Augusta Regional SPCA will host the “Furry 5K Fun Run and Walk” at Gypsy Hill Park. 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. All registrants will receive a commemorative long-sleeved race t-shirt. The top runners in adult, juvenile, dog divisions will recieve medals and prize packages. Race day registration from 9-9:45 am and race day registrants must pay with check or cash only. Registration is $25.00 per person on race day, advance registration fee is $20.00 per person 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.
Gypsy Hill Park’s 214 acres will again be a fairyland of holiday lights from 5-11 pm. Also donated lighted deer for the “Field of Deer” display. This event is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. 540-886-8660.
Augusta County Library, 1759 Jefferson Highway events: “Knit 2Gether” every Thursday, all ages and skill levels welcome from 6-7:45 pm; “Legomania” from 4-5 pm on the 7th; “Internet Basics Class” from 3-4 pm on the 15th. 540-949-6354 or 540-885-3961.
Children’s Activities at Chick-fil-A, 1691 E. Market Street. There will be “StoryTime” with the Chick-fil-A cow, crafts, games and more from 10-10:45 am every Thursday morning. 540-574-2232.
January 3–Galax (special).
The Rex Theater, 113 E. Grayson Street, presents “Breaking Up Christmas”. There will be a variety of bands and Impromptu jam sessions and more. 276-236-5773.
“First Friday” at the Explore More Discovery Museum, 150 S. Main Street. Everyone is welcome to enjoy free admission from 4-7 pm. 540-442-8900.
“Ed Sullivan meets Jack Parr” at the Gateway Theater, 329 W. Main Street. A zany creation by Richard Adams, who uses his own amalgam to music, comedy, dance and audience participation. Those attending never know what is coming next, whether to prepare to meow like a cat or muse on the state of world, the show will always surprise and delight its viewers. 540-943-9999.
Regional Ski Club and Boy Scouts Weekend at Wintergreen Resort. 4th Annual Regional Ski Club Challenge weekend, consisting of a variety of fun challenges to include the Alpine Fun Race, wackiest ski outfit contest, the most ski lift tickets on a jacket contest (from past skiing/snowboarding experiences) and much more. Boy Scout weekend will feature a variety of discounts, special offers and activities for Boy Scouts. 1-855-699-1858.
Clark’s Ole Time Music Center, 1288 Ridge Road, is a haven for old-time music and mountain dance, from 7:30-10 pm. Musicians from the surrounding communities get together with dancers and listeners. Join Bruce Clark and the gang for a real down-home good time. No alcohol or smoking on premises. Call ahead to ensure the Friday night jam. Suggested admission is $8.00 for singles, $15.00 for couples. 540-377-2490.
Blackfriars Playhouse presents “As You Like It” on the 3rd-30th; “The Servant of Two Masters” on the 16th-26th; “Timon of Athens” on the 30th-31st. 540-851-1733.
Virginia Paws for Pits fundraiser “PibblePaLooza” at Augusta Expoland. Vendors, corn hole tournamment, crafts, petting zoo, rock climbing, kids activties, Pittbull kissing booth, face painting and more, 11 am-4 pm. Also at 6:30 pm the opening band is “Hard Limit” and the headlinner TBA. Admission from 11am-4 pm, $5.00 per car for parking, free admission for everyone; after 4 pm kids under 7 free, kids 8 and over $5.00, adults 18+ $10.00. 540-337-2552.
January 4, 18–Millwood/Front Royal.
Shenandoah Valley Runners present the following events: “WS #3 Staggered 4-Miler” at Historic Long Branch Estate, 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood. The last shall be first at a race that staggers the start so that older runners go first with younger runners in hot pursuit from 9:30-10:30 am on the 4th; WS #4 Predicted Time Five-Miler at Bowling Green Country Club-South, Bowling View Road entrance, Front Royal. Predict your time and then see how close you come to the actual distance. no watches allowed on the 18th from 9:30-10:30 am. 540-327-4331.
January 4, 24-26–Harrisonburg.
Rockingham County Fairgrounds events: 4-11 Rabies Clinic from 10 am-noon on the 4th; Virginia Club Calf Producers Winter Classic on the 24th-26th. 540-434-5000.
January 5, Roanoke.
See all of your favorite WWE Superstars in action at the Civic Center. WWE Champion Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, the Shield, the world’s largest athlete big show and more. 540-853-2241.
Premiere Party and live simulcast of the premiere episode of Downton Abbey Season 4 on Masterpiece. Prior to the 9 pm live simulcast, a private Premiere Party will be held in the Court Square Theater from 7-8:30 pm. Guests will enjoy a reception with wine, light hors d’oeuvres and priority seating. Tickets for the Premiere Party and special presentation are $25.00 per person. Free tickets for the live simulcast will be available to the public, outside the theater in the commons area starting at 8:30 pm. Concessions, wine and beer will be available for purchase. 540-433-9189.
Discover this “Old World” tradition as area residents and visitors gather on the Town Park on Lowe Street to enjoy carols and 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.
5th Annual Home and Garden Show at the Civic Center. From the front door to the backyard you’ll find it all at the show. Live plants/trees for sale, art-gift-gourmet center, wine tasting, interactive kid’s zone, pet area with live pet adoptions and fantastic giveaways. Admission fee $8.50, 16 years and under free, also active military with ID free. 210-408-0998.
January 10-February 2–Lexington.
Virginia Horse Center events: Dog Owners Training Club and the Star City Canine Training Club dog agility trials on the 10th-12th; Winter Tournament-Saddlebred on the 11th; Old Time Music Jam on the 14th; Stonewall Country Horse Show is the U.S.E.F’s. “A” rated Hunter and Jumper horse show on the 16th-19th and 30th, February 2nd; Jim Wofford Clinic on the 25th-26th. 540-464-2950.