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Upcoming Events in  April 2014
April 8
Created Equal Film Series

The ""Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle" film series concludes with “Freedom Riders.”

The film series is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Bridging Cultures Initiative in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

H: 6:00pm
Admission: Free
Location: Lynchburg Public Library (Comm. Meeting Room), 2315 Memorial Avenue
P: 455-6330


April 10
Lynchburg Reads Presents "Be Careful Who You Ride With"

Lynchburg Reads' main event features a Wes Moore video and readings from “Insights from Inside” by E.C. Glass theater and forensics students.  In addition, Brandon Fleming will speak about his troubled youth and how he overcame many of life’s struggles and obstacles, including drug addiction, to become the founder and president of the S.Y. Scholars Program, a local non-profit organization that focuses on academic and life coaching for K-12 students.  

H: 7:00 pm
Admission: Free and open to the public
Location: E.C. Glass HS Auditorium, 2311 Memorial Avenue
P: 455-6311

April 16
Jones Memorial Library Lecture - Joel Sweeney

This lecture features David Wooldridge, museum technician with the Appomattox Court House National Historic Park.  He will tell the story of the Sweeney family of Appomattox and the five-string banjo. In addition, Corbin Hayslett, an award-winning banjo player and singer will perform to demonstrate the major effect the addition of the fifth string to the banjo had over the years. 


Hours: 5:00pm
Admission: Free
Location: Jones Memorial Library, 2311 Memorial Avenue
P: 846-0501

April 25
Are You Smarter Than A Third Grader?

Smart Beginnings/United Way Present "Are YOU Smarter than a Third Grader?"  Some of the area's brightest first, second and third graders compete against teams of local leaders, educators, librarians and others, and answer questions in Math, Science, Social Studies and more. Fun for the entire family.

Tickets on sale at the United Way, or through

Hours: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: R.S. Payne Elementary School, 1201 Floyd Street
Admission: $10/adult; $5/under 12; children 5 and under admitted free
P: 455-6914


April 26
Community Awareness Walk for Autism

The Self Help Obtaining Positive Opportunities (SHOPO) Foundation For Youth Inc. will host a Community Awareness Walk for local youth with autism. 

Meet at the enntrance to Riverside Park (Rivermont Ave.) at 11:30 a.m. Walk begins at 12 noon on Rivermont Avenue.

April 26
Foster Care Adoption Event

The event, paid for with a grant from the state of Virginia, will feature an emotional presentation by professional football player and Lynchburg native, Cedric Peerman of the Cincinnati Bengals, as well as a musical performance by The Gospel Tears. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to learn how they can help these deserving children during a panel discussion led by local adoption experts and a heart-warming story shared by an adoptive family. There will also be a drawing for Peerman’s NFL jersey and an iPad.

Hours: 2:00 pm. - 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Location: Thomas Road Baptist Church, 1 Mountain View Road
P: 888-744-9972 to talk to an adoption specialist



April 26
Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk

Great Strides is a fun, family-friendly event that raises awareness and support for people with Cystic Fibrosis and their families. If you would like to walk: visit, find a walk/team, type in 24503 as zip code, walk name is Lynchburg. From there you can start or renew a team, join a team, or register as an individual.

H: Walk starts at 10:00 a.m. (Please arrive by 9:40 a.m.)
Admission:  None
Location: Riverside Park, 2238 Rivermont Avenue 
P: (888) 233-4682 (LaDonna Austin)


April 26
Mavis Staples Concert

Mavis Staples will perform a free concert in conjuction with the inauguration of Randolph College's 10th President, Bradley Bateman.  Staples is a renowned singer whose career has spanned more than 60 years and has covered genres including gospel, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, and blues. She began her career with The Staples Singers, her family band that recorded the hit song "I’ll Take You There," as well as numerous songs that were influential in the civil rights movement. In 2010, she won a Grammy for her album "You Are Not Alone."

Request tickets at  Ticket request deadline is April 1.

Hours: 8:00 p.m.
Admission: Free and open to the public - but tickets required
Location: E.C. Glass High School Auditorium
P: 485-8052


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