4th Annual Augusta Regional SPCA Furry 5K Fun Run and Walk at Gypsy Hill Park. Prizes will be awarded in age and gender divisions for humans and dogs. That’s right, register yourself and your dog for the race, no fee to register your dog. Race starts at 10am and race day registration from 9-9:45am. The race day headquarters located at the West end of Gypsy Hill Park near the Kiwanis baseball field concession stand. Race day registrants must pay with check or cash only. To register call 540-885-7722.
Usher in the New Year on a hike with the park’s historian and naturalist as they interpret the stories reflected in the unique landscapes of Sky Meadows State Park. Discover remnants of an old road bed, explore the park’s wild side and uncover stories of past residents. Join us after the hike for light refreshments in the Log House and a tour of historic Mount Bleak House. We recommend dressing in layers wearing comfortable shoes and bringing along water for the hike. Approximate length of the hike is two miles. Free parking. 540-592-3556.
Don your stocking caps and wrap those scarves tight as you take a magical stroll through the Annual Light Show at Clearbrook Park from 5:30-9:30pm. You’ll be delighted by this light show that lets you see fantastic displays and music along the paved path. Warm up with some hot-chocolate or visit the cabin where Santa and Mrs. Claus welcome kids of all ages. This is the last night for the show. 540-665-5678.
This is the last day that Gypsy Hill Park’s 214 acres will be a fairyland of holiday lights from 5-11pm. 540-886-8660.
January 1, 8, 15, 22, 29–Harrisonburg.
Monday Night Madness at Massanutten Resort from 4-9pm. A portion of the evening’s revenue will be donated to these local charities: On the 1st Elkton Area United Services, 8th Pleasant View Homes, 15th SPCA, 22nd WVPT, 29th Harrisonburg/Rockingham Free Clinic. 540-289-9441.
No Limits Monster Trucks at the Civic Center. Featuring an all-star line-up including Big Foot, Robo Dragon a 30’ tall fire-breathing dragon and more. Tuff truck races, Monster ride truck, and free parking. It’s fun for the whole family. 540-375-3004.
January 5, 12, 19, 26–Raphine.
Join us at Clark’s Lumber Co., 1288 Ridge Road, for their longtime tradition of old-time mountain/bluegrass music and two-step, flatfoot and waltz dancing. The music is live and the dancing is contagious. Wheelchair Accessible. Admission fee. 540-462-7211.
Join the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center, 1921 Heritage Center Way for an Epiphany Pancake Breakfast. Sausage, coffee, hot chocolate, board games, card games, fire in the fireplace. If there is snow on the ground, please bring your sleds and slide down our hill. Breakfast donations will support the mission and vision of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center. 540-438-1275.
Savor the sounds of the holiday season at the Church of the Brethren, 1615 N. Coalter Street. Choirs from the Church of the Brethren Choir and the Olivet Presbyterian Church will combine to perform in their Annual post-holiday concert. Freewill offering for Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. 540-886-8655.
The Arts Council of the Valley, 311 S. Main Street will showcase their Small Works Invitational featuring original small works by 27 local artists. The Small Works Invitational will be on display in Arts Council of the Valley’s Smith House Galleries. The Galleries are free and open to the public. 540-801-8779.
January 8, 15, 22, 29–Waynesboro.
Join fellow film fans for classics at the beautifully restored Wayne Theatre up on the big screen the way they were meant to be. Featuring on the 8th Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?; on the 15th What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?; on the 22nd Goodbye Mr. Chips; on the 29th Howard’s End. Doors open every Monday at 6pm, all films roll at 7pm. Also offering a 2pm Monday matinee. All 7pm screenings will include a brief introduction, short intermission, and optional film discussion afterwards. Admission is pay what you will. 521 W. Main Street, 540-943-9999.
Star City Canine Training Club and Dog Owners Training Club of Lynchburg will be hosting the American Kennal Club Agility event indoors at the Virginia Horse Center. We will be offering fAST, T2B, STD and JWWStar. There will also be AKC B Match run thru’s on the 11th and Premier Standard and Premier Jumpers will be offered on the 12th. 434-258-2310.
James Madison University’s Forbes Center presents the 13-Story Treehouse. Who wouldn’t want to live in a treehouse that has a bowling alley, a secret underground laboratory, self-making beds and more. There is live action, puppetry, music and animation in a humorous production featuring magical moments of theatrical wizardry. 540-568-6211.
6th Annual Lee-Jackson Symposium at the Hampton Inn Col Alto on the 12th and is free and open to the public. Then on the 13th a Wreath Laying and Military Salute in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery at the gravesite of General Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson. Lee-Jackson Day Parade through downtown from the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery. All are welcome to join in the procession or watch. 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 during his lifetime to leave the Confederate flag and memorials alone to encourage peace, not division. 540-461-0389. For more information leejacksonday.webs.com.
9th Annual Greater Home and Garden Show at the Berglund Center. Don’t leave the kids home, they can enjoy hands-on activities plus they can see pets for adoptions in the onsite pet zone. Come see beautiful landscape displays and hear first-hand from gardening experts while getting ideas for your own home and garden. From the front door to the backyard you’ll find it all at the show including top name celebrities.High quality exhibits are just a few of the things that set us apart from the typical home show. Also wine tastings, art/gift and gourmet vendors, a garden stage, kids zone and a new product zone. 210-408-0998.
Annual Stampede Championship Rodeo sponsored by Kroger and presented by RAM Trucks at the Civic Center. Enjoy the fast paced rodeo action featuring bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing and much more. This is a great opportunity to bring the family out and see a top notch rodeo. 540-375-3004.
Martin Luther King weekend at Wintergreen Resort. Events will include: Rail Jam in the Terrain Park; Kickoff of the National Ski Areas Association’s Safety Awareness; DJ mixing up the tunes slopeside outside the rental shop; Live entertainment at the Edge and lots more. 434-325-2200.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day the High School students will present writings about society, justice and issues in the world about which they care deeply. This will be a free event. Held at Performing Arts Luray, 1 E. Main Street. Snow date is the 20th. 540-743-3311.
January 13–Front Royal.
Shenandoah Valley Runners Winter Series Poker Run 5-Miler at Bowling Green Country Club-South, 500 Bowling View Road. Your cards are dealt to you as you run the course and best poker hand wins. No: watches, headphones, dogs, strollers. All races start at 9:30am and registration is from 8:30 to 9:15. To register call 540-305-4944 or email@example.com.
3rd Annual Bridal Showcase at Faithbrooke Barn and Vineyards, 267 Elgin Drive, from 11am-4pm. Over 25 wedding related vendors. You can register to win a free wedding. Visits to Faithbrooke are by appointement only. 540-743-1207.
Porkuary is coming to the the Pork U Back Room at the Taproom, 375 Madrid Road. What is a Porkuary Fest you ask? This day-long celebration is devoted to celebrating all parts of the pig. A special beer and bacon pairing class featuring 6 beers paired with 6 types of bacon. We will be serving all kinds of pork goodness with an “this all-you-can-eat” buffet. 540-490-2609.
January 14, 28–Wintergreen.
Wintergreen Resort will host the Rail Jam on the 14th and Slopestyle on the 28th. What are Rail Jams? It’s a jib contest format. Riders perform tricks on rails, boxes, wall rides and other creative features. They are typically held in a small area and are judged in a “jam” format. What are Slopestyles? Competitors are allowed to take as many hits or runs as time will allow. 434-325-2200.
Awakening Arcadia exhibits at James Mad-ison University’s Gladys Kemp Lisanby Museum. Take in beautiful visions of Arcadia, an ancient utopia where man lived simply and in harmony with the land. These idyllic scenes have long been the subject of artists who have provided their patrons with a refreshing pause from everyday life. 540-568-6211.
Indoor Horse Races at Stable Craft, 375 Madrid Road. We’re bringing the thrill of indoor horse racing to the taproom. Come out for an interactive evening to choose your favorite horse and roll the dice to see who wins. Grab family and friends and come join the fun. 540-490-2609.
The Virginia Farm Show will be held at the Augusta Expoland. This is the only agricultural trade show in Virginia that caters to full-time as well as the part-time farmer. In addition there is a Skid Steer Rodeo for all the attendees to watch as well as participate in. This event enables participants to compete for trophies and cash prizes for all major lines of skid steers. 1-800-218-5586 or 540-337-2552.
Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys will perform at Court Square Theater, 41 Court Square. 540-433-9189.
The 15th Annual Charity Hockey Game will be held at the Berglund Center. This is an event benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Each year, local Roanoke-area firefighters the “Hoses” take on a team of local Roanoke-area police officers and law enforcement personnel the “Guns”. In fact, we have sold out the last three games. So, to better serve our loyal fans, we are now selling tickets online and at the Berglund Center box office. Tickets are $5.00 for most seats and $10.00 for box and ice level seats. Call 540-853-2241 or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wildlife Center online classes at the Wildlife Care Academy are taught via Blackboard Collaborate, which brings the classroom experience right to the attendee without having to travel. This course: Rehab 304: Small Mammal Rehabilitation will include photos/videos of hand-feeding techniques, including syringe-feeding and tube-feeding. Tips and tricks plus frequently encountered problems and solutions are all covered. email@example.com or 540-942-9453.
60th Annual Kazim Shrine Circus at the Civic Center. It’s family fun for all ages. Watch amazing performances, visit with the animals, laugh with our Kazim Klowns. Don’t miss the excitement. Admission fee. 540-375-3004 or 1-800-745-3000.
Page Public Library, 100 Zerkel Street, will host “Tremendous Toddlers” at 100 Zerkel Street, from 10:30-11am. Free winter activities geared towards ages 2-3. Get moving with this interactive storytime for those munchkins on the run. All are welcome to bring the kids and challenge your creativity and thinking. 540-434-4475 x5.
Shenandoah Valley Runners Winter Series #5 Stickman’s Tandems 5k starting 9:30am at the High School, 250 Ram Drive. Your finish place will be combined with your teammate’s to determine the winners. Low score wins. Please note that there are no refunds and we do not allow strollers, dogs or headphones at our races. 540-336-2827.
8th Annual Seed Swap and Informaton Exchange from 10am-2pm at the University of Virginia’s Historic Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane. Bring seeds, plants, roots, cuttings, plus books or magazines to swap with fellow gardeners. Vendors will be on hand with live herbs. There will be door prizes, refreshments and more. Admission is free. 540-837-1758.
Showmaster’s Gun Show at Augusta Expoland. Our show offer a huge variety of guns, gun related accessories and self protection items. We have in every price range, training, holsters, safes, antique pistols, swords, knives, Samurai swords, cartridges, Early Indian/Western Americana, militaria of all wars and coins. Admission fee. 540-951-1344.
The “Mountaintop” will be performed at the Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall. The play is a rife with humor and political jabs, giving a glimpse at the human side of Martin Luther King Jr. Hours after his famed final speech, punctuated by the immortal line, “I’ve been to the mountaintop,” King reveals his hopes, regrets, and fears, creating a masterful bridge between mortality and immortality. The program contains some mature language. For times and ticket prices call 540-231-5300.