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Edith J Carrier Arboretum Arbor - Spring Wildflower Walk

Take an educational stroll with Arboretum Director, Jan Sievers Mahon, during this most exciting and beautiful time of year. Learn about spring ephemerals and where to find them in the Arboretum. Free event, no registration required. Meet at the Frances Plecker Education Center.

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3

10:00am - 11:00am

780 University Blvd
Harrisonburg

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Fort Valley Ranch Spring Mountain Trail Ride

April 5-7, 2019: Fort Valley Ranch Spring Mountain Trail Ride Marked trails on the Ranch and in the National Forest. Beautiful ridge views of the Shenandoah Valley and River. $50 per person includes: Catered Buffet Breakfast on Saturday morning and Dinner Sat Night, marked trails on the Ranch and in the National Forest. Pot luck on Friday Night. This is a MOUNTAIN trail ride , 4 shoes or boots required. (Bunkhouse Cabins, Camping W/E or primitive, corrals, paddocks, picket, etc. are at normal prices). Schedule:
• Friday, April 5. Arrival Day!! Get set-up and settle in. Arrive in time for a trail ride if you can. Evening Pot Luck and hang out at the Campfire.
• Saturday April 6. Hot Buffet Breakfast. Ride the trails. Catered buffet dinner. Music by the Campfire.
• Sunday April 7. Get in one more trail ride before you hit the road.

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5-7

299 S. Fort Valley Rd.
Fort Valley

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Bridge the Gap for Art - SoLace Studios

Bridge the Gap for Art is an opportunity to hop between galleries connected by a scenic drive over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit Noon Whistle Pottery in Stanardsville, Virginia to enjoy art, wine, music and refreshments. Drive the beautiful 15 miles passing over Shenandoah National Park to SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts in Elkton, Virginia for more art, wine, music and light bites. Visit both galleries in the same day or visit one gallery each day.

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6-7

10:00am - 5:00pm

193 W. spotswood Avenue
Elkton, Virginia 22827

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Kids Fishing Day - Natural Bridge State Park

On the first Saturday in April, kids fish free on the scenic banks of Cedar Creek. Lunch will be provided for participating children, with food also available to purchase to benefit the Friends of Natural Bridge. Cedar Creek will be stocked with brook and rainbow trout.
Call (540) 291-1330 for more information.
-Register at the Cedar Creek Café located at the start of the Cedar Creek Trail
-Fishing for ages 12 and

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6

9:00am - 12:00pm

Natural Bridge State Park
6477 South Lee Highway
Natural Bridge, VA 24578

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Bold Rock Tap Takeover - Valley Pike Farm Market

Join Valley Pike Farm Market for the first Tap Takeover of the season. To kick off this Thirsty Thursday series, Bold Rock Cidery will be taking over the taps downstairs in The Granary with live music by local duo Crystal Armentrout and Kevin Chisnell.

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11

4:00pm - 8:00pm

Valley Pike Farm Market
3494 Lee Highway
Weyers Cave, VA 24486

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Edith J Carrier Arboretum Arbor - Spring Plant Sale

Spring Celebration Plant Sales
April 12 & 13 | 9 AM - 3 PM
May 17 & 18 | 9 AM - 3 PM

Come celebrate spring here at the Arboretum! Shop from a wide array of spring wildflowers, perennials, shrubs and trees to make any home or business landscape environmentally conscious and beautiful.

Saturday, May 18th will have a special butterfly release at noon.

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12-13

9:00am - 3:00pm

780 University Blvd
Harrisonburg

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Annual 5K Run at the Mill - Wades Mill

An annual run for all abilities through some of the most beautiful countryside in Rockbridge County in benefit of the Brownsburg Community Association.

The Run of the Mill 5k is a point-to-point race through beautiful farmland. The course covers slightly hilly terrain, crossing several creeks and finishing at Wade's Mill.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at Asbury Church in Brownsburg and the Race starts at 10 am.

Awards and activities will take place at the Finish Line. A shuttle bus will return runners to Brownsburg from Wade's Mill.

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13

8:30am - 12:00pm

Wade’s Mill
55 Kennedy-Wade's Mill Loop
Raphine, VA 24472

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Goat Keeping Workshop - My Peeps Farm

Considering having goats or just want to learn more about them? My Peeps Farm is conducting a Goat Keeping Workshop at their farm in Waynesboro where you can learn basic goat keeping practices and mingle with some goats!

Things you will learn:
* Buying considerations
* Housing/fencing
* Basic care
* Feeding/Nutrition
* Milking considerations
* Hoof trimming demonstration

$20 per adult and the class will be limited to a small size so sign-up soon!

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13

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Waynesboro, VA

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Brad Foster Memorial Fly-In - North Mountain Vineyards

Enjoy a day at the vineyard while local hang glider pilots fly low over the vineyard in memory of North Mountain owner, Brad Foster. Hang gliders will fly from the Woodstock Tower or Edith's Gap to North Mountain. Stay for live music from Paul Tangree beginning at 2:00 pm.

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13

1:00pm - 5:00pm

4374 Swartz Rd.
Maurertown, VA 22644

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Succulent Garden Class - JMD Farm Market & Garden Center

Join JMD Farm Market for a DIY Succulent Garden Class led by Master Gardener Dwayne Pitsenbarger. Learn about succulent choice and care and enjoy the beauty and fun of creating your own succulent garden. Dwayne will lead you through the ins and outs of creating an arrangement with all the important components. There will be a selection of plants and decorative containers to choose from.

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13

2:00pm - 4:00pm

27 Niswander Rd
Staunton, VA 24401

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Edith J Carrier Arboretum Arbor - Spring Bird Walks

Learn about the birds of the Arboretum with an educational walk through the grounds with Rockingham Bird Club Member/Photographer, Greg Moyers on April 13 and arboretum staff member and Augusta Bird Club member, Rich Wood on May 8.

Meet at the steps of the Frances Plecker Education Center.

Free, advanced registration required

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13

8:00am - 9:00am

780 University Blvd
Harrisonburg

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Edith J Carrier Arboretum Arbor - Reptiles & Amphibians of the Arboretum

Explore the world of herpetology by getting up close and personal with the reptiles and amphibians of the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum this spring. Meet us at the Jurney Stage Garden for an afternoon of exploring through reptile show-and-tell and herp walk through the Arboretum. Children of all ages welcome.

Free event, no registration required.

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13

11:00am - 12:30pm

780 University Blvd
Harrisonburg

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Edith J Carrier Arboretum Arbor - Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes

Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes

Tuesdays: April 16, May 21, June 4

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum invites parents and children to come hear an enchanting story about fairies and build your very own fairy house or gnome home out of natural materials found in the woods! Meet us at the Jurney Stage Garden, this event moves indoors to the Frances Plecker Education Center if it rains. Fairy houses are built outside in the children's garden so dress for the weather!

Free event, no registration required.

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16

12:00pm - 1:00pm

780 University Blvd
Harrisonburg

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Spring Wreath Making Workshop - Valley Pike Farm Market

Spring will be here before you know it! Join Amanda and her team from Sparrow's Flowers as they lead you through this hands on workshop. You will be designing a spring wreath with various greenery and spring flowers. Cost includes supplies and a glass of wine, beer, or non alcoholic beverage.

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17

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Valley Pike Farm Market
3494 Lee Highway
Weyers Cave, VA 24486

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Lunatic Tour - Polyface Farm

2 hour Farm Tour led by Joel or Daniel Salatin, including hay ride, broilers, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, pigs and cows.

Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult.

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20

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Polyface Farm
43 Pure Meadows Lane
Swoope, VA 24479

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Bluebird Box Building - Natural Bridge State Park

This Earth Week at Natural Bridge State Park, help instill an early love of stewardship and learning by joining us for a kid's workshop where we will be building bluebird houses out of recycled materials. Like many birds, the Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) can be threatened by loss of habitat or competition with non-native species. Besides being beautiful, these birds have a strong appetite for pest insects, making them especially helpful to gardeners and farmers. Using pre-cut kits made from repurposed lumber, we will create houses that can be taken home with you or left with the rangers to develop more bluebird habitat space along our trails. Join us for this family activity to help local bluebirds and learn about the benefits of native species.

  • Each kit will cost $3. Register in advance to make sure we will have a bluebird home kit available when you arrive. Payment can be made in person at the park.

  • To register or for more information, call the park at (540) 291-1330.

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20

1:00am - 4:00pm

Natural Bridge State Park
6477 South Lee Highway
Natural Bridge, VA 24578

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Easter Egg Hunt - Woodbine Farm Market

Age categories include 0-2, 3-7, 7-12. Easter Bunny on site until 3:30 pm. Event is free.

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20

9:30am - 2:00pm

Woodbine Farm Market
5199 John Marshall Hwy, Strasburg, VA 22657

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Nu-Beginning Farm: Easter Dinner & Music

Enjoy a family friendly evening with delicious food and live music. Andrew Kasab on the harp guitar will play from 5:00-7:00.

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20-16

5:00pm - 9:00pm

Nu-Beginning Farm Store
221 N. Lewis St.
Staunton, VA

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Fairy Veggie Garden- JMD Farm Market & Garden Center

Gardening fun for kids or those who love fairies and trolls - Join in creating your own Fairy Veggie Garden led by our Farm Market Manager, Mary Katharine Froehlich. Learn about veggies grown in pots and enjoy the beauty, bounty and fun of creating your own Fairy Veggie Garden. There will be a selection of enchanted garden accessories, seeds, & plant material to choose from to make your own magical garden. Children under 5 are welcome with an adult helper.

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27

2:00pm - 4:00pm

27 Niswander Rd
Staunton, VA 24401

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Farm Food, Fire & Beer - JMD Farm Market & Garden Center

Join JMD for a family friendly farm evening. Choose from selection of farm-sourced appetizers, enjoy fire from the chimineas, and sip on a glass of wine or beer while watching the sunset or letting your kids play on the naturalized playground. The garden center is open for evening browsing of great new spring offerings and unique gifts for upcoming Mother's Day or graduations.

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27

5:00pm - 8:30pm

27 Niswander Rd
Staunton, VA 24401

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Farm Day at Creambrook Farm

Join us for a fun and relaxing day at Creambrook Farm! You will enjoy the beauty of Middlebrook while petting baby calves, taking a hay ride, tasting fresh milk, and meeting your local pasture-based dairy farmers.

We are hosting this casual, FREE event to kick off Spring and hope you will join us. Homemade ice cream will be served with a couple other baked goods - while it lasts.

We encourage you to bring a blanket and picnic lunch to enjoy while you are here and make a day of your farm experience.

Please RSVP by grabbing a free ticket here so we can plan for your visit. This is a free event; donations will be accepted.

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27

11:00am - 3:00pm

Creambrook Farm
189 Mish Barn Rd.
Middlebrook, VA 24459

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