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

Heritage Day

The Town of Mount Jackson will celebrate Heritage Day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The theme is “Our Small Communities.”

The Shenandoah County Historical Society and County Library will present a program on the communities of Moore’s Store, Rinkerton, Mt. Clifton, Jerome, Headquarters, Calvary, Harrisville, Strasburg Junction, Detrick/Cross Roads and Mount Jackson.

At 12:30 p.m., the Virginia Tech Community Assistance Design Center will present its book “Lost Communities of Virginia” and local historian Bill Wine will talk about research supporting his historical map of the county.

Information: 540-459-1795, email or visit

New Market

The Town of New Market will celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s birthday Saturday with a community birthday fete.

Local businesses will offer specials, samples and snacks. Businesses will also use $2 bills for cash transactions. Information: events/ 632382053899009.

Volunteer fair

The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce and Nonprofit Council will celebrate Volunteer Week by hosting a fair from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today in front of the Historic Courthouse in Woodstock.

The community is invited to meet representatives from 20 organizations and learn more about their volunteer needs and activities. Information: 540-459-2542 or visit

Candlelight vigil

The Laurel Center Intervention for Domestic & Sexual Violence will host its second annual sexual assault awareness candlelight vigil from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the Main Street Gazebo in Front Royal.

The vigil will feature community leaders, survivors, the Warren County High School Choir and other musical performers. Arrive by 5:45 p.m. to receive a candle and enjoy refreshments. Information: Kelliann at 540-667-6160 or 540-631-1554.

Kernstown Battlefield

Clan Adrenalin will compete in Highland Games to benefit Warrior 360 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester.

The competition, a smaller version of the July event, will benefit Warrior 360, a veteran-sponsored nonprofit that supports veterans. A contingent of wounded warriors will be competing. Bagpipers will play throughout the day. Those attending should bring their own chairs.

Members of the 24th North Carolina Infantry, Co. D/10th Battalion, will conduct living history demonstrations Saturday and Sunday.

Information: 202-302-9129 or visit


The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, Shenandoah Astronomical Society and National Park Service will host a stargazing party from 7:30-11 p.m. Saturday at Thoburn property on Bowman’s Mill Road in Middletown. Information: 540-869-3051 or visit

Belle Grove

Belle Grove Plantation, south of Middletown, will celebrate the opening of the Beverley B. Shoemaker Welcome Center from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the restored 1918 barn.

Tours of the Manor House will be offered at a special rate of $5 for ages 12 and older. Visitors will now enter the Belle Grove property through the Welcome Center and purchase tickets to tour the Manor House.

Kite Day

The Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation will host a community kite-flying day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at 8437 Valley Pike, Middletown.

Admission is free. Prizes awarded for the best homemade kite, most unique kite and other categories. Kites in limited quantities will be available for purchase. Information: 540-869-2064 or visit


Strasburg High School will present the musical “Grease” at 7 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Saturday.

A spaghetti dinner will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Saturday to support the FCCLA chapter’s trip to national competition.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students or $9 and $6 at the door. Tickets, reserve seating:

‘Bye Bye Birdie’

Theatre Shenandoah in Edinburg will have its last weekend performing the musical comedy “Bye Bye Birdie” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Information: 540-984-3972 or online at

Selah Theatre

Selah Theatre Project will host its second Senior Showcase, Aptitude, at 7 p.m. today at 400 B Kendrick Lane, Front Royal.

The production is produced, directed and managed by high school seniors. Tickets are $5. Information: 540-428-4445 or

Jazz Day

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum will host a John Kirby Jazz Day featuring local bands from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at 19 W. Cork St., Winchester. Admission to the museum is included in the ticket price. Information: 540-722-2020.


The State Arboretum at Blandy Farm in Boyce will partner with the Botanical Artists for Education and the Environment to offer “Understory: A Photographic Exploration of Spring Wildflowers” from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Photographer Jackie Bailey Labovitz will lead the program starting in the library and ending on the native plant trail. Admission is $15 or $10 for FOSA members. Registration required by calling 540-837-1758 or


Country music entertainer Sara Evans will perform at 8 p.m. today at John Handley High School’s Patsy Cline Theatre in Winchester. Tickets can be purchased at

‘Royal Wedding’

Handley Library in Winchester will show the 1951 movie “Royal Wedding” featuring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Rally in the Alley

The Rally in the Alley block party will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday on Indian Alley in Old Town Winchester.

Featured will be live music, food from local restaurants, beer and wine, crafters and activities for kids. Admission is free. Information: 540-542-1326.

Schultz Theatre

The Schultz Theatre will present the romantic comedy “Same Time, Next Year” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, 26 Hawks Hill Drive, Broadway.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors 65 and older. Information: 540-896-9600 or


Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven Gospel Singers will perform from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at Performing Arts Luray.