2011-08-24 / Calendar

Take the family to the county fair

Anne Dalton

In the Spotlight

Chesterfield County Fair, Friday, Aug. 26 through Saturday Sept. 3, Monday- Friday, 4-11 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday, 1-11 p.m., Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield. Enjoy the midway, karaoke, live music, arts and crafts, and farm events. $7/adults, $4/ages 60 and older, $3/ages 6-12, free/ages 5 and under, $1.25/individual ride tickets, $22/daily unlimited-ride wristbands. 768-0148,

Thursday, Aug. 25

When Caregivers Need Care, 9-10 a.m., Lucy Corr Village, 6800 Lucy Corr Blvd., Chesterfield. Learn about the options available for adults experiencing a caregiver crisis. Presented by the Chesterfield Adult Services Interagency Task Force. Sponsored by the Chesterfield Council on Aging and the Chesterfield Senior Advocate. Free. Reservations recommended. 768-7878.

Huguenot-Robious Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Great Big Greenhouse, 2051 Huguenot Road, Richmond.

Chillin’ at Ironbridge, 6-9 p.m., weekly through Sept. 8, Ironbridge Sports Park, 11400 Iron Bridge Road, Chester. Enjoy live entertainment by Route 64, dinner and one activity (mini-golf, go-karts, batting tokens or laser tag). $10/adults, $2/ages 10 and under accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Chester Rotary Club. 225-1126, chris.

Midlothian Ruritan Club monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m., Mt. Pisgah’s Family Life Center, 1100 Mt. Pisgah Drive, Midlothian. David Nelms, 379-1294.

Friday, Aug. 26

Up on the Ferris Wheel, Down on the Farm: The Old Chesterfield County Fair, Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., through Saturday, Oct. 29, Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield. Take a look back at the history of the fair. $2. 768-7311, www.chesterfieldhis

Saturday, Aug. 27

Chester Village Farmers Market, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Centre Street and Village Green Drive, Chester. www.chesterfarmers

Stand Up Paddle Boarding: An Introduction, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road, Chester. Basic techniques and a paddling trip are included in this class. Minimum age 11. Ages 11-14 must be accompanied by an adult. $69. Greg Velzy, 748-1124.

Beginner Whitewater Kayaking, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 28, 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.

Explore Chesterfield Girl Scout Badge Workshop, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield. This program allows girls to visit six historic sites in Chesterfield County while earning their badge. $10. Registration required.

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.

Fun with Water, 11 a.m.-noon, Pocahontas State Park pool, 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield. Enjoy water programs and activities. Part of National Water Quality Month. All ages welcome. Free. 796-4255.

Back-to-School Open House, noon-3 p.m., Centura College, 7914 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond. Enjoy food, games, giveaways and campus tours. Free. Open to the public. 330-0111,

Saturday afternoon movie: “Gnomeo and Juliet,” 2-4 p.m., Ettrick-Matoaca Library, 4501 River Road, Petersburg. Free. 526-8087,

Pocahontas Premiers: ZOSO, 5 p.m. gates open, 6 p.m. show, Pocahontas State Park amphitheater, 10301 State Park Road, Chester. Enjoy this Led Zeppelin tribute 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, state_ parks/poc.shtml.

Sunday, Aug. 28

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. $60, $70/ with kayak and equipment rental. Registration required. Greg Velzy, 748-1124.

Nature storytime, 2-2:40 p.m., Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road, Richmond. Enjoy nature stories. All ages. Free. Kristi Orcutt, 310-7964, orcuttk@chesterfield. gov, rockwood.html.

Paddle days, 4-7 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.

Peter Mayer in concert, 7 p.m., Brandermill Church, 4500 Millridge Parkway, Midlothian. Guitarist, vocalist and song-writer Peter Mayer will take a break from the Jimmy Buffet tour and perform. Benefits Shalom Farms, which grows fresh food to be distributed in inner-city Richmond and international missions in Haiti, Guatemala and Honduras. Free, tickets required. Donations accepted. 744-3661, ext. 101,

Monday, Aug. 29

Chester Kiwanis weekly meeting, 6:30-8 p.m., RiteAid Drug Store community conference room, 4408 West Hundred Road, Chester. Dixon Handwerk, 748-3690.

Matoaca District community meeting, 7 p.m., Cosby High School, 14300 Fox Club Parkway, Midlothian. This open forum meeting will feature a round-table discussion. Sponsored by Matoaca District Supervisor Marleen Durfee. 748-1211.

Tuesday, Aug. 30

Rotary Club of Midlothian weekly meeting, 7:30 a.m., Holiday Inn Select, 1021 Koger Center Blvd., Richmond. Jeff Martin, 869-3435,

Craft Closet, 10:15-11:15 a.m., Chester Library, 11800 Centre St., Chester. Ages 18 and older with disabilities can create colorful seasonal crafts. Free. Registration required. 748-1623.

Skin cancer screening, 1-4 p.m., Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital, CJW Medical Center’s Johnston-Willis Hospital, 1401 Johnston- Willis Drive, Richmond. Learn about skin cancer risks and have suspicious skin areas reviewed by a medical team. $30. Registration required. 320-DOCS (3627).

Read 2 Rover, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield. Children are invited to read to a certified therapy dog in this program designed to improve reading skills. 748-1603, www.library.chesterfield. gov.

Daughters of the American Revolution Bermuda Hundred chapter monthly meeting, 5 p.m., Bon Air Christian Church, 2071 Buford Road, Richmond. Angie Wilderman, 748-3281,

Wednesday, Aug. 31

Nico-Anonymous weekly meeting, 5-6 p.m., Friends 4 Recovery Whole Health Center, Rockwood Office Park, 9511 Hull Street Road, Suite A, Richmond. Carla Beck, 308-1366.

Matoaca District community meeting, 7 p.m., Ettrick-Matoaca Library, 4501 River Road, Petersburg. Ettrick-Matoaca library renovations will be discussed. Sponsored by Matoaca District Supervisor Marleen Durfee. 748-1211.

Thursday, Sept. 1

Line dancing class, beginner 11 a.m.-noon, intermediate noon-1 p.m., weekly through Oct. 6, Chesterfield Senior Center, 4000 Stigall Drive, Midlothian. For senior adults. $38. Registration required. Aaron Clay, 339-2877.

Belly dancing class, intermediate 6:30-7:30 p.m., beginner 7:40-8:40 p.m., weekly through Oct. 20, Bensley Community Building, 2900 Drewry’s Bluff Road, Richmond. For ages 14 and older. $54. 275-5321.

Friday, Sept. 2

Billiards group, 9 a.m.-noon, weekly through Dec. 29, Bensley Community Building, 2900 Drewry’s Bluff Road, Richmond. 275-5321.

Auto racing, gate opens 6 p.m., qualifying starts 6:30 p.m., racing starts 7 p.m., Southside Speedway, 12800 Genito Road, Midlothian. $12/adults, $10/ages 60 and older, military, $5/ages 6-11, free/ages 5 and younger. 380- 8014,

What’s happening Elsewhere

Thursday, Aug. 25

Groovin’ in the Garden, 6 p.m., Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond. Mary Chapin Carpenter will perform. Concessions available. Rain or shine. $30/advance, $37.50/at the door. 262-9887,

Friday, Aug. 26

Innsbrook After Hours, gates open 5:30 p.m., music at 6:30 p.m., 4901 Lakebrook Drive, Glen Allen. Trace Adkins will perform. $17-$45. 423-1775,

Who’s Awake? A Family Night Hike at Maymont, 7:30-9:15 p.m., Maymont Nature Center, 2201 Shields Lake Drive, Richmond. Meet some local nighttime residents, and learn about their nocturnal adaptations. For ages 4 and up. Adult must accompany ages 15 and under. $8, $6/ members. Registration required. 358-7166, ext. 333,

Dog Days of Summer … and Hot Cats, 7-10 p.m., Art Works, 320 Hull St., Richmond. This event features a juried, allmedia art show, critter fashion show, silent auction, pet food drive, music, food and cash bar. Benefits the Richmond SPCA. Free. 521-1318,,

Saturday, Aug. 27

Growers’ market, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., weekly through October, 17th Street Farmers Market, 100 North 17th St., Richmond. Shop for local produce and more. 646-0477,

Richmond Gun Show, 9 a.m-5 p.m., Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Ave., Richmond. Check out the selection of firearms, ammo, knives and related merchandise. $8/adults, free/ children under 12 with supervising adult.

Movin’ and Groovin’ Day, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2626 West Broad St., Richmond. This all-day music and dance party includes performances by the Firehawks band (10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) and Taiko drummers from the University of Richmond (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.). $8, $7/seniors. 474- 7000,

Monument Avenue walking tour, 6-7:30 p.m., meet at the Lee Monument at Allen Street and Monument Avenue, Richmond. Learn about the grand homes and famous residents of the first street in the U.S. to be designated as a National Landmark by the National Park Service. Sponsored by the Valentine Richmond History Center. $10, $5/members. 649- 0711, ext. 301,

Sunday, Aug. 28

Richmond Gun Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. See Aug. 27 listing. Carytown and Byrd Theatre walking tour, 2-4 p.m., meet at Nacho Mama’s, 3449 West Cary St., Richmond. Learn about Carytown’s history as a buffalo trail, a streetcar suburb and the Georgetown of Richmond. Includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the Byrd Theatre. Sponsored by the Valentine Richmond History Center. $10, $5/members. 649-0711, ext. 301,

Fire!, 2:30-3:15 p.m., Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, 490 Tredegar St., Richmond. Join a costumed interpreter for a demonstration of the rifle musket. $8/ adults, $2/ages 6 and older. 780-1865,

Monday, Aug. 29

Barksdale Bifocals Players auditions, 10 a.m., Barksdale Theatre at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond. This group of senior actors tours Richmond area senior centers and is conducting auditions for two plays touring this fall. Pat Walker, 379-8620,,, click “Seniors.”

Tuesday, Aug. 30

Barksdale Bifocals Players auditions. See Aug. 29 listing.

Have a special event coming up? Please email your calendar items to, mail them to P.O. Box 1616, Midlothian, VA 23113, or fax them to 744-3269. Please include a contact name and number with your announcements.

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