What’s Up? February 19 – 25

Saturday, February 22
Healing Hearts Respite Foundation’s 5th Annual Casino Night Fundraiser
6901 Arthur Hills Drive, Gainesville | 6 – 11pm

This event is an evening of FUNdraising for families in the midst of a traumatic medical crisis that need time to rest, reflect, and reconnect. Attendees will enjoy Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, silent auction, buffet meal, cocktail attire, cash bar, raffles, and prizes.

Healing Hearts Respite Foundation (HHRF), based out of Northern Virginia, is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, inspired by the many families in our community that have touched their hearts. The families have weathered storms of cancer, life threatening diseases and other illnesses. Like Sea Glass, their hearts were broken, tossed and tumbled. When Sea Glass washes up on the beach, it has been revitalized and refreshed with a new beauty. Healing Hearts hopes that each family’s hearts are renewed, revitalized, and refreshed after taking a time of respite at their beach home.

Saturday, February 22
Verdun Adventure Bound “Dead of Winter” 5K
17044 Adventure Bound Trail, Rixeyville | 10am – 12pm

The day will be cold, no doubt, but sleep late, let it warm up a little, and then race a cross country 5K at Verdun Adventure Bound at 11:00 AM. To take the chill off, hot chocolate will be served around a roaring campfire at the finish line next to the pavilion.

This race is a fundraiser with all proceeds going to support Verdun Adventure Bound. Verdun is a educational 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to support youth and adult personal growth incorporating experiential learning and stewardship of the land on its 66 acre retreat facility.

Saturday, February 22
Summer Camp Expo
13710 Milestone Drive, Gainesville | 1 – 4pm

Come and learn about many of the local summer camp options within a 15 miles radius of Gainesville. Over 25 camps represented with themes ranging from sports, art, music and more! Bring your kids and summer calendars for LOTS of hands-on activities. There will be a raffle for FREE camp entries donated by camp exhibitors.

Saturday, February 22
Fauquier County People’s Choice Wine Tasting and Competition
6809 Airlie Road, Warrenton | 12:30 – 6pm

Swirl. Sip. Judge. Repeat! The 6th Annual Fauquier County Wine Tasting and Competition is back, inviting wine lovers and enthusiasts to experience the best of local wineries and vote their favorite wines. As its People’s Choice, tasters determine which wineries will take home the win for the best in reds, whites, and sweet wines.

Hosted in the heart of wine country at Airlie in Warrenton, the annual Tasting and Competition brings together a robust variety of local winemakers, flavorful food pairings by Airlie’s chefs, and harmonious musical performances.

Saturday, February 22
Basics of Gardening 2020: Session 1, Soils, Lawns, and Weeds
14870 Lightner Road, Haymarket | 10:15am

Come learn the principles and techniques to plan, establish, and maintain your lawn and gardens in this free class. Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will share university-based research and their personal experiences to help residents achieve successful lawns and gardens, often at less cost and effort than they have been expending. In the course, which consists of (3) 3-hour sessions, attendees will learn how to take advantage of Prince William County soils, when to fertilize lawns and gardens, the benefits of using native plants, how to start plants from seeds, what weeds are telling you, strategies for dealing with insects, techniques for organic gardening as well as using chemicals responsibly, how to make a basic diagnosis of what’s ailing your plant, and much more.


Saturday, February 29
Leap Year 0.5K Race – A Race for Non-Runners
Main Street in Warrenton | 2:29 – 5pm

Was your New Year’s resolution to finally run a race? Have you always wanted to experience the excitement of a running a race but the idea of training and actually running just isn’t your thing? This race for non-runners is for you! All the fun with very little running! Our watering stations will be stocked with local craft beer and cider from Altered Suds Brewery, Wort Hog Brewing Company, and Wild Hare Hard Cider along with Hershey’s ice cream from Ellie’s Place for plenty of carb loading. Come early. Stay late.

Be sure to stop into the local shops for great deals. Altered Suds Brewing, Wort Hog Brewing Company, and Wild Hare Hard Cider will be hosting after parties inside their locations.

Saturday, February 29
Enchanted Empress Ball with Beauty at Springhill Suites Gainesville
7921 Gateway Promenade Place, Gainesville | 4 – 7pm

Dads, join ZEMZ Events for a night of elegance with your little girls for dancing and games. Beauty will sing, play, and do arts and crafts with the little empresses.

Christine Craddock
About Christine Craddock 116 Articles
Christine Craddock is a writer, editor, photographer, wife, and mother of two adorable children. She is a faithful contributing writer for Haymarket Lifestyle magazine and has resided in Haymarket since 2006.

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