Weekend Events

The following is a sampling of area and regional events for this weekend:

A production of Horton Foote’s “The Roads to Home” will be performed as part of the Shenandoah Conservatory’s Theatre Lab Series at 8 p.m. today, at 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Glaize Studio Theatre on the campus of Shenandoah University in Winchester.

The production is directed by Shenandoah Conservatory Professor Larry Silverberg. There will be a special conversation with the director after the opening night performance and the matinee performance on Sunday.

The “Roads to Home” is a play in three acts. “A Nightingale, “The Dearest of Friends” and “Spring Dance” revolve around the lives of Mabel and Vonnie, two Houston neighbors and best friends.

Silverberg is an authority on the Sanford Meisner technique, widely considered the primary source for training actors at studios worldwide.

Foote, best known for his Oscar-winning screenplay for the 1962 film “To Kill a Mockingbird,” was a friend and mentor to Silverberg.

Costumes were designed by Spencer Potter, lighting design by William Pierson and scenic design by William McConnell Bozman.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $9 for seniors. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. Information: 540-665-4569 or www.ConservatoryPerforms.org.

House of Hope will hold its main fundraiser, the Empty Bowl supper, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today at First Baptist Church, 14 W. First St., Front Royal.

Gourmet soups will be provided by Griffen Tavern, Joe’s Steakhouse, Soul Mountain Restaurant and Blue Wing Frog. There will be entertainment, a silent auction and basket bonzanza. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $5 for children. Information: 540-631-0956.

Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends string band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. today at Cristina’s Café in Strasburg. Admission is $7.

JMU’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble will be featured in “New Voices in Dance” at 8 p.m. today and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday on the Main Stage at Forbes Center.

The evening will also include a dance by guest choreographer Stephanie Martinez, a former dancer with River North Dance Chicago, as well as premieres by dance faculty artists Ryan Corriston and Cynthia Thompson.

Tickets are $13-$14. Information: www.jmuforbescenter.com.

Jim Barnett Park will hold an Easter egg hunt for children up through 8 years old starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Christianson Familyland. Children should bring an empty basket. Information: 540-662-4946.

The Shenandoah Conservatory Chorus, under the direction of Robert Shafer, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in Armstrong Concert Hall.

There will also be performances by the winners of the 2015 student soloist competition. Information: 540-665-4569.

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will hold an orchid show and sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 901 Amherst St., Winchester.

Experts from the Lord Fairfax Orchid Society will be on hand. Information: 888-556-5799.

Manassas Museum will sponsor bicycle tours of Civil War sites from 9-11 a.m. Saturday and again on the fourth Saturday from April through October.

Admission is $5. Information: 703-368-1873 or www.manassasmuseum.org.

Partnering with the John C. Wells Planetarium at James Madison University, the Shenandoah Valley Stargazers, Virginia Master Naturalists and JMU students, will offer a free dark sky program from 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at JMU, 780 University Blvd., Harrisonburg.

There will be telescope viewing, stories and poetry readings, guided night walks, education stations and a discussion on light pollution.

Information: 540-568-3194 or www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens in Leesburg will open the season on Saturday with tours of the mansion, live music and a variety of educational booths including one about archaeology.

Admission is free. The event will be held rain or shine. Information: 703-777-3174 or www.oatlands.org.

A spring arts and crafts show and sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Main Exhibit Building at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds.

Free parking and admission. Information: Leann Cloud, 540-879-9417.

A junior chess tournament for ages 12 and under will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Handley Library. The event is free and co-sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club. Information: Jennifer Sutter, 540-662-9041, ext. 16 or www.winchesterchess.com.

A family picnic and movie featuring “Monsters, Inc.” will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bowman Library in Stephens City.

Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and a blanket to sit on the floor. Popcorn and lemonade provided. Information: Donna Hughes, 540-869-9000, ext. 215 or dhughes@handleyregional.org.

This year’s Symphony of Stitches Symposium will focus on Civil War era crib, baby and doll quilts from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Heritage Center, 106 S. High St., Edinburg.

The guest speaker will be Faye Snyder, owner of Parade Antiques of Wiscasset, Maine. She will have a large display of original and restored dolls from her collection.

There will be a strong focus on children and the Civil War in and outside the Shenandoah Valley. Attendees are invited to bring artifacts from their own family collections for show and tell.

Cost is $35 for the full day or $20 for a half-day. Bring your own lunch. Proceeds benefit the Edinburg Mill Museum/Edinburg Heritage Foundation. Information: stitches@gmail.com, 459-7377 or 984-9309. Snow date is April 4.

The Shenandoah County 4-H Share-The-Fun talent show will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Woodstock. Information: 459-6140.

Sigma Kappa and Tau Kappa Epsilon will cosponsor a 5K run to benefit the American Alzheimer’s Association starting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg.

Live bands will perform at the conclusion of the run. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs. Information: 540-568-3194 or www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

Monday is the deadline to purchase tickets for the German dinner and silent auction sponsored by the Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley at 5:30 p.m. April 11 at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Woodstock.

Tickets are $25 per person. Reservations/information: 459-4239 or www.masterworkschorus.com.

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