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The Native American Heritage Festival will take place Saturday at Bisset Park in Radford.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Roanoke Book and Author Dinner
A fundraising event to benefit area community service projects supported by the Roanoke Academy of Medicine Alliance Foundation with a VIP cocktail party at 5:45 p.m. followed by dinner and an autographing reception at 7 p.m. Ken Burger, author and former sports columnist, will emcee for the evening. Other authors present will include John Hart, Hallie Ephron and Debra Dean. 5:30 p.m. $100 per person or $200 per patron. Hotel Roanoke. 200-5134.
FRIDAY >> SATURDAY
Arts and Entertainment Conference
A two-day event presented by Roanoke County with workshops, vendors and film screenings for fans, film students and professionals. Friday will include an opening reception and film screenings, followed on Saturday by a gala and awards presentation. Film and theater enthusiasts will be able to add to their memorabilia collection by browsing the various vendors on hand. There will also be opportunities to meet, interact and talk with the guest stars, which include actresses Andrea Shreeman and Jenn Gotzon. Full conference, $60; opening reception, $10; workshops only, $20; $10, student; closing gala, $50. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, workshops begin at 8 a.m. and the gala will begin at 7 p.m. Opening reception and gala, Holiday Inn Roanoke, 3315 Ordway Drive, Roanoke; workshops, Arnold R. Burton Center for Arts & Technology, 1760 Roanoke Blvd., Salem. 387-6078.
FRIDAY >> SUNDAY
Blue Ridge Bike Fest
An all-makes motorcycle rally with a bikini contest, two poker runs, the Cherry Bomb Ink on Parade Tattoo Show, a Harley Davidson fashion show and more. For a full schedule, visit the website. Friday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $15 for a weekend pass or $5 for kids 12 and under. Roanoke Civic Center. www.blueridgebikefest.com.
Native American Heritage Festival
Native Americans in full regalia and host drums will headline the event. The festival will include weapons and lifestyle demonstrations as well as craft and food vendors. 11 a.m. Adults, $5; youth, $3. Bisset Park, Radford. www.visitradford.com.
"An Evening of Elegance"
A gala to benefit the Buchanan Theatre and assist with the purchase of a new high-definition projection system. Includes hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, live music by The Blue Cedars and Eric Bain with Kathy Elich, croquet and a showing of "Pride & Prejudice." 6:30 p.m. $25. Wilson Warehouse/Community House, 421 Lowe St., Buchanan. 254-1212.
4th Bi-annual New River Valley Spring Bridal Showcase
An afternoon with entertainment, food and cake tasting. Attendees can meet with wedding professionals. Proceeds benefit the Chi Delta Alpha Sorority at Virginia Tech. 1 to 5 p.m. $7, CrossPointe Conference Center, 900 Life Drive, Christiansburg.
Grit and Guts: Dirt Racing in Virginia
Meet racing legends and learn how speeding along dirt roads inspired one of America's greatest sports. Learn more about Curtis Turner, a Roanoke native and a founding member of NASCAR. See how this local legend impacted stock car racing. A parade of cars will roll through downtown at the end of the event. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults, $8; seniors, $7; children 3 to 12, $6; museum members and infants 2 and under, free. Virginia Museum of Transportation, Roanoke. www.vmt.org.
Lexington Scots-Irish Heritage Festival
Featuring Highland games, live music, craft vendors, traditional foods and more. Net proceeds will benefit Lexington Lions Clubs regional charities. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. $3 to $5. Rockbridge County High School, Lexington. 464-6545.
New River Brewfest
With live music from local artists and tastings of craft beers from local breweries. Noon. Advance, $20; day of, $25. Nesselrod Bed & Breakfast, 7535 Lee Highway, Radford. www.nesselrod.com/Brewfest/tickets.html.
A Formal Affair
A benefit for United Way with dinner, dancing, live music by Awesomesauce, casino games, prizes, a cash bar and a photo booth. Tuxedos are not required. 7 p.m. $60 per person or $100 per couple. German House, Virginia Tech. www.aformalaffairnrv.com.
Take the kids
"From the Forest"
Mill Mountain Zoo educator Bambi Godkin will share fascinating information about animals that come from different forest habitats around the globe. 2 p.m. Free. Blacksburg Library, 200 Miller St., Blacksburg. 552-8246.
Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop
Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop are back at the Roanoke Public Libraries with a musical, puppet-filled performance. 10:30 a.m. Free. Gainsboro Library, Roanoke. 853-2955.
Walk & run events
Blossom to Bottle 5K Race
A benefit race for the Oncology Cancer Program held at the Bedford YMCA with some bridges and streams to cross, plus lots of farm animals in their pastures with newborn babies. 9 a.m. $20. Johnson's Orchards & Peaks of Otter Winery, 2122 Sheep Creek Road, Bedford. www.blossomtobottle.com.
3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance
The Virginia Tech community hosts this event to honor and remember 32 individuals who lost their lives during the shootings on April 16, 2007. Individuals may walk or run. A moment of silence and the release of 32 white balloons will signal the start of the run. 9 a.m. Free. Virginia Tech Drillfield. www.weremember.vt.edu/memorial.html.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
The 4th annual Race for the Cure 5K and 1-mile event to benefit the Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. 9 a.m. Registration prices vary. River's Edge Sports Complex, Reserve Avenue, Roanoke. www.komenvablueridge.org.
MDA Muscle Walk
A benefit walk for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 2 to 5 p.m. Donations will be accepted. Salem Civic Center. www.musclewalkmda.org/roanoke.
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