, but a recent Chicago, IL to Baltimore, MD transplant, she works in the Maryland Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Administration.

Yemonja completed her pre-doctoral internship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and received her doctorate from Louisiana State University in clinical psychology. She is expanding her clinical skills with a master’s degree in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has interned at sites supporting adults with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as African American teenage girls who experienced life trauma, and family caregivers who may be subject to secondary trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout.

Yemonja’s creations in various mediums have been exhibited in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, on the set of the famous Fox Hit TV show “Empire”, Harold Washington Library, South Side Community Art Center, Gallery Guichard, Howard University, Hill Center Galleries, the Sojourner Family Peace Center among others, and reside in various private collections across the nation.

The Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street in historic Manassas. The Center for the Arts is open daily from 10 AM – 5 PM Mon – Fri; 1 PM – 5 PM Saturday.

Center for the Arts, Jordan Exum: 703-330-2787 –
9419 Battle St, Manassas, VA 20110 / instagram: @cfamanassas

Dr. Yemonja Smalls
It’s Complicated
Mixed Media/Wood Assembly

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