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Join us at the French Press, 134 N. Wayne Avenue, for Open Mic Night every Friday-Saturday from 7-9pm. Featuring a dose of local music, arts, great coffee, beverages, and a hip atmosphere. Admission free. 540-221-6568.
Horse Center events: On the 4th, the Winter Tournament; On the 9th-12th, DOTC and SCCTC Canine Agility Trials; On the 11th-12th, ODRPC Schooling; On the 15th-19th, Stonewall Country Horse Show I “A”; On the 24th-26th, Blue Ridge Nationals (President’s Cup) BMX. For times and admission fee call 540-464-2950.
Monday Night Madness at Massanutten Resort from 4-9pm. A free beginner group lesson at 5 or 6 pm. Must be 7 years old to participate in a group lesson. When you ski or ride at Massanutten a portion of the night’s proceeds will go to local charities which includes Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA on the 6th, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic on the 13th, United Way of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County on the 20th and the Wildlife Center of Virginia on the 27th.Tickets can be purchased in-person at the ticket window starting at 3:45pm on the day of the event. 540-289-4952.
Join the Library at 3714 Churchville Avenue, every Monday from 2-6pm, to create something new using a variety of tools and materials. For ages 5-105. 540-245-5287.
Augusta Expoland will host the Virginia Farm Show. In addition to exhibits of all the major lines of equipment and services there is a Skid Steer Rodeo for all the attendees to watch as well as participate in. Come see equipment ranging from milking parlors to portable sawmills and so much more. 1-800-218-5586 or 540-337-2552.
Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys will perform at Court Square Theater, 41 Court Square, from 7pm. 540-433-9189.
Annunal Lee-Jackson Day events/ceremonies: On the 17th the Annual Symposium at the Hampton Inn (Col Alto) Conference Center which is free and open to the public. On the 18th a Wreath Laying and Military Salute at 10:30am in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery at the gravesite of General Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson. Then the Lee-Jackson Day Parade at 11:15am, visitors are welcomed to join in the procession or watch. To fill out your weekend we are providing visitors the opportunity to see historic sites connected with our Black Confederate citizens. For tour details (https://saveourflags.webs.com/Black%20Confederate%20Tour.pdf). We strongly discourage any confrontation which would not be in the spirit of Lee or Jackson, nor Martin Luther King, Jr. who encouraged his followers to encourage peace, not division. Visit www.leejacksonday.webs.com or 540-461-0389.
The First Aid Crew Auxiliary is hosting a hot roast beef and gravy sandwich dinner with all the fixings at 201 West Broad Street, from 4-7pm. Sides will include mashed potatoes, green beans, assorted desserts and tea. Cost is $12.00 per dinner, dine in or carry out. All proceeds benefit the First Aid Crew Auxiliary. 540-241-5258.
January 18–Front Royal.
The Shenandoah Valley Runners will host the Snowman Stampede 5 Miler at the Bowling Green Country Club (South), 500 Bowling View Road, from 9:30-11:30am. Be abominable and show winter who is boss by being the coolest snowman ever. Get out your carrot nose, black hat, and show off your snowmanship at this fun and hopefully snowy 5 miler. 1-888-385-1360.
The Greater Virginia Bridal Show will be held at the Berglund Special Events Center and is sponsored by the Virginia Bride Magazine, from 1-5pm. There will be top wedding vendors displaying products and services. Sample catering and a fashion show. Enter to win thousands of dollars in door prizes. The grand prize is a romantic getaway for two. Admission is $10.00 cash only, ATM on site, kids 12 and under get in free. 540-853-2241.
“Wilde Creatures” will be performed at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts. A captivating crew of storytelling musicians bring this classic fairy tale to life. In the town square of a cold and lonely village stands an empty platform where the statue of the Happy Prince once stood. The town has three people who vie to become the new town statue. As an audience member, you get to choose in this fantastical journey. 540-568-7131.
The Mimslyn Inn, 401 W. Main Street, will be hosting a Murder Mystery weekend. The mystery starts with the welcome reception, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar on the 24th. Breakfast, lunch, cocktail reception, dinner and a cash bar on the 25th. Brunch and final solution with the awarding of prizes on the 26th. For reservations 540-743-5105 or email@example.com.
Seed Exchange and Plant Swap, from 10am-2pm, at the University of Virginia’s Historic Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane. FOSA Volunteers and Virginia Master Gardeners save, sort, and label seeds to trade or give away at the annual seed exchange. You are welcome to come with or without bringing seeds, roots, cuttings, or plants to trade. We’ll also exchange garden-related books and magazines. 540-837-1758 Ext. 224.
The Annual Souper Bowl will be held at Washington and Lee University’s Evans Dining Hall from 11am-2pm. Join us for a community wide soup tasting to benefit the Campus Kitchen and tackle childhood hunger. All proceeds benefit the Backpack Program, which serves 750 pre-k/elementary schools in the Rockbridge area including Lexington and Buena Vista. Tickets for students $10.00, Adults $15.00. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-458-8131.
Showmasters Gun Show will be held at Augusta Expoland. There will be handguns, shotguns, rifles, ammo, holsters, safes, antiques, carbines, pistols, swords, knives, and training. Early Indian/Western Americana, militaria of all wars, and coins. Admission fee and children under 12 are free. 540-951-1344.
“Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare will be held at the Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 South Market Street. Feel the joy of love won and the ache of love lost as this story makes you laugh, breaks your heart, and then somehow puts it back together again in Shakespeare’s tale of trickery and true love. For more information call 540-885-5588.
Come to Clementine Cafe, 153 South Main Street, for good music by the Ben Kunkle Band, “14lbs and the Hackens Boys” at 8pm. Admission fee $10.00. 540-801-8881.
Jim and Cheryl Nystrom Ball better known as the ”Mercy Creek” band will be performing at E&J’s Deli Pub, 2800-C West Main Street. They represent a new sound in folk music that instantly grabs your ear and makes you want more. Their sound blends modern folk with pop, rock, blues and even bluegrass. Based in Virginia, Mercy Creek performs original music they call aggressive folk rock. 804-366-3651 or 540-221-2927.
The American Spiritual Ensemble will be at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, 147 Warsaw Avenue. They feature some of the finest singers in the classical music world by performing renditions of classic spirituals, jazz and Broadway favorites that highlight the black experience. “The ensemble produces a sound of such sumptuous power, energy and commitment that one is hard put to find words worthy of the effect they make on an audience.” The Madison Singers will sing a few select numbers with ASE in this concert. Call 540-568-7131 or www.americanspiritualensemble.com.
83rd Annual Dinner Dance and Auction at Washington and Lee University’s Evans Hall, from 5:30-11pm. The theme will be “An Old Hollywood Affair”. Featuring a live/silent auction, dinner and dancing. For more information call 540-463-5375.
Shenandoah Valley Runners “Stickman’s Tandems 5k” at the High School, 250 Ram Drive. Your finish place will be combined with your teammate’s to determine the winners. Low score wins, cross country scoring. No headphones/dogs/strollers are allowed. Inclement weather policy, we run even if it is cold, sleet, snow, but not when icy. To register 540-327-4331 or email@example.com.
February 1, 3-4–Harrisonburg.
Monthly book sale from 10am-6pm at the Central Library, 174 South Main Street. We have thousands of books just waiting for new homes. Visit our regular sale on the 1st then come back for the $5.00 bag sale on the 3rd and 4th. Stop by for great deals. 540-434-4475.
The Black History Museum at the Rosenwald Community Center, 413 Port Re-public Road, is celebrating Black History month with tours of the museum. Open Monday-Friday. For appointment call 540-942-6735.
Each Monday night from 4-9pm ski or ride at Massanutten Resort and you will be contributing to a local charity. These are the charitys: Blue Ridge Area Food Bank on the 3rd, Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition on the 10th; Elkton Area United Services will be collecting canned food donations on the 17th; Pleasant View Inc. on the 24th. 540-289-4954.
The Public Library, 600 South Wayne Avenue will have a poster exhibit from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The exhibit explores various aspects of African American history and accomplishments. 540-942-6746.
Join us for First Fridays along Washington Street, where you can stroll through the galleries, enjoy art, music, tasting and for your sweet tooth, stop by Sweet Treats Bakery. 540-463-3777.
“First Friday” at the Explore More Discovery Museum, 150 South Main Street. Free admission from 4-7pm. We provide high-quality museum experiences for all ages. Your adventure begins when you enter the museum. 540-442-8900.
Tri-State Arenacross Indoor Championship Finals will be held at the Civic Center. Amateur and professional motorcyclists for two nights of action-packed racing on dirt. The fastest Arenacross riders on the east coast will compete. Admission fee and children 4 and under are free. 540-375-3004.
Massanutten Resort’s Ski Lodge has a DJ, live music, and dancing every Friday and Saturday night for those 21+ from 8pm-1:30am. Kanye Twitty on the 7th-8th; Vertigo Red on the 14th; Pink Party on the 15th; Dead Eye Stare on the 21st-22nd; Red Dirt Revolution on the 28th; Mardi Gras Party on the 29th. There is a $7.00 cover charge or show your slope-use ticket for free admission. 540-289-4978.
Annual Black and White Masquerade Ball at the Patrick Henry Ballroom, 611 S. Jefferson Street. For tickets: squaresociety.org/ or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane presents “EcoArt”, from 2-4pm. Nature and art make perfect partners. Join us for this indoor/outdoor art experience using natural materials and found objects. Create surprising sculptures to take home and you can contribute to the large outdoor art that we will leave in place. Reservations required. 540-837-1758 ext 287.
Frogtown Music will host a bluegrass concert at the Millbrook High School, 251 First Woods Drive. Featuring Blue Moon Rising, Southern Skies and Troy Engle. This is a benefit for the Frederick County Educational Foundation. The doors open at 6pm and the shows begins at 7pm. Tickets are $30.00 in advance and $35.00 at the door and can be ordered by calling 540-955-4786 or fcef.fcpsk12.net/fcef-events.
“Carilion Children’s” will host the Tons of Fun event at Tanglewood Mall from 10am-2pm. This family-friendly event will again feature local children’s performers, lots of educational opportunities and more. In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled and will not be rescheduled. 540-342-6025.
Sweetheart Dance at the Community Activities Center, 305 South Dogwood Drive, from 6-7:30pm. Spend a fun filled evening with your little miss. There will be music, refreshments and a special photo will all be included in your evening. This is open to ages 10 and under. Admission fee. To register call 540-433-2474.
The Polar Bear Horse Show will be held at the Virginia Horse Center. This is a schooling show to prepare for the spring show season. 540-464-2950.
The Big Lick Comic Con will return to the Berglund Center, 710 Williamson Road. Featuring a massive experience of comics, vendors, artists, guests, gaming, creators, stage entertainment and more. Special guests include actor Jason David Frank of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, James Marsters of Marvel’s Runaways, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and more. 540-793-3354.
Augusta Expo events: Yard Sale on the 8th; American Red Cross Blood Drive on the 12th; Fishing Expo on the 15th-16th. 540-943-3976.
Celebrate Black History month at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst Street, from 2-3pm. We will have gospels, spirituals, and protest songs from the American Civil Rights Movement performed by Shenandoah University’s Harambee Gospel Choir and interpreted by Dr. James Coates. Free. 540-662-1473 ext. 240.
February 10, 24–Fishersville.
Coding Club at the Main Library, 1759 Jefferson Highway, starting 4:30pm. Come meet with others interested in learning about computers and coding. Meetings are twice monthly on Monday afternoons. Registration required. (Please bring a laptop if possible.) Ages 8+. 540-885-3961.
Massanutten Resort will be hosting the region’s first ever Skimo race from 5-9pm. Skimo is short for “Ski Mountaineering”. Skimo is a rapidly growing genre of ski racing that tests the athlete’s endurance fitness, skiing ability, efficiency and ability to travel quickly in the mountains. Register at facebook.com/events/2441016816146438/ or 540-289-4978. Registration not available on day of event.
Movie Night from 7-9pm at the Chet Hobert Park, featuring “Despicable Me”. There will be themed snacks to enjoy while watching the movie. Everyone is encouraged to bring a comfortable pillow, blanket or beanbag chair to lounge on for the movie. Fee $4.00, children 2 and under are free. For more information call 540-955-5147.
Since 1908, Washington and Lee University has held a Mock Convention 26 times. We have predicted the right candidate 20 times, and in 2020 we plan to make that 21. The convention begins with state delegations lining up along Main Street at 9:00am, with floats decorated to mirror their state and decked out to match their delegation’s energy on the 14th. The convention will also be live streamed in its entirety and available at no cost on mockconvention.com. Also the Rockbridge Regional Library, 138 South Main Street, will be hosting a free viewing of the sessions throughout the weekend. 540-458-8400.
Guns and Hoses is an annual charity ice hockey tournament played at the Berglund Coliseum, 710 Williamson Road. All proceeds go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the official charity of the International Association of Firefighters. Each year, local Roanoke-area firefighters (the “Hoses”) take on a team of local Roanoke-area police officers and law enforcement personnel (the “Guns”). We’d like to thank our fans and sponsors for their continued support in making Guns and Hoses not only possible, but a huge success and a blessing to those benefiting from the MDA and the work they do. Thank you. Admission fee. 540-853-2241.
Shenandoah Valley Runners “Heart and Soles 5K” at the Town Hall, 7875 Church Street. Celebrate your love of running with this Valentine’s Day inspired race. No headphones/dogs/strollers are allowed. Inclement weather policy, we run even if it is cold, sleet, snow, but not when icy. To register early call 540-327-8079.
Page Alliance for Community Action presents the Polar Bear Plunge. Dare to take the plunge at this family friendly event held at Lake Arrowhead Park, 265 Lake Arrowhead Road. There will be awesome prizes, free parking, hot chocolate, event t-shirt. 540-742-9386 or www.paca-event.com/ or pagecoalition.org/register/?thistype=polar.
February 15, 22, 29–Roanoke.
Join the Taubman Museum of Art every Saturday in Art Venture, the Museum’s interactive, exploratory gallery for youths and families. Visitors to this event can paint, draw, build, connect music with art, investigate 3D printing and printmaking, create sculptures, display artwork, and much more. Children are $5.00 and accompanying adults are free. 540-342-5760 or TaubmanMuseum.org.
Teen and adult coloring at the Library, 601 Dogwood Avenue, from 4-5pm. Come explore what the coloring craze is all about at 4pm. Light snack provided by the Grottoes Ruritans. Coloring books and markers provided by the Library. 540-434-4475.
Join the Lee Chapel and Museum for a moderated discussion between leading experts on Marshall and Washington as they outline the similarities and differences of two titanic figures in American history. RSVP no later than the 13th at 540-463-7103, ext. 138.
February 22–Weyers Cave.
The Valley Radio Control Flying Club’s Annual Hobby Swap Meet at the Community Center, 682 Weyers Cave Road, starting 9am. Come buy, sell, and trade R/C related items. There will be at least 100 tables of various items. Also an Indoor Fly-In following the Swap Meet. The Valley R/C Flyers Club is an Academy of Model Aeronautics sanctioned radio control model flyers club. Members are flying many types of model aircraft including fixed wing, helicopters, and sailplanes. In addition, visitors are welcome anytime we are flying. 540-533-2446.
Superhero Party at the Community Activities Center, 305 S Dogwood Drive, from 3-5pm. Superhero themed music, games, crafts, and photo opportunity. This is open to ages 10 and under. There is an event limit of 50 couples. $5.00 per couple, additional children is $2.00 per child. For additional information or to register call 540-433-2474. Online registration is not available for this program.
Happy Birthday, George Washington event will be held at the Library Station, 3698 Middlebrook Road, for ages 0-12 starting at 11:30am. Did you know George Washington had more than one birthdate? Come celebrate and find out more about his birthdays with stories, cake, and crafts. 540-885-1008.
Winter Wine Festival fundraiser for the Historic Staunton Foundation will be held at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center. This is a snow or shine event and tickets are non-refundable. Enjoy samples from the states most accomplished vineyards and wineries. For more information call 540-885-7676 or 540-885-4848.
Shenandoah University, 1460 University Drive, will present a Recital in Celebration of Black History Month at Goodson Chapel’s Recital Hall, starting 7:30pm. Vocal/Choral Division faculty present a special recital dedicated to African American composers. Free admission. 540-665-4569.
Night Sky Stargazing at the Library Station, 3698 Middlebrook Road, for ages 5 and up. Join the Shenandoah Valley Stargazers at 5:30pm, for a presentation on the winter sky and a chance to see stars and planets through their telescopes. 540-885-1008.
February 28-March 1–Roanoke.
The Southwest Virginia Boat Dealers Association’s 46th Annual Boat Show at the Berglund Center. will be kicking off the boating season and heightening consumer awareness and excitement. Come see, feel, touch, and buy now. Including exciting exhibits of boating equipment, related products and services and much more. Free Admission Friday and Sunday. 507-530-0171.
9th Annual Mad Anthony Mud Run A battle awaits you at Coyner Springs Park as we pay homage to our City’s namesake, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. Our first eight years have brought temperatures ranging from 9 degrees to 60 degrees. Are you ready for the challenge Mother Nature throws at you? This is not your typical mud run. Expect a challenging course with numerous “Battles” and ankle deep mud in spots. To register call 540-942-6735 or visit runthevalley.com/mad-anthony-mud-run/.
Shenandoah Valley Runners Winter Series WS #7 Build the Trails 5K will start at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. To register call 540-323-1925.