Join us at Wintergreen Resort for our “Family Fun Festival”. 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. 855-699-1858.
Kazim Temple’s 56th Annual Shrine Circus at the Civic Center Coliseum. Come one, come all and have fun under the big top. Admission fee. 540-853-5483.
February 1-March 2–Lexington.
Virginia Horse Center events: United States Equestrian Federation “A” rated Hunter/Jumper Horse Show on the 1st-2nd; Jim Wofford Clinic and Pat Parelli Clinic on the 8th-9th; Winter Tournament on the 9th; Old Time Music Jam on the 11th; TAKC Agility Trial held by Star City Canine Training Club of Roanoke on the 13th-16th; Polar Bear Horse Show Schooling Series and the Winter Horse Tournament on the 22nd; Hollins University USEF A-rated Hunter/Jumper Horse Show on the 27th-March 2nd. 540-464-2950.
Join Chick-fil-A, 1691 E. Market Street, every Thursday for a story and crafts. Kids of all ages can enjoy this free event each week. Starting at 10 am. and ending after stories and craft are complete. 540-574-2232.
Women’s Ski and Ride clinics at Wintergreen Resort are geared for women who want to improve their skiing and riding skills. Wintergreen’s PSIA/AASI female instructors will be your teachers. The clinics are from 9 am-2 pm. Lunch and instruction is included. Cost is $125.00 per clinic or $425.00 for all four. Lift ticket and rental equipment is not included. Call 434-325-8065 for questions and to register.
“First Friday” at the Explore More Discovery Museum, 150 S. Main Street. Free admission from 4-7 p.m. Sponsored by Harrisonburg Kiwanis Club. 540-442-8900
On Friday, 5-8 pm, OASIS offers an open house for the one-woman show “Straight From the Heart” by Jilly Weigel. It features Weigel’s jewelry designs, a demonstration by the artist, harp and flute music by Eve Watters, plus announcement of winners for OASIS Valentine Artistic Envelope contest. The artist and artisan co-op gift shop, OASIS Fine Art & Craft, is located at 103 S. Main Street. For more information, call 540-442-8188, email askOASISart@gmail.com or visit www.oasisfineartandcraft.org.
Don’t let old man winter get you down. Wintergreen Resort is planning a fun weekend where you’ll find the exhilaration of winter sports and games. Dress in your finest for the Lost and Found fashion show, discover the Secret Skier, participate in or watch the Freestyle Double Cross on Sunday. 855-699-1858.
Clark’s Ole Time Music Center, 1288 Ridge Road, is a haven for old-time music and mountain dance, from 7:30-10 pm. There will be musicians from the surrounding communities who get together with dancers and listeners. Join Bruce Clark and the gang for a real down-home good time of Appalachian Mountain music. Call ahead of your visit to ensure the Friday night jam. Suggested admission is $8.00 for singles, $15.00 for couples. 540-377-2490.
Jesse Lynch will be performing at the First Presbyterian Church, 249 S. Wayne Ave. He leads audiences on a journey through the evolution and history of jazz through music and multi-media presentation in his touring program Jesse Lynch’s Jazz 101. This talented trio will crank up the heat on stage with explosive energy and electrifying technique in the sounds of Joplin, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and other jazz greats. 540-949-8366 or 212-414-0505.
Events at Cecil F. Gilkerson Community Activities Center, 305 South Dogwood Drive. Daddy, Uncles, Grandpas or Gardians, bring your little girls, ages 10 yrs and under, for a fun filled evening from 6-7:30 pm. We will have music, treats, and you will recive a special dance photo. Admission fee $5.00 per couple and a additional child $2.00 and then at 8-10 pm the “50 and Wiser Valentine Dance” for 50 and up. Admission fee is $2.00 per person. Please call 540-433-9168 to register for these events.
Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane presents “Frozen Feathers” program for children in grades 1 to 6. Join us as we look and observe birds in winter. We will make crafts such as bird houses, feeders, and learn bird calls. Fee is $22.00, but if you register for 4 or more spaces you pay only $20.00. Register by calling 540-837-1758 ext 224 or online at our site http://blandy.virginia.edu/.
Winter in the Valley Antique Show at Augusta Expoland. A gathering of antique dealers and folk artists bringing together unique country primitive antiques in painted and attic surface finishes. Also unique handmade folk art needful to the primitive home. Admission fee. 540-943-3976.
Professional Rough Stock Rodeo at the Civic Center features the three most exciting and dangerous events in rodeo. There will be bareback riding, bull riding and saddle bronc riding. Twelve riders from each discipline will have one riding opportunity in the first round. The top four scores in each discipline will advance to the Wrangler Final Four Showdown. The highest aggregate score will be crowned the Roanoke Challenge Champions. Admission fee. 540-853-5483.
Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market Street, presents “Timon of Athens” at 2 pm and “As You Like It” at 7:30 pm. Admission fee. 540-851-1733 or 1-877-682-4236.
The Verona Women of the Moose will hold their Monthly Market on Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm at the Verona Moose Lodge, 1510 Commerce Road. Breakfast buffet 8 am to 10:30, lunch 11 am to 12:00. Crafters, new merchandise, trinkets and treasures will be offered. Steve the Pirate will be there twisting his balloons. The event will be held inside and open to the public. 540-206-8787.
Terrarium Workshop at the Frances Plecker Education Center, found on the grounds of the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, 780 University Blvd, from noon-1:30 pm. Miniature landscape expert Pam Shank demonstrates and guides through the process of creating a succulents terrarium. Create a wee world to use as home or business decor. 540-568-3194.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, 190 Alumni Mall, starting at 8 pm. This recital program of romantic classics devoted to the music lover in each of us. Often referred to as the “poet of the violin,” Joshua Bell is one of the world’s most celebrated violinists and is accompanied in this performance by Sam Haywood on piano. Equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and orchestra leader, Bell is the new music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. To reserve your seat call 540-231-2787 or email@example.com.
Walker Bros. Circus at Augusta Expoland. We will have camels, llamas, ponies and horses, along with aerialists, comedy and other acrobatic specialties gathered from all parts of the globe. Our concession stand will have the usual circus fare, hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, nachos, fried dough, bottled water, juice and soda. Show times on Friday will be 5 pm and 7:30 pm; Saturday will be 3 pm and 5:30 pm. Tickets are available at the door beginning one hour prior to show time and online at www.walkerinternationalevents.com or 1-800-528-6577.
“Monster Jam” at the Civic Center stars the biggest performers on four wheels. The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over or smash through. The colorful monster trucks are sure to excite and capture the hearts of both young and old alike. Admission fee. 540-853-5483.
Come join Wintergreen Resort for their “President’s Weekend” event. Some of our best conditions are this month. Bring the family and take advantage of great skiing, riding and tubing. Lots of fun planned for this long weekend which will include: Demo Days by Freestyle on the 15th-16th at the Top of Acorn; DJ mixing up the tunes outside the rental shop on the 15th-17th, Live entertainment at “The Edge” on the 14th-15th. 855-699-1858 or 434-325-8003.
Celebrate your love of running with the “Heart and Soles 5K” Valentine’s Day inspired race. For directions and other information call 540-931-1810 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Augusta Expoland will host the PB Auctions preview at 7:30 am and show starts at 9 am. Featuring doors, windows, trim, kitchen, bath, flooring, name brand tools, and more. Also special interest items include marble medallions, recessed lights indoor/outdoors, light slot machines, granite birdbaths with bubblers/figurines. 540-943-3976.
77th Annual Dinner Dance fundraiser at Washington and Lee University’s Evan’s Dining Hall. The event will begin at 6 pm with dinner beginning promptly at 7:30 pm. Dinner will be followed by our live and silent auction. We always remind you that it is our largest fundraiser of the year, but we also identify it as one of the most fun. One enhancement will be the opportunity for someone to walk away with at least $1000 and possibly more, and there will be more than one cash winner. A “cash drop” component will be added where every attendee qualifies for a chance to win one of multiple cash prizes. 540-463-5375.
Free admission at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst Street. The day features tours of the gallery and a variety of gallery activities. The upcoming MSV day event will take place from 10 am to 4 pm. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. Several wheelchairs are available for use free of charge during your MSV visit. 1-888-556-5799.
Valentine tasting at Shenandoah Vineyards. Sweethearts can express their affection for wine with our Valentine’s Day pairings. A $10.00 fee includes tasting glass. Reservations not required. For information call 540-984-8699.
Rail Jam event at Wintergreen Resort. Join us for this part of the winter terrain park series, consisting of three Rail Jams and two Slopestyles. Open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages. Valid lift ticket required and registration fee of $25.00. Prizes will be awarded for individual events as well as a grand prize for competitors that compete in three out of five events. Event time is 6 pm. Register at Snowsports Desk from 4:30-5:30 pm. Admission fee. 855-699-1858.
February 18, 25–Staunton.
Winter Lectures at the Frontier Culture Museum. All lectures will take place in the Dairy Barn Lecture Hall and free to the public. Featuring the American Chestnut in the Forests of the Frontier. The American Chestnut has iconic, if not mythological status in the American memory, particularly in the Appalachian region. These trees towered over the mountain landscape of the east for centuries as the dominant hardwood species. It’s wood was used for everything from furniture to fence rails and it’s nuts fed both people and livestock. The blight that killed-off the American Chestnut in the twentieth century is regarded by many scientists and laymen alike, as one the greatest natural tragedies in American history. This series will raise public awareness of the importance of this tree species to frontier culture when it was thriving and of the efforts now under way to restore it to its natural habitat. 540-332-7850.
Classic Movie Matinee at the Cecil F. Gilkerson Community Activities Center from 11 am-2 pm, 305 S. Dogwood Drive. Enjoy classic and fun movies the third Friday of each month. Bring a brown bag lunch to go with the popcorn and lemonade. Free for all ages. 540-433-2474.
Join us at Braddock Street United Methodist Fellowsip Hall from 5:30-8:30 pm, for our Annual Chili Dinner to warm you up when its cold outside. Every year we look forward to this event where our celebrity waiters come out to serve you chili, salad, and beverages generously donated from Wendy’s, Martins, Costco, Royal Crown Bottling and more. We light up the stage with various talent including appearances from Tara Jackson and The Consonants. 540-662-8520.
27th Annual Western Virginia Sport Show will be held at Augusta Expoland. This show is a unique family event. We feature more displays and vendor categories than any other show in the region. Trout fishing tank, local grown rainbow trout. Fish as much as you want. Keep one fish. Trophies given for largest catches. World-class game display of amazing species from around the globe. R.J. Molinere and Jay Paul Molinere from Swamp People, Lance Hanger from the SOS TV show. Also lots of door prizes, win a Parker crossbow. Ticket prices per day are 12 yrs and older $9.00, 5 yrs to 11 yrs $4.00. 4 and under are free. 540-337-7018 or 540-350-2263.
The Maple Queen Contest is held in the Highland High School gymnasium at 7 pm. The Maple Queen Ball follows the crowning of the Maple Queen at the Blue Grass Ruritan building from 9 pm-1 am. Refreshments available. Admission charge. 540-468-2550.
Winter Wine Festival at the Stonewall Jack-son Hotel. Escape to historic downtown for an opportunity to taste from over 15 different wines and sample local artisan fare. 540-885-7676.
“Mad Anthony Mud Run” is a historical stomp to test your resolve, intensity and character. The battle begins at 9:30 am at Coyner Springs Park, 2091 Lyndhurst Rd. Numerous “battles” will confront you along this 4.5 mile course. This is not your typical mud run. Expect a challenging course with ankle deep mud in spots. The battles include tire pit, balance beam, scale the wall, hay bale climb, log challenge, swamp terrain/tunnel, mystery obstacle, tunnel crawl. Race day registration will be taken from 8:30-9 am. You must be at least 15 years old on or before February 22, 2014 to participate. To register call 540-942-6735. A long sleeve tech tee, finishers medal, bonfires and beer at the finish.
This year, the winter Olympics will come to Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane. Can you move as silently as an owl? Run faster than a fox or hop farther than a rabbit? Join us in activities, games, and simulations inspired by Blandy’s wild inhabitants. Please register by calling 540-837-1758 ext 224.
Soul Food Dinner at the Simms Center, 620 Simms Avenue. Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment while socializing and sampling some traditional Soul food dishes made by some of the North-East Community’s lifelong residents. Free admission. 540-433-9168.
Grab your tiaras and doubloons and join the Civic Center for Disney Live-Pirate and Princess Adventure. This never-before-seen live show featuring your favorite characters from Disney. Filled with new music, amazing effects, thrilling action and endless surprises your whole family will sing, shout, and soar into the action. 540-853-5483.