As a new week begins in Lynchburg, some in our area are still without power from the June 29 derecho that swept through the eastern half of the United States.
Read about derecho in central Virginia
Lynchburg was hit especially hard in the strong wind storm. 143 houses in the city have been reported as damaged by the storm with 13 of those condemned due to damage. City officials have reported that 260 city streets were blocked with downed trees, utility poles, and power lines at the height of the storm. In addition, at least 822 trees were lost in the city’s parks, almost 100 at Lynchburg College, and many more in neighborhoods across the area.
As of 7:30 p.m. on Sunday night, APCO was reporting 13,380 still without power in Virginia. Included in those numbers are 2,099 in Lynchburg, 404 in Nelson County, 191 in Campbell County, 984 in Bedford County, and 3,074 in Amherst County. Other areas in Virginia still without power include Roanoke City, and Roanoke, Albemarle, Botetourt, Buchanan, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski Counties. If you are still without power, report at APCO’s website above.
With all of the extra expenses families incurred during the storm, it will be helpful that many of this week’s events are free or inexpensive. Here are some ways to spend time this week with the kids without breaking the bank.
Lynchburg Public Library presents Monday Movies on Monday, July 9 and each Monday through August 1. Horton Hears a Who! will be shown at 10:30 a.m. and Puss in Boots will be shown at 1 p.m. These movies are free to all.
Cinemark Movies 10 will show Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 on Tuesday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 11 at 10 a.m. as part of their Summer Movie Clubhouse. The cost is $1 per person.
The RiverFlick Film Series continues on Saturday, July 14 with Rocky on the big screen across from Amazement Square on Jefferson Street. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the movie will be shown at dusk. Admission is free to all.
Loop Fest continues at Bedford Middle School on Saturday, July 14 with The Blind Side showing at dusk. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with games and fun for the family. Admission is free.
Lynchburg Public Library activities
Wednesday Wonders will be presented on Wednesday, July 11 for all ages at the library. The event will be held in the morning from 10 a.m. to noon and in the afternoon from 2-4 p.m.
Thursday Thrills will be held for ages 8-12 on Thursday, July 12 from 1-2 p.m.
Born to Read Storytime will be held for ages up to 23 months on Friday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m. This reading program is for infants and their parents.
No advance registration is required for these events, which are part of the library’s summer reading program.
Lynchburg City Parks and Recreation activities
All of the city’s summer camps will resume on Monday, July 9. All city Parks and Recreation centers will reopen on Monday.
Check the Parks and Recreation website to register for many upcoming events. Most require a week’s advance registration and many are free or inexpensive.
Monday is the last day to register for Summer Nature Camp at Ivy Creek Park. This camp is a day camp for ages 9-12, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 16-20. Monday is also the last day to register for the CVU free summer soccer clinic, to be held on Saturday, July 14 from 9-11 a.m. at Miller Park.
The Nature Zone, 825 Kemper Street, was still reported closed at the most recent Lynchburg City update. If Nature Zone reopens, Dino-Mites is scheduled on Tuesday for ages 5-7 at 5 p.m.
Wee Wild Ones is scheduled for Tuesday, July 10 at 10 a.m. for ages 4-6 at Ivy Creek Park. Wee Wild Sprouts is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 at 10 a.m. for ages 2-3 at Ivy Creek.
The Lynchburg Hillcats will play at home this weekend with games on Friday, July 13 at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday, July 14 at 6:05 p.m. Come on out and support your hometown Hillcats.
Amazement Square events
Tuesday Morning Greens is a program held the second Tuesday of each month in the summer. Kids ages 7 and up can help plant and harvest vegetables. The cost is $2 per child and the program will be held Tuesday, July 10 from 10-11 a.m.
Toddler Tales is a story time program for preschool kids. Times this week are Thursday, July 12 at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday, July 14 at 6 p.m.
Saturday is Family Fun Night on the second Saturday of each month. All are admitted for a reduced price of $3 per person from 4-7 p.m.
Fun on Friday
Friday at the Bedford Museum will be held on Friday, July 13 for kids in grades 3-6 from 2-3 p.m. The museum is located at 201 East Main Street and the event is free. The theme will be World War I. Call the museum at (540) 586-4520 for more details.
Friday Cheers will resume after a week off due to the storm. Friday Cheers is held at Riverfront Festival Park, starting at 5:30 p.m. This event is open to all ages; however, children under age 18 must be accompanied.
There are many fun events families can enjoy without spending a lot of money in Lynchburg. In addition to those listed, Sprayground at Riverside Park is open for free daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There’s never a charge to visit any of Lynchburg’s parks. Kids Kove at Thomas Road Baptist Church is always free. See the link below for other free activities in Lynchburg.
However you spend your week, the temperatures will be much improved from last week with highs only in the 80s. Rain is in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday with scattered storms possible the rest of the week.
So pick one, pick two or pick a few and enjoy your week in Lynchburg!