Who’s Ready for a Halloween Haunt?


First and foremost, be sure to RSVP early for this one folks! We’re planning on having a haunted outing at Kings Dominion on Saturday, October 5. Kings Dominion is famous for spreading thrills & chills. This year they’re rolling out even more Halloween and fall-themed fun with Howl-O-Fest.

Lunch will be provided; however, transportation and parking are not included. Please check the RSVP website for more information. We won’t be at the park during the evening hours, so it won’t be too scary for you and especially those young ones! In fact, our trip is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If you’re not familiar with the Halloween Haunt, do yourself a favor and check out what it is they’re all about! Please, RSVP by Thursday, September 26, to ensure your spot to the haunting of the season. We can’t wait for all the spooky fun!




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Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons in Central Virginia


What’s SUP? No, I’m not asking you about your current demeanor, but I, literally, want to know what SUP is. Well, according to Black Dog Paddle it’s Stand Up Paddleboarding–a combination of canoeing, kayaking and surfing–and not only is it fun, but it’s a pretty good workout, too.

Black Dog Paddle brings stand up paddle boarding to Fredericksburg and Central Virginia, where they welcome you to learn the basics, and then take an ECO-tour. An ECO-tour is just about paddling in nature! All essential gear is provided, SUP board, paddle, PFD, and leash.

They use certified ACA SUP instructors, so you are guaranteed to receive the best possible instruction, and lessons cover all the basics as well as safety, strokes, and balance. If you decide to head to Black Dog, it is recommended to bring water, sunscreen, snack, towel and a change of clothes.

And if you’re really adventurous, you can give SUP Yoga a go! Good luck.



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Back to School Savings with Tax Free Shopping Holidays


The first day of school for area students is right around the corner and the sate of Virginia knows it! According to the state site, Virginia’s back to school tax-free shopping period is the first full weekend of August (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) each year. Therefore, this year the holiday will take place August 2-4, 2013.

That’s a win for all the families with students around Dahlgren; but, what is considered eligible for the tax break? Well, purchases of qualifying school supplies $20 or less per item, and purchases of qualifying clothing and footwear $100 or less per item are exempt from sales tax. Easy enough.

Remember, the Navy Exchange Stores offer Price Match Policy, so take a competitor’s fliers to your Exchange and they will match up to $100. You can save some money and add to the turn-around dollars our Exchanges give back to military communities each year.

Happy Back-to-School Shopping!




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Don’t Skip Out on Valpak’s Local Savings!


Everyone likes to save when they have the chance, right? There is a way to save on just about everything you can think of, you just have to know how and where to look! You’ve probably seen Valpaks in the mail over the years containing paper coupons for various local establishments.

Well, Valpak has taken to the web (like most companies) and now offers their savings at the click of your mouse; plus, you can choose what coupons you want. They have grocery coupons and local deals on restaurants, stores and events! It’s an awesome website with a TON of savings.

You can easily sort through the site by city and find all kinds of deals, like grabbing a sub from Benny’s Sub Shop for a couple dollars off. You can “clip” some coupons to use locally and even search coupon codes for online shopping. It’s safe to say, Valpak is where it’s at!




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Catch A Fish Day at King George


Attention all young and aspiring fishermen (12 & under), this weekend is your chance to shine and show the world would you can do! On Saturday, May 4 (rain or shine), King George Parks and Recreation is hosting Catch A Fish Day from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This event is scheduled to take place at a private pond, so you must pre-register by calling 540-775-4386 to get the location. However, you may still register the day, just be sure to give them a call to see if there any spots available. The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 10:00 a.m. Registration
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Fishing
  • Fishing  Demos
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Refreshments
  • 12:00 p.m. Awards

Don’t forget to bring your fishing poles, lawn chairs, sunscreen, bug spray, and camera (phones work too)! Please note there will be a limited number of fishing rods available if you don’t have one. For additional information contact Janine Paulsen at 775-4FUN with King George Parks & Recreation.





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Catch A Flick this Weekend at the Dahlgren Movie Theater



It has been one of America’s favorite pastimes for decades, and for good reason! You maybe thinking I’m referring to baseball and while that’s a great guess, I’m actually talking about the silver screen. From silent films to stop motion animated flicks to 3D, we as Americans spend billions of dollars at the movies annually.

Movies are magic and what can I say, we love us some magic. If you’re ever in need of a good movie, hop on Rotten Tomatoes, see what’s getting good ratings, and head on over to Dahlgren Movie Theater–NSF Dahlgren. Located at 6238 Welsh Rd, Bldg. 117, the theater shows movies year-round on Friday and Saturday evenings (7:00 p.m.).

The NSF Dahlgren Theater features recent movie releases and offers a concession stand with food and beverages. Prices are great compared to the rest of the nation:

  • $5 Civilian
  • $4 Active Duty, Retired & Reserve Mil E7 and above and their family members with ID
  • $2.50 E1-E6 & below and their family members with ID,
  • $2 Child (6-11),
  • Free – Child (5 and Under).

For updated movie listings, be sure to call  the movie line anytime at (540) 653-7336.




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The Military Kids Connect

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As you know, there are many different kinds of services available to you and your family on-base to help with those times, both good and bad. We want to highlight a certain service available to the military kids called Military Kids Connect, who does phenomenal work for those needing guidance.

Their website uses innovative ways to help military youth cope with the unique strains of military life. In addition to disruptions from parents deploying to assignments away from home, military children are affected by moving frequently, changing schools and making new friends. They also have to live with readjustment issues when a parent returns from deployments. These issues may include post-traumatic stress and physical disabilities.

Since its launch last January, MilitaryKidsConnect.org has served more than 125,000 visitors and won five industry excellence awards. To mark the one-year anniversary, the website added new content designed for children, parents and educators. Be sure check out the site and familiarize yourself with what they’re doing.


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Get Dirty with the King George Lion’s Club


The King George Lions Club is sponsoring a Dirty Lions Mud Run on June 29th at Eagle Bay off Rt. 218 in King George County. The event will feature both a 5k Dirty Lion Mud Run and a 1-mile Leo Mud Run. Both races will begin and end at the Eagle Bay subdivision.

Registration is open right now, so pre-register online at www.racetimingunlimited.org. The 5K Mud Run is $35 ($40 if postmarked after April 15th, $50 after June 1st, $55 day of the race) and the Leo Mud Run will cost you $15. For every one military (which should be all of you), there’s a $5.00 military discount.

You’ll be receiving a little swag as well; your T-shirt is included in registration, plus each adult participant will also receive 1 free beer coupon and 1 free food item coupon. You can’t complain about that!

We hope many of you take part in the runs because it’s definitely going to be a fun time.



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Fredericksburg’s 11th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

corned beef

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Though it hasn’t been a tradition nearly as long as it has in Ireland, Fredericksburg’s 11th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 16. There will be something for everyone, so be sure to bring the entire family!

Irish songs and Irish dancers will start the day around 11:00 a.m. with the parade following at noon; get there early for a good spot. The parade will include fire trucks, classic cars, high school marching band, community organizations, (more) Irish dancers, horses, military equipment, local pageant winners, and more. Once the parade ends is when the real party begins at Blue & Gray Brewing.

The day’s fun events includes a shamrock face painter, free craft table for the kids, Corned Beef, Cabbage, and Potato meals outside for $5.00 ($8.00 day of) between 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Proceeds from meals benefit local Volunteer Fire & Rescue Dept’s. You can get meal tokens at Roxbury Mills and the brewery prior to the event and the day of. A limited number of meal tickets available the day of event. There will be $1 hot dogs for kids, and the brewpub on site will also have a full Irish menu inside.

There will be plenty of parking at Spotsylvania County Business Park, a mile from downtown Fredericksburg.  Besides the  $5 for meals and any other food and/or beverage you purchase, the event is free!




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Take A Ride on the Trolley in “America’s Most Historic City”

The Rising Sun tavern circa 1934

The Rising Sun tavern circa 1934

About 40 minutes west of Dahlgren lies one of America’s most historic cities. It’s called Fredericksburg and it’s simply amazing. Essentially, it’s like stepping back in time to the Colonial Era when people like George Washington, Mary Washington, and James Monroe lived and did business there.

Make plans to take a day trip (or more if you’d like) and enjoy an entertaining and informative tour of Fredericksburg aboard the trolley. While on it you’ll learn about more of the famous and interesting people and events that have taken place since the city was established back in 1728.

Taking the tour will give you a better idea of the history of the city that sits on the Rappahannock River, and the array of attractions it has to offer. A few of the ‘must-stops’ about town are Rising Sun Tavern, Fredericksburg’s only proper tavern and the former home of Charles Washington (George’s younger brother), Dr. Hugh Mercer’s apothecary shop, the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, and many more.

I’d definitely say this is a place you have to visit before you die, so do it!



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