Relax and discover the basics of yoga
The Dance of Mind and Body: Introduction to Yoga, Wednesday, July 27, 7-8:30 p.m., weekly through Aug. 17, Chester Library, 11800 Centre St., Chester. This four-week course is for students new to yoga or students who want to learn the basic principles of yoga poses and alignment, relaxation and breathing techniques. For adults. Free. Registration recommended. 748-6314, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Thursday, July 21
Game On!, 3-5 p.m., Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield. Teens are invited to visit the library to play Wii games and hang out with friends. Free. 748-1603, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Wait Until Dark, 8 p.m., Swift Creek Mill Theatre, 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway, Colonial Heights. A blind woman plays a deadly game of survival in this thriller. Performances continue through July 23. $35/theatre only, $50/buffet and theatre. 748-5203, www.swiftcreekmill.com.
Friday, July 22
Exploring Island, 9 a.m.-noon, Henricus Visitors Center, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. Paddle the Tidal Lagoon and learn about the various islands. Registration required. $13. Mark Battista, 318-8735.
Chesterfield Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Chesterfield Towne Center – Huguenot Road parking lot, 11500 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond.
Chester Artists Association monthly meeting, 10 a.m., Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation, 11801 Centre Street, Chester. Open to all. Louise Yuntz, 763-4715, www.chesterartists.com.
Chesterfield’s Amazing Tales!, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ettrick-Matoaca Library, 4501 River Road, Petersburg. Dennis Farmer tells how Old Gun Road got its name, the story behind a submarine and an aircraft carrier on the James River in 1862 and more. Recommended for school-age children. Registration recommended. Free. 751-CCPL, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Saturday, July 23
Brandermill Green Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Market Square, corner of Route 288 and Hull Street Road, Midlothian.
Focus on Nature Photography for Kids, 9 a.m.-noon, Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road, Richmond. Join photographer Elli Morris to learn techniques for taking photographs. For beginners and intermediates ages 8-14. $25. Kristi Orcutt, 310-7964, email@example.com.
Beginner Whitewater Kayaking, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, July 24, same time, Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road, Chester. Learn kayak safety, technique and control on day one, and take a trip on day two. Swimming ability required. All equipment provided. Minimum age 13. $140. Greg Velzy, 748-1124.
Tidal lagoon paddle, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Henricus Visitors Center, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. Explore the Dutch Gap Conservation area. Ages 8 and older. Adult must accompany ages 8-14. $15. 318-8735.
Tuned Up and Telling with Lynn Ruehlmann, 10-11 a.m., Clover Hill Library, 6701 Deer Run Drive, Midlothian. This program uses a harp, ocarina and djembe to tell stories about animals and mystical characters from Russia, Africa and India. Registration recommended. For children. Free. 751-CCPL, www.librarychesterfield.gov.
Colonial Trade and Tobacco, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. Colonial trades such as tobacco, metal, woodworking, silk, grapes, fur and sassafras will be explored through historical interpretations and educational activities. Part of the 400th anniversary events. $8/adults, $6/ages 3-12, free/members. 748- 1613, www.henricus.org.
Amazing Magic, Amazing Tales!, 10:30- 11:30 a.m.. Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield. Mike Klee will use magic while telling tales, including “The Princess and the Pea,” “Aladdin” and “Alice in Wonderland.” Free. Registration recommended. 751-CCPL, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Coffee Chat for 50-Plus Singles, 11 a.m., Winfree Memorial Baptist Church, 13617 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian. Enjoy coffee and conversation. Sponsored by Professional Singles Association. Bernard, 971-7634, Jacque, 397-5203.
Tuned Up and Telling with Lynn Ruehlmann, 1-2 p.m., LaPrade Library, 9000 Hull Street Road, Richmond. See listing above
Amazing Magic, Amazing Tales!, 1:30- 2:30 p.m., Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd., Richmond. See listing above.
We Found an Injured Animal … What Now?, 2-4 p.m., Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road, Richmond. Learn what to do when faced with an injured or orphaned wild animal. $6/person, $14/family. 310-7964 for information, 748-1623 for registration.
Tuned Up and Telling with Lynn Ruehlmann, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Road, Midlothian. See listing above.
Cruise-in, 5 p.m., weekly through October, Hardee’s, 1901 West Hundred Road, Chester. Show off or view cars and trucks, both vintage and new. www.southernknightscruisers.com.
Pocahontas Premiers: Casper, 5 p.m. gates open, 6 p.m. show, Pocahontas State Park amphitheater, 10301 State Park Road, Chester. Enjoy this party band. $8/advance includes parking, $10/day of show plus $5/ parking, free/ages 12 and under. Concessions available. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. 796- 4255, www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/poc.shtml.
Sunday, July 24
Blood drive, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Marks United Methodist Church, 11551 Luck’s Lane, Midlothian. The need for blood never diminishes, so the need for donors is constant. Registration required. Deb Dudley, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introduction to Calm Water Kayaking, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road, Chester. Class covers entries, exits, strokes, safety and equipment. Minimum age 11 (ages 11-14 must be accompanied by a participating adult). Registration required. $60 ($70/with kayak and equipment rental). Greg Velzy, 748-1124.
Paddle days, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Henricus Visitors Center, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. Paddle the tidal lagoon at Dutch Gap Conservation Area. Must have own boat and gear. $5. 318-8735.
Colonial Trade and Tobacco. See July 23 listing.
Monday, July 25
Brown Bag Page Turners, 1-2 p.m., Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield. “Still Alice: A Novel” by Lisa Genova will be discussed. 748-1603.
Kickin’ Karate for Kids class, 7-8 p.m., meets Mondays and Wednesdays weekly through Aug. 31, Mayes-Colbert Ettrick Community Building, 20400 Laurel Road, Petersburg. All belt levels, including beginners. For ages 7 and older. $47. 526-5596.
Tuesday, July 26
Chesterfield’s Amazing Tales!, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield.
Canasta, 1-4 p.m., weekly through Aug. 30, Bensley Community Building, 2900 Drewry’s Bluff Road, Richmond. Players of all skill levels are welcome. Free. 275-5321.
FACES Family Picnic, 6-8 p.m., Family Advocacy Creating Education and Services Center, 11601 Lucks Lane, Midlothian. Round up the family and friends for an old-fashioned indoors western pot luck. Bring a dish to share. Free. FACES provides support for families with a loved one living with mental illness. 378-0035, www.facesva.org.
F.U.N. @ CCPL: Families Understanding Numbers, 6-8 p.m., Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd., Richmond. Learn some F.U.N. ways to take charge of your family’s financial future. Registration recommended. Free. 748-1601.
Tavern Talk, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Howlett’s Tavern, 3530 Festival Park Plaza, Chester. The editorial staff of the Richmond Times- Dispatch and Chester Village News will be featured guests. Sponsored by the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia. Reservations required. A percentage of sales will benefit the historical society. 930-1034, www.chesterfieldhistory.com.
Feed Your Family from Your Own Back Yard: Part 3 – Cover Crops in your Garden, 7-9 p.m., Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Road, Midlothian. Learn how to manage cover crops in your garden using only hand tools. Recommended for adults. Registration required. 768-7907, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Helena from the Wedding, 7-9 p.m., Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Road, Richmond. In this film, newlyweds Alex and Alice host a party for their closest friends, and when an unexpected guest shows up, the group’s facades begin to crumble. Part of the International and Independent Film series. Not rated. For adults. Free. 320-2461, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Old Time Music Jam, 7-9:30 p.m., Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road, Richmond. Come play or listen to a gathering of informal traditional old-time tunes played on a variety of acoustic instruments which may include banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, autoharp, bass and more. Bring a folding chair. For all ages. Free (donations accepted). Kristi Orcutt, 310-7964, email@example.com.
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What’s happening Elsewhere
Friday, July 22
Powhatan 4th Friday’s, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Friday Park at South Creek, 2088 Carter Gallier Blvd., Powhatan. Enjoy family fun, music, cold beverages. Fifty percent of proceeds benefit this month’s charity, PYAA Baseball. $5. www.powhatan4thfridays.com.
Fridays at Sunset, 7 p.m., Kanawha Plaza, 8th and Canal Street, Richmond. Enjoy new age and spiritual sounds of Chuck Brown. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Cashonly concessions available. $20. 262-8100, www.fridaysatsunset.com.
Richmond Kickers soccer, 7 p.m., Richmond City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Ave., Richmond. The Kickers face the Los Angeles Blues. $12/adults, $7/ages 3-17, free/children under 3. 644-5425, www.richmondkickers.com.
Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball, 7:05 p.m., The Diamond, 3001 North Blvd., Richmond. The Squirrels take on the Harrisburg Senators. $7/general admission, $8/silver, $11/diamond club. 359-3866, www.squirrelsbaseball.com.
Nunsense, 7:30 p.m., Barksdale Theatre at the Shops at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond. Enjoy a classic Broadway musical. Performances continue through August 21. $38, $35/seniors and students. www.barksdalerichmond.org.
Ragtime, 7:30 p.m., Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond CenterStage, 600 East Grace St., Richmond. Students from the School of the Performing Arts in Richmond will present this portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America. $14. www.sparconline.org.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 8 p.m., Empire Theatre, 114 West Broad St., Richmond. Based on the Michael Caine and Steve Martin film. Performances continue through Aug. 7. $46/adults, $43/ages 65 and older, $19/ages 18 and younger. 282-2620, www.barksdalerichmond.org.
Saturday, July 23
Retired racing greyhound rescue meet and greet, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., PetSmart, 4531 South Laburnum Ave., Richmond. Sponsored by Virginia Greyhound Adoption. www.virginiagreyhounds.org, (866) 353-4649.
Tenth Annual Shockoe Tomato Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 17th Street Farmers Market, 17th and Main streets, Richmond. Enjoy an afternoon of everything tomato. 646-0477, www.17thstreetfarmersmarket.com.
Behind the Scenes, 1-1:30 p.m., Maymont Nature Center, 2201 Shields Lake Drive, Richmond. Take a peek at the inner working of the nature center, home to 13 aquariums and more than 200 animals. $6, $3/members. 358-7166, www.maymont.org.
Fifth Annual Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival, 1-7 p.m., Dogwood Dell – Byrd Park, 1700 Hampton St., Richmond. Enjoy live music, food and family fun. Free. 646- DELL (3355), www.dogwooddell.net.
Ragtime, 2 p.m. See July 22 listing.
Innsbrook After Hours, gates open 5 p.m., music at 6:30 p.m., Snag-A-Job Pavillion, 4901 Lakebrook Dr., Glen Allen. The John Butler Trio with Gomez will perform. $17/in advance, $20/at the gate. 423-1775, www.innsbrookafterhours.com.
Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball, 6:35 p.m. See July 22 listing.
Ragtime, 7 p.m. See July 22 listing.
Sunday, July 24
Virginia Food and Wine Festival, noon- 5 p.m., Meadow Event Park, 13111 Dawn Blvd., Doswell. Sample local food and wine, enjoy barbecue competitions, music and kids’ activities. Sponsored by Save Our Food. $10/ carload, $5/carload of Virginia Farm Bureau members. www.saveourfood.org.
Ragtime, 2 p.m. See July 22 listing.
Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball, 5:05 p.m. See July 22 listing.
Monday, July 25
Look Good...Feel Better workshop, 6-8 p.m., St. Mary’s Hospital – Medical Building South, 5801 Bremo Road, Richmond. The American Cancer Society sponsors this workshop to help women cope with the appearance related side effects of cancer treatment. Registration required. Free. 287- 7809.