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In the Spotlight
Sky Watch, Saturday, Sept. 3, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Pocahontas State Park boat ramp, 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield. Join the Crewe Astronomy Club for a guided tour of the night sky. High-powered telescopes will be available, or bring your own. All ages. Free. $5/parking. 796-4255.
Thursday, Sept. 1
Brandermill Region Men’s Club monthly meeting, 9:15 a.m. refreshments, 10 a.m. meeting, Brandermill Church, 4500 Millridge Parkway, Midlothian. Lou Seminare, 744-4517, www.brmconline.org.
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.
Chesterfield County Fair, through Saturday, Sept. 3, Thursday-Friday, 4-11 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m.-11 p.m., Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield. Enjoy the midway, karaoke, music, arts and crafts and farm events. $7/adults, $4/ages 60 and older, $3/ages 6-12, free/ages 5 and younger, $1.25/ individual ride tickets, $22/daily unlimitedride wristbands. 768-0148, www.chesterfield countyfair.org.
Grandparent Connection monthly meeting, 4:15 p.m., Chesterfield County Domestic and Juvenile Relations District Court Building, 7000 Lucy Corr Blvd., Chesterfield. For grandparents raising their grandchildren. Free on-site childcare. 768-7878, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chillin’ at Ironbridge, 6-9 p.m., weekly through Sept. 8, Ironbridge Sports Park, 11400 Iron Bridge Road, Chester. Enjoy live entertainment by Faultline, dinner and one activity (mini-golf, go-karts, batting tokens or laser tag). $10/adults, $2/ages 10 and younger accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Chester Rotary Club. 225-1126, email@example.com.
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.
Book signing, 7-9 p.m., Barnes & Noble – Chesterfield Towne Center, 11500 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond. Author Rich Babbitt and illustrator Wendy Custer will discuss and sign copies of “From Paperboy to Boomer: How Lessons Learned from Paper Routes and Lawn Mowing Have Shaped 10 Skill Sets of Today’s Leaders.” 784-5151.
Midlothian Junior Women’s Club monthly meeting, 7 p.m., Winfree Memorial Baptist Church, 13617 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian. www.midlothianjuniors.org.
Friday, Sept. 2
Billiards group, 9 a.m.-noon, weekly through Dec. 29, Bensley Community Building, 2900 Drewry’s Bluff Road, Richmond. Enjoy some time at the pool table. Free. 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, www.southsidespeedway.com.
Saturday, Sept. 3
Southside Vendors Market, 6 a.m.-3 p.m., Southside Speedway, 12800 Genito Road, Midlothian.
All You Can Eat Breakfast, 8-10 a.m., Chester Mason’s Lodge #94, 404 Dodemeade St., Chester. Sponsored by the Chester Shrine Club. Benefits Shriner’s Hospitals and Masonic Retirement Hospital in Richmond. $5 donation. Todd Fisher, 586-8105.
Cat and kitten adoption event, 1:30-3 p.m., PetSmart, 1276 Carmia Way, Richmond. Sponsored by the Hopewell Humane Society. 748-3252.
Cruise-in, 5 p.m., weekly through October, Hardee’s, 1901 West Hundred Road, Chester. Show off or view antique cars, street rods, classics, muscle cars and custom cars and trucks. www.southernknightscruisers.com.
Pocahontas Premiers: Labor Day Blues Show with Tom Principato, 5 p.m. gates open, 6 p.m. show, Pocahontas State Park amphitheater, 10301 State Park Road, Chester. Guitarist Tom Principato will perform. $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.
Monday, Sept. 5
Labor Day. County offices are closed.
Tuesday, Sept. 6
Chesterfield County Public Schools open for the 2011-12 school year.
Discover Chesterfield – A Walking Club, 9 a.m., Huguenot Park, 10901 Robious Road, Richmond. This organized walk for older adults is led by parks and recreation staff. Free. Judy Jones, 751-4135.
Club Mom, 9-11 a.m., Chesterfield Towne Center, 11500 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond. Parents and young children can enjoy family fun. Free. 794-4662, www.chesterfieldcenter.com.
Bethia MOPS monthly meeting, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Bethia United Methodist Church, 10700 Winterpock Road, Chesterfield. For mothers of preschoolers. New members welcome. www.bethiamops.com.
Barn Yarns with the Fischer Sundae Puppets, 11-11:30 a.m., Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield. Children will have fun down on the farm with characters from famous folk tales. Registration recommended. 751-CCPL, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Golf tournament and 5k race, noon shotgun start, 5:30 p.m. race registration, 6 p.m. race, Stonehenge Golf and Country Club, 1000 Farnham Drive, Richmond. Captain’s choice format, shotgun start. The 5k is for runners of all abilities and will be held on the course after the golf tournament. $125/ individuals, $500/team, $20/5k. Benefits Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 221-1291, www.FCAVACA.org.
Canasta, 1-4 p.m., weekly through Dec. 27, Bensley Community Building, 2900 Drewry’s Bluff Road, Richmond. Players of all skill levels are welcome. Free. 275-5321.
Game On!, 3-5 p.m., Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Road, Midlothian. Teens are invited to visit the library to relax after school, play Wii games and hang out with friends. Free. 768-7907, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Hang Time, 3-5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 15, Bensley Community Building, 2900 Drewry’s Bluff Road, Richmond. Ages 13-16 can hang out and play games with adult supervision. Free. 275-5321.
Breast cancer support group, 6-7:30 p.m., St. Francis Medical Center’s Cancer Institute Resource Library, 14051 St. Francis Blvd., Midlothian. 594-3130.
Explore Microsoft Office Word 2003, 7-8 p.m., Ettrick-Matoaca Library, 4501 River Road, Petersburg. Learn how to create a document, format pages, manipulate text and save documents to a file or disc. Free. Registration required. 751-CCPL, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Family Advocacy Creating Education and Service (FACES) support group meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., Family Advocacy Center, 11601 Lucks Lane, Midlothian. Support for families with a loved one living with mental illness. 378-0035, www.facesva.org.
Tuesday Night Westerns, 7 p.m., LaPrade Library, 9000 Hull Street Road, Richmond. Join hosts Harry Daniel and Tom Wyatt for classic western films and serials. Free. 276- 7755.
Wednesday, Sept. 7
Richmond Quilter’s Guild Hospitality chapter meeting, 10 a.m., Congregation Or Ami, 9400 West Huguenot Road, Richmond. Open to anyone interested in quilting or sewing. Gail Plante, 763-4468, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Nature Sprouts Club, 10-11 a.m., weekly through Sept. 28, Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road, Richmond. Ages 3-5 can enjoy nature explorations, crafts and stories. $24/series. Registration required. Denise Flora, 745-7020, www.chesterfieldoutdoorprograms.com/rockwood.html.
Chester Choices Book Discussion Group, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Chester Library, 11800 Centre St., Chester. “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett will be discussed. 748-6314, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Luv Bears Storytime/Learn and Play, 10:30-11:30 a.m., and Sept. 21, same time, Mayes-Colbert Ettrick Community Building, 20400 Laurel Road, Petersburg. This interactive program includes music, games, stuffed animals, books and crafts. For ages 2-6. $30. Registration required. Tonya Jones, 526-5596.
Barn Yarns with the Fischer Sundae Puppets, 11-11:30 a.m., Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Road, Richmond. See Sept. 6 listing. Registration recommended. 751- CCPL, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Hang Time, 3-5 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays through Dec. 14. See Sept. 6 listing. For ages 8-12.
Fall Lawn Care 101, 6:30 p.m., Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Road, Midlothian. Learn what needs to be done now to help ensure a lush, green lawn in the spring. Free. Registration required. Sponsored by the Chesterfield County Office of Cooperative Extension. 751-4401, minnicinos@chester field.gov.
Have a special event coming up? Please email your calendar items to calendar@ chesterfieldobserver.com, 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.
What’s happening Elsewhere
Thursday, Sept. 1 A rt show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., SunTrust Gallery, 919 East Main St., Richmond. The exhibit features 30 local artists using a variety of media. Sponsored by the James River Art League. Exhibit continues through Sept. 29. Free. www.jamesriverartleague.org.
Deaf Community Night at The Diamond, 7:05 p.m., The Diamond, 3001 North Blvd., Richmond. The Richmond Flying Squirrels take on the New Britain Rock Cats. Interpreters will be provided by Virginia Relay and VDDHH, so members of the deaf community can enjoy the game. There will be a post-game fireworks display. For discounted tickets for the deaf community, contact 482-6809 or email@example.com. $7/general admission, $8/silver, $11/diamond club. 359-3866, www.squirrelsbaseball.com.
Friday, Sept. 2
Everything’s Coming Up Roses, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond. This exhibit features abstract expressionist studies of roses by Louise Cochrane. $11/adults, $10/ ages 55 and older, $7/ages 3-12, free/under age 3. Exhibit continues through Sept. 18. 262-9887, www.lewisginter.org.
Fabergé Revealed, 10 a.m-5 p.m., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 North Blvd., Richmond. Take a look at the largest public display of Fabergé and related decorative arts in the United States. Exhibit continues through Oct. 2. Museum admission is free. Exhibit admission is $15/adults, $12/ seniors, students, free/members and ages 6 and younger. 340-1400, www.vmfa.state.va.us.
An Evening of Bluegrass, 7 p.m., The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. Enjoy an evening of pickin’ and grinnin’ featuring The Company Store and East of Afton. Concessions available. $10/advance, $12/door. 261-ARTS (2787), www.artsglenallen.com.
Boeing, Boeing, 8 p.m., Barksdale Theatre at Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road, Hanover. A Parisian lothario has three fiancés, and trouble erupts when unexpected schedule changes bring all three to his apartment at the same time. $38, $35/seniors, $19/ages 18 and under. Hanover Tavern Foundation’s Pub offers brunch and dinner before performances. Performances through Sept. 4. Meal reservations/537-5050, tickets/282-2620, www.barksdalerichmond.org.
Bart Chucker Band, 9 p.m., The Home Team Grill, 1630 West Main St., Richmond. The rock band will perform along with John Walker. Free. 254-7360.
Saturday, Sept. 3
Saturday Growers Market, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., 17th Street Farmers Market, 8th and Canal streets, Richmond. 646-0477, www.17thstreetfarmersmarket.com.
Greyhound Meet and Greet, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., PetSmart, 7225 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville. Find out how to adopt a retired greyhound racer. www.jamesrivergreyhounds.org.
Sunday, Sept. 4
Shockoe Bottom Walking Tour, 2-4 p.m., meet at Main and 17 streets, Richmond. Explore Main Street Station, the farmers market, Tobacco Row and current revitalization efforts. $10, $5/members. Sponsored by the Valentine Richmond History Center. 649-0711 ext. 301, www.richmondhistorycenter.com.
Tripp & Jenny, 2-5 p.m., Cary Street Café, 2631 West Cary St., Richmond. Join this old-time jam session. All ages. Free. 353-7445, www.carystreetcafe.com.
Monday, Sept. 5
Special Monday opening, nature and visitor center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Maymont Mansion, noon-5 p.m., 2201 Shields Lake Drive, Richmond. Maymont’s indoor exhibits, normally closed on Monday, will open for the Labor Day holiday. $3/visitor and nature center, $5/mansion. 358-7166, www.maymont.org.