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Thursday, March 7, 2013
TODAY >> SUNDAY
The Power Team
The Power Team is a group of world-class athletes who have performed the world's greatest exhibitions of power, strength, speed, inspiration, and motivation in every state and in more than 40 countries for more than 30 years. These giant men, many weighing more than 300 pounds, can blow up hot water bottles like balloons, snap baseball bats like twigs, lift telephone poles overhead, rip phone books and license plates like pieces of paper, and smash walls of ice and concrete. 7 p.m. nightly. Suggested donation of $2. Community Advent Christian Church, 4512 Old Mountain Road, Roanoke. www.communityadventchristian.org.
Bernadette Peters and the RSO
The RSO presents Broadway superstar and versatile actor Bernadette Peters performing with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. $22 to $85. Salem Civic Center. www.rso.com.
Cabin Fever Series Dance Party
Music by Superhold. 6 to 10 p.m. $11 in advance or $14 day of concert. Roanoke Civic Center. 342-2640.
Opera Roanoke at The Jax
Opera Roanoke will kick off the 2013 concert series at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts with "The Masques of Orpheus: American Voices, Songs and Scenes from the American Stage." A "Meet the Artists" champagne and wine reception will follow the performance with a cash bar. 7:30 p.m. $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Jacksonville Center for the Arts, 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd. 745-2784.
Me at the Museum
A celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day. Children will learn about Amelia Earhart by reading a book, creating a paper airplane, and an aviator cap. 10 to 11 a.m. History Museum of Western Virginia and O. Winston Link Museum members, free; non-members, $3. O. Winston Link Museum, 101 Shenandoah Ave., Roanoke. www.vahistorymuseum.org.
Roanoke Valley Comicon
The largest comic book convention in Southwest Virginia with comics, toys, games, a costume contest and more. "The Walking Dead" zombie Jeremy Ambler will sign autographs and take photos. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5; children 10 and under, free. Salem Civic Center. www.roanokevalleycomicon.com.
The First Annual Chocolate Sunday Festival
An afternoon of chocolate-inspired creations offered by area vendors. Vendors will offer free samples as well as the opportunity to watch chocolate dessert demonstrations from national and international award-winning chefs. The event is hosted by The American Culinary Federation Southwestern Virginia Chapter to benefit its community outreach programs. These programs involve area youth and adults to teach them the benefits of healthy food habits and preparation. Noon. $25. The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. www.swvacacf.org.
"Mythbusters: The Truth About Your Brain"
Dr. Audra Van Wart, a research scientist from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, will discuss questions and myths about the human brain with actual plastinated brains. This discussion is aimed at middle and high school students but is open to everyone. 4 p.m. Free. Science Museum of Western Virginia, Tanglewood Mall, Roanoke. 342-5710.
Rick Steves: A Calling to Travel
The author of travel guidebooks and host of "Rick Steves' Europe" on PBS will describe life in new places. 7:30 p.m. Free, but tickets are required. Olin Theater, Roanoke College. www.roanoke.edu/tickets.
Banff Mountain Film Festival
Presented by Blue Ridge Mountain Sports. Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will bring the spirit of outdoor adventure to Blacksburg. Proceeds benefit the Mountain Lake Conservancy. 7 p.m. $15. The Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg. www.thelyric.com.
March 14: Scrabble Tournament
5 p.m. $35 per person or $100 per team of three. Jefferson Center, Roanoke. 265-9339.
March 15: Broadway in Roanoke: "Elvis Lives!"
8 p.m. $32, $42 or $57. Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. 853-5483.
March 15: Celtic Crossroads
8 p.m. $20, $28, $35, $40. Jefferson Center. www.jeffcenter.org.
March 15: Spring Fling Family Fun Night
5 p.m. Members, free; non-members, $5 each or $20 per family. Green Ridge Recreation Center, Roanoke. 777-6300.
March 15: Second Wynde
8 p.m. Free. Raleigh Court United Methodist Church, Roanoke. 344-6011.
March 16: St. Patrick's Day Parade & Shamrock Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Downtown Roanoke. 342-2028.
March 16: Shamrock Run
8 a.m. Price varies. Roanoke Catholic School. 314-1037.
March 16: St. Patrick's Bash
3:30 p.m. Price varies. Natural Bridge Hotel. 458-3750.
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