Wayne Theatre events: Sister Act on the 1st; Richmond Ballet on the 9th; Wilson Fairchild on the 24th. For times and admission fees call 540-943-9999.
38th Annual MDA Car Show at the Berglund Center benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. There will be 2 full floors of cars and vendors. Model car contest, automotive flea market, silent auction, car club alley, local racing section and raffles. Adults $12.00, kids 12 and under free. 540-366-4656.
March 3–Stephens City.
Shenandoah Valley Runners will host the March Madness 5k at Sherando Community Center, 170 S. Warrior Drive. Run with like-minded people not daunted by freezing temperatures and frigid winds. For runners of all abilities. There are no refunds and we do not allow strollers, dogs or headphones at our races. Register by calling 540-868-0794.
Fishing Expo at Augusta Expoland. Our vision is to create a show with an emphasis on the sport of fishing. We are bringing something new to the Shenandoah Valley. For more information call 540-910-0078.
The Shenandoah Valley Builders Association invites you to the Rockingham County Fairgrounds for the Home and Living Expo from 10am-5pm daily and Sunday from 11 am-4pm. Whether you’re thinking about buying a new home or you’re knee-deep in renovations, over one-hundred exhibitors will be there to inspire you. This family friendly event has food, workshops, and demonstrations for everyone. SVBA is excited to bring you the hottest trends for your home and garden again this spring. Free Admission. 540-860-1281.
March 3, 20–Boyce.
Historic Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, will host the following programs: Conifer Identification: Tips and Tricks. Are you confused by conifers? Using hands-on activities we will help you distinguish among pines, spruces, firs, and other needle-leafed trees. Reservations required on the 3rd and on the 20th. Plants That Eat Animals: How and Why? We are surrounded by animals that eat plants. Yet there are cases, think Venus flytraps and pitcher plants, the opposite happens when plants “eat” animals. 540-837-1758.
March 3, 10, 17, 24–Fishersville.
Augusta Expoland events: Indoor Community Yard Sale on the 3th; Spring Arts and Crafts Show on the 10th; Paranzino Brothers Auctioneers Building Materials Auction on the 17th; Spring Fling Vendor Show on the 24th. 540-337-2552.
Friends of Massanutten Regional Library will have a book sale at 174 S. Main Street. Stop by for great deals. We have thousands of books just waiting for new homes. 540-434-4475.
Kids’ Klub for grades K-5, Tuesdays and Thursdays, at the Rosenwald community center, unless stated otherwise. The program will feature a special activity including craft projects, games, construction, occasional cooking and fitness activities. Parent’s are encouraged to stay. Free, but pre-registration is required. 540-942-6735.
“Dogs 2 Read 2” at the Page Public Library, 100 Zerkel Street, from 3:30-4:30pm. Grab a book, get comfy and read to your library’s very own registered therapy dog. All reading levels are encouraged. Younger children that need supervision are welcome with a grown up. 540-434-4475x5.
Shenandoah University’s Center for Lifelong Learning, the Winchester City Police Department, and the Northwestern Community Service Board will present a special lecture to help our community members know who to contact in case of a crisis, especially mental illness. It will be held from 7-8:30pm at the Bowman Building located at 20 South Cameron Street. 540-535-3583.
5th Annual Empty Bowls at the Luray High School, 243 Bulldog Drive. Grab a bowl, enjoy a meal while enjoying entertainment by Dwight Martin. The evening will also include an art show and silent auction. Bowls are made by students, faculty and community members. All ticket proceeds will be donated to our local “Page One”. 540-743-3915 or 1-888-743-3915.
Carnival of the Animals at the Moss Arts Center. A delightful salute to feathers, fur and fins. Circa’s acrobats bring this classical music suite to life for a new generation of circus, music and animal lovers. A work of sophisticated and delightful family entertainment. It is at once both contemporary and old world and amazes, amuses, and uplifts. Admission fee. 540-231-5300.
Bryce Resort will once again have their Annual Winterfest celebration. This event starts at 11am and will be as big as ever. You will not want to miss out on the fun and excitement for the entire family at our end-of-the-season party. 540-856-2121.
Old Town celebrates the community’s Irish and Scottish heritage with the 2nd Annual Saint Paddy’s Celtic Festival at Loudoun Street Mall and downtown businesses from 11am-10pm. All activities are free and open to the public. 540-722-8700.
March 10-11, 17-18–Highland County.
Highland County will celebrate its largest annual event showcasing the tradition of maple syrup-making at the 60th Annual Highland Maple Festival. Farmers in this rural community welcome visitors to their “sugar camps” to observe the process of making maple syrup, from tree-tapping to bottling the finished product. Festival highlights include maple doughnuts, locally harvested Allegheny Mountain trout, arts/crafts show, live bluegrass bands and lots more. 540-468-2550.
Join us at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers, 523 Shenandoah Avenue, for our STEM Tavern program that features a fascinating science presentation plus good beer. Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers will make a donation to the Science Museum of Western VA with each beer sold at our event. There will also be a food truck. 540-342-5718.
Join us at the Best Western Inn and Conference Center from 8am-4:15pm as we present A Gardener’s Palette. We’ll dip your brush in a variety of topics offering something for everyone from garden hobbyist to experienced landscape architect. In the end we’ll have a canvas filled with colors and perspectives to consider and put in practice. Proceeds from the event support our horticulture department’s bloom program. 540-942-6735.
The Moss Arts Center at VA Tech celebrates the voices and creative work of Virginia Tech students, developed in collaboration with visiting artists Omar Offendum, Saba Taj, and Karim Nagi. This program is part of the Moss Arts Center project, Salaam: Exploring Muslim Cultures (salaam means “peace” in Arabic). Free admission. 540-231-5300.
Enjoy a kitty petting zoo with Humanitarians of Pet Education, a local Staunton based cat rescue organization. The kittens will be “free range” today so you can have fun playing and cuddling with them. The cats and kittens are both adorable and adoptable. Help us “socialize” them to human touch so they can quickly find their furr-ever home. Fun for the whole family. Purchases made at Harmony Moon, 10% will be donated to H.O.P.E., a non-profit cat rescue group. 540-885-1368.
Events at Hillandale Park, 801 Hillandale Avenue: Pot of Gold Kid’s Fun Run is an easy run/jog/walk distance of 100 yards out and back for children ages 3-7 begining promptly at 8:45am. Participants are encouraged to wear green or St. Patrick’s Day themed costumes. All participants will run out to the pot of gold, pick out their “gold” coin, then return back to the finish line for their St. Patrick’s Day themed finisher medal. Parents are permitted to guide their child if they need assistance, and then the Shamrock 5K Trail Run, a beginner 5K will begin at 9:30am rain or shine. Once again all of our proceeds benefit Shenandoah Valley High Rollers Wheelchair Basketball Team. 540-433-9168.
4th Annual Irish Road Bowling Competition at Montgomery Hall. Join us for a wee bit o’ fun. This St. Patrick’s Day event is full of fun and family friendly competition with our own spin on the original game played on the Irish country roads. Competition is comprised of teams of 3 or 4 wearing green and fun St. Paddy’s day clothing is encouraged. Ceremonies, prizes, and St. Paddy’s party following the event at local Queen City Brewing. 540-332-3945.
March 17, 23–Browntown.
Events at the Community Center, 96 Browntown Road: Spring Yard Sale from 8am-2pm. It is that time of year when you start to clean out the basement, garage, closets and donate your items to the Community Center on the 17th. Then on the 23rd “Music of the Mountains” concert series. For information call 540-635-9705.
Shenandoah Valley Steam and Gas Engine Association will host the 18th Annual Antique, Collectible, and Vintage Toy Show. It will be held at the Boyce Fire Hall from 6-9pm. Food will be provided by the wrestling club. Profits from the toy show go to a scholarship fund. Admission fee is $2.00. 304-839-7011.
March 24–New Market.
Join us at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War for an exciting day of exploring Civil War history. This event is open to all families seeking a day of fun, exploration and learning. There will be hands-on activities for all ages. Join the Army and learn to drill, try dancing the Virginia Reel, enjoy 19th-century games and crafts, watch the Emmy-award winning film “Field of Lost Shoes”, take a guided tour through the battlefield, learn 19th-century foodways and much more. The special event rate of $3.00 person is only available to those that have pre-registered. 1-866-515-1864 for more information.
March 24–New Market.
Come out for a fun, free community Easter Egg Hunt at 10am. Ages 0 to 10 are invited to hunt eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring their own Easter basket to collect eggs filled with candy or prizes. In addition to the hunt for eggs, there will be fun activities and games. This is a rain or shine event. For location call 540-740-3432.
Calling all children from ages 3-10 years for a Easter Egg Hunt at Longwood Park, 611 East Main Street. You can get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny, enjoy activities and have a few snacks. We will have free popcorn/ice cream and a photo booth for everyone to enjoy. Children ages 3-4 and 7-8 will hunt at 6:30pm and children ages 5-6 and 9-10 will hunt at 7pm. 540-375-4044.
March 29, 31–Boyce.
Learn to identify and manage invasive species during the spring season. Samples of Prism’s “terrible twelve” will be on display and you are invited to share challenges on your property and to bring securely bagged plants for identification. We will end with a short walk to see invasives and discuss field management techniques on the 29th from 1-5pm; Explore the Arboretum under the full moon on the 31st from 7:30-8:30pm. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a flashlight and explore the natural world at dusk and after dark. We will walk about 3/4 mile over gently rolling terrain. Reservations required because space is limited for both programs. 540-837-1758.
Star Party at James Madison University’s Astronomy Park from 6-9pm. This is the public’s opportunity to come on campus, look through our telescopes and perhaps see our moon, jupiter with its 4 galilean moons, saturn with its majestic rings, binary stars and oh so much more. John C. Wells Planetarium director and staff will be on hand to answer your cosmic questions and provide impromptu live, star talks highlighting the Valley sky. While our skies are light-polluted, we will show you objects through our telescope that you cannot see with the unaided eye. For information call 540-568-6109.
Big Lick’s Beer Fest: For The Love Of The Brew at the Berglund Special Events Center starting 3pm. Featuring over 20 breweries showcasing only seasonal and rare selections and some debuts to our market. Join us for the best selection of beer, live music, great food, VIP options with early entry and food pairings, vendors and more all benefiting Mountain View Humane with Big Lick Entertainment. Designated driver $5.00, General Admission $30.00 and V.I.P. $50.00. JD@BigLickEntertainment.com or 540-793-3354.
March 31–Shenandoah Caverns.
2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt to kick off the opening of American Celebration for the season. The hunts will begin at 10:30am. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to get checked in. Attendance will be limited to the first 100 kids for each age group. RSVPs will begin online one month before the event so check back to RSVP your child around March 1. Eggs will have candy or Easter-themed toys inside. 540-477-3115.
Easter Egg Hunt at Big Gem Park, 736 4th Street. Refreshments will be served. Free event open to all from noon-2pm. Contact Christ United or Fields Methodist Church 540-652-1350 or 540-652-1328.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Ridgeview Park starting 10am. For ages 7and under. Bring a basket for your eggs and candy you find. This is a free event. 540-942-6735.
Parks and Recreation’s community Egg Hunt and Eggstravaganza Festival at the Soccer Complex in Montgomery Hall Park. Event will feature bounce houses, old-fashioned egg coloring, refreshments, arts/crafts, face painting and more. Free event from 9:30am-noon. 540-332-3800.