Upfront May/June 2021

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Mark Your Calendars May/June 2021

Sunset on 7th Concert Series
May 8, June 19, July 17
The Academy Center of the Arts is back and ready to party this summer! The Sunset on 7th Series will be held in the Pacific Life parking lot, featuring the No BS! Brass Band in May, Joslyn & The Sweet Compression in June and The Hackensaw Boys in July. Enjoy the show from your own personal parking space “pod” with up to 10 guests. Learn more at academycenter.org.

Memorial Day 10K
May 31, 8 a.m.
For the past five years, Lynchburg Road Runners Club and Type 1 Diabetes Experience have partnered together for this race that supports local families living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. If a 10K isn’t for you, try the shorter two-mile walk to support the cause. Learn more at runsignup.com.

Steel Magnolias
June 3-27,
various showtimes
Join Truvy, Shelby and the rest of the gossiping gang as Wolfbane Productions brings this Southern classic to life at its Appomattox Wolf Den venue. The hilarious repartee and heartbreaking moments make this a beautiful show you won’t forget. Learn more at wolfbane.org.

Outdoor Summer Job Fair
June 24, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Dust off your resume and save the date for this free job fair at the Forest Public Library, sponsored by the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce. Advance registration is not required.


Discover Your Downtown

Raise a Toast to River Restoration

During the month of May, you can enjoy one of Starr Hill Brewery’s award-winning beers while supporting an impactful nonprofit at the same time.
Starr Hill’s “Love Your River” program is a partnership with the James River Association. Every time someone buys The Love Wheat Beer in May, the brewery will donate $1 to the JRA.

“All great beer starts with great water,” says Brewmaster Robbie O’Cain. “We are encouraging our fans to support river restoration and show their ‘Love’ for the largest river in Virginia. As a brewer and a fisherman, I know how important it is for our community to maintain our waterways and we hope that the craft beer community will support this exciting and important program.”

According to the JRA, more than 2.7 million Virginians rely on the James for their drinking water.


Local Openings & Closings

Hello! to The Ridge, formerly Phase 2. The entertainment venue has new owners after being up for sale since 2019.

Hello! to the Backyard in Forest, featuring multiple food trucks and gathering space.

Hello! to Kaleidoscope Studios on Fifth Street.

Hello! to women’s clothing

store Carter Bates inside River Ridge Mall.

Hello! to Main Street Sports Bar and Grill on Main Street.

Goodbye to Chestnut Hill Hardware, a fixture on Fort Avenue since 1948.

Hello! to Popeyes on Candlers Mountain Road.

Hello! to a new location of Blue Mountain Barn in River Ridge Mall.

Hello! (again) to Gary’s Garden Center, now on Leesville Road.

Hello! to The Chicken Coupe Boutique in Amherst.

Hello! to the second location of Elite Realty on Graves Mill Road.

Hello! to Hearts & Kisses on Leesville Road offering wedding gown and formal dress rentals.

Hello! to Fratelli Italian

Kitchen, now open on the Bluffwalk downtown.

Hello! to Alpaca by Jaca, moving to a new location inside River Ridge Mall.

Hello! to Findings, a unique curated art gallery in the Boonsboro Shopping Center.

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