Sunday is National Grandparents Day. According to TimeAndDate.com, about four million greeting cards will be sent in the United States to honor grandparents.
Younger kids love to make cute gifts and handmade cards for their grandparents. Older kids may prefer to invite their grandparents out for lunch or ice cream to celebrate the special day.
Grandparents who live far away would be delighted to receive a phone call from their grandchildren. Those who live nearby may attend Grandparents Day at Poplar Forest on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
National Grandparents Day was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. Grandparents have enjoyed the day ever since.
Go to church or lunch together, make a call or send a card, make a special gift or find your own way to say thanks for the gift of the grandparents in your child's life and for your own grandparents.
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Yard sales and consignment sales, races and festivals, there's plenty to do this weekend. Here are some of the top activities happening in Lynchburg.
Start your Saturday morning early by shopping for fresh fruits and veggies at Lynchburg Community Market or Forest Farmers Market.
Lynchburg Community Market, located on Main Street, is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Forest Farmers Market, located on Route 221 behind the Forest Public Library, is open from 8 a.m. to noon.
While you're out, stop and pick up some bargains at the Tree of Life Market, held in the church's parking lot from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
You'll also find lots of bargains on everything you want or need for kids at the Kidz Kraze Fall Consignment Sale, which will be held this year at 116 Nationwide Drive, off Graves Mill Road.
The sale is open to the general public starting Saturday with thousands of items for sale. Saturday's hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Kidz Kraze sale continues on Sunday evening. After closing during the day for restocking, Kidz Kraze will host a benefit for Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center from 7 to 9 p.m. This is the only day you'll pay to enter the sale.
There are sale hours all week at Kidz Kraze if you can't fit the sale into your weekend plans. Public sale hours are Monday through Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There are two great ways to help others while staying active, both on Saturday at 9 a.m. Many will run or walk at Peaks View Park to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer in the Hope for Tomorrow 5K.
At the Aid Station in Forest, runners will raise funds for fallen heroes at the 9/11 Heroes Run. Race day registration begins at 8 a.m. for both races.
These are both great causes, making it a tough choice for runners and those who want to help others. Pick one if you can and give an hour or so of your time for a worthy cause.
Ivy Creek Park is the place to be later in the day on Saturday. Rent canoes or kayaks every weekend during the month of September from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the park.
The kids will enjoy fun outdoor activities with the Central Virginia Master Naturalists from 1 to 3 p.m. both days. All events are free, just stop at the cabin beside the lake.
The entire family will have fun and learn about local history at the 2nd Annual Pierce Street Harlem Renaissance Festival. The event will be held at 1301 Pierce Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Enjoy live music, food, games, prizes and children's activities for a small admission fee at the Pierce Street Harlem Renaissance Festival.
If piano music is more your style, enjoy the Four-Handed Piano Recital with music by Noemi Lee and Naomi Amos. There are three performances: Sept. 7, 8 and 12.
All three performances will be held in different locations. On Sept. 7, come to St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 3015 Roundelay Road at 7:30 p.m.
On Sept. 8, the performance will be held at 3 p.m. at Westminster Canterbury on V.E.S. Road. On Sept. 12, come to Schewel Hall at Lynchburg College at 7 p.m. to enjoy the recital.
There's plenty to do this weekend in Lynchburg. In addition to Grandparents Day and all of the family-friendly events, it's a good weekend for a picnic, walk in the park or spending time enjoying the great outdoors.
So pick one, pick two or pick a few and get out to enjoy all there is to do in Lynchburg this weekend.