Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Walking Tours McIntire Building, 200 Second St. NE. 296-1492. www.albemarle
history.org. Guided tours of historic Downtown every Saturday from April through October, 10am. Free.
Beginner Bike Ride www.cambc.org. Join the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club for an easy, socially-paced ride, select Tuesdays and Sundays. Next ride is Tuesday, August 1, at Observatory Hill, 6pm. Free.
Bird Walk at Ivy Creek Natural Area 973-7772. www.ivycreekfoundation.org. Learn about Virginia’s birds with experienced birders. Sponsored by Rivanna Conservation Society, Ivy Creek Foundation and Monticello Bird Club every first Saturday, 7:30am. Call for meeting location.
Charlottesville Astronomical Society On McCormick Road. 975-4231. www.cville
astro.org. Meets the first Wednesday of each month at the McCormick Observatory to hear various speakers discuss astronomy and space. Next meeting is August 2 with Remey Indebetouw, who will discuss infrared galactic surveys, 7pm. Free.
Charlottesville Hash House Harriers 963-9394 or 531-1937. www.chhh.com. This “drinking club with a running problem” meets for a three- to five-mile trail run and dinner every Sunday, 3pm. Free the first time, $5 afterwards.
Charlottesville Orchid Society 1165 E. Rio Rd. 975-4231. Meets the second Sunday of the month at the Church of Our Saviour to discuss various aspects of orchid growing, 2-3:30pm. Free.
McCormick Observatory On McCormick Road. 924-7494. www.astro.virginia.edu. Holds a visitor’s night the first and third Fridays of each month (except holidays) including observing with telescopes (weather permitting), audio-visual presentations and tours. 9-11pm. Free.
Montalto tours at Monticello off Route 53. 984-9822. Walking tours of the landmark peak, 410′ above Jefferson’s home. Daily, 1pm and 3pm, weather permitting. $12. Reservations recommended.
Monticello Signature tours off Route 53. 984-9822. www.monticello.org. An extended guided tour of the main floor, the Dome Room and cellars, plus the gardens on Fridays, 6:30pm. $35. Reservations required.
Mornings in the Mountain 3421 Wintergreen Dr., Nellysford. 325-8169. www.twnf.org. Join a Wintergreen Nature Foundation naturalist for an interpretive hike. Saturdays and Sundays. 10am. $3-6.
Plantation Community Tours at Monticello off Route 53. 984-9822. www.monticello.org. Tour Mulberry Row, the center of slave life at Monticello. Daily, on the hour from 10am-3pm. General admission $6-14.
Rivanna Trail Foundation Work Party 244-5763. www.rivannatrails.org. Held monthly every second Saturday, meets at Melbourne Road trailhead; tools provided, but bring shears and clippers if you have them. Next work party on August 12, 9am-noon. Free.
Scheier Natural Area nature exploration Scheier natural Area in Palmyra 971-1553. www.rivannariver.org. All-ages guided nature exploration, every fourth Sunday. 3pm. Free.
SeaDevil Divers 2001 Commonwealth Ave. 975-5570. www.seadevildivers.com. A local scuba diving club, meets the second Tuesday of each month at Starr Hill Brewery. Social hour and speaker. Next meeting on August 8, 6:30pm. Free.
Senior Citizen Basketball at Downtown Recreation Center, 800 E. Market St. 970-3260. Every Monday and Thursday, 9:30-11:30am. Free.
Sunday Social Bike Ride www.cambc.org. Join the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club for a socially paced ride every Sunday. Free. Visit website for location and time.
Trout Unlimited meeting UVA Astronomy Building. Call Chubby Damron, 531-6938. Visit the Thomas Jefferson Chapter’s monthly gathering about coldwater conservation and fisheries. Every fourth Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm. Free.
Wednesday Night Bike Ride www.cambc.org. With the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club, an intermediate/advanced pace ride, every Wednesday, 8pm. Free. Visit website for locations.
Women’s Mountain Biking www.cambc.org. Join the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club twice a month for a noncompetitive, social ride. Bring helmet, trail bike and water. Next ride is August 10 at 6pm. For more info: email@example.com.