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January 1–Natural Bridge.
4th Annual Festival of Trees at Natural Bridge State Park. Get into the Holiday spirit by placing donated items under your favorite trees that have been decorated. Donation items needed for school children are socks, gloves, hats, scarves, undergarments, winter essentials, school supplies. Donations will benefit the Rockbridge County Schools. 540-291-1330.
Join the Friends of Shenandoah River State Park, 350 Daughter of Stars Drive, for our annual “First Day Hike”. We will start the year off right by taking a half mile hike on the Overlook Trail. This is an easy hike with gorgeous views of the river. Parking fees are waived for the day. 540-622-6840.
Main Library, 1759 Jefferson Highway, events: “Can Your Fines” on the 1st-4th. Donate canned goods to the ACL food drive for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, and we’ll forgive your fines. One overdue fine removed for each can donated. Does not include the cost of lost materials or collection agency fees. On the 2nd-3rd, can you defeat our 80s themed escape room? Test your skills with this totally radical time travel adventure from noon-7pm. Registration required. For ages 10+. 540-540-885-3961 or 540-949-6354.
Join us at the French Press, 134 N. Wayne Avenue, for Open Mic Night every Friday-Saturday from 7-9pm. Featuring a dose of local music, arts, great coffee, beverages, and a hip atmosphere. Admission free. 540-221-6568.
The Augusta Expo will be the site for the biggest indoor Yard Sale from 8am-1pm. There will be something for everyone. 540-448-3560 or 540-337-2552.
January 4–Front Royal.
The Shenandoah Valley Runners will be sponsoring a Pizza or Resolutions 5K at the Skyline High School. 151 Skyline Vista Drive, from 9:30-11:30am. Come hungry for one of our favorite events. 540-631-0366 or runsignup.com/Race/VA/Winchester/SVRWinterSeries.
Horse Center events: On the 4th, the Winter Tournament; On the 9th-12th, DOTC and SCCTC Canine Agility Trials; On the 11th-12th, ODRPC Schooling; On the 15th-19th, Stonewall Country Horse Show I “A”; On the 24th-26th, Blue Ridge Nationals (President’s Cup) BMX. For times and admission fee call 540-464-2950.
Monday Night Madness at Massanutten Resort from 4-9pm. A free beginner group lesson at 5 or 6 pm. Must be 7 years old to participate in a group lesson. When you ski or ride at Massanutten a portion of the night’s proceeds will go to local charities which includes Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA on the 6th, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic on the 13th, United Way of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County on the 20th and the Wildlife Center of Virginia on the 27th.Tickets can be purchased in-person at the ticket window starting at 3:45pm on the day of the event. 540-289-4952.
Join the Library at 3714 Churchville Avenue, every Monday from 2-6pm, to create something new using a variety of tools and materials. For ages 5-105. 540-245-5287.
The Wildlife Care Academy will be offering an online class “Rehab 101”: Introduction to wildlife rehabilitation. Online classes are taught via blackboard collaborate from 6-8pm. To register call 540-942-9453 or www.wildlifecenter.org/events.
Star City Canine Training Club and Dog Owners Training Club, will be hosting a 3 day AKC Agility event indoors in the Anderson Coliseum at Virginia Horsecenter. 434-258-2310.
View the night sky in a pop-up planetarium at Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, from 7-8:30pm. We will be showing planets, the moon’s phases, and constellations. Learn stories and myths about the stars and constellations from different cultures. For those four and older with an adult. Admission is $15.00 and family $25.00. Registration is required and space is limited. 540-837-1758.
Stampede Championship Rodeo at the Civic Center from 7:30pm on the 10th-11th and 2pm on the 12th. Enjoy the fast-paced rodeo action featuring bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing, mutton busting and much more. This is a great opportunity to bring the family out and see a top notch rodeo. Admission fee. 540-375-3004.
11th Annual Greater Roanoke Home and Garden Show at the Berglund Special Events Center. The entire center will be completely transformed from the front door to the backyard, you’ll find it all at the show. 540-853-2241.
January 10, 14–Waynesboro.
Join fellow film fans for classics at the beautifully restored Wayne Theatre, 521 W. Main Street, up on the big screen the way they were meant to be. Featuring the Brass Five on the 10th, tickets $15.00; on the 14th Sustainable Habitat for Bees and Other Pollinators, pay what you will. For a complete schedule and times: 540-943-1381 or waynetheatre.org/upcoming-performances.
Frogtown Music will host a bluegrass series to benefit the Frederick County Educational Foundation. The concert is held at Millbrook High School located at 251 First Woods Drive. The doors open at 6pm. Tickets can be ordered at: 540-955-4786 or http://fcef.fcpsk12.net/fcef-events.
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. Come see equipment ranging from milking parlors to portable sawmills and so much more. 1-800-218-5586 or 540-337-2552.
Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys will perform at Court Square Theater, 41 Court Square, from 7pm. 540-433-9189.
Annunal Lee-Jackson Day events/ceremonies: On the 17th the Annual Symposium at the Hampton Inn (Col Alto) Conference Center which is free and open to the public. On the 18th a Wreath Laying and Military Salute at 10:30am in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery at the gravesite of General Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson. Then the Lee-Jackson Day Parade at 11:15am, visitors are welcomed to join in the procession or watch. To fill out your weekend we are providing visitors the opportunity to see historic sites connected with our Black Confederate citizens. For tour details (https://saveourflags.webs.com/Black%20Confederate%20Tour.pdf). 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.
The First Aid Crew Auxiliary is hosting a hot roast beef and gravy sandwich dinner with all the fixings at 201 West Broad Street, from 4-7pm. Sides will include mashed potatoes, green beans, assorted desserts and tea. Cost is $12.00 per dinner, dine in or carry out. All proceeds benefit the First Aid Crew Auxiliary. 540-241-5258.
January 18–Front Royal.
The Shenandoah Valley Runners will host the Snowman Stampede 5 Miler at the Bowling Green Country Club (South), 500 Bowling View Road, from 9:30-11:30am. Be abominable and show winter who is boss by being the coolest snowman ever. Get out your carrot nose, black hat, and show off your snowmanship at this fun and hopefully snowy 5 miler. 1-888-385-1360.
The Greater Virginia Bridal Show will be held at the Berglund Special Events Center and is sponsored by the Virginia Bride Magazine, from 1-5pm. There will be top wedding vendors displaying products and services. Sample catering and a fashion show. Enter to win thousands of dollars in door prizes. The grand prize is a romantic getaway for two. Admission is $10.00 cash only, ATM on site, kids 12 and under get in free. 540-853-2241.
“Wilde Creatures” will be performed at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts. A captivating crew of storytelling musicians bring this classic fairy tale to life. In the town square of a cold and lonely village stands an empty platform where the statue of the Happy Prince once stood. The town has three people who vie to become the new town statue. As an audience member, you get to choose in this fantastical journey. 540-568-7131.
The Mimslyn Inn, 401 W. Main Street, will be hosting a Murder Mystery weekend. The mystery starts with the welcome reception, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar on the 24th. Breakfast, lunch, cocktail reception, dinner and a cash bar on the 25th. Brunch and final solution with the awarding of prizes on the 26th. For reservations 540-743-5105 or email@example.com.
Seed Exchange and Plant Swap, from 10am-2pm, at the University of Virginia’s Historic Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane. FOSA Volunteers and Virginia Master Gardeners save, sort, and label seeds to trade or give away at the annual seed exchange. You are welcome to come with or without bringing seeds, roots, cuttings, or plants to trade. We’ll also exchange garden-related books and magazines. 540-837-1758 Ext. 224.
The 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 750 pre-k/elementary schools in the Rockbridge area including Lexington and Buena Vista. Tickets for students $10.00, Adults $15.00. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-458-8131.
Showmasters Gun Show will be held at Augusta Expoland. There will be handguns, shotguns, rifles, ammo, holsters, safes, antiques, carbines, pistols, swords, knives, and training. Early Indian/Western Americana, militaria of all wars, and coins. Admission fee and children under 12 are free. 540-951-1344.
“Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare will be held at the Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 South Market Street. Feel the joy of love won and the ache of love lost as this story makes you laugh, breaks your heart, and then somehow puts it back together again in Shakespeare’s tale of trickery and true love. For more information call 540-885-5588.
Come to Clementine Cafe, 153 South Main Street, for good music by the Ben Kunkle Band, “14lbs and the Hackens Boys” at 8pm. Admission fee $10.00. 540-801-8881.
Jim and Cheryl Nystrom Ball better known as the ”Mercy Creek” band will be performing at E&J’s Deli Pub, 2800-C West Main Street. They represent a new sound in folk music that instantly grabs your ear and makes you want more. Their sound blends modern folk with pop, rock, blues and even bluegrass. Based in Virginia, Mercy Creek performs original music they call aggressive folk rock. 804-366-3651 or 540-221-2927.
The American Spiritual Ensemble will be at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, 147 Warsaw Avenue. They feature some of the finest singers in the classical music world by performing renditions of classic spirituals, jazz and Broadway favorites that highlight the black experience. “The ensemble produces a sound of such sumptuous power, energy and commitment that one is hard put to find words worthy of the effect they make on an audience.” The Madison Singers will sing a few select numbers with ASE in this concert. Call 540-568-7131 or www.americanspiritualensemble.com.