Weekend Events

The following are some of the area events that will be held this weekend:

First Friday
The Hatcher Boys will perform at the First Friday program from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Bowman Shannon Cultural Arts Center in Mount Jackson. Food donations appreciated for the food table. Information: 477-4131 or www.theartgroup.org.

Scavenger hunts
Old Town Winchester will offer three different Valentine-themed scavenger hunts for children, teens and adults during February. People can purchase a tour map with clues at the Old Town General Store, 106 S. Loudoun St.

Chocolate Escape
Restaurants on the Old Town Mall will have chocolate desserts to sample and live music at the third annual Chocolate Escape from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information: 540-535-3660.

‘Charlotte’s Web’ shown
Bowman Library in Stephens City will show the G-rated movie “Charlotte’s Web” on Saturday at 1 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch. Information: www.handleyregional.org.

Blandy Farm
The state Arboretum at Blandy Farm in Boyce will hold a young naturalist program on eco-inventors from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for children in grades 1-3 and 12:30-3 p.m. for children in grades 4-6 on Saturday at the Parkfield Learning Center.

Children will learn how many inventions were inspired by plants and animals. Admission is $17 for Arboretum members or $25 for nonmembers.

Information: 540-837-1758 or www.blandy.virginia.edu.

Museum activities
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will hold a youth workshop making crazy hats from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the BB&T Learning Center for fifth- through eighth-graders. Registration required by today.

Children will learn basic sewing skills and create a wearable hat from polar fleece, then decorate it with beads, feathers and other crazy trim. Led by seamstress and jewelry designer Rachel Rogers-Rodgers. Tools and supplies provided.

Admission: $15 for MSV members or $20 for nonmembers.

Information: 540-662-1473 or themsv.org.

Magic Lantern Theater
Magic Lantern Theater will host two screenings of “Mistress America” at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester. The second showing will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville.

Admission is $8 or $5 for Theatre, MSVand Barns of Rose Hill members.
Information: 540-678-0963 or www.magiclanterntheater.org.

Discovery Museum
The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork St., Winchester, will offer free admission today from 5 to 7:30 p.m. as part of Old Town Winchester’s First Friday event. Information: 540-722-2020 or www.discoverymuseum.net.

Bright Box
Several events are being held this weekend at Bright Box Theatre, 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester.
• Today: 8 p.m., The Nighthawks will perform blues, rock and soul, along with rockabilly and swing. Tickets: $12.
• Saturday: 2-5 p.m., Chocolate Escape featuring the indie-folk duo Someone To Ride The River With. Chocolate treats: $2. Free admission; 8 p.m., Grateful Dead party with Shepherdtown’s own Sacred Groove. Free admission.
Information: 540-665-2878, www.brightboxwinchester.com.

Belle Grove
Belle Grove will hold a kick-off party from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday for its 2016 “Hite of Excellence Extraordinary Series of Sumptuous Feasts.”

The party will include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a silent auction as well as the first chance to purchase tickets for the dinner series (remaining tickets will go on sale Monday). Tickets for the party are $25 per person or $40 per couple.
Tickets, information: 540-869-2028 or www.bellegrove.org.

Forbes Center
See timeless movies and movie posters come to life both on stage and on screen in this tribute to classic American musical theatre and cinema at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at James Madison University’s Forbes Center.

Graduate students from the JMU Opera Theater will perform songs, including “Old Man River” from Show Boat (1936), “Italian Street Song” and “Ah Sweet Mystery of Life” from Naughty Marietta (1935), “Indian Love Call” and “Some of These Days” from Rose Marie (1935) and other immortal Victor Herbert tunes.
Tickets, which range from $12 to $13, are available by calling 540-568-7000 or order online at www.jmuforbescenter.com.

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