Monday, January 28, 2008

Make note of "Musical Menagerie"

Families are invited to hear the sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota of the Gamma Iota Chapter from James Madison University and their friends perform at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the John Barton Payne Building, and at 2 p.m. at the Bealeton Library.

Attendees will be able to ask the musicians questions and some will have the opportunity to try playing some of the instruments. The programs are free; registration is not required.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Fauquier's role in The War of 1812

Lt. Col. Myron (Mike) E. Lyman Sr. will talk about more than 70 encounters with the British in Virginia during The War of 1812 and the role Fauquier soldiers played in protecting our country at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Bealeton Library.

The presentation will cover the locations of Fauquier units during the war, and attendees will see maps and slides. The program is free.

See what the library has in its collection about The War of 1812. Other sites you might want to check out include Virtualology.com, The War of 1812 Website, and the Gala Film site.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

BotBrains demonstrate findings

A group of students who completed an energy audit of the Warrenton Library as part of a regional competition last fall will present its findings from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2, in the library's program room.

The team, which calls itself BotBrains, had to use robotics to understand and create solutions for one of today’s most critical environmental issues: energy management and conservation. The yearly competition is sponsored by The FIRST LEGO League, an international program for 9- to 14-year-old children that was created in a partnership between the nonprofit organization FIRST and the toy maker The LEGO Group. See earlier post for more on the competition.

The BotBrains advanced through the first round of competition and went on the the regionals in November.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Organic gardening tips presented by master gardener

Alison Bremner, a Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener, is presenting a workshop on organic gardening for people wishing to start an organic garden from scratch or transform a traditional garden to an organic garden.

The workshop will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Bealeton Library.

Bremner will talk about what the term “organic” means at the workshop and she will discuss strategies for soil and pest management and composting principles.

The workshop is free and registration is not required. Call (540) 439-9728 for more information.

See Fauquier County Public Library resources on organic gardening. See Virginia Cooperative Extension resources. Visit Web sites: Organic Gardening Magazine, Organic Gardening and Yard Care, and Wikipedia's overview.