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Thursday, May 2, 2013
Stadium Woods Benefit Concert
With live music by Moonlight Mariners, a book signing by Jeff Kirwan and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Stadium Woods Endowment Fund established with The Community Foundation of the NRV. 7 p.m. Adults, $25; students, $10. Lyric Theatre, 135 College Ave., Blacksburg. www.savestadiumwoods.com.
Art By Night
Featuring exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, live music and interactions with local artists. More than 120 artists participate in conjunction with 10 downtown Roanoke galleries. 5 to 9 p.m. Free. Downtown Roanoke. www.roanokeartbynight.com.
First and Third Fridays on Franklin
Proceeds help benefit local charities and music will be provided by Superhold. This is a 21-and-up event. 5 p.m. $5; drink tickets, $4. Railside Plaza, downtown Roanoke. www.firstfridaysroanoke.com.
FRIDAY >> SATURDAY
33rd Annual Strawberry Festival
A fundraiser for Roanoke’s Community School with a full menu of strawberry treats like shortcake, sundaes, chocolate-dipped strawberries, slushees and strawberries and cream. On Friday a substation will be open in the City Market Building, and the Mill Mountain Zoo will be sending its educational animals to the festival from 1 to 4 p.m. On Saturday there will also be live music, arts and crafts, food vendors, a climbing wall, a scavenger hunt and more. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free entry. Corner of Elm Avenue and Jefferson Street, downtown Roanoke. www.strawberryfestivalroanoke.com. SATURDAY >> SUNDAY
16 Hands Spring Tour and Sale
The 14th annual spring tour and sale of 16 Hands pottery and woodworking features exhibits and sales at four studios in Floyd County. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free. Various locations, Floyd. www.16hands.com.
Virginia State Championship Chili Cook-Off
A fundraiser for Greenvale School’s Scholarship Fund featuring local and regional chili cook teams competing for the right to represent Virginia at the World Championship Chili Cook-Off in Las Vegas or Omaha. There will be a children’s area, salsa and chili tastings, a people’s choice award, live entertainment, vendor booths, a beer garden, a jalapeno pepper eating contest, a “Chili Slurp” contest and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $4 in advance or $5 at the gate. Railside Plaza, Salem Avenue, Roanoke. 632-8208.
Cinco de Mayo Festival
A festive celebration of the South-of-the-Border culture that’s enjoyed worldwide. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Guests of the festival will enjoy the tastes and sounds of Mexico. All proceeds from this event benefit the Adult Care Center of Roanoke Valley in Salem. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Adults, $5; children 12 and under, free. Wells Fargo Plaza, downtown Roanoke. www.cincodemayoroanoke.com.
4th Annual Derby Party
A fundraiser for Unbridled Change with a hat contest, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction and red carpet photos. The first 250 guests will receive a free keepsake. 3 to 7 p.m. $10 per person or $18 per couple. 202 Market, downtown Roanoke. 334-2171.
SATURDAY >> SUNDAY
Best in Bridal Show
Roanoke’s newest bridal show featuring wedding and event professionals, exhibits, vendors, seminars, live entertainment, door prizes, contests and more. Pre-register on the Tanglewood Mall Facebook page to be a part of the VIP Experience. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m. Free. Tanglewood Mall, Roanoke. http://on.fb.me/ZMYyS8.
Pajama-clad volunteers from the Rescue Mission will represent the 477 individual children that found safe shelter at the Rescue Mission last year. Volunteers wearing pajamas will also wear signs that read “477” with a QR code that may be scanned by the public that will take them to the Mission’s web site to learn more. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Jefferson Street, downtown Roanoke. www.rescuemission.net.
Crop for a Cause SWVA
The third annual all-day scrapbooking event with proceeds to benefit the American Heart Association. Cost includes lunch, dinner, snacks, sodas, goodie bags, door prizes and a vendor fair. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. $55. LewisGale Education Building, Salem. 588-6131.
Horseshoes & Hats: A Kentucky Derby Casino Night
The event will include a viewing of the Kentucky Derby, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a fancy hat contest and casino games like craps, roulette, blackjack, Texas hold 'em, and river city horse racing. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 5 p.m. $35 per person or $60 per couple. 130 Jackson St., Blacksburg. www.downtownblacksburg.com/casino—night.aspx.
SATURDAY >> SUNDAY
Roanoke Valley Coin Show
Presented by the Salem Coin Club, with 40 booths of coin dealers buying and selling coins, paper money, gold, silver and more. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. American Legion Building, 710 Apperson Drive, Salem. 943-2267.
25th Annual Ford Powered Round Up Celebration
This year’s event will be a celebration of the Roanoke Valley Mustang club, sponsors, charities, and years of fellowship. Event proceeds will benefit St. Francis Service Dogs, Mill Mountain Zoo, and other local charities. There will be participant awards given to the first 150 entries as well as club participation and sponsor’s choice awards. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free for spectators. Salem Red Sox parking lot, 1004 Texas St., Salem. 467-3651.
SUNDAY >> MONDAY
Appalachian Spring in the Blue Ridge
Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer Prize winning work “Appalachian Spring” suite will be heard in its original instrumentation performed by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. Also performed will be works by Copland, Joplin and other American composers. Sunday, 3 p.m.; Monday, 8 p.m. $22 to $65, or $9 for students. Jefferson Center, Roanoke. 343-9127.
WWE Monday Night Raw
A live TV event featuring RAW Superstars like John Cena (left), Sheamus, Rybak, The Shield, Big Show, The Miz, Kane and more. 7:30 p.m. $17, $27, $37, $52, $97. Roanoke Civic Center. 853-5483.
Appraisals by Ken Farmer
Nationally renowned appraiser Ken Farmer will appraise up to 40 items. Ticket sales for appraisals ended May 1. General spectator seating will be available on a first-come basis. 6:30 p.m. Free. South County Library, Roanoke. 772-7507.
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Shake, Bake & Sprout
Children will have the opportunity to plant a “pizza container garden” featuring tomatoes and herbs found on pizza. The Emeraldettes Baton Corps will perform and lead children in dance activities, and the Virginia Tech Family Nutrition Services Program will lead children in a hands-on cooking demo with samples. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Vinton Farmers Market, 204 W. Lee Ave., Vinton. 983-0613.
62nd Annual Ernest “Pig” Robertson Fishing Rodeo
Providing a safe and fun environment for children to experience the joy of fishing. Saturday is for children ages 9 to 12. 9 a.m. to noon. Free. Lake Spring Park, Salem. 375-3057.
May 9: CHIP of Roanoke Valley’s Lunch in Tribute to Mothers
Noon. $50. Patrick Henry Hotel, Roanoke. 857-6993.
May 9-12: Scott’s Strawberry Festival
Times vary. Free. Scott’s Strawberry Farm, Moneta. 354-2203. May 10-11: Magic in the Mountains and C & O Railroad Heritage Days
Event details vary. Clifton Forge. www.cliftonforgemainstreet.org.
May 11: The Amazing County Treasure Hunt
11 a.m. Free. Green Ridge Recreation Center, Roanoke. 387-6078.
May 11: Mother’s Day Tea Party
11:30 a.m. Moms, free; children, $10. Green Ridge Recreation Center, Roanoke. 777-6300.
May 11: Tea for Mom
2 p.m. $10. The Salem Museum. 389-6760.
May 11: “Cinderella”
1 p.m. $20. Jefferson Center, Roanoke.
May 12: Broadway in Roanoke: “West Side Story”
7 p.m. Price varies. Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre, Roanoke Civic Center. 853-5483.
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