Sector 1: Learning & Education

The Learning & Education Sector focuses on progressive and integrative education for our youth, including an emphasis on: social democracy, community service, ecological literacy, problem solving, critical thinking skills, entrepreneurship, development of social skills through group work and collaborative/cooperative projects, world peace studies, pluralism, multiculturalism, interfaith understanding, and mindfulness training. This Sector also focuses on advanced training across Sectors for adults with an emphasis on expeditionary and experiential learning.

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Aug 21, 2017
1:20pm - 4:06pm
Total Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, casting its shadow across all of North America. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous United States in 38 years.

Although it will be seen in totality on a path between Charleston, SC and Nashville, TN, we will be able to see it in fairly good measure from Hampton and Va Beach, VA. See animation on the posted website for example of how it will look.

Hampton, Virginia
Aug 10, 2017 to Aug 13, 2017
6:00pm - 11:00pm
artists on stage
Richmond Jazz Festival

Experience the roots of American culture at the Richmond Jazz Festival. This festival is a world-class jazz event worth traveling for. The Richmond Jazz Festival is renowned for its dynamic, lively atmosphere, appetizing cuisine and phenomenal lineup with some of the best in jazz, funk and blues, and it attracts over 10,000 fans each year. In addition to the main festival at Maymont, the Hippodrome Theater, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery showcase the genre’s best local and national talent.

Richmond, Virginia, 
Varies by day, see schedule
Jul 04, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
Front of Va Historical Society Building
Independence Day Celebration

In celebration of the 241st anniversary of American independence, the VHS will host a full day of patriotic festivities, including the opening of a new exhibition, a community concert, a family scavenger hunt and picnic on the lawn. One hundred candidates for citizenship from nearly 50 countries will take the Oath of Allegiance on the front terrace of the museum (weather permitting) at 10:30 a.m.

Richmond, Virginia, 
VA Historical Society
Jul 01, 2017 to Jul 23, 2017
12:00pm - 6:00pm
cropped sample of two weavings
Cantores De Luz by Maximo Laura

Maximo Laura is Peru’s most prestigious weaver and is attributed for preserving the ancient methods of weaving. This exhibit Cantores De Luz (Singers of Light) is full of color, movement and symbolism that intertwine ancestral Peruvian techniques, symbols, memories and myths with contemporary aesthetics.

Richmond, Virginia, 
Art Works
Jun 16, 2017 to Jun 18, 2017
8:00am - 5:00pm
Annual Southwest Virginia Antique Farm Days

Celebrate agricultural heritage and old-fashioned family fun. Featuring a working 100+ year old 1915 Steam Engine, tractor parades, draft horse pull, antique tractor pull, lawn mower pull, chainsaw & crosscut competitions, sawmilling, rock crushing, demonstrations, exhibits, flea market, auctions, live music, food vendors, children's activities and more!

Rocky Mount, Virginia, 
Franklin County Recreation Park
Jun 10, 2017
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Civil War Walking Tour

From the Pyramid monument in the Confederate section to the gravesite of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, high above the James River, Hollywood Cemetery is the final resting place for over 18,000 Confederates, including J.E.B. Stuart, George Pickett, Fitzhugh Lee and many others. Meet at the Hollywood Cemetery entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets, near the rear of the stone structure to the left. Please note that this tour is 1.5 to 2 miles and involves several inclines. Comfortable shoes and water are recommended.

Richmond, Virginia, 
Hollywood Cemetery
Jun 04, 2017
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Monarchs Change Form

Talk and video for hobbiests and homeschoolers about the Monarch life cycle; includes a visit to the Waystation where plants in bloom, butterflies and possibly butterfly eggs will be explored.

Harrisonburg, Virginia, 
Edith J. Carrier Aboretum and Botanical Gardens
May 05, 2017
10:00am - 1:00pm
Nationalization Ceremony
Naturalization Ceremony at Red Hill

Celebrate and witness the swearing-in of new citizens of the United States. Also, 18th century interpreters will demonstrate blacksmithing, spinning and weaving.

Brookneal, Virginia
May 01, 2017
7:00pm
Hollins University
Helene Gayle on Youth Unemployment

Helene Gayle is CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative, a nonprofit organization that tackles complex global social challenges. McKinsey's first program, Generation, addresses the problem of youth unemployment with projects in five countries and a goal of connecting one million young people with skills and jobs in five years. Gayle has been named one of Forbes' "100 Most Powerful Women" and Newsweek's top 10 "Women in Leadership."

Roanoke, Virginia, 
Hollins University
Apr 30, 2017 to May 01, 2017
10:00am
ICAT Creativity and Innovation Day: Sensing Place

Learn more about the research happening at the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and explore how science, engineering, arts, and design coalesce to form a sense of place, including the environmental place, the historic place, the virtual place, and the cultural place.

Blacksburg, Virginia, 
Moss Art Center

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