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November 3, 12–Grottoes.
Area events: Turkey and Ham dinner at the Fire Department starting 4pm on the 3rd and a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Town Hall on the 12th starting 11am. 540-249-5896.
The Stonewall Brigade Museum, 566 Lee Hwy, will host an Open House and Reception to observe the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day. Light snacks and drinks will be available while guests explore the museum and our new exhibits. We will screen the original “All Quiet on the Western Front” movie beginning at 6pm. 540-248-0116.
As we honor our Veterans that serve and have served, please join us for a luncheon, provided by Gore’s Meats. A Blood Drive will also be held by the American Red Cross for anyone interested in donating blood that day. Free admission at Jim Barnett Park, Social Hall. 540-662-4946.
The Junior League of Roanoke Valley’s 30th Annual Stocked Market is held at the Berglund Center. This holiday market boasts over a hundred vendors from across the country. All funds raised stay within the Roanoke Valley and are used to further the JLRV’s mission. 540-343-3663.
November 9-Dec. 31–Staunton.
The Art for Gifts is ideal for those seeking a unique holiday gift. This event occurs in the gallery at the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street. Hand-crafted gifts including jewelry, home décor, glass, sculpture, paintings, clothing, and more are available for purchase at this time. On the 9th is the opening reception. For more information call 540-885-2028.
26th Annual 116th Infantry Regiment 5K event will be held in Gypsy Hill Park. The event supports the local Regimental Foundation and the local brave men and women whom has served, or currently serving, in defense of our Nation’s Freedom. Although there is no cap on race registration, we encourage early registration and the event will begin promptly at 9am with late registration from 7:30-8:45am inside the Thomas D. Howie Armory. To register call 540-851-4107 or email@example.com.
Bring your family and friends and show your support and patriotism to the Annual Parade in the downtown area at 11am. Come around 9:30am to the City Market building where you can shake a veterans hand and thank them before the parade. Parade participants include military units from across Virginia, individual veterans accompanied by military, college and highschool bands. 540-982-2860.
Join St. Paul’s United Methodist Church for their Annual Country Store and Pork Tenderloin Dinner at 2000 Shutterlee Mill Road, from 3pm-8pm. This store is a community wide old-fashioned country store featuring unique gift items, baked goods and artisan crafts. The Tenderloin dinner is $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children. Admission is free. 540-886-2317.
November 10–Shenandoah Caverns.
Annual Shenandoah Uncorked festival at the American Celebration on Parade. With over 10 Virginia wineries, great food, unique crafts and a variety of kid’s activities, there’s something for everyone. The festival begins at 10am and wine stops pouring at 4:30pm. Over 21 admission is only $15.00 and includes a souvenir glass. There’s no admission fee for those under 21 or designated drivers, they can still come in to see the vendors. Also explore Shenandoah Caverns right next door, you’ll get a special discount with your festival wristband. www.shenandoahcaverns.com or 540-477-3115.
Come read a book to a loving and patient therapy dog at Handley Library’s Children’s Room, 100 West Piccadilly Street, from 2-3pm. This program is designed for children of all ages who are just beginning to read or those who may need additional practice reading. 540-662-9041 x 16.
The Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Show will be held at the Augusta Expoland from 9am-4pm. Local, as well as warmly welcomed, traveling vendors come to participate in this event. This event strictly showcases only homemade crafts done by our talented and skillful vendors. Admission is $3.00. 540-337-2552.
Join the City of Harrisonburg in honoring our nation’s heroes at the annual Veterans Parade on Sunday. The parade begins at 2:00pm at the Rockingham County Administration Building, 20 East Gay Street, and travels south on Main Street to City Hall, 409 South Main Street. For more information, please visit https://downtownharrisonburg.org/ or call 540-432-8922.
November 11–National Parks.
In observance of Veterans Day All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.Third partie services are not included unless stated otherwise. We want to see you out enjoying the more than 400 national parks across the system. There are natural, cultural, and historical gems to choose from. You’re bound to find a park that speaks to you. 540-999-3500.
Clean Comedy Open Mic at Restless Moons Brewing, 120 W Wolfe Street. A fun night hosted by X2 Comedy. Think you're funny or want to work on bits for your late-night TV debut? Then grab the mic & share your funny while enjoying great beer or watch others share theirs! Sign ups begin at 7pm. Show starts at 7:30pm. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org; call Dawn 540.560.3356 or check out the X2 Comedy Facebook page.
Time to bring your “Little Turkey” to Jim Barnett Park’s Social Hall for some fun activities and treats to celebrate Thanksgiving Day from 6:30pm for ages 1 and up. Must pre-register by the 12th at 540-662-4946 use Activity #: 641514-08.
All American Music Festival at Augusta Expoland. This is a family friendly event. If you are a Bluegrass lover, then you are going to love this lineup: Code Blue, Mill Run, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Malpass Brothers, Flatt Lonesome, Mo Pitney and more. 804-449-6350 or visit AmericasMusicFest.com.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia invites you to the 23rd annual “Call of the Wild” conference on wildlife rehabilitation at the Best Western Inn and Suites Conference Center. Wildlife rehabilitators, veterinary professionals, wildlife biologists, environmental educators, and wildlife enthusiasts from Virginia and beyond will share ideas and knowledge that can benefit wildlife, the environment, and the continually evolving field of wildlife rehabilitation. To register email: email@example.com or call 540-942-9453.
The Kernstown Battlefield Association and Clan Adrenalin will host its second “backyard” Highland games of the season at Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive. Scottish Highland warriors used ordinary objects in their competitions: weights, stones, hammers and tree trunks (“cabers”). This low key event is a perfect family outing. The games benefit prostate cancer research. The games start at 9am. Refreshments will be for sale by Shaffer’s BBQ. Please bring your own chairs. 757-593-8227.
Make plans to join Page County Public Schools and Page Alliance for Community Action for their annual Turkey Trot 5K and 1K at Hawksbill Greenway at the Mechanic Street parking lot. This event will kick off with their 1K at 9:30am and their 5K event at 10am. Awards will be given after each respective race. Both events will be chip timed. Registrations close at 9am on race day. To register early call 540-742-9386 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia Lovers’ Gourd Society will be at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst Street, to present gourd artisans, a gourd competition, and raw gourds for your own crafting purposes. There is no admission fee to the first floor of the Museum to view the competition and make purchases at the show, but there is a small fee for non-members to enter the upstairs exhibits. 540-662-1473.
November 19-Dec. 3–Winchester.
Attention kids and parents, grab paper, pen and send a letter to Santa. Don’t forget your return address and Santa just might write back. Santa mailboxes may be found at the War Memorial Building at Jim Barnett Park, City Hall at 15 North Cameron Street, the Visitor Center at 1400 South Pleasant Valley Road and the Old Town Welcome Center at 33 East Boscawen Street. 540-662-4946.
November 19-Jan. 1–Staunton.
Gypsy Hill Park is again a fairyland of holiday lights. You can honor a loved one, a veteran, a friend or someone “just because” by placing a lighted deer in the “Field of Deer” or adding a Christmas tree to the Celebration of Holiday Lights. This event is free and open to the public from 5-11pm daily. 540-337-3404.
5th Annual Lexington Gobble Wobble 5k and Fun Run at the Upper Maury River Middle School parking lot starting at 8am. The whole family can participate in a exciting, healthy activity to start their Thanksgiving Day, with both a 5k walk or run and children’s Fun Run and still get home in time to put the turkey in the oven. The event is open to runners and walkers of all abilities. Strollers and pets welcome. To register email@example.com or call 540-460-7111.
Our Annual Candleight Processional and Community Tree Lighting held downtown is a wonderful family event you will not want to miss. 540-319-4181.
November 23-Dec. 24–Roanoke.
Come out and enjoy Explore Park gift shop, located at MP 115 off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and you will be rewarded with a unique array of Christmas merchandise from more than 20 artisans, for your holiday shopping needs, from more than 20 artisans. Visit www.RoanokeCountyParks.com 540-777-6326.
November 23-Dec. 30–Winchester.
Don’t miss Frederick County Parks and Recreation’s annual light show from 5:30-9:30pm. Don your stocking caps and wrap those scarves tight as you take a magical stroll through this winter wonderland. There will be free hot chocolate, heated event tent, live entertainment and food vendors. Admission fee. 540-665-5678.
We are kicking off the holiday season with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7pm. Activites begin as the families and visitors gather at the town tree to join in a medley of familiar carols. Santa will be in the Buchanan Town Hall for photographs following the lighting. 540-254-1212.
The Old Town Holiday Parade is a tradition that begins with bands, floats and specialty units, along with Santa starting 7pm. The parade begins at the corner of Cameron and Piccadilly Streets and ends at the intersection of Cork and Cameron Streets. 540-535-3660.
The theme for this year’s Christmas Parade is I’ll Be Home for Christmas. The Parade starts at 7pm and will begin at the corner of North Augusta and Beverley streets. Makeup date is the 3th. 540-332-3867.
Light up Woodstock features caroling wagon rides around Town with hot cocoa and cookies 6pm, a parade 6:30pm, after the parade the tree lighting and visits with Santa on Court Square 7:15pm and lots more. 540-459-3621.
Join the Rockbridge Area Relief Association at 350 Spottswood Drive, as they celebrate the 9th Annual “Tis the Season Artisans Market” from 9am-4-pm. There will be handmade item such as jewelry, quilted-knitted items, jackets, dog coats, doll-childrens clothes, art, jams, baked goods and more. 540-463-6943.
Enjoy festively decorated trees, room after room of lavish holiday decor, delicious hors d’oeuvres, wines, and beverages, live music and merrymaking at the home of Ed Miska and Gary Fitzgerald, located at 134 Claybrook Drive. All proceeds from this event will support the educational and artistic programs of The Historic Wayne Theatre. Admission is $100.00 and includes a ticket to the 2018 Christmas Home Tour on Saturday, December 1, 10am to 4pm. Space is very limited for this event, so purchase your tickets today by calling 540-943-9999.
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