What’s Up? February 6-12

Friday, February 8 
Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra
Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas | 8pm

Photo Credit: Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1956, the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra is celebrated for its refined interpretation of classical symphonic repertoire. Considered one of the finest symphony orchestras in China, the orchestra has toured extensively in Europe and Asia, performing masterpieces by the world’s most historic and familiar composers, as well as the works of celebrated Chinese composers. On its first North American tour, this extraordinary orchestra performs a program that celebrates both western and eastern traditions, including well-known music by Rossini and Berlioz, as well as one of China’s most famous compositions, He Zhanhao and Chen Gang’s The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto. In this beautifully melodic work, the violin soloist seamlessly combines western tonalities with uniquely Chinese techniques. There will be a pre-performance discussion with a member of the orchestra.

Purchase tickets here. Federal Government Shutdown Offer: Simply present your Federal Government employment I.D. at the ticket office and get up to 2 discounted tickets ($5 each) to this performance.

Saturday, February 9
Position Matters Equestrian Audit
Ashland Equestrian, 8563 Lee Highway, Warrenton | 10am – 2pm

The popular “Position Matters” collaborative clinic between Pacific Farms and Ashland Equestrian is back! This clinic focuses on rider position to best communicate effectively and positively with your horse. Auditors are welcome to attend in person, but are also offered the opportunity to audit via Facebook LIVE in a private group! The recording will be saved for later viewing, auditors may post questions and discussion, and multiple sessions will be posted!

Saturday, February 9
The Love of Lace-making
The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, 10 Ashby St, Warrenton | 10am – 2pm

Journey back in time with a special Valentine’s day themed lace-making demonstration! Led by the Piedmont Lace Guild of Virginia, explore the art of both traditional and modern lace. Discover the many ways lace is designed and the technical proficiency that comes from an expert artisan. Visitors of all ages will be able to try their hand at this unique craft. FREE and open to the public. Check out the FB Event for updates!

Saturday, February 9
Chocolate Extravaganza
John Barton Payne Building, 2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton | 12 – 3pm

Relay for Life’s Hope Brigade presents their annual chocolate tasting extravaganza to benefit The American Cancer Society, just in time for Valentines Day! A $10 donation will give you 6 tastings of your choice of delicious homemade chocolate creations by local businesses. Bring your Valentine to this lovely event and dine in, or take your tastings home (boxes will be provided)! Enjoy additional tastings along with professional demonstration on candy making techniques by Chef Mike Herbert with NVCC. There will also be silent auction prizes including local bed & breakfast stays and wine tasting packages! Complimentary coffee bar & water available on-site. Keep up to date with the FB Event!

Saturday, February 9
“Born at the Bottom of the Ship” Exhibit Reception
Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle Street, Manassas | 6 – 8pm

To commemorate Black History Month, the Center for the Arts will feature the colorful works of husband and wife team, James and Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell. Visual artists living in Washington, DC, they paint vibrant, afro-futurist, abstract portraits. “Born at the Bottom of the Ship” explores the identity of the descendants of Africans brought to America, and how that identity still exists in the new tribe; Blacks, who are uniquely African American while also being considered neither. The public is welcomed to come and meet the artists at a reception hosted by Prince William County Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (PWCAC DST). This is the fourth year PWCAC DST will host this Black History Month reception to celebrate the contributions that African-Americans make to the arts. Attendees will enjoy live music, refreshments and door prizes.

The “Born at the Bottom of the Ship” exhibit will be available for study and contemplation from January 31 –March 4. Click here to RSVP for this FREE event and to find out more about the artists.

Saturday, February 9
6th Annual Sweetheart Swing Dance
Marshall Community Center, 4133 Rectortown Rd., Marshall | 7 – 9:30pm

The Silver Tones will be performing a special sweetheart dance the Saturday before Valentine’s Day. Love will be in the air, as the band plays all your romantic Big Band favorites, including “The Glory of Love”, “I’m in the Mood for Love”, “L-O-V-E”, “Unforgettable”, “In the Mood”, and so many others! Make a free dedication of one of these songs to your sweetheart! Complimentary Valentine’s Day sweets will be served. Refresher/beginner swing dance lesson starts at 7 pm.

$10 Advance, $15 At the Door. Click here to buy your advance discounted tickets!

Wednesday, February 13
Opioid Overdose Reversal Training Event
Warrenton Fire Department, 167 W. Shirley Avenue, Warrenton | 6 – 8pm

Are you currently using opioids such as heroin or prescription pain medications? Abstinent from opioid use, but have used in the past? A friend or family member of someone who currently uses opioids? Interested in learning how to save lives? If you answered YES to any of these, please consider attending a no-cost REVIVE! training event offered by the Crisis Intervention Team at RRCS and the Virginia Department of Health. You’ll learn how you can help when someone experiences an opiod overdose. FREE Naloxone is provided to anyone who completes the workshop. There is no charge to attend this training, but pre-registration is required and can be done here. For more information, email ksouth@rrcsb.org or call 540-717-5202.

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