Win tickets to see the smash hit musical Mamma Mia at the Roanoke Civic Center. Two winners will each receive four tickets!
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Fairgoers stand in line for funnel cakes and other goodies at the NRV Fair in Dublin.
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The Bedford D-Day memorial is celebrating its first anniversary.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Party in the Park
Proceeds will benefit local charities; live music by Coastline. Next week will feature Atlantic Groove. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. No coolers or pets allowed. 6 p.m. $6; children under 12, free. Daleville Town Center, 90 Town Center St., Daleville. www.pitp.org.
Party in Elmwood
A portion of every Thursday’s revenue is donated to local charities. This week music will be provided by Carolina Breakers; next week will feature The Catalinas. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 5:30 p.m. $5; children 12 and under, free. Jefferson Street, downtown Roanoke. www.downtownroanoke.org.
City Market at the River
Each Thursday through Aug. 29 local farms will be selling fresh fruits, produce, meat, eggs and homemade jams at this new location. Food trucks will offer prepared meals that can be eaten at nearby picnic tables. Downtown Roanoke Inc. will have giveaways and local radio stations will be playing music each week. 4 to 7 p.m. Free. Riverside Sports Complex, Reserve Avenue, Roanoke. www.downtownroanoke.org.
TODAY (THURSDAY) >> SATURDAY
The fair includes livestock shows, rides, food, a rodeo and entertainment by Jimmy “The Boogie Woodie Man” Valiant, Colton Pack, Acoustic Crossroads and more. Event and gate times and prices vary. New River Valley Fairgrounds. www.nrvfair.com.
TODAY (THURSDAY) >> SATURDAY
12th Annual Virginia Southern Gospel Jubilee
Three evenings of professional Southern gospel singing and music. Camp parking and food concessions will be available. The event will be held rain or shine beneath the park’s shelter. Thursday: Brenda Braswell, The Wisecarvers and others. Friday: The Singing Cookes, the Cooke Brothers, Heirline, Brian Burchfield and others. Saturday: The Legendary Easter Brothers, The Easter Family, The Cupps, the POC Choir and others. Some local talent will perform each day as well. Thursday and Friday, 6 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Glen Maury Park, Buena Vista. www.vasoutherngospeljubilee.com.
Family Day ‘40s Festival
Discover the lessons and legacy of World War II through interactive programs, tours and projects. Activities for the day include Victory Garden projects, book-signings, conversations with veterans, story stations, living history, live entertainment, art contests, crafts and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $8; students, free. National D-Day Memorial, 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford. www.dday.org.
Kegs & Corks
Featuring tastings from nine Virginia microbreweries and five local vineyards, as well as live music, food and vendors. There will also be a homebrewing competition. Noon to 6 p.m. 10 tastings, $25; 20 tastings, $35; non-tasting ticket, $10. Apocalypse Ale Works & Pints O’ Plenty, 15257 Burnbridge Road, Forest. www.bedfordareachamber.com.
Nineteenth Annual Francelia Butler Student Conference on Children’s Literature
The conference features a keynote address by Karen Coats, professor of English at Illinois State University and author of “Looking Glasses and Neverlands: Lacan, Desire, and Subjectivity in Children’s Literature,” which earned a Children’s Literature Association Honor Award for Best Book in Literary Criticism in Children’s Literature. Presented by Hollins University’s graduate programs in children’s literature and children’s book illustration. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Wetherill Visual Arts Center, Hollins University.
Take the kids
FRIDAY >> SUNDAY
Smith Mountain Lake Pirate Days
Franklin, Bedford and Pittsylvania counties, which surround Smith Mountain Lake, will participate in creating a 3-D Pirate experience. The theme is simple and family-friendly. Many participating businesses will fly a “Jolly Roger” pirate flag (skull and crossbones) to show their participation in the event. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Free. Smith Mountain Lake. www.visitsmithmountainlake.com.
Breakfast with the Animals: Treats with Turtles and Tortoises
Have you wanted to learn more about the world of testudines? Well, come have breakfast and discover all kinds of neat information about turtles and tortoises. Children will then make a colorful and 3-D Model Magic turtle to take home and complete an activity sheet that will get the whole family exploring the zoo. The meal will include a light breakfast buffet. Reservations are required. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Adults, $6 for members or $12 for non-members; children, $4 for members and $8 for non-members; families of four, $15 for members or $30 for non-members. Mill Mountain Zoo, Roanoke. 343-3241.
Parks & Arts
Families are invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy performing artists like Rob Smith, musicians from the Jefferson Center Music Lab and the Upscale Band & Show. There will also be face painting and balloons from visual artist Darcy Meeker. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Eureka Park, Roanoke. 853-5652
July 26: Butterflies at 5
5 p.m. Price varies. Science Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke. 342-5718. July 26: Salem After Five
5:30 p.m. $5; children, free. Salem Farmers Market. 375-3057.
July 26-27: Beach Music Festival & Classic Car Show
9 a.m. $25. Glen Maury Park, Buena Vista. 460-1576.
July 27: Touch a Truck: Wheels, Wings & Water!
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Green Hill Park, Salem. 777-6326.
July 27: Bill Cosby
8 p.m. $59.75. Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. 853-5483. July 28: Sunday Uncorked
2 p.m. Free. Rockbridge Vineyard, Raphine. www.rockbridgevineyard.com.
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