Augusta Regional SPCA will host the 2nd “Furry 5K Fun Run and Walk” at Gypsy Hill Park. The race will be starting at 10am. Prizes will be awarded in age and gender divisions for humans and dogs. That’s right, register yourself and your dog for the race. The race day headquarters will be located at the West end of Gypsy Hill Park near the Kiwanis baseball field concession stand. Tables will be setup for race-day registration and also for pre-registrants to pick up their race packets. The top runners in adult, juvenile, dog divisions will recieve medals and prize packages. Race day registration from 9-9:45am and race day registrants must pay with check or cash only. Registration is $30.00 per person on race day and no fee to register your dog in the race. 540-885-7722 for more information or visit www.augustaregionalspca.org/furry5k to register in advance.
This is the last day that Gypsy Hill Park’s 214 acres will be a fairyland of holiday lights from 5-11pm. 540-886-8660.
Don’t miss Frederick County Parks and Recreation’s annual light show at Clearbrook Park. Don your stocking caps and wrap those scarves tight as you take a magical stroll through this winter wonderland. Warm up in the cabin, where you might run into Santa, or with some hot chocolate and cookies. Lights out at 10pm so please plan your visit accordingly. Admission is $5.00 for 12 years and over, 2-11 years is $3.00, 1 and under are free. 540-665-5678.
“First Friday” at the Explore More Discovery Museum, 150 S. Main Street. Everyone is welcome to enjoy free admission from 4-7pm. There is always something for everyone. 540-442-8900.
Join us for the 5th Annual Regional Ski Club and Boy Scout Challenge Weekend, consisting of a variety of fun challenges to include the alpine fun race, retro fashion show, live entertainment, and much more at Wintergreen Resort. 434-325-2200.
Shenandoah Valley Runners Winter Series #3 will be held at Historic Long Branch Estate, 830 Long Branch Lane. Start time is 9:30am. Age Based Pricing. The last shall be first at a race that staggers the start so that older runners go first with younger runners in hot pursuit. 540-336-9742, or email@example.com.
Discover this “Old World” tradition as area residents and visitors gather at the Town Park on Lowe Street to enjoy light refreshments on Twelfth Night culminating in a bon fire made from the Town’s Holiday tree and dozens of family Christmas trees. 540-254-1212.
The International Saxophone Symposium, hosted by the United States Navy Band, will take place at Shenandoah University and the Patsy Cline Theate. The show features a mix of performances, masterclasses and lectures designed for musicians of all ages. Highlighting the prominence of the saxophone in both classical and jazz literature are the two marquee concerts. Both concerts feature guest artists as soloists. Traditionally, Friday night’s concert features the Navy Concert Band with a mixture of band pieces and classically-oriented saxophone solos. Saturday night’s concert features the Commodores jazz ensemble and guest soloists in an evening of big band and jazz music. The U.S. Navy Band, based in Washington, is the Navy’s premier musical organization. 202-433-3366.
Don’t miss your opportunity to turn your home and garden dreams into reality. The entire Civic Center will be completely transformed for one weekend only into a home and garden extravaganza. From the front door to the backyard you’ll find it all at the Greater Home and Garden Show. You are sure to find just what you are looking for to finish home improvement projects or get your lawn and gardens ready for spring. Shop til you drop in our art, gift and gourmet center, wine tasting (pending), plant sales. Also a Pet Zone with pet adoptions, giveaways and free stuff. Admission fee 17 and over; 16 years and under, also active military with ID are free. 540-853-5483.
Star City Canine Training Club and Dog Owners Training Club of Lynchburg will be co-hosting an AKC Agility Trial at the Lexington Horse Center. 540-529-3545.
Got some cabin fever? Bring your family to the Cecil F. Gilkerson Community Activities Center for a showing of “Frozen”, a classic kid friendly movie. 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 10, 24–Boyce.
Join us at Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, for our Young Naturalist Programs: “CSI-Solving Crimes with Nature” (registration code, csi) on the 10th, then “Nature’s Amazing Defenses-How do animals defend themselves?” (registration code, defense) on the 24th. These programs are for grades 1-3 from 9am-11:30am and grades 4-6 at 12:30pm-3pm. Reservations required. Also on the 24th our 4th Annual Seed Exchange. 540-837-1758 ext 0.
Taste of the Forbes, An Arts and Foodie event. The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, 147 Warsaw Avenue, is serving up a complete evening of entertainment and you’re invited to join us. 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. The event begins in the Grand Lobby with appetizers and drinks. You will then move from venue to venue to enjoy 20-minute music and theatre/dance presentations as well as a white glove presentation highlighting hidden treasures from the Madison Art Collection. Each presentation also includes a director/curator-led dialogue. Dessert in the Grand Lobby tops off this magical night. Admission is $40.00. For more information call 540-568-7000.
The Virginia Farm Show will be held at Augusta Expoland. This is the only agricultural trade show in Virginia that caters to full-time as well as the part-time farmer. In addition to exhibits of all the major lines of equipment and services there will be a Skid Steer Rodeo for all the attendees to watch as well as participate in. The event is sponsored by Country Folks magazine. 540-943-3976 or 540-337-2552.
Annual Collage Concert from 7:30-9pm at Shenandoah University’s Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre, 620 Milllwood Avenue. A fast-paced concert featuring faculty, students and ensembles from across the conservatory. Enjoy music, theatre and dance in an unforgettable, multidisciplinary event. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $9.00 for senior citizens. Purchase tickets at 540/665-4569 or conservatoryperforms.org/preformances.
Annual Lee-Jackson Day events: Fourth Annual Symposium at the Holiday Inn Express, which is free and open to the public on the 16th. Then on the 17th a Wreath Laying and Military Salute in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery at the gravesite of General Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson at 10:30am; Parade through downtown from the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery and visitors are welcome to join in the procession or watch at 11:15am; Memorial Service at the Lexington Presbyterian Church at noon; Following the memorial services, a luncheon will be held at the Holiday Inn Express at approximately 1:30pm. We will be treated to music provided by the 2nd VA Cavalry String Band. Following the meal visitors can enjoy dancing and music. Reservations must be received by the 13th. Luncheon and dance are $25.00 per person. Gala and dance only $10.00 per person. Any net proceeds will benefit the Stonewall Brigade-Lee fund. 540-461-0389 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information leejacksonday.webs.com.
January 16-17, 21–Lexington.
In honor of Lee-Jackson Day the Stonewall Jackson House, 8 East Washington Street, will be open to the public from noon-5pm. Tours are on the hour and half-hour with the last tour at 4:30pm on the 16th-17th and on the 21st. Help us to celebrate Stonewall Jackson’s 191st Birthday. Free tours of the home will be given on the hour and the half-hour starting at 10am-4pm, with the last tour at 3:30pm. Complimentary hot cider and birthday cake will be provided on the 21st. 540-464-7704.
The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts will host a family fun event, “The Sleeping Beauty Tea Party”. Dress up and enjoy afternoon tea in the Grand Lobby before the enchanting 2pm matinee of Sleeping Beauty. This delightful event features finger sandwiches, bite-size desserts, games, and more. Your ticket includes tea, the 2 pm show and more. Admission is $26.00. 540-568-7000.
January 17–Front Royal.
Shenandoah Valley Runners Winter Series #4 Predicted Time 5 Miler at the Bowling Green Country Club-South, Bowling View Road entrance, starting 9:30am. Predict your time and then see how close you come to the actual distance. No: watches, headpones, dogs, strollers. Age based pricing is automatically applied at checkout. 540-305-4944.
12th Annual Guns vs. Hoses hockey game 6pm at the Civic Center. This is a charity ice hockey tournament played to benefit 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). We’d like to thank our sponsors and fans for their continued support in making Guns and Hoses not only possible, but a huge success and blessing to those benefiting from the MDA and the work they do. Admission is $5.00.
Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Concert at the First Baptist Church, Main Street, from 7:30-8:30pm. Join with us as we honor Dr. King’s contributions to America. Take in a dramatic reading of the “I Have a Dream” speech interspersed with musical commentary in the form of audience sing-alongs. 540-458-8000.
Martin Luther King weekend at Wintergreen Resort. There will be lots of fun planned that will include Wintergreen Rail Jam at 5pm on the 17th in the Terrain Park; and on the 17th-18th Demo Days by Freestyle on the Top of Acorn. Kickoff of the National Ski Areas Association’s Safety Awareness Week, DJ mixing up the tunes slopeside outside the rental shop. 434-325-2200.
Greater Virginia Bridal Show at the Civic Center from 1-4pm. Visit with Roanoke’s finest wedding professionals displaying products and services. Get ideas from leading florists and event planners in our Inspiration Room. Sample cakes and catering by the area’s finest cake bakers and catering companies. Spectacular runway show by David’s Bridal, Becky’s Bridal and Chantilly Lace Bridal. Enter to win thousands of dollars in door prizes. The grand prize is a Dream Wedding, everything from the gown to the honeymoon. Must be present to win. 804-822-1768.
January 22–Front Royal.
Bingo at Rivermont Volunteer Fire Department, 714 Rivermont Drive. Doors open at 5:30pm and early birds at 7pm. We will have a 20/80 Jackpot, $500.00 jackpot and progressive. Also food for sale. 540-636-9704.
The Radio Hour is held at the Wayne Theatre, 601 W Main Street. The event brings together the remarkable Boogie Kings, guest musicians, the comedy of Marsha Howard, and the River City Players in a serial that brings back the memories of the radio of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s when radio was still the home entertainment of choice. 540-943-9999.
Court Square Theater, located at 41-F Court Square, is proud to announce the second annual “24 Hour Project”. The 24 Hour Project is a unique event that will take place from 5pm on the 23rd until 5pm the 24th. Featuring music, drama, comedy, dance, poetry, workshops, and many other forms of performance art. The event is a celebration of community and collaboration through a non-stop, 24-hour run of performances by artists both local and broad. Anyone interested in performing at this event is encouraged to do so. For all of those who will not be performing, volunteering, or becoming a donor, the ticket system works this way: wristbands will be sold for $10.00, wear it and don’t take it off. The wristband acts as your ticket to get into the theater. Come and go as you please, but it’s first come, first serve for seats. So, if the theater hits capacity, you’ll have to wait until someone leaves. The programs will list all of the performances and times, so get there early for the shows you really want to see. 540-433-9189.
Don’t let old man winter get you down. Here at Wintergreen Resort we have a fun weekend planned where you’ll find the exhilaration of winter sports and games. Key highlights for the weekend include Women’s Ski Clinic, USASA Slopestyles/DoubleCross and Freestyle Double Cross. 434-325-2200.
Freeze Your Snowballs Off 10k at Jeff Campbell’s House, 12572 Rockingham Pike. MS Word entry form available. Entry fee $2.00 SVTC members, $5.00 non-members. Jeff provides a generous spread of refreshments after the race. Wear tropical to deduct 1 minute from your time. Call 540-289-6863 or e-mail: email@example.com.
January 24-25, 31–Fishersville.
Augusta Expo, 277 Expo Road, events: C & E Gun Show on the 24th-25th; On the 31st Paranzino Brothers Construction Materials Auction. There will be doors, windows, trim, kitchen, bath, flooring, interior, exterior, name brand tools, and more. 540-943-3976/540-337-2552 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
3rd Annual Souper Bowl from11am-2pm at Washington and Lee University’s Evans Hall. Local Restaurants will contribute soup for sampling. The “Souper Bowl” will feature live entertainment and a festive atmosphere while highlighting each partner restaurant. Suggested donation for the event: $10 for students, $15 for adults and $40 per family. The Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee’s Backpack Program started in 2009 and has expanded to cover all seven elementary schools in Rockbridge and the Head Start programs. This vital program delivers backpacks filled with non-perishable food. Children are guaranteed lunch Monday through Friday and now by sending food home backpacks on Friday night CKWL ensures they have food over the weekend. 540-458-4669.
Blackfriars Playhouse presents the “Taming of the Shrew”. This hilarious comedy is much more than a “battle of the sexes”; it is also a profound look at the necessity of “play” in our lives. This production includes Shakespeare’s “Induction,” which presents the Kate and Petruchio story as a play within the play. Blending romantic comedy and outlandish farce, Shakespeare gives us a love story of psychological liberation and the mysteries of being married. For tickets and more information call 540.885.5588 ext. 24.
Grab your knitting, crochet, needlepoint, cross stitch or other hand craft and head on over to Mariah Amine Couture, 112 South Wayne Avenue, from 3-6pm for “Knit Night”. Hang out, socialize, and make some progress on those projects. Everyone welcome. 540-942-9022.
11th Annual Disc Golf Fundraiser for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank at Westover Park Disc Golf Course. All donations stay to benefit local people in need. The event is held in any weather conditions, playing one round of 21 holes. All entries received by the 9th will receive their choice of a disc or t-shirt and mini marker disc. Entry fee of $25.00 will be a donation to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank as well. Check-in and registration 9-10am. Ed.Steele@harrisonburgva.gov.
17th Annual Stickman’s Tandems 5K at Signal Knob Middle School, 687 Sandy Hook Road. Start time is 9:30am. Run in the shadow of the Massanutten Mountains as a member of a two-person team. Your finish place will be combined with your teammate’s to determine the winners. Low score wins. If you don’t have a teammate, we’ll pair you up with somebody. 540-336-2827 or email@example.com.
Winterfest Beach Bash at the Civic Center, featuring “The Band of Oz”. Tickets are $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. Food and drink will be available for purchase. 540-375-3004.
January 31-Feb. 1–Harrisonburg.
Rockingham County Fairgrounds events: Whetzel Estate Auction on the 31st; Virginia Club Calf Producers Association Winter Classic, join us as we celebrate 10 years on the 31st-Feb. 1st. 540-434-5000.