Weekend full of plays, tastings and tales

Virginia Cider Week begins Friday with tasting events and celebrations held throughout the commonwealth.

Local events on Friday include a kickoff event at Old Hill Cider in TImberville, a tapping of the Cidermaker’s Barrel at Union Jack Pub and Restaurant in Winchester and a free tasting of Virginia cider at Downtown Wine and Gourmet in Harrisonburg

Cider brunches at the Cobbler Mountain Cellar and Cidery in Delaplane on Sunday will pair ciders with dishes such as eggs, ham and apples with sauerkraut and a soft pretzel or apple dumplings and vanilla ice cream. Entry into the brunches is $75.

For a full list of more Cider Week events and activities scheduled, visit http://www.goo.gl/Z2XlLP.

Nearly 50 students from Warren County Middle School will present the Stephen Sondheim classic, “Into the Woods Jr.,” this weekend.

The family friendly show features beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack and the Beanstalk.

The show begins at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Warren County Middle School auditorium.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at the door.

Select restaurants in Downtown Winchester are part of the inaugural Old Town Apple Crawl this Saturday.

From 6 to 9 p.m., participants can pay a $20 registration fee for a T-shirt, wristband and event passport, and get appetizer and drink specials at eight restaurants: Brewbaker’s, Village Bistro, El Centro, Roma’s, Thai Winchester, The Half Note, Cajun Experience and 147 North.

Proceeds will benefit AIDS Response Effort Inc, a nonprofit that provides health care information and care for those impacted by HIV/AIDS, homelessness and human service needs in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

For more information, and to register, visit http://www.goo.gl/nO83Yp.

Other events include:

Family Picnic and Movie — The Bowman Library continues its picnic and movie series with “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and free popcorn and lemonade. // 871 Tasker Road, Stephens City; 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday; Free; 540-869-9000; http://www.goo.gl/bIW4SB

A Nutcracker Tea — The Virginia Youth Ballet performs a live preview of “The Nutcracker” for guests at the George Washington Hotel. // 103 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester; 2 p.m. Sunday; 540-665-0343; http://www.goo.gl/NsJahW

That Darn Plot — A playwright’s characters start coming to life in this comedy at the Schultz Theatre. // 9357 N. Congress St., New Market; 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; $11-$13; 540-740-9119; http://www.goo.gl/E65TL1

Box Steps — The Shenandoah Youth Theatre presents 10 10-minute plays all centered around a cardboard refrigerator box. // 107 Center St., Edinburg; 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; $8-$10; 540-984-3972; http://www.goo.gl/SRMxSe