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February 2019

  • 02/27 – 05/07 – Boys Home Quilt Raffle

    You can make a difference in the life of a young man! By purchasing a raffle ticket, you’re helping provide education, housing, and basic living expenses for young men whose lives have been negatively impacted by poverty or family instability. This beautiful quilt is a modified Around the World pattern. It measures 90.5″ x 99″ and fits a queen-sized bed. Executive Director Donnie Wheatley’s sister, Phyllis Gibson, made and donated the quilt. Please help us reach our goal of $5,000, and help give every young man in our care a second chance at success! •

  • 02/27 – 04/19 – “The F-Stops Here” Photo Exhibit

    Our thanks to photographer Jeff Bartley for the loan of works in this exhibit. Jeff has developed a portfolio of scenic, wild life, wild flower, and travel images, including America’s national parks and monuments. His images of flowers reflect an intimate acquaintance with everything from petunias to lady slippers. A couple of Jeff’s images have been sold before even officially opening the exhibit! Come and enjoy his garden of filtered flowers! Please join us for a reception Saturday March 9th from 2-4 to talk with Jeff Bartley, and enjoy his work •

March 2019
  • 03/19 – 12/17 – Reverse the Hearse

    Tamara “Tea” Simmons has a remarkable story. In less than two years, Tea made changes that successfully removed her from a heart transplant list and pre-diabetes diagnosis to total recovery. Now, as a YMCA member, Tea wants to share what she learned and help others feel the benefits of a healthier lifestyle. Come to Tea’s 11 am classes on Tuesdays at the Y and learn how she ‘reversed the hearse’. This program is free for Y members and available to non-members at $5 per class •

  • 03/29 – 05/02 – TODDLER TIME TO MEET MAY 1

    The Clifton Forge Public Library hosts Toddler Time Storytime for children from birth to age three on the first Wednesday of each month. Toddler Time meets from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Each planned program includes stories, action songs, rhymes, sensory activities, and a snack. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The Library is located at 535 Church Street. For more information, call 863-2519. •

  • 03/29 – 04/18 – PRE-SCHOOL STORY TIME TO MEET APRIL 17

    The Clifton Forge Public Library hosts Pre-school Story Time the third Wednesday of each month. Story Time begins at 11:00 a.m. Each planned program includes a story, games, action songs, a craft, and a snack. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 863-2519. •

April 2019

  • 04/01 – 05/13 – Y Chess

    With his wildly fun approach to learning, Coach Jeff Robison brings the game of Chess to the Y! The program offers after-school options for middle and high school students with evening classes for elementary school students. Cost is $59 per participant, with a $10 discount for additional siblings. •

  • 04/02 – 04/30 – Green Thumb Gardening Classes

    Green Thumb Gardening classes will be held at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library on Tuesdays, April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th at 6:30 p.m. Join the Alleghany Highlands Master Gardeners for a series of five programs on spring gardening. These classes will be held in the Community Room. •

  • 04/03 – 05/29 – Story Time!

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library hosts Story Time each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Stories, music, movement, and crafts are offered each week for our “littlest” library friends. Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to join the fun in the Community Room. The last Story Time for the season will be held on Wednesday, May 29th. •

  • 04/09 – 04/30 – Library Features U.S. Postage Stamp Collection

    The Clifton Forge Public Library is pleased to showcase “It’s All About U.S. Stamps.” The display features United States commemorative and regular issue stamps on loan from the private collection of Steve Evans, who has been collecting stamps for about 40 years. Included in the display is a special first-day issue stamp of the moon landing, along with Apollo, Gemini, and Space Shuttle stamps. “I kind of favor the space stamps,” Mr. Evans says. “I also like the Peter Max stamp, and I’ve always liked the National Parks issues,” he continues, noting the Old Faithful stamp. Among others, the exhibit also includes stamps reflecting Cowboys of the Silver Screen, Bugs Bunny, Disney characters, Gulf Coast Lighthouses, and Muscle Cars. Of special interest is a one-thousand-piece puzzle that Mr. Evans finished in two days. It features various stamps, such as a one-cent Yosemite stamp, a two-cent Ben Franklin stamp, a three-cent Century of the Telegraph stamp, a four-cent Soil Conservation stamp, and a five-cent American Music stamp. Other stamps in the puzzle reflect various historic events and famous people along with the changing postal rates up to the twenty-cent stamp. In summing up the exhibit, Mr. Evans says, “Stamps are a wonderful way to learn about people, places, and events throughout history. Enjoy the display!” The display showcases only a sampling of Mr. Evan’s extensive collection. “It’s All About U.S. Stamps” will be on display at the Clifton Forge Public Library throughout April. •

  • 04/18 – Kids’ Make & Take Craft at the Library

    Just in time for Easter! Kids’ Make & Take Craft will be held at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library on Thursday, April 18th, from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Children may stop by the tables in the Children’s Area and create a unique bunny from recycled materials. •

  • 04/18 – Brown Bag Book Club

    The Clifton Forge Public Library’s Brown Bag Book Club will meet on Thursday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. They will meet in the Library’s Michael Armstrong Community Room. The group will discuss “A Killing in the Hills,” by Julia Keller. •

  • 04/19 – 04/20 – Library Closed

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library will be closed on Friday, April 19th, for Good Friday, and Saturday, April 20th, in observance of Easter. •

  • 04/19 – The Passion of the Christ free movie event

    THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST: A free community movie event Presented by: Mountain Opry Friday, April 19th at 7pm In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Free admission. Concessions will be available for purchase. Rated R (scenes of graphic violence). Approx. 126 minutes. The Passion of The Christ created quite the media hype before its premiere. Mel Gibson’s stunning masterpiece portrays the final twelve hours of Jesus’ life. This international blockbuster film offers an unforgettable experience of the profound love of Christ’s sacrifice. With amazing cinematography and stellar performances by a talented cast, The Passion of the Christ is Christian moviemaking at its best. The film is presented by the local community group, Mountain Opry. •

  • 04/20 – Easter Bonnet/Hat Parade

    Parade begins at 11am. Line up is at 10:45 at the Elks Lodge (306 Ridgeway) Causal and pet friendly. Bring the entire family! Awards will be given for adults and kids in the following categories: most beautiful bonnet, most handsome hat, most creative hat, and most creative bonnet. Pet categories are most fun and most creative hat/bonnet. Take a picture with the Easter bunny under the awesome balloon archway at the finish line. Hunt for eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny immediately following the parade at Scott Hill Retirement Community (700 W. Ridgeway Street). • #uniquely Alleghany

  • 04/20 – Historic Masonic Theatre Tour

    Tour all four floors of The Historic Masonic Theatre and learn the history of this amazing architectural structure built in 1905. Your tour guide will give you insights and information about each floor, the miraculous story of its renovation and a sound and light demo which features its state-of-the-art capabilities. The tour lasts from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and meet in the Theatre Annex. No charge for the tour, donations are appreciated. The entire Theatre is handicap-accessible. •

  • 04/20 – The Announcers Easter Eve Concert 2019

    THE ANNOUNCERS: Easter Eve Concert Saturday, April 20, 2019, at 7pm FREE and open to everyone. The Announcers have been bringing our community together with their music since the late 1980s. Remarkably, this will be the 31st year this Christian gospel group will celebrate Easter Eve (and over 45 years of performing together), and they still love sharing every bit of the gospel message. Come for the fellowship and uplifting music. All are welcome. •

  • 04/20 – Easter Messiah Sing-A-Long

    Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg, WV will present the Easter portion of Handel’s Messiah on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 7pm. All are welcome. Come join in listening or sing along on some great choruses. Admission free. The Work will be conducted by Dr. Calvin A. McClinton of Covington, VA, Music Director at Old Stone Church. •

  • 04/21 – Easter Sunrise Service in the Masonic Amphitheatre

    Hosted by CAYA (Come As You Are) Community Ministries, Alfred L. Dearing Sr. Please join us for our annual celebration, featuring music and moving sermons and prayers. A fellowship gathering with coffee & donuts will be held after the service in the Underground Lounge of the Masonic Theatre. Free, and all are welcome. •

  • 04/23 – LEGO Builders at the Library

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library will host LEGO Builders on Tuesday, April 23rd, at 6:30 p.m. Children from ages 6-12 are invited to join an AHRL staff member for this hands-on, fun, and educational program. **No registration is required. LEGO pieces are provided. •

  • 04/23 – 05/16 – Group Swim Lessons

    These Red Cross Swim Lessons are designed for preschoolers, age 4-5, and youth 6 years of age and up. Lessons will cover water safety and a variety of swimming skills, taught by Red Cross and Y-USA certified swim instructors. YMCA instructors have experience ranging from swim team coaching, numerous hours of group and private swim lessons, and the second-grade Safety Around Water program. In addition to basic skills, Y instructors will help participants learn proper swim and stroke techniques. •

  • 04/26 – Julia Keller: Meet the Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

    Julia Keller: Meet the Author Friday, April 26,2019 at 7:00 PM In the Westrock Room Sponsored by Clifton Forge Public Library FREE Meet and learn more about Julia Keller, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and longtime literary critic at The Chicago Tribune. Julia is the author of Bone on Bone, the seventh novel in the critically acclaimed series set in a hard-luck West Virginia town that features a headstrong, haunted main character named Bell Elkins. The first book in the series, A Killing in the Hills (2012), was a Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, a Library Journal Debut of the Week and a featured selection in People. The other novels in the series are Bitter River, Summer of the Dead, Last Ragged Breath, Sorrow Road and Fast Falls the Night. Julia’s previous books include Mr. Gatling’s Terrible Marvel: The Gun That Changed Everything and the Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It, a nonfiction account of the life of the inventor of the Gatling gun, and Back Home, a novel for young adults named by Booklist as a Top 10 Debut YA Novel of the Year. Dark Mind Rising, the second book in her science fiction trilogy The Dark Intercept, will be published in November. Julia was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. She earned a doctoral degree in English Literature at Ohio State University. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton University. She has also taught at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago. She won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, and has served four times as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes. Books will be available for purchase and signature by the author. •

  • 04/27 – Did You Know? Douthat State Park Presentation

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library staff is offering their Did You Know? series on Douthat State Park on Saturday, April 27th, at 11 a.m. Join a park interpreter as he shows the basics of tanning hide, as well as history of the park and a summary of the upcoming summer events. Animal pelts will be on display. This event will be held in the Community Room. •

  • 04/28 – 05/24 – Lifeguard Training

    Lifeguard Certification for teens and adults 16 years of age and older who wish to work at public facilities. Deadline to pass lifeguard pre-test and register is April 22, 2019 •

May 2019

  • 05/04 – Cash Unchained in the Masonic Amphitheatre

    Cash Unchained: The Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 PM In the MASONIC AMPHITHEATRE Tickets: Adults $15; Seniors and Students; $12 Everyone is still talking about last year’s performance by this talented young artist. By popular demand, we are bringing him back to the Masonic Amphitheatre Join us for a concert under the stars as we experience ALL of Johnny’s iconic songs in concert just the way you remembered them. From the early days with Sam Philips at Sun Records to the later years with Rick Rubin and American Recordings, Cash Unchained delivers a complete catalog of breathtaking music from one of the greatest country artists of all time. Experience it LIVE, outdoors at the Masonic Amphitheatre! ***This is a rain or shine event. In case of inclement weather, this event will be moved inside to the auditorium of the Historic Masonic Theatre*** •

  • 05/07 – Greenbrier Valley Chorale: A Toast to the Music of the Theatre

    Greenbrier Valley Chorale: A Toast to the Music of the Theatre Tuesday, May 7th at 7:30pm In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Tickets: $15/$12/$30 The Greenbrier Valley Chorale devotes its spring concert to a celebration of the evolution of music in the theater from opera to Broadway. The festive event will include choruses by Verdi and Strauss from La Traviata, Nabucco and Die Fledermaus with guest soloists. The men of the chorale will perform selections from Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Pirates of Penzance, and the choir will salute Broadway with favorites ranging from the groundbreaking Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma to the contemporary hit Phantom of the Opera. •

  • 05/08 – AHRL Book Club

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, May 8th, at 2:30 p.m. The group will discuss The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson. •

  • 05/09 – Crafty Creations—Bath Salts for Mom

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library’s monthly series Crafty Creations will be held on Thursday, May 9th, at 7 p.m. Join staff member Tori Fertig as she shares the recipe and demonstrates how to make bath salts, just in time for Mother’s Day. **Space is limited, and registration is required. Sign up at the Circulation Desk or call the library at 962-3321. •

  • 05/11 – Digital Literacy Classes at the Library

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library is offering Digital Literacy Classes on Saturday, May 11th,at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 11 a.m.: Basic Internet and Social Media–This one-hour course will focus on navigating the internet, online safety, and using social media. 1 p.m.:Computer Maintenance Part 2–Participants will continue instruction on general maintenance and updating. **Space is limited, and registration is required. Sign up at the Circulation Desk or call the library staff at 962-3321. •

  • 05/14 – STEAM Machine

    S.T.E.A.M. Machine, the science, technology, engineering, art, and math program for children in grades K-5 will be held at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library on Tuesday,May 14th, at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. This month’s session: Flower Dissection •


    The Clifton Forge Public Library hosts Pre-school Story Time the third Wednesday of each month. Story Time begins at 11:00 a.m. Each planned program includes a story, games, action songs, a craft, and a snack. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The May 15 Story Time is the last meeting for this season. Pre-school Story Time will resume in September. For more information, call 863-2519. •

  • 05/18 – Alleghany Highlands Triathlon

    Join us on Saturday, May 18, for a Fun 5K Run, 5 Mile Paddle and 10 Mile Bike in Clifton Forge, VA, the beautiful Alleghany Highlands. Race begins at the Sharon Community Center in Clifton Forge at 4017 Nicelytown Road, Clifton Forge. Packet pick-up and registration will be 5:30-7pm May 17th at Jack Mason’s Tavern and 7:30 am at The Sharon Community Center on May 18. Medals will be given for top finishers in multiple age groups as well as teams. This is a great event for all levels of participants. Visit to register now! • #uniquely Alleghany

  • 05/18 – Taste of Olde Town

    Taste of Olde Town will feature foods from area groups for the public to purchase. The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Free entertainment will be provided during the entire event. Come enjoy this tasty and fun event on Main Street in Covington. Questions, please email at *protected email*. •

  • 05/18 – Did You Know? Local Recreation Events Presentation

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library will host their Did You Know? series: Local Parks & Recreation Events on Saturday, May 18th, at 11 a.m. Join Covington Parks & Recreation Director Allen Dressler and Josh Taylor, Marketing and Special Projects Manager for the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce, in finding out what’s new our region and a summary of upcoming summer events. **No registration is required. •

  • 05/23 – Kids’ Make & Take Craft at the Library

    Kids’ Make & Take Craft will be held at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library on Thursday, May 23rd, from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Children may stop by the tables in the Children’s Area and paint a birdhouse. •

  • 05/23 – Bridges Out of Poverty: Follow-up Training & Community Discussion

    This workshop is a followup training and will include community discussion as well as a working session to create an action plan for our community. 9-12noon training session; working lunch with community discussion & action plan development Bridges Out of Poverty is a comprehensive approach to understanding the dimensions of poverty and its impact. Bridges Out of Poverty uses the lens of economic class and provides concrete tools and strategies for a community to alleviate poverty. If your business, agency, church, or organization works with people from under-served communities, a deeper understanding of their challenges and strengths can help you to effectively partner with them to create opportunities for success. Please join us to learn more about how you can better serve your community as we review research, examine theories of change, and analyze poverty through the prism of the hidden rules of class, resources, family structure, and language. See you there! •

  • 05/25 – 05/27 – Library Closed

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library will be closed for Memorial Day on Saturday, May 25th, and Monday, May 27th. •

  • 05/26 – The Virginia Opry

    The Virginia Opry will showcase the talent of Keith Bryant, Nashville recording artist, who resides in Rockbridge County, Virginia. A native of Virginia, Bryant co-wrote and recorded “Ridin’ with the Legend,” a song about Dale Earnhardt that charted on “Billboard’s'” Hot Country’s Top 50. Bryant has toured the country, recorded four albums and performed at venues throughout the Shenandoah Valley. He will be making his third appearance on The Virginia Opry. The founder of the Ironhorse Band, Bryant won best male country music vocalist at the East Coast Country Music Talent Search. The “Keith Bryant Showcase” will trace his rise from best vocalist winner to his rise to prominence on the national stage as a Nashville country music recording artist. Sunday, May 26 2019 from 3 PM to 5 PM. •

  • 05/28 – LEGO Builders at the Library

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library will host LEGO Builders on Tuesday, May 28th, at 6:30 p.m. Children from ages 6-12 are invited to join an AHRL staff member and create some awesome structures. **No registration is required. LEGO pieces are provided. •

  • 05/28 – 06/29 – Summer Reading Program at the Library

    It’s time to enroll for the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program, “It’s Showtime at Your Library.” Categories are assigned by age: Preschool (ages 0-4); Kids (ages 5 through 11); Teens (ages 12 through 17); and Adults (ages 18 and up). Register at the Circulation Desk and receive your reading log. Sign up and read to win! •

  • 05/31 – The WannaBeatles 2019 Tour

    The WannaBeatles 2019 Tour Friday, May 31, 2019, at 7:30pm In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Tickets: $20/17/15; Box Seats: $30 THE WANNABEATLES are Grammy-nominated entertainers that have started a bit of Beatlemania of their own, and after their memorable concert on our main stage in 2017, they are now a member of the family! The big question: Who will dance on stage with the four lads during this performance? Maybe you?! It’s becoming a tradition. Get ready to take a magical mystery tour filled with great Beatles standards, hilarious parodies, on stage antics, fab fan trivia, and much more. With an emphasis on audience participation, this high energy band offers family-friendly entertainment for audiences of all ages. The WannaBeatles go where no Beatles Band has gone before – and you’ve got “A Ticket To Ride!” This concert kicks-off the Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day and C&O Railway Festival weekend. Make plans to join us for Heritage Day on June 1, 2019. •

June 2019

  • 06/01 – Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day and C&O Railway Festival

    8th ANNUAL Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day & Railway Festival Clifton Forge Saturday, June 1, 2019 10:00AM to 5:00PM Festival Entry — Free Come celebrate the heritage of the Alleghany Highlands and Railway! Enjoy continuous entertainment in story and song, food from around the globe and our own backyard, demonstrations, vendors and displays that entertain, educate and enchant. The Festival takes place in downtown Clifton Forge, at the beautifully restored Historic Masonic Theatre, Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center, the Masonic Amphitheatre, Clifton Forge Public Library,and Clifton Forge School of the Arts. Travel down the road a block and find more music, food, demonstrations, vendors and displays at the C&O Railway Heritage Center. • #uniquely Alleghany

  • 06/04 – 06/08 – RCT Summer Theatre Camp 2019 at the Masonic Theatre

    Roanoke Children’s Theatre Summer Camp 2019 SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK, LIVE! In the Historic Masonic Theatre Early- Bird Registration (through 1/31/2019): $95 Regular Registration (starting 2/1/2019): $120 Full and partial scholarships are available, please call our box office for more details 540-862-5655. We are pleased to announce this the return of this popular camp opportunity, a fun summer theater camp taught by the award-winning Roanoke Children’s Theatre Company at The Historic Masonic Theatre! This week-long camp, for ages 8-16, runs 6/42019 through 6/8/2019: Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 3pm. End of week public performance takes place on Saturday, June 8th at 2 pm. Spaces are limited, so call or register online today. The Camp consists of two halves: Morning 10am to noon: Fun theater games and learning, Noon to 1pm: Lunch (campers should bring a bagged lunch each day) Afternoon 1pm to 3pm: rehearsal for the end of week performance of SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK, LIVE! TOUR End of week public performance takes place on Saturday, June 8th at 2 pm. Each student will be given 2 complimentary tickets for the Saturday performance. Early- Bird Registration (through 1/31/2019): $95 Regular Registration (starting 2/1/2019): $120 Full and partial scholarships are available, please call our box office for more details 540-862-5655. •

  • 06/06 – Little Critters at the Library

    Little Critters Traveling Petting Zoo will be at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library on Thursday, June 6th, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Our furry friends are back! Come and see alpacas, goats, rabbits, and more. All of the little critters will be located beside the library on Maple Avenue. **This program is sponsored by Highlands Community Bank. •

  • 06/08 – Schoolhouse Rock, LIVE!

    Schoolhouse Rock, LIVE! Roanoke Children’s Theatre (RCT) Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 2PM In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Tickets General Admission: Advance: $5; At the Door: $10 The popular Saturday morning cartoon that taught kids history, grammar, math and more will take the stage to close our summer camp. SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE! takes you on a journey with Tom, a brand new teacher, who is a bit nervous about starting his first day. While watching tv to relax, characters emerge to show him how to win his students over through song and quite a bit of imagination. The cast features RCT’s professional actors with our summer camp actors joining in the fun! Based on the book by Scott Ferguson, George Keating & Kyle Hall Music & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall & Tom Yohe •

  • 06/10 – USAF Heritage of America Band Free Community Concert

    USAF Heritage of America Band Community Concert Monday, June 10, 2019, at 7pm The John E. Hillert Auditorium Free Admission, no ticket required. As we prepare for Flag Day on June 14th, we proudly host the renowned USAF Heritage of America Band on our stage. This free concert is open to everyone. We hope you’ll join us. The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band has a rich history of inspiring hearts and minds, building and sustaining American patriotism, and enhancing esprit de corps in the United States Air Force. It was one of the original Army Air Corps bands, created by order of the Secretary of War on October 1, 1941 and assigned to Barksdale Field, Louisiana. In June 1946, after a short stay at Brooks Field, Texas, the band arrived at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, its current home. For over seventy-five years, the band has represented the Air Force with musical and military distinction. Members bring music to the mid-Atlantic in live concerts and to the nation in televised events such as “The Today Show” and the DESERT STORM National Victory Parade, as well as presidential inaugural events. The Heritage of America Band has performed ceremonies for U.S presidents and foreign heads of state, including the Queen of England and the President of France. Using today’s technology, the band reaches a world wide audience through its website, social media and audio recordings. Additionally, the band travels more than 150,000 miles to perform hundreds of concerts for listeners across a fifteen-state region from Maine to South Carolina. In recent years, the mission of Air Force Bands has become an expeditionary one. The Blue Aces were among the first groups to tour Southwest Asia and the Horn of Africa to support coalition and Joint forces serving in the Global War on Terrorism. The USAF Heritage of America Band’s exceptional musicianship has earned international critical acclaim and numerous honors: eight Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, five Air Force Organizational Excellence Awards, four Colonel George S. Howard Citations of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Band, North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine, and countless state and municipal proclamations. The USAF Heritage of America Band remains at the forefront of preserving and enriching America’s musical heritage in the 21st century. •

  • 06/14 – Flag Day Ceremony

    The Flag Day Celebration @ the Masonic Amphitheatre begins at 5:30pm. The Stars and Stripes Celebration Committee of Clifton Forge Main Street, Inc. is excited to announce this year’s 243rd Nation’s Birthday events. We will kick off our patriotic celebration with a Flag Day Ceremony, June 14th, at 5:30 pm at the Masonic Amphitheatre. Included in the ceremony will be flag presentations by Boy Scout Troop #2, Girl Scout Troup # 699, and Clifton Forge VFW posts #4299 and #1033. Jim “Neighbor” Smith with also take part in the flag ceremony. In addition there will be patriotic music sung by Dale Muterspaugh and a benefit picnic supper with birthday cake. Everyone is invited to this very special occasion. We urge you to bring children to this event. It’s a great opportunity for them to be reminded of the importance of our nation’s flag. This events kicks off The Town of Clifton Forge’s Stars and Strips Celebration culminating on July 4th. Flag Day Etiquette • #uniquely Alleghany

  • 06/22 – All American STARS

    STARS (Special Theatrical Artists’ Revue & Showcase) will perform “All American STARS,” a variety show on stage at the Historic Masonic Theatre, on Sat., June 22, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. The show will be the first of three variety shows that the troupe of mentally and physically challenged performers will present during its 23rd performance season. More than 25 performers will be featured in STARS’ troupe for its 23rd performance season. Paula Crance and Sonya Romanello, will return as co-directors of STARS. •

  • 06/22 – Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

    Packet pick up on Friday, June 21 will be at Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism office, 110 Mall Road, from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm and from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Covington Farmers’ Market located at 134 West Main Street. On Saturday morning, packet pick up will move to the Intervale Trailhead and open at 6:30am. The Marathon will begin at 7am, the half marathon at 7:15am, 10K at 7:30am, and 5K at 7:45am. All races begin and end at the Intervale Trail Head in Covington, Virginia. Field parking is available however we encourage carpooling whenever possible. •

  • 06/25 – Bright Star Theatre

    As part of the Summer Reading Program at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library, Bright Star Theatre will perform on Tuesday, June 25th, at 11 a.m. The show will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Granbery United Methodist Church. The zany actors from Bright Star Theatre return this summer to present One Small Step: The Real-Life Journey to Outer Space. **This program is sponsored by Highlands Community Bank. •

July 2019

  • 07/04 – Stars and Stripes Celebration

    On July 4th, we will begin the day-long celebration with a Down Town parade at 11 am. We urge you to come out and enjoy the parade or even be in it. As this is a small town celebration in the best sense of the word, we are hoping that many of our young people will hop on the bikes, carry a flag or wear something red, white and blue and march or ride in the parade. At the conclusion of the parade everyone is invited to gather at the Town Hall steps for a special ceremony honoring our Veterans and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence. We encourage you to follow our bagpipers on a short walk to the Masonic Amphitheatre for an afternoon picnic lunch and children’s face painting. At 6 PM, the grounds of the C & O Heritage Center open to the public, free of charge, for an evening of informal fun, food and festivities. This outstanding presentation will include a Retreat of the Colors. An awesome fireworks display will take place at dusk to close out the day-long celebration. • #uniquely Alleghany

  • 07/09 – Birds of Prey Presentation

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library staff continues their Summer Reading Program events with Birds of Prey Presentation on Tuesday, July 9th,at 11 a.m.The event will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Granbery United Methodist Church. Both children and adults will find this presentation fascinating. An educational staff member from Three Rivers Avian Center in Hinton, West Virginia, will bring rescued endangered birds that are unable to be released and teach about their habitats, adaptation, and conservation. **This program is sponsored by Highlands Community Bank. •

  • 07/20 – Gran Fondo Alleghany

    Saturday, July 20, 2019 Start: Gran Fondo 7:30 am, Medio Mountain 8:00 am, Medio Fondo 8:30 am, Piccolo Fondo 9:00 am Covington & Clifton Forge, Virginia. •

August 2019

  • 08/03 – Community Health Fair at LewisGale Hospital Alleghany

    Please join LewisGale Hospital Alleghany for our exciting event – designed to help you live a healthier life. The event will feature free health screenings, valuable health information, tours, and much more! •

  • 08/03 – Lake Moomaw One Mile Swim

    There will be a one-mile race at 9:00am. The start and finish is on the beach at Cole’s Point, clearly visible to the spectators and race personnel. The course runs along the shore to the south, approximately 50 yards out and continues east and north around buoys that will be clearly visible. The swimmers will reach the turn-around point inside the “no wake zone” in the inlet and turn counter- clockwise around a buoy and swim back to the beach via the same route. Buoys will remain to the swimmer’s left. Swimmers will depart from the beach in waves of 10 people or fewer, 1 minute apart. Warm-up begins at: 7:45am Check-in Closes at: 8:45am Race begins at: 9:00am Eligibility: Open to all swimmers 18 years & older. •

October 2019

  • 10/31 – Down Town Trick or Treating and Merchant Costume Contest

    Visit Downtown Clifton Forge from 1PM to 5PM. Trick or Treat with down town merchants while also enjoying murals hand painted by Clifton Middle School artists,store front decorations, fun costumes, CANDY and more… • #uniquely Alleghany

November 2019

  • 11/15 – Clifton Forge Town Tree Lighting

    November 15, 2019 at 6PM we will begin our community celebrations in Clifton Forge with an official lighting of the Town Christmas Tree. This ceremony will take place at Town Hall and feature childrens cloggers from the Alleghany Highlands. Everyone will be invited to sing along to some popular Christmas carols as well. In addition to music, warm cider and cookies will be served during the ceremony. • #uniquely Alleghany

December 2019

  • 12/06 – Clifton Forge Christmas Parade

    On Friday evening December 6th at 6:00 PM Clifton Forge Main Street, Inc. invites you to be a participant or a spectator in our 2019 Christmas Parade. This year we have chosen WINTER WONDERLAND for our theme. As in past years, the parade will begin at the intersection of Ridgeway and Roxbury Streets and continue down Ridgeway Street through the historic district to the Clifton Forge Fire Station on D Street. Nice trophies will be given our for best religious float, best private and public vehicles, best marching unit, best dance entry, best clogging entry, most creative entry, best animal float, best overall float and judges favorite. Call 862.2000 to enter. • #uniquely Alleghany