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The Vinton Dogwood Festival, going on through Sunday, features a carnival with rides.
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Rockledge, located on Mill Mountain, will be on display at this weekend's 80th Historic Garden Week in Roanoke.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
TODAY >> SUNDAY
58th Annual Vinton Dogwood Festival
The carnival will be open tonight with live music from Rich & Andy and Fusion and Friday with music by Stone Canyon Band. Saturday's events include local entertainment, a craft show, a distance run, a children's area, an antique car show and the annual parade. Saturday night's concert begins at 5:15 p.m. and features Rutledge and The Farm. Sunday will feature a carnival and live music by Exonerated from 1 to 3 p.m. Today and Friday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. Free entry, $2 parking. Downtown Vinton. www.vintondogwoodfestival.org.
'Hell on Wheels' Tour
With country artists Brantley Gilbert (whose No. 1 hits include "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" and "Country Must Be Country Wide"), Kip Moore and Brian Davis. 7:30 p.m. $24.75, $29.75 or $37. Roanoke Civic Center. 853-5483.
"The Pirates of Penzance"
Opera Roanoke presents a show about zany pirates, misfit soldiers and star-crossed lovers. Friday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Price varies. Jefferson Center, Roanoke. www.jeffcenter.org.
"Around the World in Lexington: No Passport Required" House and Garden Tour
The tour features five properties in the Lexington area, but the character of each property can transport you around the globe. While Colle Verde on Buckland Drive whisks the visitor to Italy, the neighboring property, Red Oak Hall, suggests an English country-style home. Nara is an Asian retreat while Pennoke represents a love of all things French. Sunnyside House, a Federal-style brick farmhouse, brings us home. Free refreshments will be served at Sunnyside House between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Special activities scheduled for each location feature dancers from the Halestone Dance Company, Washington and Lee students who will discuss the Japanese tea ceremony, high schools students who will offer recitations of Shakespeare, and commentaries on the various gardens provided by Rockbridge Master Gardeners and members of the Valley of Virginia Herb Guild. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $20 in advance or $25 day of tour; students, $15. Various locations, Lexington. 463-3777.
Blacksburg Fork and Cork
A festival with tastings of Virginia wines and local food, live musical entertainment and local artists displaying their work. There will also be cooking demonstrations and a canned food sculpture contest and food drive benefiting local hunger relief organizations. Noon to 6 p.m. Wine tasting tickets, $20 in advance or $25 day of; general admission, $5; children under 12, free. First & Main Shopping District, Blacksburg. www.blacksburgforkandcork.com.
80th Historic Garden Week in Roanoke: "A Trolley Tour in the Mountains"
Five homes and gardens in Roanoke will be open for tour in connection with the 80th Historic Garden Week in Virginia, sponsored by the Roanoke Valley and Mill Mountain garden clubs. Roanoke's Star Line Trolley and a shuttle will transport guests to homes on the tour. Two homes, Rockledge and Tarrylong, are located on Mill Mountain and three homes are in the adjacent South Roanoke neighborhood. Proceeds are used to restore the grounds and gardens of Virginia's historic landmarks. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 day of tour. Tour headquarters are located at the Ronald McDonald House, 2224 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke. 589-3084. www.vagardenweek.org.
Drug Take Back Day
Citizens can drop-off old and unwanted prescription drugs. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Roanoke Civic Center. 853-5483.
Roanoke Heart Ball: Heartbeat of Vegas
A celebration of life to benefit the American Heart Association with silent and live auctions, cocktails, dinner and music by The Wallers. 6 p.m. $125. Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. www.heart.org/roanokevaheartball.
SATURDAY >> SUNDAY
An expo with animal caricatures by Kyle Edgell, more than 30 vendors, an agility course, and more. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Roanoke Civic Center. 853-5483.
Buchanan Civil War History Weekend
Families are invited to explore one of the lesser-known sites of the Civil War in downtown Buchanan. See the flash, smell the smoke and witness the reenactment of General McCausland and his Confederate troops fighting to secure the bridge delaying General Hunters fiery Raid of the Valley. There will be living history camps, a camp dance and a period church service. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Free. Downtown Buchanan. 254-1212.
"Romeo and Juliet"
A ballet based on William Shakespeare's tragic romance presented by Southwest Virginia Ballet. Saturday, 7 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 3 to 6 p.m. $15 to $43. Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre, Roanoke Civic Center. www.svballet.org.
Music for Medicine
An outdoor concert with The English Channel and a silent auction. All proceeds to benefit Project Access of the Roanoke Valley, a physician-driven, community-supported, patient-centered program that exists to arrange and coordinate comprehensive healthcare services for the low-income uninsured in the area. 1 to 5 p.m. Adults, $15 in advance or $20 at the door; students, $5 in advance or $10 at the door; kids under 12, free. Sundara, 453 Apple Road, Boones Mill. www.projectaccessroanoke.org.
REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent
See these classic rock groups again - or for the first time. 7 p.m. $45, $65 or $75. Roanoke Civic Center. 853-5483.
Young Artists Against Hunger
Feeding America Southwest Virginia is partnering with the region's best young artists to host a performance to help feed the region's hungry. The event is made possible through the talent of students from Radford University Percussion Ensemble; Milberger Section Jazz Quartet; David Taylor, pianist from Southern Virginia University; Delaney Gustafson from Southern Virginia University; the Roanoke College Children's Concert Choir; Virginia Western Community College's Fine Arts Department; the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech; Burton School of Arts; and Virginia Western Community College's Communication Design Department. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $17; students, $10. Jefferson Center, Roanoke. 342-3011.
Take the kids
Party for the Planet
Celebrate Earth Day with activities for the whole family, like art projects and education on what you can do to help the planet. All activities are free with admission. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults, $7.50; children, $5; zoo members, free. Mill Mountain Zoo, Roanoke. www.mmzoo.org.
SATURDAY, MONDAY, WEDNESDAY
62nd Annual Ernest "Pig" Robertson Fishing Rodeo
An event to provide a safe and fun environment for children to experience the joy of fishing. Saturday is for children ages 3 to 8, Monday is for children with disabilities, and Wednesday is for nursing home patients. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon; Monday, 10 a.m. to noon; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Lake Spring Park, Salem. 375-3057.
May 2-5: Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey's: Fully Charged
Times and prices vary. Roanoke Civic Center. 853-5483.
May 6: WWE Raw
7:30 p.m. $97, $52, $37, $27 and $17. Roanoke Civic Center. 853-5483.
May 4-5: 16 Hands Spring Tour and Sale
10 a.m. daily. Free. 16 Hands Studios, Floyd. 745-4624.
May 4-5: Best in Bridal Show
Saturday, 10 a.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. Free. Tanglewood Mall, Roanoke. email@example.com.
May 4: Cinco De Mayo Festival
11 a.m. Adults, $5; children 12 and under, free. Wells Fargo Plaza, downtown Roanoke. 206-2414.
May 4: Winds of the Blue Ridge Spring Concert
7:30 p.m. Free. Northside High School, Roanoke. www.windsoftheblueridge.org.
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