The following are some of the area events that will be held this weekend:
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute will hold a Conservation Discovery Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1500 Remount Road, Front Royal.
Designed for sixth-graders to under-graduates, the day will feature hands-on activities, research demonstrations and mini-chats on hot topics in conservation. There will also be career panel discussions with conservation biologists, field ecologists, research scientists, veterinarians and animal keepers.
Held rain or shine. Tickets: $30 for car pass, $50 for small school bus/vans and $100 for school bus/charter bus. Information: 202-633-3045.
Civil War programs
Belle Grove Plantation and the National Park Service will present several Civil War programs this weekend:
• Kneeding in Silence: 2:30 p.m., Saturday featuring a 30-minute presentation discussing the life of Judah, the enslaved cook of Belle Grove, at Belle Grove Plantation.
• Battlefield Series Program: 4 p.m., Saturday. “The Death of a Regiment, the 34th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment in 1864. Meet at the National Park Service Visitor Contact Station, 7712 Main St., Middletown. Free.
• 1862 in a Box program: 1 p.m., Sunday featuring a program on the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, at Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester.
A free open house and tour of the Millersville Store, chapel and log cabin will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at 2478 Minebank Road, Strasburg.
There will also be a car, truck and tractor show as well as music, train rides and food. Information: 540-465-4817.
Bowman Library in Stephens City will host the family film “Arietty” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Those attending are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and blanket. Library teens will serve popcorn and lemonade. Information: 540-869-9000.
The following Civil War walking tours will be held this weekend:
• Today: 6 p.m., Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun St., Winchester, $10. Information: 540-542-1326.
• Saturday: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, free. Information: 540-869-2896.
The North-South Skirmish Association will hold its annual national competition this weekend at Fort Shenandoah, 480 Chalybeate Springs Road, Winchester.
Featured will be member units competing in live-fire matches. Free admission. Information: 248-258-9007 or visit
Bright Box Theater will hold the following events this weekend at 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester:
• Today: 7-9:30 p.m., “DREAM: An American Story” film screening and discussion with filmmaker Aldo Bello with special guests DREAMers from George Mason University and immigration experts. Admission is free although a free-will offering will be accepted.
• Saturday: 7-11:30 p.m., Ladies Night Out starring the Men in Motion Dancers. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at door.
• Sunday: 2 p.m. lunch show and 6 p.m. dinner show, murder mystery comedy “Halloween Whodunit.” Tickets: $20-$25.
Information: 540-665-2878, www.brightboxwinchester.com.
The Con Burch Trio will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Larrick’s Tavern at Wayside Inn in Middletown.
Selah Theate will present the drama “The Laramie Project” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at 30 E. 8th St., Front Royal, and 3 p.m. Sunday at Hideaway Café, 200 N. Braddock St., Winchester. Future performances will be held Oct. 6-8.
The performance is based on 21-year old Matthew Shepard, a student at the University of Wyoming, who was kidnapped and beaten because he was gay and left tied to a fence in October 1998 outside Laramie, Wyoming.
Tickets are $12 online, $15 at the door and $8 and $10 for students and senior citizens. Information: 540-686.5185 or www.selahtheatreproject.org.
Schultz Theatre and School of Performing Arts will present the sci-fi horror musical “Little Shop of Horrors” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, 226 Hawks Hill Drive, Broadway.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students and senior citizens. Information: 540-896-9600 or www.schultztheatre.com.
The Barns at Rose Hill will hold the following concerts this weekend at 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville:
• Today: 8 p.m., bluesman Corey Harris.
• Sunday: 4 p.m., Anna Leone, an award-winning guitarist from Brazil.
Tickets for both concerts are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and free for ages 12 and younger. Information: 540-955-2004 or visit www.barnsofrosehill.
James Madison University’s Forbes Center for the Performing Arts in Harrisonburg will host the following programs:
• ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ production: 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, in Studio Theatre. Tickets: $6.
• Jazz 4 Justice: 8 p.m., Saturday in Concert Hall featuring hits from the big band swing era by JMU’s Jazz Ensemble and faculty with guest conductor Harrisonburg Mayor Deanna R. Reed followed by jam session for area musicians in the Grand Lobby. Tickets: $16, which benefits Blue Ridge Legal Services and JMU’s School of Music scholarships.
• Sunday: 2 p.m., concert by Kevin Stees on tuba and Laurel Black on piano, in the Recital Hall. Tickets: $9.
Information: 540-568-7000 or www.jmuforbescenter.com.
The Arts Council of the Valley will hold a progressive party fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at The Columns at Six Penny Farm, 1503 Dave Berry Road, McGaheysville.
Featured will be locally made food, live performances and a live auction of artwork by community artists.
Tickets are $125. Information: 540-801-8779 or visit www.valleyarts.org.
Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane will celebrate Farm Fall Days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The theme will be ‘Life on the Farm.’
Admission is free although parking ranges from $3 to $5.
Information: 540-592-3556 or visit SkyMeadows@dcr.virginia.gov.
The Page County Heritage Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds, 15 Fairlane Drive, Luray.
Featured will be crafters, food, face-painting, pedal tractor pull, hay maze, barrel train ride and pony rides, steam and gas engine show and tours of the Calendine Museum, Hamburg Store, Mauck Meeting House and the Massanutten One-Room School.