CALENDAR OF EVENTS: January, 2017
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January 1–Staunton.
3rd 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 go to www.raceit.com/search/event.aspx?id=38550 or call 540-885-7722.

January 1–Delaplane.
Watching the ball drop, making a resolution or serving up a bowl of Hoppin’ John are great traditions to help get 2017 off to a good start. Begin a new tradition by joining the Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane for a First Day Hike. As we hike along farmland vistas and forested bottomlands, we’ll share the New Year’s traditions of the people who called Sky Meadows home for the past 300 years. Wondering what Hoppin’ John is?  Join us in the Log House for a sample of this and other New Year’s fare after the hike. Free park entrance day and receive a special bumper sticker for participating. Find out about the New Year Challenge and Annual First Day Hikes Photo Contest here: http://bit.ly/vspfdh2017. No extra fee and children welcome. 540-592-3556.

January 1–Winchester.
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. Warm up in the cabin with some hot chocolate and cookies or where you might run into Santa. Admission fee. This is the last night for the show. 540-665-5678.

January 1–Staunton.
Join the Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley Street, for their Annual Christmas Concert. Featuring organist Virginia Bolena, the Trinity Choir, and others. Included are favorite carols for organ, choir, and congregation. We warmly welcome you to make this part of your Christmas celebration. Free admission and a nursery Available. 540-886-9132.

January 5-26–Harrisonburg.
Come and Play at Chick-fil-A, 1691 E. Market Street from 10-10:45am every Thursday for a story and crafts. Kids of all ages can enjoy this free event each week. Starting at 10am and ending after stories and crafts. are complete. 540-574-2232.

January 6-8–Salem.
50th Annual Stampede Championship Rodeo sponsored by Kroger and presented by RAM Trucks. 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. Admission fee. 540-375-3004.

January 6-8–Wintergreen.
Join  Wintergreen Resort for the 5th Annual Regional Ski Club and Boy Scouts Weekend, consisting of a variety of fun challenges, wackiest ski outfit contest, and much more. Boy Scout Weekend will feature a variety of discounts, special offers activities and more. 434-325-8003.

January 6-27–Raphine.
Every Friday at 7:30pm mosey on over to Clark’s Lumber Co., 1288 Ridge Road and join in on their longtime Friday-night tradition of old-time mountain/bluegrass music and two-step, flatfoot, waltz dancing. The music is live and the dancing is contagious. Wheelchair Accessible. $8.00 per-person, $15.00 couple and children under 12 free. 540-377-2490 or 540-885-0161.

January 7–Lexington.
Members of the Rockbridge Bird Club invite bird enthusiasts to join them to go birding at Boxerwood Nature Center, 963 Ross Road. Local birding experts aid people of all ages and skill levels in locating, identifying, and bird song interpretation. As many as 85 species of birds have been identified during past walks. 540-463-2697.

January 13-14–Salem.
Monster Truck Winternationals at the Civic Center. Featuring an all-star line-up including Equalizer, Storm Damaage, Red Solo Cup, Hurricane Force, Illuminator, and Defender. Tuff truck races, monster ride truck, and free parking. It’s fun for the whole family. 540-375-3004.

January 13-15–Lexington.
Annual Lee-Jackson Day events/ceremonies: On the 13th the Stonewall Brigade Camp would like to invite visitors to help us honor the lasting impact that Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson had on the local African-American community with Lee-Jackson and Black Confederate Tours. If you have hate in your heart for your fellow man you may stay home.; Annual Symposium at the Holiday Inn Express, which is free and open to the public on the 14th.; Then on the 15th a Prayer Vigil/Worship service 10am at the Howard Johnson Inn; 2pm Wreath Laying and Military Salute in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery at the gravesite of General Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson; 3pm (tenative) Lee-Jackson Day Parade through downtown; 4pm Memorial Service featuring Ms. Teresa Roane former Archivist of The Musuem of the Confederacy speaking on R.E. Lee and Black Confederates. Any net proceeds will benefit future Lee-Jackson Day events. Call 540-461-0389 or visit www.leejacksonday.webs.com for more information.

January 13-15–Roanoke.
8th 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. 210-408-0998.

January 13-16–Wintergreen.
Join Wintergreen Resort for the Martin Luther King Weekend. There are lots of fun planned for this long weekend. Events will include Demo Days by Freestyle, Wintergreen Rail Jam, Kickoff of the National Ski Areas Association’s Safety Awareness Week, great music slopeside, live entertainment at The Edge, and NASTAR. 434-325-8003.

January 13, 22–Waynesboro.
The Wayne Theatre, 521 West Main Street presents Chris Mann – “A Night with the Phantom” to celebrate Broadway’s greater hits on the 13th. Chris Mann is hailed by critics as “the best phantom since Michael Crawford” after 700 performances in Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production. Then on the 22nd The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra comes to the Wayne Theatre for one performance at 3 p.m. The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is the world’s only year-round, professional ensemble re-creating “America’s Original Music”.Celebrating its 30th anniversary season, the program will feature classic silent comedy films by Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd accompanied by the Orchestra playing the original 1910s and ’20s scores. 540-943-9999.

January 13-31–Harrisonburg.
Forbes Center for the Performing Arts presents Hod O’Brien for an evening of jazz on the 13th and on the 24th-31st Geeks in Museums: Putting Technology in Museology. If you love watching Abby on NCIS, then this exhibit is a must. 540-568-6211.

January 14–Front Royal.
Shenandoah Valley Runners Winter Series  Poker Run 5-Miler at Bowling Green Country Club-South, 838 Bowling Green 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 csnyder123@comcast.net.

January 14–Harrisonburg.
Bring your family to the Cecil F. Gilkerson Community Activities Center for a showing of a classic kid friendly movie “Cars”. 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. 540-433-9168.

January 14–Luray.
Performing Arts of Luray presents Motown Dance Night with The Winstons. For a fun night of dancing and entertainment, let the Winstons take you down memory lane with their Memories of Motown and Soul Revue. Enjoy the classic hits of the Temptations, the Four Tops, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and other legends, along with hits from disco, funk, and other get-down-and-boogie tunes. 540-743-1133.

January 14-28–Wintergreen.
Wintergreen Resort events: Rail Jam on the 14th; Women’s Ski Clinics on the 15th and the 22nd; Warrior Weekend on the 20th-22nd; Wintergreen Slopestyle on the 28th. 434-325-8003.

January 16–Luray.
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at your National park. This fee-free day provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the 124 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The 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. In addition, any fourth grade student can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program, and active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes. Shenandoah National Park is a playground for adventure, learning, and fun. Don’t forget to check out our ranger programs. 540-999-3500.

January 18–Winchester.
Children’s Services of Virginia, Inc. – Foster Care and Foster-to-Adopt services.  Help us celebrate 25 years of serving families, children, and the community! All are welcome and visit anytime between 2 and 7pm. Come out to learn about how you and your family can become a foster or foster-to-adopt family today! This is an opportunity to talk in person with us and learn how to help a child within your own community who needs a loving and supportive home. FREE.  540-667-0116 or e-mail jallen@csv-inc.com. https://www.facebook.com/ChildrensServicesofVA.

January 18-20–Fishersville.
The Virginia Farm Show is the show for the Farmers. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see equipment ranging from milking parlors to tractors and even portable sawmills. The Show is the only agricultural trade show in Virginia that caters to full-time as well as the part-time farmers. In addition to exhibits of all the major lines of equipment and services there is a Skid Steer Rodeo for all the attendees to watch as well as participate in. The Diamond Level Sponsor of this event is the Virginia Farm Bureau. This event enables participants to compete for trophies and cash prizes for all major lines of skid steers. Attendees are a quality crowd of full-time and part-time farmers from Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and North Carolina and for those that are not a farmer and would like to become one, this is the place to learn. So please join us for the show. Hours: Wednesday/Thursday 9am-4pm, Thursday and Friday 9am-3pm. 1-800-218-5586.

January 21–Roanoke.
The 14th 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:gunsandhoseshockey@yahoo.com.

January 25-29–Salem.
The Kazim Shrine Circus is the 59th Annual Roanoke Valley tradition. It’s family fun for all ages. Watch amazing performances, visit with the animals, laugh with our Kazim Klowns, ride elephants/ponies, and then enjoy face painting during intermission. Don’t miss the excitement. We’ll see you at the circus. General Admission children $8.00, adults $16.00. For more information call 540-375-3004.

January 27–Wintergreen.
Family Fun Festival at Wintergreen Resort from 9am-6pm. It’s a weekend with fun for the whole family with games, races, demo days and s’mores around the campfire. Throw in skiing, riding, tubing, skating and zipping and it will be your family’s favorite vacation.

January 28–Boyce.
7th Annual Seed Swap and Informaon Exchange from 10am-2pm at the University of Virginia’s Historic Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane. Bring seeds, plants, roots, and cuttings, plus books or magazines to swap with fellow gardeners. Vendors will be on hand with live herbs. Master Gardeners will be on hand. Admission is free. 540-837-1758.

January 28–Harrissonburg.
Join us for the 14th Annual Disc Golf Fundraiser for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. All donations stay to benefit local people in need. The event is held in any weather conditions and you will be playing one round of 21 holes. Entry fee of $25.00 will be a donation to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank as well. Join members of the Rocktown Disc Golf Club for a potluck meal following the event. To register call 540-433-2474 or ed.steele@harrisonburgva.gov.

January 28–Strasburg.
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. Call 540-336-2827 or e-mail: stickman@shentel.net.

January 28-29–Fishersville.
C & E Gun show at Augusta Expoland. Our show offers a huge variety of  guns, gun related accessories  and self protection items. We have in every price range, holsters, safes, antique pistols, swords, knives, Samurai swords, cartridges, Early Indian/Western Americana, militaria of all wars and Coins. Admission fee. 540-953-0016.

January 29–Lexington.
The 5th Annual Souper Bowl will be held at Washington and Lee University’s  Evans Dining Hall from 11am-2pm. Join us for a community wide soup tasting to benefit the Campus Kitchen and tackle childhood hunger. All proceeds benefit the Backpack Program which serves 700 pre-k/elementary schools in the Rockbridge area including Lexington and Buena Vista. Tickets for students $10.00, Adults $15.00. For more information call 540-458-4669 or e-mail jdavidson@wlu.edu.

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