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“Can Your Fines” event at all Augusta County Library locations. Donate canned goods to the Augusta County Library food drive for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and we’ll forgive your fines. One overdue fine removed for each can donated. Augusta County Library includes five locations: Churchville Branch Library, Craigsville Library Station, Deerfield Library Station, Fishersville Library (Main), Middlebrook Library Station. 540-885-3961.
“Dogs 2 Read 2” at the Central Library, 174 South Main Street, from 4:30-5:30pm. Grab a book, get comfy and read to your very own registered therapy dog every Thursday. All reading levels are encouraged and younger children are welcome with a grown up. 540-434-4475x1.
No Limits Monster Trucks at the Civic Center. Featuring an all-star line-up including BigFoot and more. Tuff truck races, monster ride truck, and free parking. It’s fun for the whole family. Admission fee. 540-375-3004.
“First Friday” at the Explore More Discovery Museum, 150 S. Main Street. Our mission is to engage young minds through interactive, multi-sensory learning experiences. Sponsored by the Harrisonburg Kiwanis Club. Everyone is welcome to enjoy free admission from 4-7 pm. 540-442-8900.
January 4, 11, 18, 25–Raphine.
Join us at Clark’s Ole Time Music Center, 1288 Ridge Road, for our longtime tradition of old-time mountain/bluegrass music and two-step, flatfoot, waltz dancing. The music is live and the dancing is contagious. Wheelchair Accessible. Admission fee. 540-462-7211.
Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will be available to help you find your Revolutionary War ancestors. This event takes place from 6:30-8pm, at the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room and genealogy collection located on the lower level of the Handley Library, 100 W. Piccadilly Street. 540-662-9041 or email@example.com with questions.
Taste of the Forbes “An Arts and Foodie” event at James Madison University’s Forbes Center, featuring a complete evening of entertainment. This moveable feast includes three distinctive presentations in three Forbes Center venues, plus a reception that will allow you to mingle with other arts enthusiasts. Dessert in the Grand Lobby tops off this magical night. Admission fee. 540-568-7000.
Annual Stampede Championship Rodeo at the civic center. Enjoy all of the down-home, 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. Sponsored by Kroger and presented by Ram Trucks. Admission fee. 540-375-3004.
10th Annual Greater Roanoke Home and Garden Show at the Berglund Center. Don’t leave the kids home, there will be something for them. 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. For information call 210-408-0998 or 540-853-2241.
Family Fitness Fair at Augusta Expoland from 10am-5pm, is a fun and informational event for the whole family. Seminars for seniors, teens, moms and dads. Special activities in the kids korner. Also vendors, games, demonstrations, food available. Admission is $2.00 per person with kids 5 and under free. 540-943-3976.
January 12–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: headphones, dogs, strollers. Race day registration is 8:30am and the race starts at 9:30am. To register call 540-305-4944 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 12, 15–Boyce.
University of Virginia’s Historic Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane. Event on the 12th: Exploring the Night Sky in a Pop-up Planetarium. View the night sky in a pop-up planetarium showing planets, the moon’s phases, and constellations. Learn about the night sky and hear stories and myths about the stars and constellations from different cultures. On the 15th Greener than Grass Series: Edible Landscaping. Registrations required for both events. 540-837-1758.
Augusta Expoland will host the Virginia Farm Show. 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. This event enables participants to compete for trophies and cash prizes for all major lines of skid steers. So please join us for the show to see equipment ranging from milking parlors to tractors, even portable sawmills and so much more. 1-800-218-5586.
Annunal Lee-Jackson Day events/ceremonies: On the 18th the 7th Annual Symposium at the Hampton Inn (Col Alto) Conference Center which is free and open to the public. On the 19th a Wreath Laying and Military Salute in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery at the gravesite of General Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson. Then the Lee-Jackson Day Parade, visitors are welcomed to join in the procession or watch. To fill out your weekend between events, we are providing visitors the opportunity to walk the streets of Lexington and see historic sites connected with our Black Confederate citizens. 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 to encourage peace, not division. Visit www.leejacksonday.webs.com or 540-461-0389 for more information.
Come out for some Winter Racing as our 3rd Annual Cider Slider kicks off at 11am. Check-in and late registration will be inside the Elkton Area Community Center, Room 3 from 9:30am-10:30am. Enjoy hot apple cider and chili after the race. Prizes awarded to top 3 male and female finishers and swag bags for all. Register online at https://www.raceentry.com/races/cider-slider-5k-trail-run/2019/register or call 540-908-3400.
The Annual Charity Hockey Game will be held at the Berglund Center, 710 Williamson Road. 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”. 540-853-2241 or e-mail:email@example.com.
Join us for our Annual Martin Luther King Weekend at Bryce Resort from 9-11:59pm. There will be fireworks, live music by Acoustic Soul and more. 1-800-821-1444 or 540-856-2121.
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at your National park. This fee-free day provides 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. Don’t forget to check out our ranger programs. 540-999-3500.
Join fellow film fans for movie classics up on the big screen the way they were meant to be, at the beautifully restored Wayne Theatre, 521 W. Main Street. Doors open at 6pm, all films roll at 7pm. Also offering a 2pm matinee. Admission is pay what you will. Advance tickets are recommended and may be reserved at no cost. 540-943-9999.
Monday Night Madness at Massanutten Resort from 4-9pm. When you ski or ride at Massanutten we will contribute a portion of that evenings revenue to Pleasant View which provides support for people with disabilities. A free beginner group lesson at 5 or 6pm and you must be 7 years old to participate in a group lesson. 540-289-9441 or 540-896-8255.
January 21, 23, 26-27–Lexington.
Martin Luther King events at Washington and Lee University and downtown. CARE Parade downtown, Birthday Party 11:30am -1pm, Commons Living Room and Tea Ceremonies 1:30, 2 and 2:30 pm, Tea Room on the 21st; Dine on Diversity, noon in Sankofa House on the 23rd; Day of Service, 9am-3pm on the 26th; A Commemorative Keynote Address with a prominent speaker on the 27th. For more information call 540-458-8766.
Join the Central Library, 174 S Main Street, as the James Madison University Geology Club explores rocks and geology at 1-2pm. 540-434-4475.
Join your favorite Valley librarians at Seven Arrows Brewing Company, 2508 Jefferson Highway, starting 7pm for an evening of library trivia and craft beer, Teams can consist of up to 6 adults. Prizes will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place winners. For ages 21 and up. 540-221-6968.
January 23, 30–Blacksburg.
Virginia Tech’s Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall events: “Evita” the musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. This blockbuster shows both the righteous determination, and the ruthless power, of Argentina’s 20th-century matriarch, María Eva Duarte de Perón on the 23rd and on the 30th join us for a three-course dinner for two plus complimentary shuttle service to and from the show Cirque Éloize: “Saloon”. 540-231-5300.
January 23, 30–Lexington.
Enjoy live bluegrass music every Wednesday mornings at the Blue Phoenix Cafe and Grocery, 110 W. Washington Street, from 8-10am. Listen, tap your feet, or bring your musical instrument and join in the fun. 540-461-8306.
Learn to paint step-by-step at Capital Ale House, 41 Court Square, from 7-9pm. Our events aren’t classes, they’re parties, so preparation is easy. The canvas, paint, brushes, and use of all other supplies will be provided for you at your event so there is no need to bring any supplies. Before you leave please check your email to confirm that the event hasn’t been rescheduled or changed due to weather or an emergency. Food and drinks are not included in the ticket price. Events are 21+ only. From every ticket $15.00 goes toward the American Cancer Society. To register call 540-434-3360 or 540-564-2537.
The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” will be performing at Shenandoah University’s Armstrong Concert Hall from 7:30-9pm. The Band presentation is a free concert of symphonic works. 540-665-4587.
9th 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. Other activities are door prizes, refreshments and more. No invasive species of plants. Admission is free. 540-837-1758.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gun Show at Augusta Expoland. Our exhibitors have an incredible knowledge base they are able to help customers find what they’re looking for and can easily answer virtually all questions and concerns a consumer may have. There will be handguns, shotguns, rifles, ammo, training, holsters, safes, antiques, carbines, pistols, swords, knives, early Indian/Western Americana, militaria of all wars, coins. Each engagement benefits from the depth and breadth of our expertise. Admission fee and children under 12 are free. 540-951-1344.
The 7th 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 540-458-8400 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts presents “A Holocaust Remembrance: I Never Saw Another Butterfly” is a special program featuring poetry and music. In November of 2005, the United Nations passed Resolution 60/7, which established January 27th as International Holocaust Remembrance Day and urges every member nation of the U.N. to recognize and commemorate the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War, to honor the memory of Holocaust victims and to encourage the development of educational programs about Holocaust history to prevent future acts of genocide. 540-568-7131.