Penguins, Sparrow highlight weekend

The Bowman Library invites kids and their families to dress in black and white for Penguin Appreciation Day this Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to noon, the library presents an hour of penguin stories, joyful penguin songs and snacks.

Then, stay for the library’s family picnic and movie program starting at 1 p.m. The library will show “Penguins of Madagascar: New to the Zoo.”

Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and a blanket to sit on the floor.

The Bowman Library is located at 871 Tasker Road in Stephens City.

In Strasburg, Paul Edelman and The Jangling Sparrow rocks out Cristina’s Cafe Friday night with a mix of Americana and folk.

The Asheville, North Carolina-based musician has been compared to Woody Guthrie and Uncle Tupelo.

Cristina’s Cafe is located at 219 W. King St. in Strasburg. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. today.

The Bright Box Theater hosts a night of bluegrass by The Plate Scrapers and a “tap takeover” by Richmond’s Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, beginning at 7 p.m. today. Admission to the event is free. The Bright Box Theater is located at 15 N. Loudoun St. on the Old Town Winchester Walking Mall.

Other events include:

Time Machine Concert — Strasburg High School’s concert band and string orchestra join together to present a program of music from “Back to the Future” and “Dr. Who” as well as selections from Elvis, the 1980s and Johann Sebastian Bach. // 250 Ram Drive, Strasburg; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; $2

Collage Concert — This fast-paced concert features music, theatre and dance from faculty, students and ensembles from the Shenandoah Conservatory. // 620 Millwood Ave., Winchester; 7:30-9 p.m. Today; $5-$10; 540-665-4569

Jerry Wimmer — The part-musician, part-impromptu comic entertains crowds at Bryce Resort’s Copper Kettle. // 1982 Fairway Drive, Basye; 9 p.m. Sunday

Chess challenge — Junior chess mavens, ages 8 and up, are welcome to challenge each other at the Samuels Public Library. // 330 E. Criser Road, Front Royal; 2-4 p.m. Saturday; Free

Book signings — The Winchester Book Gallery hosts two book signings this Saturday, with Mildred Muhammad, author of “Scared Silent” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Kathleen Gaffney, author of “Exodus Left,” from 2 to 4 p.m. // 185 N. Loudoun St., Winchester; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

In the mood for a drive? Here are some daytrip ideas:

Sleeping Beauty Tea Party in Harrisonburg — The Forbes Center hosts an afternoon tea in its grand lobby before the 2 p.m. matinee of its play, featuring finger sandwiches, bite-sized desserts, games and tea. // 800 S. Main St., Harrisonburg; 12:30 p.m. Saturday; $26 for tickets, including 2 p.m. show and tea party; 540-568-7000

Virginia Farm Show in Fishersville — The Augusta Expo hosts this agricultural trade show, which includes equipment and service exhibitors and a skid steer rodeo. // 277 Expo Road, Fishersville; Friday and Saturday; 800-218-5586

Lee-Jackson Symposium in Lexington — The fourth annual event features a variety of speakers and ceremonies honoring the two Civil War generals. // Various locations throughout Lexington; Today; Free

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or

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