Movies at Longwood Park
May 12 - August 18
Bring a blanket and chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars. The first 50 families will receive a free bag of popcorn from Frito Lay. May 12- Jungle Book; June 9 - Secret Life of Pets; July 14 - Finding Dory; August 18- Angry Birds. Starts at dusk (around 7-8 p.m.) City of Salem Parks and Recreation. Longwood Park, 601 East Main Street, Salem (540) 375-3057. https://www.salemva.gov
Salem After 5
May 19 - August 11
Live music and dancing. Bring a chair and blanket while enjoying food from local vendors at our Food Court. Children’s activities. May 19 - The Kings; June 23- Uptown; July 21- Fuzzy Logic; and August 11- The Tams. 5-9 p.m. $5. Salem Farmers Market, North Broad Street, Salem. City of Salem Parks and Recreation, 620 Florida Street, Salem. (540) 375-3057.
Breakfast with the Animals
May 20 - October 21
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Join us at the Mill Mountain Zoo every third Saturday, to have breakfast with the animals. Guests will be treated to a light breakfast buffet and the chance to meet one of the zoo’s education outreach animals. 8:30-10 a.m. $15/non-member adult, $12/member adult, $12/non-member child, $9/member child, $45/non-member family of four, and $35/member family of four. Mill Mountain Zoo, Mill Mountain Park, Roanoke. www.mmzoo.org or call or email Bambi Godkin with additional questions at (540) 343-3241 x23 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
611 Excursion: The Pocahontas
May 27 - 29
Ride from Roanoke to Walton on this 84-mile afternoon roundtrip. We leave westbound, and on the left immediately see the Virginia Museum of Transportation—Virginia’s official transportation museum. Pass through the 58-track Roanoke yard of Norfolk Southern, and, on the left, reach the large engine terminal known as Shaffer’s Crossing. We then pass the Norfolk Southern material yard on the left, and Steel Dynamics on the right—America’s finest continuous pour steel mill ever built. We go through the City of Salem paralleling the former Virginian Railway, which was built to carry the coal from West Virginia. After passing Elliston, Virginia and going under the Virginian Railway bridge, begin your ascent of the famed Christiansburg grade. Pass through Shawsville on our curving line to the crest at Cambria (now known as Christiansburg). As we climb the Appalachian Mountains to an elevation of 2,050 feet, take in the picturesque view along the South Fork of the Roanoke River. Our journey will also take us through the twin-bore Montgomery Tunnel which has a raised roof to allow double-stack container trains to pass through. After reaching the summit of the Appalachians at Christiansburg, our route will follow Crab Creek down to the New River. See remnants of the original grade constructed by the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad prior to the Civil War. You will see the New River while the train backs through the junction at Walton for the return trip. 2–6p.m. $119–$399. Virginia Museum of Transportation. O. Winston Link Museum and Virginia’s Blue Ridge Information Center, 101 Shenandoah Avenue, Roanoke. 1-800-310-4274. http://fireup611.org
Remembering Their Sacrifice: Memorial Day at the D-Day Memorial
A special Memorial Day ceremony recognizing the men and women who have sacrificed for our freedoms. Keynote speaker: Herschel “Woody” Williams, one of only six surviving Medal of Honor recipients from WWII. The Memorial will also dedicate Virginia’s Gold Star Families Memorial Monument. Special music by Brass 5. Free until noon. The latest installment of veteran bricks also will be dedicated. Bring their own chair. 11 a.m. National D-Day Memorial, 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford. 540-586-3329. www.dday.org for more information.