CALENDAR OF EVENTS: April, 2015
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April 2-4–Weyers Cave.
The Shenandoah Valley Coin and Stamp  Show at the Community Center, will have over 30 dealers to offer their unique numismatic related items. Refreshments, raffle tickets for hourly drawings. Tickets are available at the door. A Youth activity Center will be available in the rear of the center for all youth interested in collecting coins. Free admission. 540-363-7777.

April 2-May 3–Lexington.
Virginia Horse Center events: Old Dominion Athletic Conference on the 2nd; Old Dominion Saddlebreds Futurity Show on the 3rd-4th; Maury River Horse Trials and Mounted Map and Orienteering on the 4th;  Old Time Music Jam on the 7th; The Great American Trail Horse Sale and Competition on the 10th-11th; SBRAA Lee-Jackson Classic on the 11th-12th; Virginia Quarter Horse Classic on the 15th-19th; Lexington Spring Premiere “AA” on the 22nd-26th; United States National Hunter Jumper Derby on the 30th; Lexington Spring Encore “AA” on the 29th-May 3th. 540-464-2950.

April 3-4–Dayton.
26th Annual Toy Show and Sale at 3045 John Wayland Highway. Also there will be food for sale. Hours on the 3rd 6-9pm and the 4th 8:30am-1:30pm. 540-879-9249.

April 3-25–Harrisonburg.
Rockingham County Fairgrounds events: 35th VA Spring Holstein Show on the 3rd-4th; Greater Shenandoah Valley Knife Show on the 3rd-5th; SVBA Home & Garden Show on the 11th-12th; Virginia Beef Expo on the 17th-19th; Historic Bottle Diggers Show on the 19th; Cole Brothers Circus on the 22nd-23rd; Virginia Poultry Youth Convention on the 24th; The Tenth Annual Old Dominion Gold Cup Memorial Classic Mini Silky Fainting Goat Show on the 24th-25th. For times and admisssion fees call 540-434-0005.

April 4–Shenandoah Caverns.
Shenandoah Jamboree, the Valley’s premier country entertainment series of shows, return’s for its 3rd season. Join us for some great music close to home at the Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns. Each month features Lisa Meadows and the Shenandoah Jamboree Cast. Ben “Cooter” Jones will be making special appearances at some shows, too. Special Guest will be LuLu Roman and Cathy Baker. Admission fee. 1-888-477-3115.

April 4–Grottoes.
Easter Egg Hunt starting 10am at Grand Caverns for age groups: toddler-preschool, kindergarten-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos. All Grottoes area kids are welcome. 540-249-5729.

April 4–Stephens City.
14th Annual KiteFest at Sherando Park,  200 Lakeview Circle from 11am-3pm. Bring your whole family/kites to the park where young and old alike enjoy the fun of kite flying. The Richmond Air Force Kite Club will be on hand to demonstrate performance kites of all kinds and their award winning competitive demonstrations. There will be food, craft vendors and all sorts of kites available for purchase. 540-665-5678.

April 4–Lexington.
9th Annual Bull and Oyster Fest at the Devils Backbone Outpost Brewery, 50 Northwind Lane. This is a fundraiser in support of the Rockbridge Area Health Center. There will be barbecue by Hogback Mountain BBQ and Oysters and all the fixin’s by the Southern Inn Restaurant. Music by Bryan Elijah Smith and the “Wild Hearts”. Tickets are $40.00 per person for music, entertainment and also includes one drink ticket. Family friendly, so bring the kids. We will have activities for them. 540-464-8700 ext. 7118 or www.rockahc.org.

April 4–Harrisonburg.
The Lucy F. Simms Center is collecting gently used prom dresses, accessories, and shoes for local girls who are looking to attend their high school prom. Collection and drop-off, Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm at the Lucy F. Simms Center. The giveaway portion will take place on the 4th from noon-5pm at the Lucy F. Simms Center. 540-437-9213.

April 4–Millwood.
Hop on down to historic Long Branch, 830 Long Branch Lane, for the Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny. This exciting day will be held rain or shine. Activites included moon bounces, hayrides, face painting, Paws and Claws, 4H petting zoo. Also self-guided museum tours, carriage rides, Mr. B’s Barbeque. Souvenirs available for purchase. Admission is $5.00 per adult, ages 18 and under are free. Hunts begin at 12:30pm. Bring your own basket to collect your eggs. 540-837-1856.

April 4–Staunton.
Join us at Montgomery Hall Park for our Annual Egg Hunt and Eggstravaganza Festival starting 10am. There will be refreshments, an old-fashioned egg coloring, moonbounce, arts, crafts activities, face painting, and surprise entertainers. The event is free and open to the public. 540-332-3945.

April 4-26–Luray.
Area events: Heritage Trout Day 9am at the Greenway on the 4th; Youth Trout Derby 9am at the Greenway/Green Section on the 11th; Earth Day/5K and 1K Race 9am at the Greenway on the 18th; Arbor Day Celebration 1pm at the Cliffside Pocket Park Greenway/Blue Section on the 25th; Tour of Page County Stage Race (bicycle race) from 8am-4pm on the 24th-26th.  For more information call 540-743-5511.

April 4-May 3–Buena Vista.
Events at Glen Maury Park, 101 Maury River Drive. Easter Egg Hunt and Kite Contest at the double decker area on the 4th; Pro Wrestling returns to the multi-purpose area on the 11th; 3rd Annual Knights Run SVU and the Puzzled Car, Truck and Bike Show on the 25th; Guy Carawan’s Bluegrass Jam at Rally Field on the 30th-May 3rd. 540-261-7321.

April 9, 23–New Market.
New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, 8895 George Collins Pkwy events: The Park Volunteer Corps meet once a month at the Bushong House to recreate a popular 19th century activity, “the Sewing Circle”. Join our costumed volunteers at the farm and learn about what’s under construction on the 9th and on the 23rd Costumed interpreters prepare seasonally appropriate meals in the Bushong summer kitchen. Come and see how a meal was prepared in the 19th century. Admission fee. 1-866-515-1864.

April 11–Dayton.
Come Celebrate Spring at our Redbud Spring Arts and Crafts Festival from 10am-4pm. There will be lots of activities throughout the town including arts/crafts vendors and unique shops. Free horse-drawn carriage rides, ducky races, children’s activities, beer/wine garden, delicious foods, and live music by Standing Room Only, The Walnut Ridge Boys, and Doug Tumer. There will be historical tours and exhibits to see at the Heritage Museum, Fort Harrison, and Silver Lake Mill. Free Redbud tree saplings available. 540-246-4272.

April 11–Harrisonburg.
5K Walk/Run for Autism fundraiser will be held at Eastern Mennonite University. To register or more information call 540-560-2237 or andrea.wenger@emu.edu.

April 11-12–Waynesboro.
15th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival is held outside each spring on the banks of the South River from 9am-5pm. Over 50 onsite exhibitors and a variety of food vendors. Beginner to expert anglers will enjoy lectures, learn about the latest in fly fishing equipment, fly tying and more. Wine tastings, microbreweries, local food and live music will also be featured. Pets welcome, please remember to bring pick up baggies. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will be on site to sell licenses. Admission is $20.00 daily kids 16 yrs. and under are free with paying adult. 540-241-5054.

April 11-12–Harrisonburg.
35th Annual Shenandoah Valley Builders Association Home and Garden Show at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. There will be plenty of activities, displays, demonstrations, etc. Beer garden, food vendors, DIY Sessions, classic car show, kid zone, SPCA adoption center, and more. Admission $3.00 adults, 12 yrs and under free. 540-860-1281.

April 12–Winchester.
Rally in the Alley is a free block party held the length of Indian Alley from Wolfe Street to the Braddock Street parking garage. Live music by The Burning Dirty Band, Don’t Look Down, Gallows Bound. There will be a variety of local food craft beer and wine. Also crafters, fun for the kids. 540-535-3661.

April 12–Harrisonburg.
V.O.I.C.E., a local charity is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser at Vision of Hope United Methodist Church on Port Rd. Admission fee. 540-476-1172.

April 17-18–Fincastle.
Sounds of the Mountains Festival will be held at Camp Bethel, 328 Bethel Road. We combine the magic of storytelling and music by Donald Davis, Dolores Hydock, Patrick Ball, Baba Jamal Koram and After Jack. Special appearance by Back Porch Studio Cloggers. Admission Fee. 540-992-2940.

April 17-18–Harrisonburg.
Arbor Day Trees and Native Plant Sale at James Madison University’s Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. The Arboretum offers a wide selection of wildflowers, contrasting foliage plants like native ferns, with unusual shrubs and trees that can make home and business landscaping ecofriendly and lovely. 540-568-3194.

April 18–Browntown.
13th Annual Redbud Festival on the grounds of the Community Center, 96 Browntown Road and the Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 12 Browntown Road, from 9am-4pm. Activities include an auction,  Gooney Creek duck race, live music, herb and plant sale, Browntown items and lunch will be offered for sale. Admission is free. 540-636-3588.

April 18–Harrisonburg.
You are invited to our first and only Food Truck Fest at Sunny Slope Farm,1825 Sunny Slope Lane. Bring the whole  family for a variety of local eats alongside beer, wine, and hard cider. Purchase your entry ticket and pay only $5.00 for a meal at the truck of your choice. Open Doors which provides warmth and shelter to our homeless in the Valley will recieve 15% of the proceeds from the food truck. This is a rain or shine event. 540-830-5400.

April 18–Woodstock.
Rockin’ The Valley at Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. Entertainment featuring Ten Years, Puddle of Mudd, Saving Abel, Stuck Mojo, Failure Anthem, Tantric, Another Lost Year, Elisium, Kaleido, Bellusira, New Day Dawn, Saturate, and lots more. Food and beer. Proper ID is required. Admission $25.00 and a $5.00 parking fee. No outside containers, food, pets. Absolutely no weapons, or other dangerous objects will be permitted into venue. You will be subject to a $20.00 re-entrance fee. 540-459-3867.

April 18–Staunton.
Earth Day will feature displays, informational demonstrations, and more than 30 organizations plan to participate. The Wildlife Center of Virginia will present two educational programs featuring live native wildlife. Other activities include performances by local musicians, water tasting, runoff pollution demonstrations, various games, nature touchables, sapling giveaways, and face painting. 540-332-3971.

April 18-19–Statewide.
Free Entrance Days on opening weekend of National Park Week in the National Parks. Visiting the parks is even better when it’s free. Fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise. 540-999-3500.

April 18-25–Statewide.
Historic Garden Week in Virginia. This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgetable gardens at the peak of springtime color as well as beautiful houses sparkling with fabulous flower arrangements. Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens. Check with your local Chamber of Commerce for information about events in your area or call 804-644-7776, Ext. 21.

April 19–Harrisonburg.
The Historical Bottle Diggers of Virginia presents its 44th Annual Antique Bottle and Collectibles Show & Sale, Sunday, 9am-3pm at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Route 11 South, (Exit 243 off of Interstate 81). Great historical displays, food available. For additional information contact Sonny Smiley, show chairman at 540-434-1129 or email lithiaman1@yahoo.com.

April 20–Harrisonburg.
The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University invites you and your children to come hear a story about fairies and build your very own fairy house or gnome home. Join us in the Frances Plecker Education Center from noon-1pm for indoor story time followed by an outdoor activity. Bring your brown bag lunch to enjoy during the story. 540-568-3194.

April 22-26–Vinton.
The 60th Annual Vinton Dogwood Festival is one of the area’s biggest and longest running festivals. The crowning of the Dogwood Queen at noon and a parade at 2:30 pm starting at the War Memorial which is held rain or shine on the 25th. Also live music, free kid’s zone, crafts, food vendors, carnival and more. Bring your umbrella just in case. For more information call 540-983-0614.

April 24-May 3–Winchester.
The 88th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. The official kick-off event is the Bloomin’ Wine Fest held on Rouss Avenue next to Rouss City Hall, featuring numerous VA wineries, artisans, various vendors on the 24th-25th. The Festival boasts over 45 different events providing entertainment for every demographic possible. The Apple Blossom Festival is a series of events including band competitions, dances, parades, carnival, circus, dinners, luncheons, a 10K Race, the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, and Firefighters’ events. Celebrities include the Swon Brothers and Ricky Skaggs. The festival is an event the whole family can enjoy. Much of the festivities take place in Old Town on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall. For location of venues, times and more call 540-662-3863.

April 25–Roanoke.
Come celebrate Earth Day with a Party for the Planet at Mill Mountain Zoo from 11am-4pm. Enjoy fun activities for the whole family. See our wonderful collection of animals, including vulnerable or endangered species and chat with zookeepers. Participate in neat earth friendly art activities and learn what you can do to help the planet. All activities are free with Zoo admission of $6.00 for kids and $8.00 for adults. 540-343-3241.

April 25–Winchester.
2nd Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at Jim Barnett Park’s, Indoor Pool. Come out and show off your seafaring skills. We challenge all amateur ship builders to design, construct, and navigate their boats made entirely out of corrugated cardboard . Each group will be provided with cardboard, duct tape, and scissors all other decorations are up to you. Each team will get one hour to design and construct their boats. Sail or paddle to the checkered flag. Awards will be given based on place and design. Register by 15th or an additional $5.00 fee will be charged for race day registration. Activity #612317-C1. 540-662-4946.

April 25–Waynesboro.
7th Annual Park to Park 1/2 Marathon. Start at Ridgeview Park behind Westwood Hills Elementary School and End at Stuarts Draft Park behind Guy K. Stump Elementary School. Performance wicking t-shirt, and finisher’s medal will be awarded. Fully stocked aid stations, chip timing, post race party with food, drink and the satisfaction of knowing that a portion of your race fee will be donated to Therapeutic Adventures, Inc. You must be at least 12 years old on or before 25th to participate. Before April 3rd the fee is $70.00 after the 3rd the fee is $80.00. 540-942-6735.

April 25–Harrisonburg.
5th Annual Rocktown Beer and Music Festival will be held at the Turner Pavillion, 228 South Liberty Street Park, rain or shine. Music by J. Roddy Walston and The Business, People’s Blues of Richmond, and Elephant Child. Can I leave the festival and return? No, and no refunds or pets. Food is a additional cost to the ticket price. Admission fee $34.00 in advance, kids under 10 are free and for underage patrons and designated drivers special rate of $22.00.

April 25-26–Waynesboro.
150th Anniversary of the Battle of Waynesborough will be held at 1219 Rockfish Road, next to Hugh K. Cassel Elementary School. Free bus ride from Constitution Park to the reenactment site. Bus will leave hourly. Battle site will be open 9am-4pm both days for exploring Civil War camp life, and music by the Stonewall Brigade Band.  Battle reenactments will begin at 1 pm each day rain or shine. Tickets are $5.00 for Adults, $1.00 for children under 12 years. Tickets can be bought at the Waynesboro Heritage Museum at 420 W. Main Street, Waynesboro or at the battle reenactment site. 540-943-3943.

April 25-26–McGayheysville.
Massanutten is looking forward to the YEE-HA Downhill Bike Race on the Massanutten slopes, 1822 Resort Drive. See if you have what it takes to win on our downhill course that hosted the 1997 Grundig World Cup. Event is held rain or shine. To register call 1-800-207-6277. For spectator information call 540-289-4954.

April 25-May 10–Millwood.
The Clarke County Historical Association is pleased to announce the return of the spring showing of Art at the Mill. The historic Burwell-Morgan Mill will once again display artwork from some of the region’s most talented artists. During each show, around 300 artists display more than 1,000 pieces of art of all descriptions and media. Oil paintings are predominant, but other types of painting, mixed-media, sculpture, fine woodworking, and pottery round out the stunning diversity of the show. There is truly something for every taste, budget, and decor. We hope you’ll join us. Art at the Mill is Clarke County Historical Association’s primary fundraiser, providing the operating funds for both the Mill and  the Museum and Archives. 540-837-1799.

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