Gov. McAuliffe helps open hiking trails at Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve

Exploring Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve's mature forests and scenic overlooks by foot has finally gotten easier.

Nearly a decade after its nearly 3,000 acres nestled between Accokeek and Potomac creeks in Stafford County were dedicated as a preserve, eight miles of hiking trails officially opened to the public on Saturday. They can be used Thursdays through Sundays.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe was on hand for the ceremony, and helped unveil the new "Hiking Crow's Nest" sign. It features a map showing the trails through some of the best deciduous hardwood forests remaining in the state's coastal plains.

"This is a great day for Virginia," he told the approximately 40 attendees. "This is such a special place for us."
Nature Walk
Government Island
Saturday, April 8, 9am  

This event is sponsored by the Central Rappahannock Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists and is free and open to all ages. 
The Stafford, Prince William, Fauquier Artisan Trail has a new name

Welcome to Washington's Backyard Artisan Trail: Where the Heart of the City Meets the Soul of the Country: Uncover the Uncommon in Stafford, Prince William and Fauquier Counties!

"The region's history is America's history with an abundance of rich and important sites to visit," said Stafford County Supervisor Gary Snellings. "We are happy to collaborate with Prince William and Fauquier counties on this eff ort. It makes our region stronger and showcases what makes us so special."

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Riverside Center for the Performing Arts
Through May 7
Based on the 1977 hit movie that featured and popularized the BeeGees' disco music, this stage version focuses on talented, streetwise Tony Manero, a nineteen-year-old Brooklyn youth who attempts to escape the tensions of his seemingly meaningless life through disco dancing.

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Government Island
Nominate Stafford and Help Parks Receive $20,000 Grant
Stafford County is asking for the public's vote to help the parks system receive a $20,000 grant from the "Meet Me at the Park" contest. In its third year, the contest is an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association in collaboration with the Walt Disney Company to revitalize parks across the United States. Residents may nominate Stafford online at The city/county that receives the most nominations will receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park.

Spring Open House
Gari Melchers Home & Studio
April 23, 10am - 5pm

Enjoy the beauty of Belmont at the most delightful time of the year. Gather friends and family to take a tour of the historic house and the artist's studio.  Wander the gardens and hike the woodland trails or find the perfect gift in the Museum Shop. Drop-in Preschool Palette classes will be offered from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Yoga Foundation of Fredericksburg will be offering a free, all-levels friendly 60-minute yoga class on the grounds at 1 p.m.   The Roots house will be open 12 noon until 3 p.m. during which time volunteer guides will give the public a rare view of the building and share its fascinating history. The Soft Serve Truck will be selling frozen treats from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.   Free.