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Activities | Horse Holiday returns to Oakland, live nativity at Aldersgate and more

Air Raid Juggling meets from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at ACAC Adventure Central. Free. Club welcomes all experience levels and provides free lessons.

Albemarle County Department of Fire Rescue has lifted the burn ban that was set in place Nov. 17. Open-air burning activities may be resumed. (434) 296-5833.

Carver Recreation Center will present a Holiday Craft Party from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 16. The afternoon of crafts, hot chocolate and music is free, and everyone is welcome. (434) 970-3053.

Cat Action Team is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization serving Charlottesville and 12 surrounding counties to help homeless cats with trap/neuter/return programs, fostering, adoption, feral colony maintenance, food and support. Volunteers are welcome.

Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries will present its 27th annual Christmas Store event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 782 Prospect Ave. (434) 970-2077.

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The shelter will remain closed on Mondays for deep cleaning and staff member training. Evening adoption appointments may be scheduled throughout the week by emailing, submitting an adoption application on the website or calling (434) 973-5959.

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is presenting an “Empty the Shelters — Holiday Hope” adoption event with Bissell Pet Foundation, in which adult dogs and cats can be adopted for a $25 fee, through Dec. 17. A pet portrait fundraiser and the Giving Tree for pet supplies also are underway. (434) 973-5959.

The Compassionate Friends will have a Candlelight Memorial Service & Reception at 7 p.m. Thursday in the sanctuary of Church of Our Saviour on East Rio Road as the group’s only December meeting. The group usually meets on Zoom on the second Tuesday of every month and in person on the fourth Tuesday of every month in the downstairs library of Church of Our Saviour on East Rio Road. The support group is for families who have lost a child of any age, for any reason. Free; no fees. or (434) 974-9314.

Culpeper Downtown Holiday Sunday Funday for Kids will be from Sunday in downtown Culpeper. Santa will greet children from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Seven on Davis at 140 E. Davis St. There will be ornament making at the Museum of Culpeper History and other activities for children and their families. Free. (540) 825-4416.

DMV is offering permanent farm-use placards for unregistered farm vehicles at all of its customer service centers. DMV-issued placards will be required starting July 1, 2024. Placards are $15 and remain valid for the lifetime of the vehicle, but they are not transferable. Applications are available online at

Hebron Baptist Church in Afton will present its Bethlehem Village 2023 from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16 and 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17. A Spanish-language tour is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 17. There will be re-enactments of first-century trades and crafts, costumed villagers, camels and a working forge and bakery. Free. (540) 456-6863.

Hometown Holiday will show support for Louisa County businesses through Friday. Use the VisitLouisa mobile app to find and support participating businesses and look up upcoming events.

Hospice of the Piedmont offers general grief support drop-in groups at 3 p.m. Wednesdays on Zoom; call (434) 817-6915 to register. Remembering Our Children, a support group for parents who have lost children, takes place at 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month on Zoom; call (434) 817-6915 to register. (434) 817-6949.

James River Good Works Group will continue its Helping Hands Christmas Food Drive through Dec. 30 to feed hungry people in the Scottville area. Cans and boxes of nonperishable foods can be dropped off at Baine’s Books and Coffee, Baked by the James, Rivertown Antiques, Truist Bank, W.F. Paulette Ace Hardware, Scottsville Library, Scottsville U.S. Post Office and the Town of Scottsville Office. A Helping Hands outreach table also will be accepting food donations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and again Dec. 16 at Scottsville Pavilion. Monetary donations will be accepted at the Town of Scottsville Office and online at Details:

John Paul Jones Arena will accept donations of toys and nonperishable foods for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank when listeners arrive for the Pentatonix concert at 7 p.m. Saturday. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Food items most needed by BRAFB include low-sodium canned soups, stews and chili; low-sodium canned vegetables; low-sugar, whole-grain cereals; low-sugar peanut butter and almond butter; whole-grain pasta and rice; canned tuna and chicken; paper products; baby food, formula and diapers; soap; feminine products; and toothbrushes. Planning your route is strongly advised; visit

Lake Monticello Beautification Corps will present its Holiday Home Tour from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Five Lake Monticello home will be decorated for the holidays. $10 per person. Proceeds will benefit maintenance of community gardens. Tickets available at Ashlawn Clubhouse or by emailing

McIntire Recycling Center is observing its winter hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The center will be closed on Tuesdays. The new hours will be in effect until the change to daylight saving time on March 10, 2024.

“A Night in Bethlehem” living nativity event will be presented from 4:45 to 7:15 p.m. Saturday, with re-enactments of the nativity story at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m., in the parking lot at Aldersgate United Methodist Church at 1500 E. Rio Road. There will be cookies, hot chocolate and cider at a hospitality booth. Free. (434) 973-5806.

Oakland School will present its annual Horse Holiday at 3 p.m. Tuesday at 128 Oakland Farm Way in Troy. Students and horses will be decked out in costumes, as will other barnyard animals. There will be a parade around the riding ring and a Christmas tree decorated with carrots and apples for the animals. (434) 293-9059.

Orange Downtown Alliance will present this year’s Holiday Village from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Train Station at 122 E. Main St. in Orange. Look for baked goods, craft vendors, artisans and Santa.

Parkinson’s Care Partners Support Group meets at 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at The Center at Belvedere. The meeting is part of the Virginia Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association Information and Referral Center of Virginia at UVa Health System. (434) 974-7756.

Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign 2023 will continue through Dec. 24. Volunteer bell ringers are welcome to sign up at Volunteers are serving at Walmart and Sam’s Club locations, Kroger locations, near Barnes & Noble in Barracks Road Shopping Center, Giant, Belk, Reid’s, Mincer’s and Great Valu in Crozet. (434) 295-4058.

Senior Statesmen of Virginia will present “Loneliness and Impact of Isolation on the Elderly” with speakers Sue Liberman, geriatric services administrator, certified senior advisor and principal of Senior Solutions of Charlottesville, and Ginger Dillard, chief operating officer of JABA, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge. Bonnie Brewer will serve as moderator. Business meeting begins at 1:15 p.m. Free.

Smith Aquatic Fitness Center lap and recreational pool (Zero Depth/Lazy River and Slide Pool) will be closed at certain times as a result of lifeguard shortages. The pool will be closed from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The fitness area upstairs will remain open as scheduled. (434) 970-3072.

Survivors of Suicide Loss meets in person on the first Thursday of every month at Church of the Incarnation and by Zoom at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month, including Dec. 21. Send email address to for Zoom link. The group is for anyone who has lost a family member or friend to suicide. (434) 974-9314.

U.S. Small Business Administration announces that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available for small business, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in agriculture and most private nonprofit organizations with economic losses resulting from the drought from Jan. 1 to Aug. 11 may apply. The declaration includes Page and Rockingham counties and the contiguous counties of Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Harrisonburg, Madison, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren, plus Hardy and Pendleton in West Virginia. Submit completed loan applications no later than July 3, 2024. Apply online at under SBA declaration No. 20088.


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