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No plans yet for the weekend? Here is information on things to do in Danville. The events begin Friday evening at the Danville Science Center with an opportunity to experience some spooky science while you observe and take part in some live demonstrations and activities. Learn the science behind the strange and unique states of matter, with some magical and chilling results.
If you are a fan of our own Jason Springs, then you will want to see him in concert on Friday at Pritchett Auditorium on the main campus of Averett University. Springs is a folk/roots rock artist who has recently gained momentum in the area as an up-and-coming local songwriter.
Also on Friday, George Washington High football fans can travel a short distance to Dry Fork as the GW Eagles face the Tunstall Trojans.
On Saturday, animal lovers can meet Paws and Claws Publishing authors of dog and cat books at book fest that will be held Saturday at the Brewed Awakening restaurant on Craghead Street. In addition, you may want take a short drive to Callands for the 37th annual Callands Festival.
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
When: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday
Where: Danville Science Center, 677 Craghead St., Danville, VA
Start every month with a unique astronomy-filled experience at the Danville Science Center every first Friday of the month. Watch astronomy based movies and Live Sky planetarium shows in the Digital Dome Theater. Participate in special creative hands-on activities in the lobby. Gaze into the vast expanse of the solar system and beyond through telescopes, glimpsing the strange and beautiful worlds of other planets, moons, galaxies and other distant objects. During October’s event experience some spooky science while you observe and take part in some live demonstrations and activities. Learn the science behind the strange and unique states of matter, with some magical and chilling results. Travel with aliens from another world as you watch Perfect Little Planet in the Digital Dome Theater, followed by a live sky program that will introduce you to some of the cosmic characters found in the constellations. Admission is $5 or free to members and college students. For more information call the Danville Science Center at (434) 791-5160.
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: 100 Trojan Circle, Dry Fork
After dominating performances in the last two weeks against district opponents Patrick County and Martinsville, the GW Eagles (4-1) travel a short distance to face the Tunstall Trojans (1-4). The Trojans lost last week 28-21 to Martinsville. Their lone win came three weeks ago over Chatham by a score of 63-14. The weather forecast calls for mostly clear skies and cooler temperatures in the low 60s at kickoff.
Where: Pritchett Auditorium at Averett University, 150 Mountain View Ave.
Danville’s own Jason Springs will perform his music, which is inspired by real-life experiences, producing honest and thought-provoking lyrics. Springs is a folk/roots rock artist who has recently gained momentum in the area as an up-and-coming local songwriter. He released his debut album, “Blue Collar Bones & Busted Knuckles,” in November 2016. Tickets $5 at the door or in advance at the theater box office.
IT'S GOING TO THE DOGS BOOK FEST
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Brewed Awakening, 610 Craghead St.
This free, family friendly event will give visitors a chance to meet Paws and Claws Publishing authors of dog and cat books. See their books, buy their books and get their books signed. There also will be several area dog- and cat-related groups represented. Brewed Awakening specializes in gourmet coffees and lattes, but serves homemade soups and sandwiches as well.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Old Clerk’s Office and Courthouse in Callands
The Callands festival returns for the 37th year and highlights the area’s history with a day of art, crafts, music, food and more — including celebrating Pittsylvania County’s 250th anniversary. The festival centers around two historic buildings in Callands — the 1770 Clerk’s Office, restored by the Chatham Garden Club after it was given to Pittsylvania County in 1966, and the Samuel Callands store across the street, restored by the Pittsylvania County Historical Society, which sponsors the festival.