If you missed Get!Downtown, Lynchburg's family-friendly street festival, you missed a lot of fun as well as information about many upcoming events and activities.
This was our first time attending the event, hosted by Lynch's Landing and sponsored by many local companies and organizations.
Main Street was closed to traffic from 8th Street to 13th Street on Friday, Sept. 13 for Get!Downtown. We saw old friends and met new friends at the event, which brought thousands of people downtown.
There were stages with live music, street performers, activities for college students, information about upcoming events, arts and culture, vendor booths and much more.
From the many booths we visited, here are 10 things I learned about family-friendly events and a variety of activities in Lynchburg.
The mission statement of Lynchburg City Schools is short, sweet and to the point: Every Child, By Name and By Need, to Graduation.
The mission begins with Preschool Community Playgroups, which began the week of Sept. 9 and run through the end of May.
On Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m., playgroups will be held at Lynchburg College Brewer Townhome. On Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m., playgroups will be held at Daniel's Hill Neighborhood Center at 314 Cabell Street. All preschool children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and the program is free.
T.C. Miller Elementary School principal Amy Huskin is the coordinator for Partners in Education, a program that pairs businesses, organizations and institutions with Lynchburg City Schools to help students succeed in the future.
Huskin is the perfect choice for this important program. She's a real go-getter who knows and loves children and is able to match the resources offered with the right schools.
Beacon of Hope offers help to provide all Lynchburg City Schools students with the tools and resources to attain a post-secondary education.
Former Lynchburg Mayor Joan Foster is the Director of Development for Beacon of Hope, which recently received a $100,000 Challenge Gift from the Honorable Elliot and Rosel Schewel to match donations from individuals and companies.
Learn more about the programs and mission of Lynchburg City Schools at their website. Whether or not you have school-age children, get involved in your local school to provide mentoring and guidance for our future leaders.
Lynchburg Public Library offers more than just books. From basic computer and internet classes to help in using eBooks and storytime for the kids, Lynchburg Public Library serves every member of the community.
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg has provided a positive, fun and safe place for Lynchburg's youth since 2005 at their Madison Street location.
The organization is proud to announce a second location, now open on the campus of Presbyterian Homes & Family Services on Linden Avenue.
Both locations offer mentoring to youth ages 6 to 18 including homework help, recreational and arts programs, reading and learning activities and much more. Volunteers are always welcome.
Speaking of Presbyterian Homes, there are a couple of great events coming up under the sponsorship of Presbyterian Homes & Family Servies.
On Oct. 27, head to the campus at 150 Linden Avenue for Run For Your Life. Whether you sign up to be a zombie or a runner, you'll have a great time in the zombie-infested forest and at the post-apocalyptic party to follow.
Start your Thanksgiving morning off on the right foot at the 25th Annual Turkey Trot. Register online for the 5K Run, 5K Fun Walk or the Youth Mile and join in the fun on Thanksgiving Day.
It's almost theatre time at Lynchburg City Schools. Dunbar Middle School, E.C. Glass and Heritage have all released their theatre schedules.
Get season tickets or choose your favorite performance. First up at E.C. Glass is "Little Women - the Musical" on Oct. 8 to Oct. 12. At Heritage, enjoy "Chicago, the Musical" on Oct. 10 to Oct. 21. Dunbar's first show is "Once on This Island, Jr." on Nov. 1-3.
The arts are alive and well all around town. Visit Riverviews Artspace and local galleries for First Fridays each month. Enjoy the Fine Arts and Lecture Series at Lynchburg College.
Visit the Daura Gallery at Lynchburg College and the Maier Museum at Randolph College for ever-changing exhibits. Register for fall classes at the Academy of Fine Arts or get tickets to this season's performances.
Enjoy a free family day at Opera Mania on Nov. 2 at Opera on the James to introduce children of all ages to classical music and opera.
Explore Lynchburg's history on Oct. 5 for Day at the Point, held at Point of Honor. Learn more about local history any day at Lynchburg Museum. Admission is free on the first Friday of each month from 5-8 p.m.
Make a difference in the lives of women and children around the world and raise awareness of sexual exploitation and human trafficking by participating in Run For Their Lives.
This event, which brought thousands of participants out to Heritage High School last year. will be held on Oct. 12 at Lynchburg College.
Enjoy a funky downtown festival on Oct. 5 at Garage Fest. This urban art festival explores all things garage through music, art and performances.
Lynchburg Road Runners are busy preparing for the Virginia 10 Miler on Sept. 28 and the Amazing Mile Children's Run and family festival on Sept. 27.
This year's 40th Virginia 10 Miler will bring the largest group of elite runners from around the world and the biggest field of runners, according to Race Director Jeff Fedorko, who was manning the Lynchburg Road Runners booth.
You can find Fedorko most days at Riverside Runners, keeping the store stocked with everything runners need to keep in shape.
Lynchburg is a great place to live and raise a family. You can find something for every member of the community. From great parks and recreation activities, organizations including the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club and Boys & Girls Club to history, arts and culture, Lynchburg's the place to be.