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Memorial Sept. 23
At 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, residents will gather in front of the King George Landfill to dedicate a memorial to service members who were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq--then had some of their partial remains incinerated like medical waste and dumped in the landfill.
Guest speakers will be Leslie Smith, a retired Army captain and Wounded Warrior spokesperson, and Gari-Lynn Smith, a New Jersey widow whose questions about the treatment of her husband's body led to the discovery of Dover Air Force Base's treatment of partial remains. At least 274 service members were affected.
The bronze plaque reads: "For honor, respect and in memory of those American service members, known but to God, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We are ever grateful. The citizens of King George County and a grateful nation."
The service will be held at the entrance to the landfill, which is on Birchwood Creek Drive, off State Route 3.
pulitzer prize winner in culpeper
Pulitzer Prize winning author Tony Horwitz will lecture on his new book, "Midnight Rising," on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. at the Culpeper County Library.
"Midnight Rising" is the story of abolitionist John Brown and his raid on the Federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., an incident that led up to the Civil War.
Horwitz also wrote "Confederates in the Attic."
The lecture is free to the public.
For more information contact Susan Titus at 540/423-1433.
'refuse to be victim' class scheduled
The Gander Mountain store on State Route 3 will host a "Refuse to be a Victim" class on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The cost is $35, which includes an 85-page student workbook. Preregistration is encouraged.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kelly Rollins at 540/846-0127.
deadline to join blue ridge chorale
Monday, Sept. 24, is the deadline to join the Blue Ridge Chorale this season.
Rehearsals, which have begun, are held Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at Open Door Baptist Church, 754 Germanna Highway, in Culpeper.
The Youth Chorale will meet on Mondays 5:45--6:15, also at Open Door. The Youth Chorale is for children ages 7-14. The Youth Chorale performs in the Chorale's seasonal concerts.
For more information, call 540/223-5462.
Peace United hosts musical program
"Fifty Minutes of Forte Music," a program of selections featuring students from Forte Music Studios in Fredericksburg, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, at Peace United Methodist Church.
Admission is free and open to everyone. The program will be followed by a reception with light refreshments and an opportunity to greet the performers.
Peace Methodist Church is located off State Route 3 behind the Gander Mountain store.
Aikido hosting peace day event
Aikido in Fredericksburg is participating in International Aiki Peace Day with activities 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Events will include demonstrations, mini-classes, yoga and Japanese archery. No experience is necessary.
Call 540/582-9600 or visit aikidoinfredericksburg.org.
wings schedules girls night out
Women in the Giving Spirit (WINGS) will hold its annual Girls Night Out at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Fredericksburg Country Club.
Tuesday, Sept. 25, is the deadline for tickets. Tickets are $50 per person, and tables of eight may be reserved.
Proceeds will benefit Hope House, which provides housing for homeless mothers and their children.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m. In keeping with the them "Fashion with a Twist," there will be a special signature martini at the cash bar, as well as dinner and the annual raffle.
Send checks to WINGS, Box 3084, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. Call 540/371-6920 for information.
retired educators meeting slated
The Fredericksburg Area Retired Educators will meet on Thursday at the St. Matthias Methodist Church on Deacon Road. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with a sign-in, followed by lunch at noon.
The ladies of the church will cater the lunch at a cost of $12 per person. To reserve space, call 540/899/3754.
The group will collect the dues of $10 for the year at the meeting. In addition, funds for scholarships will be collected.
Mary Ann Stana will speak about the Mary Washington Elderstudy.
spotsylvanians taking singers
The Spotsylvanians Community Chorus, which began rehearsals on Monday, Sept. 10, have extended the opportunity for local singers to join the group through Monday, Sept. 24.
The group rehearses at the Marshall Center in Spotsylvania Courthouse on Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m.
Contact Mercedes Precht-Matushek at 540/710-9818 or e-mail membership@spotsylvani