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Upcoming Community Events

February 11: Hops-Growing Workshop at RVCC 

A day-long workshop on growing hops in this area will be held Tuesday, February 11, in the Rockfish Valley Community Center (RVCC) auditorium starting at 9 a.m. Registration for the class will start at 8 a.m. and lunch will be provided. The class will end at 5 p.m.

The workshop will include information on growing, management and marketing of hops and is designed for experienced growers wanting to take their production to the next level, as well as for the beer and hop enthusiast with just a few plants for personal use. Speakers include Dr. Jeanine M. Davis from North Carolina State University; Stan Driver, a commercial grower; Julie Jensen, the owner of Echoview Farm in North Carolina; Laura Siegle from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, and others.

The day will include a tour of Blue Mountain Brewery hosed by Taylor Smack, owner and head brewer.  Smack will also talk about local hops from the brewer’s perspective.

For more information, contact event organizer Stan Driver at hootnhollerhops@gmail.com.

February 2: Crozet Trail Walk

The Crozet Trails Crew will host a trail walk on Saturday, February 22 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The walk will begin in Westhall, and follow the Crozet Connector Trail, now almost complete, to Western Ridge and back. For more information, visit www.crozettrailscrew.org.

March 4: Virginia Dept. of Forestry Tree Steward Course

A 12-week Tree Steward Training Class is scheduled to start March 4 and continue through May 20, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Virginia Department of Forestry offices at Fontaine Research Park in Charlottesville.

Those completing the class will become “certified tree stewards” after performing 25 hours of volunteer work for the organization on Charlottesville Area Tree Steward (CATS) projects. Classes will include tree identification, tree biology, roots and soil, proper planting and care of trees, pruning, tree pests and more. Three of the classes will be field trips to observe and study area trees and forests.  Last year’s class took field trips to Ivy Creek Natural Area, the grounds of the University of Virginia, Kemper Park, and Montpelier. Class members also received a CD training manual from the Virginia Urban Forest Council, three tree identification guides, a book on invasive plants in southern forests, a pruning handbook and other handouts supporting class topics.

Cost of the class is $85 and includes manuals and books.

For more information email: 2014catstrainingclass@gmail.com.  To register, send your information and a check for $85 to Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards Training Course Registration, P.O. Box 4211, Charlottesville, VA 22905.

March 12: Crozet Community Orchestra Concert

The Crozet Community Orchestra will perform a free concert for the public March 12 at 8 p.m. at Crozet Baptist Church, 5804 St. George Ave in Crozet. Up-to-date info can be found on the Crozet Cares website.

The CCO is now in its second season. Rehearsals are held Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5804 Tabor St. There are openings now for string players.

For more information, or to join the mailing list for upcoming events, please contact: Denise Murray at murrden@gmail.com or 434-987-5517; or Philip Clark at pclarkmusic@gmail.com or 434-979-3343.

Please support your community orchestra by sending a check payable to: Crozet Community Orchestra, P. O. Box 762, Crozet, Va 22932.


The Gazette’s Upcoming Community Events listing is intended for free, not-for-profit or fundraiser events that are open to and serve the broader community. Events are included at the editor’s discretion. Priority is given to special and unique events. Space is very limited. Submit event press releases for consideration to news@crozetgazette.com.


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