Here’s a selection of things to do and see this weekend:
Music and dessert
The New Market Area Library will host the old time Appalachian music group Muttonbusters with a decadent chocolate dessert buffet at 7 p.m. today. Information: 540-740-8796.
Area authors will gather at Samuels Public Library in Front Royal from 2-4 p.m. Saturday for the Mid-Winter Authors Festival. Ira Chaleff will lead a panel discussion about the current publishing business. Information: 540-635-3153.
Middle East lecture
Bert Englehardt, a retired CIA expert now living in Winchester, will present a four-week study on contemporary Middle East issues and their effect on the average American beginning Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 810 Fairfax St., Stephens City. The series will be held at 11 a.m. each Sunday in the church’s parish hall through March 15. Information: www.facebook.com/trinitychurchvirginia; website: www.trinitychurchvirginia.com; phone: 540-869-4019; email: trinitychurchvirginia @gmail.com.
Internationally known fabric designer Jinny Beyer will give a lecture at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg. A reception will follow. Information/tickets: www.vaquiltmuseum.org.
Strasburg Heritage Association
The Strasburg Heritage Association will hold its annual meeting and program from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Guest speakers will be Richard Kleese, John Horan and Marie Spence, discussing the occupation of Strasburg by armies from both North and South with a focus on the Hupp Mansion, St. Paul Lutheran Church and Strasburg Presbyterian Church. Information: 465-5570.
The James Madison University Symphony Orchestra will perform Tchaikowsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Alan Hovhaness’ Mysterious Mountain (Synphony No. 2), and Alexandre Gullmant’s Symphony for Organ and Orchestra along with soloist Larry Taylor at 2 p.m. Sunday at the JMU Forbes Center Concert Hall in Harrisonburg. Tickets are $8-$10. Information: www.jmuforbescenter.com.
Mickey’s Magic Show
Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show with two shows at 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Patriot Center in Fairfax. Featured will be magic from legendary Disney films and Mickey Mouse will perform illusions along with Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter and professional illusionist Zak Williams. Information: 202-628-3200, patriotcenter.monumentalnetwork.com/events
Watoto Children’s Choir has traveled internationally since 1994 as ambassadors for the millions of children in Africa, orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war and poverty. Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents.
Information: 540-667-9400. To preview a performance of the choir visit: www.watoto.com/the-choir.