Get your garden ready for the fall
Chesterfield County Public Schools Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee meeting, 8 a.m., Chesterfield Technical Center – room 203, 10101 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield. 768-6165.
Are You What You Eat?, 10:30-11 a.m., Mayes-Colbert Ettrick Community Building, 20400 Laurel Road, Petersburg. Learn about food’s relationship to health. Free. 526-5596.
Free prostate screening event, 4:30-7 p.m., Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital at CJW Medical Center’s Johnston-Willis Hospital, 1401 Johnston-Willis Drive, Richmond. Urologists will conduct PSA and DRE exams. Free/men 40 and older. Registration required. 320-DOCS (3627).
Bon Air-Manchester-Midlothian Lions Club meeting, 6 p.m. social, 6:30 p.m. dinner meeting, Holiday Inn Select, 1021 Koger Center Blvd., Richmond. Bill Daniels, 272- 7673, www.bammlionsclub.org.
Keep on the Sunny Side, 8 p.m., Swift Creek Mill Theatre, 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway, Colonial Heights. Hear the songs and story of the original Carter family. $35/ theatre, $50/theatre and buffet. Performances continue through Oct. 22. www.swiftcreekmill.com.
Friday, Sept. 16
Chesterfield Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Chesterfield Towne Center – Huguenot Road parking lot, 11500 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond. www.chesterfieldfarmersmarket.blogspot.com.
Clover Hill Critics Book Discussion Group, 11 a.m.-noon, Clover Hill Library, 6701 Deer Run Drive, Midlothian. “Room: A Novel” by Emma Donoghue will be discussed. 318-8668, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Barn Yarns with the Fischer Sundae Puppets, 11-11:30 a.m., Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Road, Midlothian. Children will have fun down on the farm with characters from famous folk tales. Registration recommended. 751-CCPL, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Indian Summer Campfire, 7-9 p.m., Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road, Richmond. Enjoy a snack and story by the campfire, and then take a walk through the woods. Ages 4 and older. $5. 674-1629.
Pocahontas Premiers: ZOSO, 6 p.m. gates open, 7 p.m. show, Pocahontas State Park amphitheater, 10301 State Park Road, Chester. Enjoy this Led Zeppelin tribute band. Postponed from Aug. 27. $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.
Saturday, Sept. 17
Wilderness First Aid Certification, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sept. 18, same time, Chesterfield Towne Center community room, 11500 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond. Learn first aid for an urban disaster zone, rural or wilderness area. $175. Sponsored by Blue Ridge Mountain Sports. (434) 760-4453, www.solowfa.com.
Publick Days and the Godspeed, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. Celebrate the 400th anniversary of the park with a look back at life in 1611. Free. $5/parking. www.henricus.org.
Up, Up and Away! Mad Science Spectacular, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield. This show for children combines magic with science to generate fun. Registration recommended. Free. 751-CCPL, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Barn Yarns with the Fischer Sundae Puppets, 11-11:30 a.m., Chester Library, 11800 Centre St., Chester. See Sept. 16 listing. Registration recommended. 751-CCPL, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Introduction to Archery, 1-3 p.m., Rockwood Park Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road, Richmond. Learn the fundamentals of Olympic-style target archery. $25. Registration required. 674-1629.
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 cars and trucks, both vintage and new. www.southernknightscruisers.com.
Sunday, Sept. 18
Publick Days and the Godspeed. See Sept. 17 listing.
DiggityFEST, gates open 11:30 a.m., performances 12:30-5 p.m., Westchester Commons, 15786 Westchester Commons Main Street, Midlothian. Enjoy an afternoon of music, food, arts and crafts for ages 3-11. $17/advance, $20/door, $10/12 and younger in advance, $13/12 and younger at the door. Free/under 3. www.diggityfest.com.
Nature story time, 2-2:40 p.m., weekly through November, Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road, Richmond. Enjoy nature stories. All ages. Free. Kristi Orcutt, 310- 7964, www.chesterfieldoutdoorprograms.com/rockwood.html.
Monday, Sept. 19
North Midlothian MOMS Club open house, 10 a.m.-noon, Central Baptist Church, 1510 Courthouse Road, Richmond. Learn about the group, and meet other moms. Food, activities for kids. Serving zip codes 23113, 23114, 23235 and 23236. Registration requested. www.northmidlomoms.net.
Tuesday, Sept. 20
Homeschool History Adventure, 10 a.m.- noon, Eppington Plantation, 14201 Eppes Falls Road, Chesterfield. Homeschoolers and their families can learn about Eppington’s link to the Revolutionary War in Chesterfield history and discover Thomas Jefferson’s connection to this plantation. $5. Bryan Truzzie, 751-4946, www.chesterfieldhistory.com.
Morning Coffee Break: Gaslight, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Chester Library, 11800 Centre St., Chester. Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Petersburg native Joseph Cotten star in this thriller about a young woman whose husband tries to drive her insane while he searches for the jewels hidden in their London home. For seniors. Free. 748-6314, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
What it Takes to Start a Business, noon- 1:30 p.m., BizWorks Enterprise Center, 2545 Bellwood Road, Richmond. Learn about starting a business, including pitfalls to overcome, registration, licensing, legal entities decisions and determining if there is a market for the business, as well as how to research the market. $20. 275-5190, www.bizworkscenter.org.
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).
Book discussion group, 7-8 p.m., Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Road, Richmond. “Wide Sargasso Sea” by Jean Rhys will be discussed. 320-2461, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Illegal, 7 p.m., Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd., Richmond. A young Russian woman who lives illegally in Belgium is separated from her son as she faces deportation. Part of the International and Independent Film Series. Not rated. For adults. Free. 318- 8778, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Tuesday Night Westerns, 7 p.m., LaPrade Library, 9000 Hull Street Road, Richmond. Join hosts Harry Daniel and Tom Wyatt for “Saddle Mountain Roundup” and “Secret Service in Darkest Africa,” chapters 4 and 5. Free. 276-7755.
Wednesday, Sept. 21
Salisbury Garden Club monthly meeting, 9:30 a.m., Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 2341 Winterfield Road, Midlothian. Sheila Weisensale will discuss “Grow and Design With Your Own Cut Flowers.” Guests are welcome. Free. Doris Morris, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chesterfield Women’s League monthly meeting, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Villages of Charter Colony Clubhouse, 1101 Charter Club Way, Midlothian. Dr. Kevin Keller of Partner MD will speak on women’s wellness, good and bad health habits, diet and more. Refreshments will be served. Carole, 794-3851.
La Leche League of Richmond monthly meeting, 10 a.m., Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Road, Midlothian. La Leche League International offers breastfeeding support and information. Children are welcome at all meetings. Mary, 379-9557, www.llli.org.
Moving On After Moving In, 10-11:30 a.m., weekly through Dec. 7, Swift Creek Presbyterian Church, 5900 Woolridge Road, Moseley. For women new to the area. Make friends, learn about the community and discuss the book, “After the Boxes are Unpacked” by Susan Miller. Free. Liza, 739-1183, moved email@example.com.
Red Cross Web of Hope Chester Knitting Group, 10 a.m.-noon, Chester Baptist Church, 4317 School St., Chester. For experienced knitters and crocheters, as well as those looking to learn. Donations of yarn welcome. Angela Guastella, 530-0871, or Linda Southward, 779-3453.
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In the Spotlight
Taking Container Gardens into Fall and Winter, Monday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m., Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Road, Midlothian. Get advice about container gardening. Free. Registration required. Sponsored by the Chesterfield County Office of Cooperative Extension. 751-4401.
What’s happening Elsewhere
Friday, Sept. 16
View the Bill of Rights, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad St., Richmond. Virginia’s copy of the Bill of Rights, one of only 12 surviving original documents, will be on display. At noon there will be a public reading of the Bill of Rights by a “town crier” re-enactor. 692-3592, www.lva.virginia.gov.
Xu Bing: Tobacco Project, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 North Blvd., Richmond. Explore the production and culture of tobacco as seen through the eyes of one of China’s contemporary artists who uses tobacco as both a material and a subject. Free. Exhibit continues through Dec. 4. www.vmfa.museum.
Fall Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond. Plants range from well-known favorites to rare exotics. No admission required for plant sale. 262-9887, www.lewisginter.org.
Shred It Day, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Dunlop House, 235 Dunlop Farms Blvd., Colonial Heights. No limit to the amount of items that will be shredded on-site. Cost of admission is an item for the Colonial Heights Food Pantry. Sponsored by Dunlop House Assisted Living. 520-0050.
Target $1 Family Night, 5-7:30 p.m., Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2626 West Broad St., Richmond. Enjoy all the museum has to offer for $1 per person. Sponsored by Target. 474-7000, www.c-mor.org.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 8 p.m., 1609 West Broad St. Richmond. This production is part of the Tennessee Williams Centennial Celebration. $26, $23/ages 65 and older, $12/students with ID. Performances continue through Oct. 8. 355-2001, www.firehousetheatre.org.
Saturday, Sept. 17 L obs and Lessons Family Open, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Mary and Frances Youth Center, 120 South Linden St., Richmond. This adult-child doubles tennis tournament promotes families playing a healthy lifestyle sport together. $20/ team, $10/individual. www.vcuyouthcenter.org.
Fall Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. See Sept. 16 listing.
Comic Book Creation class, 10 a.m.- noon, Petersburg Area Art League, 7 East Old St., Petersburg. Children in grades 3-7 will learn the when, where and why of storytelling and some comic drawing techniques. $12/ PAAL members, $15/advance, $20/at the door. 861-4611, www.PAALart.org.
Collage class, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Petersburg Area Art League, 7 East Old St., Petersburg. Learn how to utilize multiple mediums, including acrylics, screen prints, stencils, magazine cutouts and more in a collage format. For adults. $25, $20/PAAL members, $5 material fee. 861-4611, www.paalart.org.
Kidney health screening, 10 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 29 Elm St., Petersburg. Part of the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) designed to identify and educate people at risk for developing kidney disease. (888) 543-6398, www.kidneyva.org.
24th Annual Richmond Home Show, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Ave., Richmond. See a variety of decorating, remodeling and building companies in one location. $7, free/16 and younger, military, police, firemen and EMS with ID. www.richmondracewaycomplex.com.
The Miraculous Mandarin, 8 p.m., Carpenter Theatre, 600 East Grace St., Richmond. The Richmond Symphony will perform works of Beethoven and Brahms. Part of the Altria Masterworks Classics Series. $18-$73. www.richmondsymphony.com.
Sunday, Sept. 18
24th Annual Richmond Home Show, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. See Sept. 17 listing.
The Miraculous Mandarin, 3 p.m., Carpenter Theatre, 600 East Grace St., Richmond. See Sept. 17 listing.