Body Renew Fitness and Family Sports Center, 221 Commonwealth Court, events: Hot Tub and Swim Spa Expo from noon-10pm on the 1st; East Coast Consumer Home Show features HGTV celebrities, cooking demonstrations, everything for in and around your home and much more on the 19th-21st. 540-869-0100.
The Black History Museum at the Rosenwald Community Center, 413 Port Republic Road, is celebrating Black History Month with tours of the museum. For appointment call 540-942-6735.
Oasis Fine Art and Craft, 103 S. Main Street, will host an exhibit titled “Gifted and Giving: Art is Mission”. This group exhibit is by artists associated with AiM, Art is Mission. AiM is a group of artists who donate original works of their art for the purpose of raising funds for not-for-profit organizations, such as the Salvation Army, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, and any other not-for-profit chosen by the artists. Please join us in this very worthwhile and different exhibit. 517-219-7826 or 540-442-8188.
Waynesboro Public Library, 600 S. Wayne Avenue, events: Pajama Night every Tuesday for children in preschool or early elementary from 6:30-7:30. Come in your jammies for some bedtime fun for a story and snack, then stay after Pajama Night to read to a furry friend from Positive Paws. These certified therapy pups are the perfect listeners that are friendly, attentive, and never judgemental; Friday Night at the Movies. New features on the big screen. Enjoy free popcorn and soda. Check at the library for the featured film on the 12th and 26th. 540-942-6746.
Come and Play event at Chick-fil-A, 1691 E. Market Street, from 10 am-10:45am. Join us for story-time and a craft every Thursday. This event is completely free and if you join us four times you will receive a free kids meal. 540-574-2232.
Blair Thomas and Co. Puppet Theater present Moby Dick at Virginia Tech’s Moss Arts Center starting 7:30pm. Melville’s famed narrator Ishmael recounts his journey on the Pequod as Captain Ahab’s relentless pursuit of the White Whale. Recommended for ages 13 and older. Admission fee. 540-231-0856.
Join Wintergreen Resort for a family filled weekend as we salute our Military personnel. At Warrior Weekend active military, veterans and their families are eligible for discounted lift tickets and lodging this weekend. Help us pay tribute to our Warriors as they will be present and participating in the Wintergreen Adaptive Sports Wounded Warriors event. Admission fee. 855-699-1858.
Virginia Horse Center events: Stonewall Country Horse Show on the 5th-7th and 21st-24th; Old Time Music Jam on the 9th; Polar Bear Horse Show on the 13th-14th; Star City Canine on the 18th-21st; Mountain State Rodeo Association on the 26th-27th. 540-464-2950.
Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Dance at the Community Activities Center. Spend a fun filled evening with your little miss from 6-7:30pm. Music, refreshments, and a special photo will all be included in your evening. This is open to ages 10 and older. For additional information or to register call 540-433-9168.
Rockingham Educational Foundation, Inc. (REFI) Annual Party & Auction at JMU's Bridgeforth Stadium Club from 6:30 PM-10:00 PM. REFI is a non-profit organization that raises money to support programs that directly benefit students and teachers in the Rockingham County Public School system. The event includes, festive food & drink, silent/live auction, and more. This year's raffle features a 40" Sony Smart LED HDTV, courtesy of Crutchfield. Tickets are $70/person or $250/group of 4. Dress is casual. Purchase party and raffle tickets online at refi.rockingham.k12.va.us or by calling the office at 540-564-3218.
Winter in the Valley Antique Show A gathering of antique dealers and folk artists bringing together unique country primitive antiques in painted and attic surface and finishes and unique handmade folk art needful to the primitive home. Admission fee. Snow date is the 20th. 434-361-9137 or 434-964-7008.
17th Annual Tons of Fun at Tanglewood Mall from 10am-4pm. We’re celebrating our event of free activities/admission. Featuring balloon sculptures, face painting, performances, clowns, creative crafts, magic and more. Representatives of many local community organizations and businesses will fill the mall with fun family activities. Plus, enjoy rides and giant inflatables for youth of all ages. You’ll be delighted by all there is to see and do. 540-777-6326 or 540-387-6078.
Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane presents “Eco-Inventors”. This program is for children in grades 1-3, starting 9-11:30am and for grades 4-6, starting 12:30-3pm. Calling all aspiring inventors. Many of our inventions were inspired by plants and animals. Discover more about the ways we combine biology and engineering in our everyday lives. Velcro from plant burrs, swimsuits from shark skin, adhesives from gecko toes. Register online at our site: www.blandy.virginia.edu/home or 540-837-1758 ext 287.
February 6, 13, 14–Bayse.
Bryce Resort’s Copper Kettle invites you to come and join us for some great evening entertainment. Featuring the Worx on the 6th, there is a cover charge of $20.00 and no cover charge for DJ Doug on the 13th or Jerry Wimmer on the 14th. 540-856-2121.
Blow Your Own “Together Forever” Special Valentine’s Ornament. Kindle your romance with 2000ºF hot glass at Sunspots Studios. As a Valentine’s Day special, you and your sweetheart can combine your breaths into one limited edition keepsake ornament. However, it’s not just couples, Sunspots Studios in Staunton is offering everyone, ages 7 and up, the chance to blow a glass Valentine’s ornament individually or with a friend or family member. Appointments are available Wednesday 2/10 through Sunday 2/14 until 4pm daily. In addition to the limited edition Valentine’s style, a variety of color choices and Glow-in-the-Dark options are available. Reservations are suggested. The cost is $40-45 per ornament. Ornaments are ready for pick up or shipping the following day. For information, call Sunspots (540)885-0678, or email email@example.com. Sunspots Studios, 202 S. Lewis St., Staunton, VA 24401. www.sunspots.com. Open Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm, Sundays 11:30am-5pm.
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. Registration is from 8:30-9:15am and admission is $10.00. Race is chip timed using our club Ipico chip timing. No headphones/dogs/strollers are allowed. We run rain or shine, unless there’s ice. 540-931-1810.
Mad Hatter’s Party at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum from 1-3pm. Things are never as they seem. Join our staff and celebrate 150 years of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Participants will create crafts and enjoy a scavenger hunt as they search for tarts, red roses, and talking doorknobs. It is always six o’clock and time for tea in Wonderland where even the teacups are edible. The Mad Hatter’s Party will take place in the Education Parlor of the WWPL’s Dolores Lescure building located at 18 North Coalter Street and is for children ages first grade through 10 years old. The cost for this event is $10.00 per child or $25 for two children, it’s always more fun with a friend. For more information or to register your child contact Susan Laser at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540885-0897 ext. 110. To register online visit www.woodrowwilson.org/events
Valentine’s Day Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, at James Madison University. Romantic horse drawn carriage rides leave from the Frances Plecker Ed Center at James Madison University by moonlight. Advance reservations recommended. Walk up rides may be available day of event. Call to reserve 540-568-3194.
Got some cabin fever? Bring your family to the Cecil F. Gilkerson Community Activities Center for a showing of the classic kid friendly movie “Toy Story”. We will have mats and chairs but you can bring a blanket or comfy seat. Anyone under the age of 14 must be with an adult. All movies start at 6:30pm. For additional information call 540-433-9168.
Discovery Days at the George C. Marshall Museum and Library. George C. Marshall knew he would need everyone’s help to win World War II. Different kinds of people from different parts of the country needed to work together to accomplish the goal. Join us as we create teams and work together on a Minecraft building challenge. Please feel free to bring your own Xbox 360 controller. To register call 540-463-7103.
Free admission and activities from 10am to 4pm at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst Street. 540-662-1473.
Annual Winter Wine Festival will be held at the historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel. This event features tastings of Virginia wine and ciders, as well as a selection of local artisan products. The Winter Wine Festival is a wonderful way to enjoy a winter afternoon of wine, shopping and restaurants in downtown Staunton. For directions or more information call 540-885-7676 or email@example.com.
Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane presents Skulls, Scat and Skins, for grades 1-3 and 4-6. What creatures are lurking around us? Can you identify these animals by their skulls, scat, tracks, or fur? Can you tell meat-eating animals from plant-eating animals? Join us and the answers to these questions will soon be “Yes.” Related games, crafts, and snacks included. Register by calling 540-837-1758 ext. 287.
Disney Live presents Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre. Join Mickey/Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite characters surprise and captivate you. The Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy’s toy box with the help of the green army men. Also special appearances by Snow White, Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie, you never know what to expect or who might join in the fun. Admission fee. 540-853-5483.
February 20-21–Clifton Forge.
The George Washington’s Train Show will be held at the Clifton Forge Armory, 724 Commercial Ave. Featuring train layouts, model/railroad memorabilia vendors and so much more. Admission to this event is $5.00 per person which includes admittance to the C&O Railway Heritage Center. For 540-962-2178 or 1-888-430-5786.
February 20, 27–Stephens City.
Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Road, events: Pancake Day or Maslenitsa from 11am-noon. This is a special holiday in Ukraine that they celebrate with games, music, dancing, and pancakes on the 20th. On the 27th Paws for Reading from 1-2:15pm. Read a favorite book to a reading tutor. The canine listeners are patient and love kids. Come meet our certified therapy dogs. 540-869-9000.
Come enjoy one of the epic choral masterworks of all time at JMU’s Forbes Center. The work depicts events in the life of the Biblical prophet Elijah, and is based on Mendelssohn’s own libretto compiled from 1 Kings, Psalms and other Old Testament books. Focused on overarching themes of reconciliation and brotherhood. Mendelssohn’s lyricism and use of orchestral and choral colors clearly reflect his genius as an early romantic composer. 540-568-7000.
18th Annual Chili Dinner fundraiser at the Braddock Street United Methodist Church, 115 Wolfe Street, from 5:30-8pm. Every year we look forward to this event where our celebrity waiters come out to serve you chili, salad, and beverages generously donated. We light up the stage with various talent including appearances from a special guest. 540-662-8520.
29th Annual Western Virginia Sport Show will be held at Augusta Expoland. This show is a non-alcoholic family event. We feature numerous displays and a variety of vendors. Special guests and attractions. A trout fishing tank, fish as much as you want, keep one fish, trophies given for largest catches. Also contests, demonstrations, hourly door prize drawings and you could win a Parker crossbow. Admission fee, 4 and under are free. 540-337-7018 or 540-350-2263.
The Berglund Center will host the 42nd Annual Boat Show and towable RV’s. The boat dealers will give you the opportunity to view and purchase the newest technology in boating with over 250 units on display. On site financing with fantastic rates. Mount Joy RV will be displaying the latest in towable RV’s. Free admission on Friday afternoon. Now is the time to buy. 540-853-2241.
February 27–Front Royal.
Lose Your Shoes and Shirt Off Your Back 5K, at Skyline High School, 151 Skyline Vista Drive. Bring donations of running shoes and shirts for those less fortunate. Call 703-906-4304 for information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A battle awaits you at Coyner Springs Park as we pay homage to our City’s namesake, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, with the 5th Annual Mad Anthony Mud Run. Are you ready for the challenge Mother Nature throws at you? Mad Anthony was known for his tenacity, intensity and character; we hope that you will bring those same attributes as you complete this adventurous challenge including numerous “battles” that will confront you along the way. For more information call 540-942-6735 or visit the web site: www.runthevalley.com/mad-anthony-mud-run/.
Soul Food Dinner and Art Show at the Lucy Simms Center Auditorium, from 5pm-8pm. Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment while socializing and sampling some traditional soul food dishes made by some of the northeast community’s lifelong residents. This is a free event. For additional information call 540-437-9213.
A master showman, David Myles brings his musicianship and unforgettable stories to First Presbyterian Church (Sanctuary) at 249 S Wayne Ave. on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets are available at the door for $25 (students $5). Season subscription for the three remaining concerts is $45 (students $10) and includes reciprocity for concerts in Staunton and Culpeper. For more information go to www.waynesboroconcert.org or leave a message at 540-942-9220. In case of inclement weather call 540-942-9220 to check for cancellations and re-scheduling.