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Adult Programs

Each student will complete a painting of the instructors choosing in the time allotted. No experience needed just a desire to create. All supplies included. Instruction given by Kim Page, owner of Pages Palette in Afton. Ages 15+ all classes take place at The Nelson Center>
August class: The Overlook (mountain vista)
September: Autumn Lake (mountain, lake, foliage)
October : Fall Scene (hay bale, pumpkins)
Date and Time: August: The Overlook (mountain vista) 6pm-9pm on August 29
September: Autumn Lake (mountain, lake, foliage) 6pm-9pm on September 10
October: Fall Scene (hay bale and pumpkins) 6pm-9pm on October 23
Fee: $35
Contact: Claire Richardson
Phone: 4342637130
Location: The Nelson Center
Address: 8445 Thomas Nelson Hwy

Are you tired boring embroidery kits? Looking for something a little more edgy than butterflies and teddy bears? If you are a new fiber artist who wants to add a few more skills to your repertoire then this is the class for you. Transfer your original art into a stitchable pattern, plot colors, and display your creation.
Supplies provided. Bring an original line drawing, sized to fit in an 8” loop and your own fabric or floss if you have preference for certain colors or textures. Ages 14+. Price: $35. Register at NCPR a week prior.
Date and Time: Choose from:
Sept. 29 from 10am-12pm or
10am-12pm Nov. 17
Fee: $35
Contact: Claire Richardson
Phone: 4342637130
Location: The Nelson Center
Address: 8445 Thomas Nelson Hwy

Teach your dog the basic commands to be a safe and well mannered pet
For dogs 12 weeks to 7 years and all their human family
Your dog will learn to sit, come, stay, & more
The whole family is encouraged to attend.  Maximum: 10 dogs per class.
Instructor: Cindy Thompson
Contact Cindy to register & for more information on the class & type of leash & collar needed: 434-465-3499
Date and Time: 6:45pm-7:45pm Tuesday evenings September 4 - October 23
Fee: $90
Contact: Cindy Thompson
Phone: 434-465-3499
Location: The Nelson Center
Address: 8445 Thomas Nelson Hwy Lovingston VA 22949

Have you always wanted to learn how to do embroidery but got overwhelmed by all the fancy terms and different stitches? This class will keep things simple: hoop, fabric, string, and needle. If you can sew on a button, you can embroider. Learn how to create a variety of basic embroidery stitches by creating a modern stitch sampler. Supplies provided. Bring your own floss if you prefer certain colors. Ages 14+. Price: $35. Register at NCPR a week prior to each class.
Date and Time: Choose from:
Aug. 25 10am-12pm or
Oct. 27 from 10am-12pm.
Fee: $35
Contact: Claire Richardson
Phone: 4342637130
Location: The Nelson Center
Address: 8445 Thomas Nelson Hwy

Come play- old school! The FCM will share games from the past. Games may include hoop & stick, quoits, graces, trapball, and more. Patrons should dress comfortably for activity. Family program. Free! please call us to let us know you are coming: 434.263.7130
Date and Time: 10am-11:30am on August 29
Fee: Free
Contact: Claire Richardson
Phone: 4342637130
Location: The Nelson Center
Address: PO Box 442


This course is required for anyone 12-15 years of age or if you have not previously purchased a regular hunting license.
Go to the website above look for a class in your area. Register online.
You will be required to complete several hours of self study before the class. Some material on the final test will be covered in the self study NOT during actual class time.

To be sure of passing the test and receiving a certification card, the student must either study online or study the free manual that can be picked up at NCPRD at the Nelson Center.

There will be a short midday break for lunch (bring snacks & lunch or purchase nearby).


Date and Time: TBD
Check the VDGIF website listed above

Held the 1st Saturday in May
The 7 mile race is suitable for experienced canoe & kayak paddlers.(up to Class II/III whitewater)
Location: Registration & Start - Rte 622 (S Powell's Island Rd, Arrington)
2 miles east of Tye River Road
Course subject to change due to water level)

To register go to the website below.
For more information call 263-7130
Date and Time: 1st Saturday in May
Registration 9:30-11. Race start 11 am
Fee: Check the website
Contact: NCPRD
Phone: 434-263-7130
Location: Tye River Nelson County, VA

This race is scheduled for the 2nd Saturday in April each year

Short Race...Long on Fun. Race solo or as a team of 2-4 people.
Run 1.5 miles,  Paddle .75 mile, & Bike 2.5 miles
Awards for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place finishers in each class
Classes: Solo-Youth, Male, Female   Team- All Male, All Female, Coed

Preregistration is encouraged but not required. Registration forms can be printed and mailed in with payment.
Date and Time: April 13th, 2019 Check in: 9-10:30am Race start: 11:30am
Fee: $20/Solo, $35/Team of 2, $45/Team of 3 or 4, $45 for a family (Mom, Dad, kids)
Contact: Claire Richardson
Phone: 434-263-7130
Location: VA Blue Ridge Railway Trail Start: Rose Mill Trailhead End: Piney River Trailhead
Address: 8445 Thomas Nelson Hwy

Learn to make your own silver jewelry. Each month showcases a different project.   Learn many different techniques.
All materials & tools are provided:
Earrings on September 19
Pendants on October 17
Bracelet on November 14
*** Call a week before class date to register
Instructor: Liz McCormack  www.justliz.net
Date and Time: Wednesdays 6:30- 8:30 pm
Fee: Varies with the project, most classes are $40
Contact: NCPR
Phone: 434-263-7130
Location: Nelson Center
Address: 8445 Thomas Nelson Hwy Lovingston, VA 22949

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