Join the Samuels Public Library, 330 East Criser Road, for a special In-person screening of the movie Groundhog Day, starting 6pm. Patrons can enjoy the classic movie while playing movie bingo. A lucky winner will get a special prize basket. Registration required as seats are limited. 540-635-3153.
February 2, 12–Winchester.
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst Street, events: Get a behind-the-scenes look at the MSV gardens in winter on this guided tour on the 2nd and on the 12th, Jr. Trailblazers program for ages 8 and older from 9:30-11am. 540-662-1473 ext. 212.
February 3–Rockingham County.
Bring your friends and family to Domino’s restaurants in Broadway, Harrisonburg, Bridgewater, then purchase some food and tell them that you are supporting Pleasant View. Domino’s will donate a percentage of your purchase price to Pleasant View. For information call 540-896-8255.
The Annual “Winterfest Beach Bash” is back at the Civic Center. Beach music fans will once again be able to unwind in the winter with the legendary “Band of Oz”. No coolers or outside food or drinks are permitted inside the arena. Doors will open at 6pm and the proceeds will benefit the Penguin Club’s community service projects. 540-375-3057.
“Wounded Warriors” weekend at Wintergreen Resort, Route 664. If you’re on the mountain when we hold this exciting event, stop in at the Mountain Inn or at the top of the Dobie Ski Trail to say hello to our honored guests and look also for TV news coverage of this always inspiring event. For more information, 434-466-3283 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 4, 5, 11-–Waynesboro.
The Wayne Theatre, 521 W. Main Street, presents: James Wayne Stafford on the 4th; Garrison Keillor and the Hopeful Gospel Quartet on the 5th; Cirque Zuma Zuma on the 11th. 540-949-8187 or 540-943-9999.
February 4-6, 12-13–Roanoke.
Berglund Center, 710 Williamson Road events: Annual Greater Roanoke Home and Garden Show, you’ll find everything for your home improvement and outdoor projects at deals you’ll only find at the show on the 4th-6th; If you like bumper cars, come experience the thrill of driving them on ice. The controls are like playing a video game only you’re in it on the 6th; Big Lick Comic Con, featuring a massive display of comic, toy, gaming, artists, special guests and more on the 12th-13th. 540-793-3354 or 877-482-8496.
Virginia Horse Center events: Lexington Country Horse Show II HJ on the 4th-6th; Winter Saddlebred Tournament on the 12th; Intercollegiate Horse Show Association on the 13th; Star City Dog Show on the 17th-20th; Lone Star Rodeo on the 25th-26th; Winter Saddlebred Tournament on the 26th; Polar Bear Horse Show on the 26th-27th. For tickets and times call 540-464-2950.
“Someone Special Sweetheart Dance”, formerly known as our “Father/Daughter Dance”. Fathers, daughters, mothers, sons, anyone special, all are welcome. Join us for an evening of fun and frills at West Oak Farm Market, 4305 Middle Road. We provide BBQ, finger foods, and yummy cake from Sweet Tooth Bakery. A DJ playing your favorite hits, pictures for purchase and door prizes make this an unforgettable affair. We will NOT be accepting walk-up couples and space is very limited so register today. 540-665-5600 or 540-665-5678.
Celebrate Lunar New Year, “Year of the Tiger”, with dragon dances, martial arts performances, singing and more at the Taubman Museum of Art, 110 Salem Avenue SE. Bring the whole family out to learn about the cultural traditions of our Asian friends and neighbors. From meeting the performers to creating your own Year of the Tiger-themed artwork, this is a fun, free event you don’t want to miss. No registration necessary, walk-ins encouraged. 540-204-4131.
Join us at Chet Hobert Park, 225 Al Smith Circle, for Movie Night, featuring “Shrek Forever After”. Everyone should bring a comfortable pillows, blankets or chairs. Admission fee $5.00 and children age 2 and under admitted free. Fee includes pizza and snacks to enjoy while watching the movie. Activity #250806A. 540-955-5140.
Come find the perfect gift for your Valentine. The Town is hosting their 3rd Annual Cupid’s Market in partnership with Box Office Brewery. Vendors will be located in the downtown Square Market Pavilion and Box Office Brewery the Friday before Valentine’s Day. We will have all of your shopping needs in one block. We invite you to shop small and shop local. 540-465-9197 or 540-465-2609.
The Corps of Cadets conducts a dress parade at 4:30pm. The parade showcases the professionalism of the cadets as well as the pageantry of this traditional military event. During the 45-minute parade, the cadet regiment conducts rifle drill according to U.S. Army standards, reports to the reviewing officer, receives orders, and marches in review past the audience and the reviewing office. 540-464-7230.
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. No headphones, dogs, or strollers are allowed. We run even if it is cold, sleet, snow, but not when icy. SVR will be collecting used shoes for donation to those in need. To register early call 540-327-4331.
Washington and Lee University presents: “Thumbelina” at the Lenfest Center/Keller Theatre, 2pm matinee and 7pm evening. Join this tiny girl with a huge heart as she travels the world making unexpected friends along the way. All individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, are expected to wear masks in public indoor spaces on W&L campus. 540-458-8000.
February 12–Front Royal.
Annual “Big Game Scramble” hosted by the Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club, 456 Shadows Drive. We Start at 10am with the Shotgun 4 Person Scramble. Fee includes: prizes, post-round tailgate party in Shadows Grill, green fee w/cart and range. To register or 540-631-9661.
See the MSV galleries and exhibitions for free on this special day from 11am-4pm. Get more details about MSV Day at www.theMSV.org/MSVDay22. Admission and MSV Day activities are free to all. 540-662-1473.
February 14, 28–Harrisonburg.
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum will host “Storytime in the Understory” for preschool through early elementary age children and their caregivers are invited to join us in the Jurney Stage Garden for some stories and simple activities about nature, starting 11am. Free, no registration necessary. 540-568-3194.
Bundle up and bring your friends to the Mill Mountain Zoo, J P Fishburn Parkway, to hear the wolves howl, the owls hoot and the big cats call. Participants will begin the night indoors enjoying hot cider and cookies while learning about nocturnal animals and the noises they make. Guests will then proceed outdoors for a guided tour of the zoo in the dark to observe the creatures and enjoy spectacular views of the city at night. Admission is $12.00 for children and $15.00 for adults. 540-343-3241.
Come celebrate the “Queen of Soul” at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, 147 Warsaw Avenue, starting at 8pm. Musician, vocalist and composer Damien Sneed pays homage to Aretha Franklin with fresh takes on her hits like “Respect,” “Knew You Were Waiting,” “Think,” and more. The show features four-time Grammy Award winner Karen Clark Sheard backed by a stellar cast of jazz, soul and gospel musicians and vocalists. 540-432-8935 or 540-568-7131.
6th Annual Young Playwright Festival “Write Stuff” will be held at the Mill Mountain Theatre, 1 Market Square. The “Write Stuff” program encouraged local middle and high school playwrights to share their work, which will be performed by Mill Mountain Theatre Conservatory students in this, Pay What You Can performance. Mask-wearing will be required for all MMT patrons including children under age 12 regardless of vaccination status. If you are concerned with spacing, you may arrive at the theatre 30 minutes prior to the show and we will do our best to seat you at a distance. MMT will follow all CDC and VDH guidelines. 540-342-5730.
Love to laugh and hear people’s stories? Looking for things to do besides hiking? Then meet X2 Comedy at Brix and Columns Vineyards, 1501 Dave Berry Road. Engage in conversations with comedians, other fascinating peeps on faith, comedy, life, fitness, food, drinks and entertainment in the Valley with host comedian Dawn Davis Womack. 540-560-3356.
PACA (Page Alliance for Community Action) Polar Bear Plunge at Lake Arrowhead, 725 Lake Arrowhead Road. There are 3 ways to Plunge: In-person, Virtual or Join the “Choose the One to Plunge Challenge”, which is a social media event where you name an individual, a group or an organization to plunge. The challenged has a choice to either plunge or pledge funds to PACA. Teams must have at least 5 people. A prize is awarded for the best overall costume. Prize awarded for the best virtual plunge submission. To register 540-742-9386 or at pagecoalition.org/register?thistype=polar. For more information: paca-event.com/#.
The Annual Chili Dinner will be held at the Braddock Street United Methodist Church. There is nothing like a hot bowl of chili in the cold of Winter to warm you right up. All of the funds raised support our Evans Home children. 540-662-8520.
34th Annual Western VA Sport Show at August Expo. We continue to proudly feature more outdoor celebrities, displays and vendor categories than any show in the region. Join us to enjoy displays, free seminars and great deals on the latest hunting, fishing and outdoor equipment. Special guests: Hank Parker, R.J. Molinere with Jay Paul Molinere, Neil Selby and more. Also a “Live Grizzly Bear Show”. 540-337-7018.
The Mad Anthony Mud Run is held at Coyner Springs Park, 2091 Lyndhurst Road. This is a 3.5 mile course that traverses across fields and wetlands, over obstacles, and through tunnels. The course is fun and challenging, with 16 obstacles to test your determination. You can compete for bragging rights and awards while running as an individual or a team. Some may say the best part is the afterparty with local craft brews, a costume contest, and awards ceremony. As a reward for your battlefield victory, all participants will receive a custom made Mad Anthony Mud Run medal and long-sleeved race shirt. To register runthevalley.com/mad-anthony-mud-run/ or 540-942-6735.
Join Seven Bends State Park, 2111 South Hollingsworth Road, for a Guided Forest Therapy Walk and experience the health and wellness benefits of Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese practice of “forest bathing.” This program is reserved for ages 15 and up. Although we will have some extras, bring a chair with you. Meet at the Lupton Access Picnic Shelter. Although we will have fire, be sure to dress for the weather. 540-622-6840.
Don’t miss this comedy show at Court Square Theater, 41-F Court Square, from 7:30-9pm. X2 Comedy provides high quality clean comedy PG-13 shows. Shows feature hilarious nationally touring, regional and local comedians. Grab your seat for your wellness break to have some hearty belly laughs and buy your tickets today. Tickets $20.00 per person. Great group discounts available. For questions and more information 540-560-3356; email@example.com or visit www.x2comedy.com.
Shenandoah Valley Runners Winter Series #7: MSV 5K will start at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Although they’re right in Winchester the trails at the MSV wind though open fields, under dense tree canopy and are often watched by the resident bovine. Most of the course will be on the gravel trails with steady climbs and descents. Earphones, dogs and strollers are not allowed at any of the races. This is the Winter Series and we will run in the cold, sleet and snow. We’re thrilled to be able to return to in-person races but some COVID precautions must still be observed and changes to the events made in consideration. To register call 540-327-4331.