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No plans yet for the weekend? Here are the best things to do in Danville this weekend. In addition, take a short drive away for a murder-mystery dinner benefit for Friends of Eden Animal Shelter.
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. SaturdayWhere: River District Artisans, 411 Main Street, Danville, VA
Meet local artisans and see demonstrations. Enjoy light refreshments. A handcrafted quilt giveaway will be held.
When: 7 p.m. FridayWhere: J.T. Christopher Stadium, 701 Broad Street, Danville, VA
George Washington High hosts Heritage High (Leasburg) in the first round of the Group 4A West state playoffs. GW (7-3) is seeded No. 7. Heritage (7-3) is seeded No. 10. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
DISNEY’S MULAN JR.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. SundayWhere: Historic North Theatre, 629 North Main St, Danville, VA
Thirty-nine local youth will take to the stage in the North Star Theatre Project’s latest production. Disney’s Mulan JR. is action-packed stage adaption of Disney’s animated film. Based on Disney’s Oscar-nominated film, Disney’s Mulan JR. is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and the fighting spirit. With hit songs and a story packed with action, humor and heart, Disney’s Mulan JR. brings ancient China to life with a modern sensibility. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/children. For more information, go to http://thenorththeatre.com/
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
When: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. SaturdayWhere: Kickback Jack’s, 141 Crown Drive, Danville, VA
God’s Storehouse presents the third annual Breakfast with Santa. Come out and join Mr. and Mrs. Claus for breakfast. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at Karen's Hallmark (Piedmont Mall), Woodforest National Bank (inside Walmart), and God's Storehouse. Tickets will not be sold at the door, so make sure you buy them in advance! For more information, call (434) 793-3663.
RADIO CONTROL TANK BATTLES
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SaturdayWhere: AAF Tank Museum, 3401 U.S. 29 Business, Danville, VA
Watch the battles on the museum’s 6,000 square-foot indoor battlefield. Continuous battles all day. Entry fees are $12 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 12 and adults over 60. Children under the age 4 are admitted free. For more information, call the museum at 836-5323.
AVERETT UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL
When: 1 p.m. SaturdayWhere: Daly Field at Averett North campus, 707 Mount Cross Road, Danville, VA
In their home finale of the season, the Averett University Cougars will host USA South Conference foe Huntingdon College Hawks. The Cougars are 3-2 in the conference and 4-4 overall following a 14-3 loss last week against Ferrum College. On a five-game winning streak, Huntingdon enters the game with records of 5-1 in the conference and 8-1 overall following a 28-24 win last week over Maryville College. The game will feature Senior Day and Military Appreciation activities. Retired Sgt. First Class Dana Bowman will parachute into Saturday’s football game prior to kick-off to deliver the game ball. Bowman is a retired first class sergeant with the U.S. Army, where he was a special forces soldier and a member of the U.S. Army’s elite parachute team, the Golden Knights. The double amputee lost both of his legs in an accident during an annual training in 1994. For more information, go to www.averettcougars.com.
BRIGHT LEAF BREW FEST
When: 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. SaturdayWhere Community Market, 629 Craghead St., Danville, VA
The 9th Annual Bright Leaf Brew Fest offers a day of fun with a thousand of your closest friends at Danville's historic Community Market. Sample from more than 100 different beers, enjoy live music and eat some delicious food. A sellout is expected. This is a 21-and-over event. You must show your ID for entrance to the event. A portion of the profits will support Habitat for Humanity projects. Tickets are $29 in advance and, if available, $35 day of event. Regular admission includes the tasting glass, nine 4-ounce samples and entertainment until the doors close. For more information, visit www.brightleafbrewfest.com
MURDER IN THE GARDEN
When: 6 p.m. SaturdayWhere: 106 Fireman Club Road, Eden, N.C.
This event is a murder mystery dinner benefit for Friends of Eden Animal Shelter. Enjoy dinner and help solve a “who done it” mystery starring local animal lovers. Tickets: $25 per person, $45 per couple, $15 for children under 12. Ticket includes murder mystery, dinner and dessert. Seating is limited. For tickets, call 336.912.1178.