CALENDAR OF EVENTS: April, 2017
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April 1–Harrisonburg.
Join Big Brothers Big Sister for a Totally 80’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake at Valley Lanes. We’ll have throwback music, tons of prizes, and lots of fun. No bowling skills required and each participant is asked to raise a minimum of $50.00 per adult and $25.00 per child/student bowler by event day. This is our largest and most important fundraiser. To register call 540-433-8886 or www.bbbshr.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1169468.

April 1–Woodstock.
Chili Fest at Shenandoah County Fairgrounds from 11:30am-4pm. Whatever your preference we will have it. Also live music, fun games/activities for adults and kids alike. Your ticket includes chili tasting and judging. Alcohol/food vendor sales are not included. Admission fee is $5.00, and under 13 are free. 540-459-3621.

April 1–Lexington.
11th Annual Bull and Oyster Fest to benefit the Rockbridge Area Health Center will be held at the Virginia Horse Center. Ticket price includes food, a beverage ticket, live entertainment by Graham Spice and Friends. All ages are welcome, but no pets allowed. For more information call 540-464-8700 x7118 or ehhall@rockahc.org.

April 1–Front Royal.
Meet/Greet with Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol, from 11am-3pm. This event is a fundraiser for Community Christmas Dinner and Relay 4 Life charites and held at the North Warren VFD Celebration Hall, 89 Rockland Road. Admission cost is $8.00 per person, 3 years old and under are free. There is a limit of 300 tickets being sold and price includes pizza, drinks and ice cream. You may bring your cameras or etc to take pictures during the event. For tickets call 540-671-5871, 540-683-9846 or 540-631-4825.

April 1–Dayton.
28th Annual Toy Show and Sale from 8:30am-1:30pm, at 3045 John Wayland Highway. Also there will be food for sale and lots of tables displaying tractors, implements, construction toys and more. 540-879-9759.

April 1-2–Harrisonburg.
The 26th Annual Greater Shenandoah Valley Knife Show will be held at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. We share a passion for the cutlery world, from factory knives to custom-made knives, and hope that you will join us whether you are a hobbyist or experienced collector. Only knives and knife related items are allowed. Guns are not permitted in any circumstance. General admission is $5.00 with children under 12 free, if accompanied by an adult. 540-434-0005.

April 7-8–Harrisonburg.
The 20th Annual MACROCK Festival will be held in the downtown area at several select venues. The following bands are performing Elysia Crampton, Alex Cameron, DJ Haram, Free Cake for Every Creature, Soul Glo, Street Sects, Haybaby, TRNSGNDR/VHS, Kal Marks, Shellshag, SIRE, Empty Vessels and many more. For venue location macrockva@gmail.com or 540-433-9189.

April 8–Winchester.
Scottish “Backyard” Highland Games at the Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive. The “backyard game” is smaller than the one Kernstown will host in July. The competition will benefit Warrior 360, a veteran sponsored 501(c)(3) that supports veterans with everything from medical care to housing needs. A contingent of wounded warriors will be competing at these games. Refreshment proceeds will support the KBA. Please bring your own chairs. 757-593-8227 or www.kernstownbattle.org.

April 8–Woodstock.
In honor of the 100th Anniversary of World War One, Heritage Day will commemorate the local community’s role in that conflict. The event will be held from 11am-3pm at the 1795 Historic Courthouse, 103 N. Main Street. This event will feature exhibits from local museums, vintage music, reenactors, displays from families and other organizations. Those who would like to exhibit may call the Shenandoah County Historical Society at 540-459-1795.

April 8-9–Harrisonburg.
Shenandoah Valley Builders Association’s 36th Annual Home and Garden Show at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. This is a wonderful tradition for the entire family, featuring food trucks, DIY sessions, classic car show, kid zone, SPCA adoption center, plant sale, beer/wine garden, live concert and more. Admission is free. 540-860-1281.

April 10-16–Charlottesville.
The 6th Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival brings nonstop concerts, competitions, talks, workshops, local food, and public art to the downtown area and best of all, the vast majority of it is entirely free. Tom Tom is a nonprofit that hosts dozens of events each year to celebrate and empower the founders of creative, civic, and entrepreneurial ventures.  Some events are free and some you need a ticket for. Call 239-297-6297 or visit www.tomtomfest.com/schedule/ for more information.

April 14–Luray.
The Town of Luray offers night cat fishing at Lake Arrowhead, 265 Lake Arrowhead Road. The park will be open each second and fourth Friday nights of the month until midnight. Fishing permits are required and are available for ages 16 and up. 540-743-6475 or www.luraypage.chambermaster.com/events/details/night-catfishing-12101.

April 15–Harrisonburg.
Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership’s 10th Annual 5K Walk/Run for Autism fundraiser at Eastern Mennonite University. The event is being sponsored by community organizations around the Shenandoah Valley to help support the many families touched by the ever growing epidemic of autism. The event has chip timing. Race day registration is 9am and race begins at 9:30am. www.valleyautism.org/ or 540-246-8925.

April 15–Salem.
19th Annual Blue Ridge Kite Festival at Green Hill Park. This event includes free: admission/parking/Kroger kites/ice-cream while supplies last and t-shirts for the first 1,000 kids. The Richmond Air Force Kite Club will dazzle the crowd with extraordinary flying stunts. The Easter Bunny will be here with special treats. Also a variety of vendors. The field is large enough for kids to run, while others will sit and watch. 540-387-0267.

April 15–Harrisonburg.
3rd Annual Food Truck Festival at On Sunny Slope Farm, 1000 Erickson Ave, from noon-7pm. Featuring local food trucks, beer/wine and fun. Live musuc by the Judy Chops, Reflex, and Vintage Talk. All proceeds of this event go directly to Open Doors. Admission fee $15.00, 12 years old and under are free. 540-578-3868.

April 15–Stanley.
Easter Egg Hunt at Ed Good Park from 2-3pm. 540-778-3454.

April 15–Buena Vista.
Easter Egg Hunt and Kite Contest at Glen Maury Park Campground’s Rally Field. For more information call 540-261-7321.

April 15-16, 22-23–Statewide.
All National Parks entrance fees will be waived on these two weekends. Come out and  enjoy the great outdoors. 540-999-3500.

April 21-23–Waynesboro.
Join P. Buckley Moss at her home, The Barn, Friday and Saturday, 11am to 5pm and Sunday, Noon to 4pm at the Waynesboro Gallery to have your artwork signed and personalized. You are invited to bring two previously purchased Moss prints or paintings. For complete information, call the Waynesboro Gallery, 329 W. Main Street at 540-949-6473.

April 22–Dayton.
8th Annual Redbud Spring Arts and Crafts Festival downtown from 10am-4pm. There will be all kinds of delicious foods, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, children’s activities and more. In the event of severe weather, the festival will be held on the 29th. For more information call 540-246-4272.

April 22–Staunton.
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Mad Hat Party from 2-4pm at 20 North Coalter Street. Join us for an afternoon of fun and games as we explore the adventures of Alice in Wonderland. Participants will create crafts and enjoy a scavenger hunt as they search for talking doorknobs, red roses, and tarts. The children will enjoy an un-birthday party where even the teacups are edible. This event is for children ages 6-11, cost is $15.00/child. Registration is online: www.woodrowwilson.org/events. or 540-885-0897 ext. 110.

April 22–Harrisonburg.
Second Home’s 3rd Annual Super Hero 5K held at the Rockingham County Fair Grounds. Registration open. Check-in 8:30am, run begins 9am. All proceeds benefit the amazing work provided by Second Home to the Harrisonburg community. We provide before and after-school care with academic support for families in need. For tickets 2ndhomedirector@gmail.com or 540-830-1896.

April 22–Waynesboro.
Troubled by the squeeze of time?  Christian Science speaker David Hohle of Chicago invites you to think outside the box about time in his intriguing, inspirational talk, “Time is not a factor in your life.”  His free, one-hour, slide-talk will begin at 2pm in the Waynesboro Public Library community room, 600 S. Wayne Avenue. In his talk, Hohle draws, with a touch of humor, on experiences in business, on the road, and from his active, healing ministry. Sponsored by area Christian Science churches. For more info or help with transportation, call Nancy at 618-946-6568.

April 26-29–Vinton.
The 62nd Annual Vinton Dogwood Festival is one of the area’s biggest and longest running festival. The crowning of the Dogwood Queen, and a parade at 2:30pm starting at the War Memorial which is held rain or shine on the 29th. Also live music, free kid’s zone, crafts, food vendors, carnival and more. Bring your umbrella just in case. 540-983-0614.

April 28–Grottoes.
Join us for the 11th running of the Signature 5K Race at Grand Caverns Park.  This is a certified race with a 6:30pm start. The 5K race series offers a flat and fast course in and around the park. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of outdoor fitness stations along the park’s trail. To register mike@grandcaverns-5k.com or call 540-249-5705 for more details.

April 28–Harrisonburg.
The James Madison University Duke Club invites you to the 2017 Duke Club Golf Classic. Our annual event is being held this year on Friday, April 28 at Spotswood Country Club in Harrisonburg. This year's event will feature a morning flight at 8:00 a.m. and afternoon flight at 1:30 p.m. with a shotgun start.  Cost to play in the Duke Club Golf Classic is $150/person.  Registration includes a round of golf, unlimited beverages, pre- and post-flight hospitality, and an exclusive JMU registration gift. The Value Pack option is available for purchase at $35/person and includes two mulligans, one powerball, one putting contest, and one challenge contest.  Flight preferences will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Register today!  Registration closes Tuesday, April 25 at 5:00 p.m. For more information about the event, including how you can participate and help as either a volunteer or sponsor, contact the Duke Club at 540-568-6461 or dukeclub@jmu.edu.

April 28-30–Buena Vista.
Annual Puzzled Car, Truck and Bike Show at Glen Maury Park from 8am-4pm. A family friendly show. We will be having activities for the entire family such as a petting zoo, airbrush tattoos, kids and adult games, a swap meet flea market, food, a DJ, 50/50 raffle, hourly prize raffles, a free kids raffle, and 100’s of door prizes and over 60 direct sales/automotive/artisan craft vendors. The proceeds from our show will be used to benefit The Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center. 434-477-3933.

April 29–Front Royal.
125th Anniversary Founder’s Weekend, and Community Celebration from 11am-4pm at Randolph-Macon Academy’s campus. Featuring hot air balloon rides, amazing grace the mule, turbo the flying dog, hay rides, toy drop from an airplane, flight simulator, petting zoo, door prizes, games, music, 40-foot obstacle course, fair, free cake. For complete schedule www.rma.edu/125th-anniversary-schedule-events.

April 29–Staunton.
Bridge Day from 11am-4pm. This is a yearly community celebration at the Historic Staunton Station in view of the Sears Hill Bridge. It celebrates Staunton’s unique culture through live music, kids activities and fun foods. Come relax and (re)connect to our local culture. Bridge Day Staunton benefits the Staunton Music Guild and the Ray Houser Scholarship Fund.

April 29–Waynesboro.
Riverfest-Year of the Rainbow Trout. This free annual event takes place river-side at Constitution Park. Activities include reptile shows, stream safari, fish/fun rodeo, farmer’s market, canoe rides, kids arts/crafts, stream electro-fishing and is capped off by the Great South River Duck Race. Held rain or shine and no pets allowed. 540-949-7738 or riverfest@ntelos.net.

April 29–Woodstock.
The Mud Dog Run will encompass 5 Kilometers of very tough terrain and is not for the faint of heart. The course will contain obstacles such as, climbing walls, cargo nets, mud pits, as well as some great mystery obstacle. If you like a challenge and some food topped off with some beer at the finish, this race is for you. This Race benefits our Veterans who are in need and suffering from PTSD. We have teamed up with Platoon 22 to help raise money and bring awareness to this epidemic. To register or volunteer call 866-991-4484 or  www.muddogrun.com/virginia/.

April 29–Stanley.
1st Annual Crafts and Food Fair at Ed Good Memorial Park from 10am-5pm, rain or shine. Also “I’ve Got a Voice singing competition”. Deadline to register is the 21. Free admission and kid friendly. Proceeds will benefit our homecoming event. To volunteer call 540-778-3454 ext. 31 or 540-778-1387.

April 29–Waynesboro.
9th Annual Park to Park 1/2 Marathon starting 7am at Ridgeview Park, 700 S Magnolia Ave. This is a 13.1 mile point to point course connecting Augusta County’s Stuarts Draft Park to Waynesboro’s Ridgeview Park. The race will be completely supported with fully stocked aid stations and a post race party at the finish line. Call 540-942-6735 or www.runthevalley.com/park-to-park-marathon.

April 29–Fishersville.
The East Coast Pullers will be coming to Augusta Expoland for the kickoff of the pulling season. Classes include modified four wheel drive trucks, pro stock diesel fwd trucks, hot farm tractors, limited pro stock semi’s, supersStock/pro stock tractors. 540-337-2552 or 540-292-5517.

April 29–Harrisonburg.
The Rocktown Beer and Music Festival is held rain or shine at the Turner Pavilion, 228 S. Liberty Street. There will be food vendors. No pets. For tickets: www.rocktownfestival.com/ or call 540-432-8922.

April 29–Roanoke.
Come celebrate Earth Day with a Party for the Planet at Mill Mountain Zoo. Enjoy fun activities for the whole family. See our wonderful collection of animals, including vulnerable or endangered species. Participate in neat earth friendly art activities and learn what you can do to help the planet. All activities are included with regular Zoo admission. 540-343-3241.

April 29-30–Harrisonburg.
YEE-HA, is a downhill race at Massanutten Resort that is held rain or shine. This high-energy bike race will have your heart pumping as riders compete on the downhill, mountainous terrain. Chairlift #6 will be operating for the racers as well as the spectators. Spectators are encouraged to attend at no charge. 540-289-4954.

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