Coming Up in the Valley

Posted: May 1, 2012

May 1: Book Club for Kids, North River Library, 4-5 p.m. For grades K-5. Join Bonnie Burchfield and Aaron Good to learn about Bridgewater’s Civil War history.

May 2: Massanutten Chapter of the Archeological Society of Virginia, Bridgewater Municipal Building, 7 p.m. Katie Cross, James Madison University, will present "Archaeological Survey and Geophysics at the JMU Farm" and Sarah Ellis, Carole Nash, and Peter Hof, James Madison University, will present "Hunter-Gatherer Site Boundaries at Big Meadows." For additional information, visit or call 564-0635.

May 4: Relay For Life Harrisonburg/Rockingham County, Rockingham County Fairgrounds, 6 p.m.-6 a.m. To register, or for more information, visit, call 434-3360 or e-mail

May 4: Blue Ridge Christian School Fair,Bridgewater, 3:30-6 p.m. Open to all with games, inflatables and food.

May 5: All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner and Bake Sale,Briery Branch Church of the Brethren, 5-7:30 p.m. Free will offering.  Proceeds benefit Dale Wilfong, Ronnie Losh and Donald Auville and families. 

May 6: Shenandoah Valley Rail Club Annual Model Trains and Railroading Show, Rockingham County Fairgrounds,10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Five operating model train layouts and model train equipment for sale. Admission/$5. Children under 12/free. Call 828-1106.

May 6: Deadline for Valley Greeters Luncheon, Massanetta Springs Conference Center, Harrisonburg, May 16.  Hospitality begins:11:30 a.m. Luncheon: noon. $13.   Bach music presentation. Call 433-7518 to reserve or cancel. Call 383-9048 for information on next coffee meeting.

May 6: Second Annual Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary School Golf Tournament. Bryce Resort, Basye. Registration and free driving range: 8 a.m. Tee: 9 a.m. Hot lunch: 1 p.m. Format: Captain’s Choice/scramble. Door prizes and awards and show. $75/player; $300/team of four. Registration forms at To benefit families in need of tuition financial assistance. For more information, call (703) 725-5131 or email

May 6: Plains District Memorial Museum Lecture Series, 176 N. Main St., Timberville, 2 p.m. Speaker: Civil War historian Stephen Lee Ritchie on “Turner Ashby:  The Right Sort of Man.” Ashby’s 13-month military career during the early years of the war made him “the champion of the people of Northern Virginia and… a legend in the Shenandoah Valley.”

May 6: The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival’s Young Artists Recital, Eastern Mennonite University’s Martin Chapel, 3 p.m. Free. Call 432-4367 or visit

May 10: Sangerville-Towers Senior Citizens, Towers Ruritan Building, 10:45 a.m. Covered dish lunch. Free. All welcome. Club meets second Thursday of each month. Call 350-2427.

May 11: Community Shred Day, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Crossroads branch, Harrisonburg, 3-6 p.m.  Industrial shredder; destroys up to three bags or boxes of personal records. Visit

May 11: “Love in Any Language,” Asbury United Methodist Church, Main Street, Harrisonburg, 7 p.m.  Concert of songs from around the world. Free admission. Reception. Benefits Blue Ridge Legal Services. For more information, visit or call 434-2836.

May 11: Pork Tenderloin Dinner, Mt. Olive Presbyterian Church, 3:30-7 p.m. Mashed potatoes, gravy, mac & cheese, green beans, coleslaw, desserts, drinks. $10; ages 6-10/$5; 5 and younger/free. Profit percentage supports community.

May 12: Sjogren's Syndrome Support Group Meeting,Massanutten Regional Library, 1:30-3 p.m. Anyone experiencing dry eyes, dry mouth, joint pain, fatigue or other symptoms are welcome.  Donations to cover expenses are greatly appreciated. Call 433-5638 or email

May 12: Community Yard Sale, West Rockingham Ruritan Club, U.S. 33 West, Harrisonburg, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Tables not provided. Concessions. For free space, call 867-5245.

May 12: “Shenandoah Valley Mountain Music: The Tradition Continues,” music and lecture atThe Heritage Museum, 382 High St., Dayton, 7:30 p.m. Parlor, campfire and dance hall music. Learn about key instruments of this musical heritage. Free. Visit oremail

May 12: Dayton Contra Dance, Dayton Learning Center, second Saturday of the month. Free beginners workshop: 7:15 p.m. Dance: 8-11 p.m. Live music. $7/adults; $5/students; $3/12 and under. Wear non-scuff shoes. visit

May 13: “Stone Girls Dreaming,” Lee Eshleman Theater, University Commons, EMU, 4 p.m. Dramatic reading of a play about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.   For more information, call 282-9951.

May 14: RMH Adult Diabetes Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m. Topic: “Know Your Healthy Steps.” Free. 689-1000.

May 18: 14th Annual Shenandoah District Disaster Auction Golf Classic, Heritage Oaks Golf Course, 8:30 a.m, $80 includes golf, golf shirt, pizza lunch and a ticket to the auction dinner at Rockingham County Fairgrounds. Prizes to winners of three flights, longest driver and closest to pin. Call 833-5316.

May 19: Adult Book Discussion, North River Library, 1 p.m. Linda Burchfield leads a discussion of “The Friendly Persuasion,” by Jessamyn West.

May 19: The Burg's Got Talent, JMU's Memorial Hall, 7 p.m. Musical variety show to benefit Second Home Child Care Center. $10 in advance, $12 at the door!  Call 830-1896 for tickets.

May 19: Raid at Fort Harrison, Daniel Harrison House, in Dayton, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn about French and Indian Wars of 1755. Encampments, demonstrations by colonial craftsmen. Raid on the fort at 2 p.m. Food available.

May 19: Mosaic Handbell Ensemble, Massanutten Presbyterian Church, U.S. Rt. 33 East, 7 p.m. Fundraiser for Central Valley Habitat for Humanity. Special guest: harpist Virginia Bethune.

May 20: Music by Doyle Moats Jr., Community Christian Fellowship Church, Spring Creek. For the 9:45 a.m. worship service. Freewill offering.

May 22: Family Civil War Night “Fireside Chat,” North River Library, Bridgewater, 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a simple meal by a campfire, hear stories about local battles and explore artifacts.

May 23: Turner Ashby High School Spring Concert, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Performances by wind ensemble, jazz and concert bands.

May 24: “Sensation, Science and Scandal: The Popular Press in Antebellum America,” The Heritage Museum, Dayton, 7 p.m. With Dr. Mark Sawin. Free.

May 26: Spring Civil War Bus Tour, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit the Widow Pence Farm, Port Republic Museum and other area landmarks. Hosted by Mill Creek COB.  Sponsored by the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center.  $80/ person; register at or call 438-1275.

June 1-3, 8-10 and 15-17: “Jordan’s Stormy Banks,”EMU Main Stage Theater.  Play about Shenandoah Valley family’s struggles during the Civil War. Matinee (June 1-3) and evening performances: $15/adults; $12/seniors and students; $6/children 12 and under. Sponsored by the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center. Visit or call 438-1275.

June 2: Bark For Life, Oakdale Park, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration: 9:30 a.m. Noncompetitive walk for dogs and owners to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Also demonstrations, contests and games. For more information, email

June 3: “Civil War Firsts,” lecture at The Heritage Museum, 382 High St., Dayton, 2 p.m. Irvin and Nancy Hess present a few ‘firsts’ that came out of the Civil War—income tax, U.S. Secret Service and home delivery of mail. Free. Gallery visit $5/adult. Visit www.heritagecenter.comemail

June 9: Yard Sale, Briary Branch Community Center, 8 a.m. No tables provided. Call 828-6721.

June 10: The 20th Annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Concert I. Lehman Auditorium, at Eastern Mennonite University, at 3 p.m. Featuring Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Mass in B Minor.” Artistic director and conductor: Kenneth Nafziger. $25/ adults; $20/seniors; $5/ ages 22 and under. $2 more at door. Call the EMU box office at 432-4582 orvisit
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