Welcome to Waynesboro, Virginia

Our Calendar of Events primarily serves Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro and surrounding counties. We normally publish items up to 90 days in advance.

 

Thursday, Feb. 11

To kick off Washington and Lee University’s 2016 Mock Convention, The Roger Mudd Center for Ethics at W&L will host a debate on “The Ethics of Citizenship” at 5 p.m. in Lee Chapel. Mock Con will be Feb. 12–13.

Cheesy Team Trivia, Heritage on Main, 309 W Main St., Waynesboro, 7-9 p.m. Info: heritageonmainstreet.com.

Dr. Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, will speak on “The Humanities and the Future of Democracy” at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.

Poetry Slam and Debate Watch Party: join Bernie Sanders supporters at Queen City Brewing for an evening of Bernie Beers, the nation’s first Bernie Poetry Slam (live streamed), Debate, and talk among old (and new) friends. Wall screen and other TVs to watch. Poetry Slam starts at 8pm, debate will start at 9pm. Bernie Beers throughout as well as Farm Fresh Fixins Food Truck. Free Staunton for Bernie bumper stickers to all attendees. Come early for good food, beer and to meet other supporters who celebrate the unique American tradition of public debates!

 

Friday, Feb. 12

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party, Waynesboro Public Library 4 p.m. Bring your BFF to this party featuring a game, craft, and light refreshments. Please sign up.

Friday Night at the Movies, Waynesboro Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Enjoy new features on the big screen. Free popcorn and soda provided.

Folk Legend Bill Staines, in concert at North Branch School, with special guest: Alice Clair. Advance tickets: $12 adult/ $3 children. Call 540-456-8450. Attendees are invited to bring a main or side dish (desserts provided) and join Bill for a potluck supper at 6pm. 221 Mickens Rd Afton, VA 22920 Proceeds benefit North Branch School.

 

Saturday, Feb. 13

Staunton4Bernie volunteers present Sanders on Saturdays: Coffee and Conversation about Bernie’s platform and policies. 240 North Central Avenue, #6, Staunton (opposite the Howard Johnson motel parking lot), 10 a.m.

Artists from the City Market, along with other local artisans, will be displaying and selling their creations at the 2016 City Market Arts from 10 am – 4 pm at Carver Recreation Center in Charlottesville. The art show features over 30 vendors with a variety of jewelry, paintings, pottery and more – all made locally.

Walk-in help is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to parents and students who need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and scholarship forms. All workshops are held in the computer labs of the Plecker Workforce Center on BRCC’s Weyers Cave campus. A Spanish language interpreter is available at all sessions. Visit brcc.edu/financial_aid/finaid-announcements for what documents to bring with you.

Valentine’s Tea Party, Waynesboro Public Library, 1 p.m. Enjoy eating sweets, drinking tea, and crafting a present with your Valentine. Registration is required.

Join the staff of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum from 1-3 pm and celebrate 150 years of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Participants will create crafts and enjoy a scavenger hunt as they search for tarts, red roses, and talking doorknobs.  It is always six o’clock and time for tea in Wonderland where even the teacups are edible.  The Mad Hatter’s Party will take place in the Education Parlor of the WWPL’s Dolores Lescure building located at 18 North Coalter St in Staunton and is for children ages first grade through 10 years old.  The cost for this event is $10/child or $25 for two children (it’s always more fun with a friend).  For more information or to register your child contact Susan Laser at museumeducator@woodrowwilson.org or call 540-885-0897 ext. 110.  To register online visit woodrowwilson.org/events.

Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle and the African American Heritage Center will host a reading at 2:30 p.m. by Anita Royston. Royston is a writer, publisher, and education consultant specializing in family and community involvement in public education opportunities. She’ll be reading from an anthology she co-edited, Our Black Mothers: Bold, Brave, and Beautiful, which features stories from African American mothers from diverse generations and backgrounds.

Cory Band, 8 p.m.,Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts:Hailing from South Wales, the world’s top brass band ensemble will play an eclectic and engaging collection of repertoire bursting with energetic precision in a fun and rousing concert! For ticket information, visit jmuforbescenter.com.

Too Indecent, Heritage on Main, 309 W Main St., Waynesboro, 9 p.m.-midnight. Info: heritageonmainstreet.com.

 

Sunday, Feb. 14

A bingo will be held at the Verona Moose Lodge from 2pm to 5pm.  There will be prizes and a 50/50 raffle.  The price is $1.00 per card per game.  All proceeds will go towards Ride with Pride in Staunton, a non-profit organization that offers therapeutic horsemanship programs to children and adults with special needs.  For more information or to make a donation, contact Julia Hecking at 540-784-9248.  More information can also be found at www.ridewithprideva.org or Ride with Pride’s Facebook page.

 

Monday, Feb. 15

Celebrate this Presidents’ Day at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum from 12- 1 pm as Museum Curator Andrew Phillips examines the United Sates entry into World War I.  Why did it take so long for the United States to enter the war?  Was Woodrow Wilson a pacifist?  Join Andrew in the Education Parlor of the Dolores Lescure Center to learn the answers to these and other question and travel the thorny road that was American neutrality.  The presentation is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

Opening Reception: Watershed: New Work by Shay Clanton. 4:30 p.m. Mary Baldwin College, Hunt Gallery, located Hunt Dining Hall. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 540-887-7196.

Augusta County Library will host Spectacular Spectroscopy, a series on hands-on STEM classes for children grades K to 5 at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, February 1 through March 7. The classes will be presented by Make A Difference 2020 and Ken Overway, Ph.D., chemistry department chair at Bridgewater College.  The series is free, but advance registration is required. To register for the program series, contact the Augusta County Library at ask@AugustaCountyLibrary.orgor via 540-885-3961 or 540-949-6354. The Augusta County Library is located at 1759 Jefferson Hwy. in Fishersville. Learn more about the program and the library at www.AugustaCountyLibrary.org.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Walk-in help is available from 9-10 a.m. to parents and students who need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and scholarship forms. All workshops are held in the computer labs of the Plecker Workforce Center on BRCC’s Weyers Cave campus. A Spanish language interpreter is available at all sessions. Visit brcc.edu/financial_aid/finaid-announcements for what documents to bring with you.

David A. Bello, associate professor of history at Washington and Lee, will talk about his book “Across Forest Steppe and Mountain: Environment, Identity and Empire in Qing China’s Borderlands” on Feb. 16 at 4:30 p.m. in the Book Nook in W&L’s Leyburn Library. The event is part of the University Library’s Author Talk Series and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Alexa Clay, a storyteller and researcher of underground subcultures, will speak at Washington and LeeUniversity as the Fishback Visiting Writer. Her talk will begin at 5 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library. She will speak on “The Art of Being an Outsider,” and her talk is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

Quink, a Dutch vocal ensemble, will present a lyceum at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the Carter Center for Worship and Music at Bridgewater College. The concert is free and open to the public.

Virginia Sinfonietta with Guest Composer Stephen Hartke, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: Part of the Contemporary Music Festival (Feb. 16-18), this concert includes music by Grammy-winning guest composer Stephen Hartke, as well as a performance by Virginia Sinfonietta, an ensemble consisting of faculty members from JMU and other universities across the commonwealth. For ticket information, visit jmuforbescenter.com.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 17

International Cafe: “Experiences Working with Syrian Refugees,” noon, Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement, Mary Baldwin College. Features speaker Michelle Sandy, Adult Degree Program student at Mary Baldwin. All presentations, which are held on Wednesdays at noon in the Spencer Center, include coffee, tea, and lots of discussion.

Black History Month Lecture – “Slavery & Freedom in the Upper Valley,” 12:30-1:4 5 pm, Blue Ridge Community College, Plecker Center, 126B. A presentation by Ms. Nancy Sorrels. Q& A session to follow; sponsored by Cultural Affairs.

Adult Color Therapy, Waynesboro Public Library, 2 p.m. Relax, destress, and create with color therapy. This program is free and all supplies will be provided.

Adult Color Therapy, Waynesboro Public Library, 4 p.m. Relax, destress, and create with color therapy. This program is free and all supplies will be provided.

Ben Delaurentis, Heritage on Main, 309 W Main St., Waynesboro, 7-10 p.m. Info: heritageonmainstreet.com.

The Mary Baldwin College theatre season returns this month with Eurydice written by Tony Award Nominee, Sarah Ruhl’s, beloved adaptation of the fateful lovers from Greek mythology. Director and former American Shakespeare Center actress Doreen Bechtol brings language to life with her extensive background in movement training and dance. Eurydice runs February 17th-20th at 7:30pm and February 21st at 2:00pm. All shows will run in Fletcher Collins Theatre in Murphy Deming Fine Arts Center at Mary Baldwin College. 7:30pm and February 21st at 2:00pm. Tickets are available by calling 540-887-7189 or online at www.mbc.edu/theatre. Single show tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for students, faculty, and seniors.

 

Thursday, Feb. 18

Thursday Night Book Club, Waynesboro Public Library, 7 p.m. Fascinating and far ranging discussion with other book lovers. The book is provided, participants vote on selections, and a staff member leads the discussion. This month’s selection is A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.

Cheesy Team Trivia, Heritage on Main, 309 W Main St., Waynesboro, 7-9 p.m. Info: heritageonmainstreet.com.

Neal Hall, renowned African American poet and medical doctor, will present a reading of his work, at7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Carter Center for Worship and Music at Bridgewater College. The program is free and open to the public.

 

Friday, Feb. 19

Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar, 3:35 p.m., Room 107, Jackson Hall: Guy Aiken of the University of Virginia presents “A Quaker New Deal for Southern Appalachia.” The seminar series is intended to give scholars at colleges, universities, museums, libraries and other institutions a regular forum at which to consider topics of regional interest, pertinent, but not restricted, to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Seminar sessions are open to the general public. Sponsored by the JMU history department. Free.

Students from St. Anne’s-Belfield School will retell the classic story of boy-loves-girl/girl-loves-boy … until they meet … in Masteroff/Bock/Harnick’s delightful romantic musical comedy, She Loves Me from February 19-21. She Loves Me will be performed in St. Anne’s-Belfield’s brand new Auditorium and Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at www.stab.org/wintermusical, and are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Advance online ticket sales will end at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 15.

The Black Out: Ladies of Elegance Step Show, 7 p.m. Francis Auditorium, Pearce Science Center, Mary Baldwin College. A party with a purpose, tickets are $1 at the door. Part of Black History Month at MBC.

Join The Paramount Theater at 8PM for a screening of Stop Making Sense, a 1984 concert movie featuring a live performance by Talking Heads. Directed by Jonathan Demme, it was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983, as the group was touring to promote their new album Speaking in Tongues. The movie is notable for being the first made entirely using digital audio techniques. Tickets for this event on on sale now and can be purchased in The Paramount Theater’s Box Office or online at theparamount.net.

 

Saturday, Feb. 20

Staunton4Bernie volunteers present Sanders on Saturdays: Coffee and Conversation about Bernie’s platform and policies. 240 North Central Avenue, #6, Staunton (opposite the Howard Johnson motel parking lot), 10 a.m.

Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser with Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, 5–7 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church (McCracken Hall), 214 W Beverley St, Staunton. Taste and vote on a variety of chilis, with all proceeds going to the MDCHS physical and occupational students’ community outreach activities in Haiti and with Autism on the Seas. General admission, $7.

The Court Square Theater’s CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union Music Series continues with The Martin Brothers and Aspen Run, a bluegrass ensemble from Maryland, at 7:30 p.m. Visit valleyarts.org or call 540.433.9189 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Award-winning comedian David Cross will perform live at The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville at 8PM.  Tickets for this event may be purchased online or in The Paramount Theater Box Office.

Glass Betty, Heritage on Main, 309 W Main St., Waynesboro, 9 p.m.-midnight. Info: heritageonmainstreet.com.

 

Sunday, Feb. 21

Selections from Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”Featuring the JMU Madison Singers, Chorale and Symphony Orchestra,2 p.m.,Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts:Come enjoy this epic choral masterwork by Felix Mendelssohn, whose lyricism and use of orchestral and choral colors clearly reflect his genius as an early Romantic composer. For ticket information, visit jmuforbescenter.com.

Bridgewater College will present “A Collage” concert at 3 p.m. in the Carter Center for Worship and Music. It is free and open to the public.

Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle (LVCA), Piedmont Council for the Arts, and WriterHouse will host a Mother Language Day event, honoring language diversity. Established in 2000 by the United Nations, Mother Language Day is an annual event that marks the date in 1952 when students in Bangladesh, fighting for their right to speak their native language of Bangla, were killed during protests. In addition to poetry read in a variety of languages, local Bangladeshis will show a short documentary and serve Bangladeshi food at a short reception following the event. Mother Language Day will take place from 5:30-7:30pm at CitySpace on the downtown mall (100 5thStreet NE). This event is free and open to the public.

Melanin Monologues. 7 p.m. Francis Auditorium, Pearce Science Center, Mary Baldwin College. Sponsored by Kuumba Players, Libations, and Black Student Alliance. Part of Black History Month at MBC.

 

Monday, Feb. 22

Join BRCC art professor Jessica Martinkosky as she talks about her VCCS exchange trip to the Netherlands 12:30-1:30 pm in room D100 at Blue Ridge Community College. The event is sponsored by Cultural Affairs. Snow date is February 29 at the same time and location. For more information, contact Jessica Martinkosky; martinkoskyj@brcc.edu; 540-453-2343.

Augusta County Library will host Spectacular Spectroscopy, a series on hands-on STEM classes for children grades K to 5 at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, February 1 through March 7. The classes will be presented by Make A Difference 2020 and Ken Overway, Ph.D., chemistry department chair at Bridgewater College.  The series is free, but advance registration is required. To register for the program series, contact the Augusta County Library at ask@AugustaCountyLibrary.orgor via 540-885-3961 or 540-949-6354. The Augusta County Library is located at 1759 Jefferson Hwy. in Fishersville. Learn more about the program and the library at www.AugustaCountyLibrary.org.

Richard Adams, adjunct instructor of music at Bridgewater College, will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. in the Carter Center for Worship and Music on the college campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Career Services Lunch & Learn:  Dollars & Sense, 12:30-1:15 pm, Blue Ridge Community College, Room J127. Confused about your student loans?  Not sure how to set a budget? Learn financial basics and what you need to know to manage your debt.

Walk-in help is available from 5-7 p.m. to parents and students who need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and scholarship forms. All workshops are held in the computer labs of the Plecker Workforce Center on BRCC’s Weyers Cave campus. A Spanish language interpreter is available at all sessions. Visit brcc.edu/financial_aid/finaid-announcements for what documents to bring with you.

Books for Busy People, Waynesboro Public Library, 6 p.m. This teen short story reading club is for ages 12+.  Copies of each meeting’s short story will be available at the front desk, or check out the whole story collection.

Sip & Saunter Winter 2016, 6-7 p.m., Waynesboro. Satisfy your appetite with this awesome new event geared toward foodies everywhere! Get a taste of what Downtown Waynesboro has to offer with this progressive dinner experience. Meet at the Arch Avenue Parking Lot and stroll from one great restaurant to the next sampling their best food and drink pairings. Space is limited so get your reservation in quickly. Register Now!

 

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Ryan Garst, Heritage on Main, 309 W Main St., Waynesboro, 7-10 p.m. Info: heritageonmainstreet.com.

 

Thursday, Feb. 25

Black History Month Performance – EWABO Caribbean Band, 12:30-1:45 pm, Blue Ridge Community College, Houff Cafeteria. EWABO Caribbean Band will perform and give a history of the steel drum and it’s African roots. Sponsored by Cultural Affairs and Student Activities.

Walk-in help is available from 1-2 p.m. to parents and students who need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and scholarship forms. All workshops are held in the computer labs of the Plecker Workforce Center on BRCC’s Weyers Cave campus. A Spanish language interpreter is available at all sessions. Visit brcc.edu/financial_aid/finaid-announcements for what documents to bring with you.

Cheesy Team Trivia, Heritage on Main, 309 W Main St., Waynesboro, 7-9 p.m. Info: heritageonmainstreet.com.

Cory Band, 8 p.m.,Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts:Hailing from South Wales, the world’s top brass band ensemble will play an eclectic and engaging collection of repertoire bursting with energetic precision in a fun and rousing concert! For ticket information, visit jmuforbescenter.com.

Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars, 8 p.m.,Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts:For more than 125 years, the Metropolitan Opera has been the artistic home of the greatest singers in the world. This concert features four singers performing popular arias, duets and ensembles by opera’s greatest composers. For ticket information, visit jmuforbescenter.com.

 

Friday, Feb. 26

Cohen Center Speaker Series, Diana Wall, 11 a.m., Madison Union Ballroom:Diana H. Wall is a University Distinguished Professor and director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, at Colorado State University. She is also a professor of biology and senior scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at CSU. Wall is actively engaged in research to explore how soil biodiversity contributes to healthy, productive soils and thus benefits society, and the consequences of human activities on soil sustainability. Her global research includes more than 20 years of research in the Antarctic Dry Valleys examining how climate change affects soil biodiversity, ecosystem processes and ecosystem services. Wall Valley, Antarctica, was named for her achievements. Sponsored by the Cohen Center for the Study of Technological Humanism. For more information, check jmu.edu/cohencenter.

Friday Night at the Movies, Waynesboro Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Enjoy new features on the big screen. Free popcorn and soda provided.

Appalachian Music Concert: Dale Jett & Hello Stranger, 7 pm, Blue Ridge Community College, Fine Arts Center Theatre (V135). Featuring Dale Jett, Teresa Jett, and Oscar Harris, Hello Stranger provides the closest possible link to the Original Carter Family. Tickets $10; students free.

The Paramount Theater is thrilled to welcome the Six Pack Songwriter Series  back to the stage on at 8PM.  Founded in February 2013 by Jason Burke, The Six Pack Songwriter Series has one mission: To introduce audiences to singer-songwriters who call Virginia home.  Tickets for the event are on sale now and my be purchased at The Paramount Theater’s Box Office or online at theparamount.net.

 

Saturday, Feb. 27

Staunton4Bernie volunteers present Sanders on Saturdays: Coffee and Conversation about Bernie’s platform and policies. 240 North Central Avenue, #6, Staunton (opposite the Howard Johnson motel parking lot), 10 a.m.

Superhero Day for preschoolers to age 10, Waynesboro Public Library, 11 a.m. Make crafts, hone life-saving skills, and just be awesome. Costumes welcome. Registration required.

Little Walter and The Convictions, Heritage on Main, 309 W Main St., Waynesboro, 9 p.m.-midnight. Info: heritageonmainstreet.com.

 

Monday, Feb. 29

Walk-in help is available from 1:30-2:30 p.m. to parents and students who need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and scholarship forms. All workshops are held in the computer labs of the Plecker Workforce Center on BRCC’s Weyers Cave campus. A Spanish language interpreter is available at all sessions. Visit brcc.edu/financial_aid/finaid-announcements for what documents to bring with you.

Augusta County Library will host Spectacular Spectroscopy, a series on hands-on STEM classes for children grades K to 5 at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, February 1 through March 7. The classes will be presented by Make A Difference 2020 and Ken Overway, Ph.D., chemistry department chair at Bridgewater College.  The series is free, but advance registration is required. To register for the program series, contact the Augusta County Library at ask@AugustaCountyLibrary.orgor via 540-885-3961 or 540-949-6354. The Augusta County Library is located at 1759 Jefferson Hwy. in Fishersville. Learn more about the program and the library at www.AugustaCountyLibrary.org.

 

Tuesday, March 1

North Branch School located in Afton will be hosting an Open House on March 1 from 9-11:30 a.m. and March 3 from  6:30-8 p.m.

The Historic Wayne Theatre Ross Performing Arts Center presents its Sneak Peek Premier and Reception with exclusive back stage tours. A 20-25 minute performance by Peter Wilson and Aaron Clay highlights the Sneak Peek Premier at 7 p.m. A reception will follow. Seating is limited for the event. Tickets are $100 per person. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A reception after the event will take place on the main stage featuring William Hayes on the piano with exclusive back stage tours available following the performance. Info online at WayneTheatre.org.

Visiting Scholars Program Lecture by Jen Bervin, 7 p.m., Duke Hall Gallery: Jen Bervin, poet, fiber artist and Fitt Artist in Residence at Brown University, presents “The Union of Text and Textiles: Layering Research, Collaboration and Art.” Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For more information, call 540-568-6472 or visit jmu.edu/cal.

JMU Symphonic Band, 8 p.m.,Recital Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts:For ticket information, visit jmuforbescenter.com.

 

Wednesday, March 2

Walk-in help is available from 10-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. to parents and students who need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and scholarship forms. All workshops are held in the computer labs of the Plecker Workforce Center on BRCC’s Weyers Cave campus. A Spanish language interpreter is available at all sessions. Visit brcc.edu/financial_aid/finaid-announcements for what documents to bring with you.

“With Good Reason” Public Radio Program, 3 p.m., WMRA, 90.7 FM: Dr. Ken Rutherford, director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery and professor of political science at JMU, presents on “Pathways for Peace.” Many displaced Iraqis returning to their homes are finding landmines and booby traps left for them by ISIS fighters. One woman opened her refrigerator and found a landmine on her vegetable shelf. Rutherford, who co-founded the Landmine Survivors Network, says this is the first time in the world’s history that roadside bombs target civilians.

Billy Brockman, Heritage on Main, 309 W Main St., Waynesboro, 7-10 p.m. Info: heritageonmainstreet.com.

 

Thursday, March 3

“Mirrors & Windows” Poetry Reading, 6:30-8:15 p.m., Festival Conference and Student Center Ballroom: The reading features writers Kwame Alexander, Newbery Medal winner; Mahogany Browne, acclaimed slam poet and activist; Meg Medina, two-time Pura Belpre Award winner; and Tony Medina, Paterson Prize for Books for Young People winner. Part of the 2016 Collegiate Summit, sponsored by the Furious Flower Poetry Center. Event is co-sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Student Services. Free and open to the public.

Cheesy Team Trivia, Heritage on Main, 309 W Main St., Waynesboro, 7-9 p.m. Info: heritageonmainstreet.com.

 

Friday, March 4

On First Friday, OASIS will host a reception for the exhibit titled “A Few of My Favorite Things”.  This exhibit has been created by Natalie Darling, an OASIS member who works with silver and estate silverware.  The First Friday reception, from 5-8, will include light refreshments and is free.  “A Few of My Favorite Things” can be found at OASIS from March 131, 2016. OASIS is a co-op gallery, where over 35 local artists and artisans exhibit and sell their work.  OASIS Fine Art & Craft is located at 103 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  For more information, call 540-442-8188, and email askOASISart@gmail.com, website ofwww.oasisartgallery.org, and at Facebook as OASIS-Art-Gallery-Harrisonburg-VA.

Robin and Linda Williams will kick off the Historic Wayne Theatre Ross Performing Arts Center Premier Season on Friday, March 4th at 8:00pm. Tickets for the event are $20 and $25 and can be purchased by calling the Wayne Theatre office at (540) 943-9999. Info online at WayneTheatre.org.

 

Saturday, March 5

Righteous Friendz, Heritage on Main, 309 W Main St., Waynesboro, 9 p.m.-midnight. Info: heritageonmainstreet.com.

 

Monday, March 7

Augusta County Library will host Spectacular Spectroscopy, a series on hands-on STEM classes for children grades K to 5 at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, February 1 through March 7. The classes will be presented by Make A Difference 2020 and Ken Overway, Ph.D., chemistry department chair at Bridgewater College.  The series is free, but advance registration is required. To register for the program series, contact the Augusta County Library at ask@AugustaCountyLibrary.orgor via 540-885-3961 or 540-949-6354. The Augusta County Library is located at 1759 Jefferson Hwy. in Fishersville. Learn more about the program and the library at www.AugustaCountyLibrary.org.

 

Wednesday, March 9

James 3 and James Jr. Duo, Heritage on Main, 309 W Main St., Waynesboro, 7-10 p.m. Info: heritageonmainstreet.com.

 

Thursday, March 10

Washington and Lee University’s AdLib Conference will take place on March 10–11 with two alumni headlining the event. Tom Coates, W&L Class of 1994, creative director at the advertising agency Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners, will give the dinner keynote on March 10 at 7 p.m. in Evans Dining Hall. Amy Bohutinsky, W&L Class of 1997, chief operating officer (COO) at Zillow Group, will give the closing keynote on March 11 at 4:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons. Check go.wlu.edu/adlib for locations and a full schedule of programming.

Cheesy Team Trivia, Heritage on Main, 309 W Main St., Waynesboro, 7-9 p.m. Info: heritageonmainstreet.com.

 

Friday, March 11

Tony Kenny’s Irish Celebration will make a special stop at the Historic Wayne Theatre Ross Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. event are $30 and $35. Info online at WayneTheatre.org.

 

Saturday, March 12

The Wayne Theatre is pleased to welcome Wilson Fairchild at 8:00pm. Tickets for the event are $30 and $35 and can be purchased by calling the Wayne Theatre office at (540) 943-9999. Info online at WayneTheatre.org.

Twysted, Heritage on Main, 309 W Main St., Waynesboro, 9 p.m.-midnight. Info: heritageonmainstreet.com.

 

Monday, March 14

Moscow Festival Ballet “Swan Lake,” 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Mainstage Theatre, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts:A company of 50 leading dancers from across Russia will perform one of the greatest classical ballets of all time. Part of James Madison Week. For ticket information, visit jmuforbescenter.com.

 

Tuesday, March 15

Walk-in help is available from 9-10 a.m. and 12-1 p.m. to parents and students who need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and scholarship forms. All workshops are held in the computer labs of the Plecker Workforce Center on BRCC’s Weyers Cave campus. A Spanish language interpreter is available at all sessions. Visit brcc.edu/financial_aid/finaid-announcements for what documents to bring with you.

Casey Cangelosi, percussion, 8 p.m.,Recital Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: Nicknamed “The Paganini of Percussion” among his peers and “a magisterial power and insight” by the Classical Marimba league, Casey Cangelosi is a composer, award-winning percussionist and the new director of percussion at JMU. For ticket information, visit jmuforbescenter.com.

 

Wednesday, March 16

Visiting Scholars Program Lecture by Steve James, 4 p.m., Room 2105, Harrison Hall: Filmmaker Steve James presents “Journeys of Discovery: A Documentary Filmmaker’s Pursuit.” Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. Part of James Madison Week. For more information, call 540-568-6472 or visit www.jmu.edu/cal.

Department of Economics Seminar Series, 5:30 p.m., Room 105, Zane Showker Hall: Thomas Kinnaman of Bucknell University presents “Are We Recycling Too Much?”

 

Thursday, March 17

Madison Vision Series: Dr. Sylvia Hurtado, 3:30-5 p.m., Grafton-Stovall Theatre: Dr. Sylvia Hurtado is a professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. She is director of the Higher Education Research Institute, which houses the Cooperative Institutional Research Program, the longest-running empirical study of higher education involving data collection on students and faculty. Sponsored by the Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU’s department of Outreach and Engagement. Part of James Madison Week. Free.

Department of Economics Seminar Series, 4 p.m., Room 622, Zane Showker Hall: J. Daniel Hammond of Wake Forest University presents “Friedman, Stigler and the Emergence of the Post-war Chicago School.”

St. Patrick’s Day Highland Strains, 5:30-6:15 p.m., Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Dress for the forecast and bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a carry-on, nonalcoholic picnic dinner for a free public live performance of Highland Celtic music performed by JMU music students. For information, check jmu.edu/arboretum or call 540-568-3194. Part of James Madison Week.

Danu, A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: One of the leading ensembles of traditional music in Ireland, Danu returns to the Forbes Center for a high-energy St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring a mix of ancient Irish music and fresh, new songs. Features JMU’s Madison Singers. Part of James Madison Week. For ticket information, visit jmuforbescenter.com.

 

Friday, March 18

Wonderwater Workshop, noon-1 p.m., Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Take a peek into the microscopic world of aquatic bacteria. Be a child scientist for the day with Dr. Morgan Steffen, assistant professor of biology at JMU, and collect and then examine water samples from the arboretum pond and stream. A parent or caregiver is welcome to attend with their child. For information, check jmu.edu/arboretum or call 540-568-3194. Free.

Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar, 3:35 p.m., Room 107, Jackson Hall: Jim Schruefer of JMU presents “Good Union People: The Shared Experience of White Unionists, Slaves and Free Blacks in the Civil War Shenandoah.” The seminar series is intended to give scholars at colleges, universities, museums, libraries and other institutions a regular forum at which to consider topics of regional interest, pertinent, but not restricted, to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Seminar sessions are open to the general public. Sponsored by the JMU history department. Free.

BizBlitz, 5 p.m. Friday-6 p.m. Sunday, Ice House, 127 W. Bruce St.: The Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition is hosting a weekend that gives people in the Shenandoah Valley the chance to develop and pitch their ideas to business leaders for cash prizes of more than $1,000. New business ventures aren’t always tech companies, so we gather participants from across seven counties and with a variety of skills and experiences to help foster inspiring ideas. Everyone is welcome; those with technical backgrounds, artists, designers, programmers and coders as well as those with knowledge of marketing, financing and other business-related skills. If you have an idea to pitch or just love entrepreneurial energy, you need to be at BizBlitz. Registration is required and the fee covers six meals. Anyone can attend Sunday evening presentations for free; registration is required. Register now at svic.biz/bizblitz/.

 

Tuesday, March 22

Visiting Scholars Program Lecture by Packianathan Chelladurai, 6:30 p.m., Room 2301, Health and Human Services Building: Packianathan Chelladurai, Distinguished Professor of Sports Medicine at Troy University, presents “National Models of Pursuit of Excellence in Sport.” Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For more information, call 540-568-6472 or visit jmu.edu/cal.

Cage The Elephant, Silversun Pickups, Foals, and Bear Hands perform at the Richmond Coliseum at 7 p.m. for Spring Fling Rock AF 2016. The 15‐city U.S. arena tour packages some of the best and brightest names in alternative music today, and harkens back to the days when artists crisscrossed the country together on package tours – often hitting cities and towns that otherwise wouldn’t have access to live music from so many artists at one time. Tickets are available at the Richmond Coliseum’s sweetFrog Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800‐745‐3000 or ticketmaster.com. Prices range from $31.50 to $41.50 (plus fees).

 

Wednesday, March 23

Birding Workshop, noon-1 p.m., Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: In partnership with the Rockingham Bird Club, an avifauna notable and photographer of Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley avian species Diane Lepkowski, lectures on songbirds to raptors. For information, check jmu.edu/arboretum or call 540-568-3194.

Gilliam Center for Free Enterprise Seminar Series, 5:30 p.m., Room 105, Zane Showker Hall: Jason Riley of The Wall Street Journal presents “The State Against Blacks.”

“Sing Out! An A cappella Celebration,” 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: This upbeat, annual concert features JMU’s amazing a cappella groups and a cappella groups from Harrisonburg High School and Rockingham County Public Schools. A Forbes Family Fun event sponsored by Union Bank & Trust. For ticket information, visit jmuforbescenter.com.

 

Thursday, March 24

The 29th annual Virginia Museum of Natural History Foundation Thomas Jefferson Awards will be held on March 24 at the historic Wayne Theater in Waynesboro. Tickets for the event are $20. Ticket information is online here.

 

Friday, March 25

Cohen Center Speaker Series, Garry Hagberg, 10 a.m., Madison Union Ballroom:Garry L. Hagberg is an author, professor, philosopher and jazz musician. He currently holds the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Philosophy and Aestheticsat Bard College. Previously, he held a chair in philosophy at the University of East Anglia. At Bard, he teaches specialized courses on the philosophy of the arts and the history of aesthetic thought; the philosophy of language since 1900; pragmatism; and the development of 20th-century philosophy, in addition to courses on issues and authors from Plato and Aristotle to the present day. Sponsored by the Cohen Center for the Study of Technological Humanism. For more information, check jmu.edu/cohencenter/.

Since their collective debut at the Kennedy Center in 2008, Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders have offered sweet vocal harmonies, warm presence and energetic delivery are a mesmerizing and memorable audience experience. Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders will perform at the Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $15 and $20 and can be purchased by calling the Wayne Theatre office at (540) 943-9999. Info online at WayneTheatre.org.

 

Monday, March 28

Visiting Scholars Program Lecture by Ami Radunskaya, 6 p.m., Room 1261, Harrison Hall: Ami Radunskaya, professor of mathematics at Pomona College, presents “Using Mathematics and the Immune System to Fight Cancer.” Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For more information, call 540-568-6472 or visit jmu.edu/cal.

 

Wednesday, March 30

JMU Brass Band, 8 p.m.,Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts:For ticket information, visit jmuforbescenter.com.

 

Thursday, March 31

“Love That Dog,” Theatergroep Kwatta, Based on the novel by Sharon Creech, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.,Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts:Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack’s point of view, “Love That Dog” is brought to vivid life by award-winning, Netherlands-based Theatergroep Kwatta in a performance that uses visual effects, music and puppetry to show how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper and above all, a dog. For ticket information, visit jmuforbescenter.com.

“New Voices in Dance” Featuring JMU’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble, 8 p.m. ThursdaySaturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: Experience the vitality and creativity of the next generation of choreographers in this concert featuring works by selected JMU dance majors. For ticket information, visit jmuforbescenter.com.

 

Saturday, April 2

The Shenandoah Jamboree makes its debut at the Historic Wayne Theatre Ross Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 2, with a performance by special guest Mandy Barnett headlining the event with a salute to Patsy Cline. Tickets are $25 and $35 and can be purchased by calling the Wayne Theatre office at (540) 943-9999. Info online at WayneTheatre.org.

 

Saturday, April 9

Kegendary singer Mavis Staples will take the stage at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville at 8PM. Grammy Award Winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and one of Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Singers of All Times in 2008 has said, “I was put here to sing.  I was put here to spread the word. To bring ya’ll a message. To inspire you. To motivate you. You know, that’s what I’m about. That’s my life.  Ain’t no stopping me.  I will sing.  I will sing until I die.”  Tickets are on sale this week and can be purchased online, in person at The Paramount Box Office, or by phone at 434.979.1333.

 

Sunday, April 10

The Shenandoah Fringe Festival beckons the region’s diverse performers and makers to present bold, curious, and risky work. Info at shenfringe.com. The Festival will also feature a series of Fringe Salons throughout the year to continue building our region’s artist workforce connections and collaborations.

 

Sunday, April 17

The Paramount Theater is excited to announce the live on-stage production of the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s presentation of Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny on at 2 p.m.  Tickets for are on sale now and may be purchased at The Paramount Theater’s Box Office, by phone (434.979.133), or online at theparamount.net.

 

Friday, April 22

Critically acclaimed author Barbara Kingsolver will host an Earth Day conversation at The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville with all proceeds to benefit the grassroots community organizing work of Virginia Organizing.  One of Virginia’s best loved writers will talk about art and the land that inspires her. Tickets are available at theparamount.net. Prices are $32 and $48 for regular admission and $25 for students.

 

Saturday, April 23

The Crooked Road comes to the Historic Wayne Theatre Ross Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $25 and can be purchased by calling the Wayne Theatre office at (540) 943-9999. Info online at WayneTheatre.org.