3 cool things to do in Hopewell and Petersburg this weekend

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1. Go for a sunset paddle on Hopewell’s Riverfront: Join the James River Association on Friday, June 8 from 6-8 p.m. for a guided canoe tour on the Appomattox River. Participants will explore Hopewell’s riverfront and learn about natural and historic resources of the James River. Canoes are provided and trips are guided by James River Association. There is a 16 person limit, for ages 16 and up. The cost is $15. Paddling activities are open to all participants who satisfy the Essential Eligibility Criteria. This criteria, as well as more information regarding the event, can be found at form.jotform.com/81095196184968. The Hopewell City Marina is located at 1051 Riverside Avenue in Hopewell.

2. Listen to opera and Broadway musical favorites: Virginia Opera presents Arias and Duets at Historic Battersea on June 9 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Gates will open for tours and picnics at 5 p.m. Arias and duets from your favorite operas and Broadway musicals will be performed as you enjoy the rolling lawn of historic Battersea, and enjoy a glass of wine or a beer. Bring your chairs or a blanket, or you can even pack a picnic supper. There will be food by Southern Exposure Food Truck, wine, beer, and soft drinks available for purchase. This is a free event for the entire family. Historic Battersea is located at 1289 Upper Appomattox Lane in Petersburg. For more information, visit www.batterseafound.org or call 804-732-9882.




3. Take a bicycle tour of Petersburg National Battlefield: On Sunday, June 10, Petersburg National Battlefield will provide 2 ranger-led biking treks at Petersburg National Battlefield; a 6-mile ride at 8 a.m. and a 3-mile ride at 6 p.m. This is one of a series of cycling events planned for June, July, and August. Cyclists interested in the free rides should meet at the Eastern Front Unit Visitor Center parking lot located at 5001 Siege Road in Petersburg. After a safety brief and trail map overview, riders will mount their bicycles for a trek through the recreational trail system at Petersburg National Battlefield. The route is geared for riders experienced with moderate hills on mostly gravel and dirt paths. Mountain bikes suitable for the terrain are highly encouraged. Participants should dress for the weather, wear reflective cycling gear, and bring drinking water. Helmets are mandatory. If you have questions, please contact Ranger Maggs Vibo by email at Margaret_Viboolsittiseri@nps.gov or call 804-732-3531 x222.

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