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David Tolleris’ Winter Weather Forecast, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7-8:30 p.m., Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Road, Richmond. Meteorologist David Tolleris will discuss what determines our weather and what might be in store for the region this winter. For teens and adults. Free. Registration recommended. 751-CCPL, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Thursday, Sept. 29
Tree Identification class, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Henricus Historical Park’s Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. On this two-mile walk, participants will learn about common trees of the wetlands, basic tree terminology and the importance of trees to wildlife and humans. $13. Registration required. Mark Battista, 318-8735.
Clover Hill District community meeting, 7 p.m., Swift Creek Middle School, 3700 Old Hundred Road, Midlothian. Provide input on the proposed countywide comprehensive plan. This meeting will highlight the Upper Swift Creek Plan. www.chesterfield.gov/cp.
Concert, 7:30 p.m., Salisbury Presbyterian Church, 13621 West Salisbury Road, Midlothian. The Bel’Aria String quartet will perform. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Concerts for a Cause. 794-5311.
Friday, Sept. 30
Computer Class: Internet Basics, 10-11 a.m., Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd., Richmond. Learn about web browsers, search engines and home pages. Free. Registration required. 751-CCPL, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Conversations on Aging Resources, 10 a.m.-noon, Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center, 6610 Public Safety Way, Chesterfield. Topics include prescription assistance, veteran benefits and insurance counseling. Free. Sponsored by the Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield and Commonwealth Council on Aging. 706-9198.
Pocahontas Premiers: Tom Principato, 6 p.m. gates open, 7 p.m. show, Pocahontas State Park amphitheater, 10301 State Park Road, Chester. Blues guitarist Tom Principato will perform. Postponed from Sept. 3. $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, Oct. 1
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.
Donate Life Virginia Transplant Games, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Clover Hill High School, 13301 Kelly Green Lane, Midlothian. Transplant recipients and living donors compete in Olympic-style events. Freestyle swimming and table tennis events will be held at Midlothian Family YMCA, 737 Coalfield Road, Midlothian. Bowling events will be held at King Pin Lanes, 200 North Otterdale Road, Midlothian. Free. www.virginiatransplantgames.org.
Richmond Antique Bottle Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Chesterfield Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield. Enjoy beautiful glass, learn some local history or add to your bottle collection at this 40th annual event. $3, $10/early admission to the show at 7:30 a.m. 739-2951, 275-1101.
Eppington Heritage Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Eppington Plantation, 14201 Eppes Falls Road, Chesterfield. Experience colonial history with house tours, children’s games, craft demonstrations, living history, music and dancing. Food and beverages provided. Free. 751-4946.
Meet the Dixie Roller Pigeons, 11 a.m.- noon, Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield. See special breed pigeons demonstrate their unique ability to tumble and turn somersaults. Free. Registration required. 751-CCPL, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Mickey’s Magic Show with Jack the Bunny, 11 a.m.-noon, Ettrick-Matoaca Library, 4501 River Road, Petersburg. Classic children’s books come to life in a show full of laughs, magic tricks and a real mini flea circus. For children. Free. Registration required. 751-CCPL, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Blessing of the Animals, 4 p.m., St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 11919 Beach Road, Chesterfield. Celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi with a Blessing of the Animals. Feathered, furry, scaly, multi-legged, pawed or hooved pets and their humans are welcome. Free. 790-1211.
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. Free. www.southernknightscruisers.com.
Fifth Annual Showcase of Bands, 5 p.m., Midlothian High School, 401 Charter Colony Parkway, Midlothian. High school marching bands from around the commonwealth will perform their field shows. $5. Gordon Rawls, 378-2440 ext. 4136, email@example.com.
Virginia State University football “Take a Kid to the Game” day, 6 p.m., Virginia State University, 1 Hayden Drive, Petersburg. The Trojans will host the Bowie State University Bulldogs. $15. 524-5030. www.vsu.edu.
Monday, Oct. 3
County Band Night, 6:30 p.m., Monacan High School, 11501 Smoketree Drive. All 10 county high school marching bands will perform their 2011 field shows. Free. Concessions available. Rain date Oct. 10. 378-2480.
Book discussion group, 7-8 p.m., Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd., Richmond. “Empire Falls” by Richard Russo will be discussed. 318-8778, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Tuesday, Oct. 4
Chesterfield Community Emergency Response Team training, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 27, Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center, 6610 Public Safety Way, Chesterfield. This training will provide participants with basic emergency response skills that are essential in the critical time after a disaster and before first responders arrive. Registration required by Sept. 30. Free. 751-CERT (2378), www.chesterfield.gov/CERT/.
Discover Chesterfield – A Walking Club, 9 a.m., Harry G. Daniel Park at Iron Bridge, 6000 Whitepine Road, Chesterfield. This organized walk for older adults is led by parks and recreation staff. Free. Judy Jones, 751- 4135.
Life on the Plantation, 10 a.m.-noon, Magnolia Grange, 10020 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield. Experience what 19th-century life was like. $5. www.chesterfieldhistory.com.
Blessing of the Animals, 5:30 p.m., St. Francis Medical Center piazza, 13710 St. Francis Blvd., Midlothian. Bring family pets for a brief ceremony commemorating St. Francis of Assisi, patron of animals. Please use leashes, carriers, etc., as needed. Free. 594-7300.
Fall Planting for Spring Blooms, 6:30 p.m., Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield. Learn how to plant bulbs this fall for a spring garden. Free. Registration required. Sponsored by the Chesterfield County Office of Cooperative Extension. 751-4401.
Tuesday Night Westerns, 7 p.m., LaPrade Library, 9000 Hull Street Road, Richmond. Join hosts Harry Daniel and Tom Wyatt for “Mountain Rhythm” with Gene Autry and “Secret Service in Darkest Africa,” chapters 8 and 9. Free. 276-7755.
The Human Resources Manager, 7-9 p.m., Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Road, Midlothian. This film tells the story of how, following the death of an employee in a suicide bombing, a human resources manager fights to regain the company’s reputation and possibly his own humanity. Part of the International and Independent Film Series. Not rated. For adults. Free. 768-7907, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Wednesday, Oct. 5
Chester Choices Book Discussion Group, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Chester Library, 11800 Centre St., Chester. “Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia” by Elizabeth Gilbert will be discussed. 748-6314, www.library.chesterfield.gov.
Concert, 1 p.m., Bon Air Baptist Church, 2531 Buford Road, Richmond. Senior adults can enjoy a dessert bar sponsored by Ginter Hall South and a concert by Joe Batts, featuring the songs of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. Free. 751-4135.
23rd Annual Magnificent Midlothian Food Festival, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Westchester Commons, intersection of Route 288 and Midlothian Turnpike. This event features food, drink and the music of Casper. $30/ advance. No tickets at the gate. Sponsored by the Midlothian, Brandermill, Bon Air, Chester, Huguenot Trail and Powhatan Rotary clubs. Gregg Waldhauser, 909-2853.
Nico-Anonymous weekly meeting, 5-6 p.m., Friends 4 Recovery Whole Health Center, Rockwood Office Park, 9511 Hull Street Road, Suite A, Richmond. Free. Carla Beck, 308-1366.
Author visit, 6:30 p.m., Monacan High School, 11501 Smoketree Drive, Richmond. Dr. Rutger Van Santen, one of the authors of “2030: Technology That Will Change the World,” will participate in a panel discussion with other local experts, teachers and students. Free. Open to the public. Melanie Haimes-Bartolf, 594-1793.
Have a special event coming up? Please email your calendar items to firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Friday, Sept. 30
30¢ Kids’ Day, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2626 West Broad St., Richmond. Children’s admission is 30 cents on the 30th of each month through October. $8, $7/seniors. 474-7000, www.cmor.org.
State Fair of Virginia, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m-midnight, Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., through Oct. 9, The Meadow Event Park, 13111 Dawn Blvd., Doswell (Interstate 95, exit 98). See animals and agriculture, exhibits and shows, music, arts and crafts, games, rides and more. Adult admission: $13/Monday-Friday, $10/after 5 p.m.; $15/Saturday-Sunday. Children ages 3-6 and seniors: $10/Monday-Friday before 5 p.m., $7/Sunday-Friday after 5 p.m.; $12/ anytime Saturday, Sunday before 5 p.m. Ride tickets are $1 (with each ride requiring two to six tickets), $21/wristbands ages 3 and older. www.statefairva.com.
The Court Leet, 7-8:30 p.m., Agecroft Hall, 4305 Sulgrave Road, Richmond. See how the 17th-century residents of Agecroft Hall resolved their petty crimes and disputes at this living-history event. $5. 353-4241, www.agecrofthall.org.
Shaquille O’Neal Presents All Star Comedy Jam, 8 p.m., Landmark Theater, 6 North Laurel St., Richmond. Performers will include comedians Corey Holcomb, Michael Blackson, Capone and Gary Owen. $37-$47. 745-3000, www.landmarktheater.net.
Simply Heavenly, 8 p.m., Sycamore Rouge, 21 West Old St., Petersburg. Based on short stories by Langston Hughes, this musical comedy is about characters who spend time together in a local bar in 1950s Harlem. Performances continue through Oct. 16. $18-$22. 957-5707, www.sycamorerouge.org.
Saturday, Oct. 1
Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, 9 a.m., St. Mary’s Hospital, 5801 Bremo Road, Richmond. Walk down Monument Avenue, and raise money for diabetes education, advocacy and research. Enjoy the kids’ zone, wellness village, T-shirt contest and other entertainment. $15/suggested donation. www.diabetes.org/stepoutrichmond.
Walk MS: Petersburg, 9 a.m., Old Town Petersburg, corner of Market and Pike streets. This family and dog-friendly walk supports people living with MS, their families and friends. Benefits research, local programs and services. No entry fee; donations accepted. 591-3036, www.IwalkforMS.org.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s, 9 a.m. checkin, 10 a.m. walk, Innsbrook – Markel Plaza, 4600 Cox Road, Glen Allen. Walk the one- or three-mile course. No entry fee; donations accepted. Sandy Grady, 967-2517, www.alz.org/grva.
State Fair of Virginia. See Sept. 30 listing.
Rose Fest, noon-3 p.m., Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond. The rose garden will be in full bloom with more than 1,800 fragrant roses. $11/adults, $10/ages 55 and older, $7/ages 3-12, free/under age 3. 262-9887, www.lewisginter.org.
Virginia Union University football game, 1 p.m., Virginia Union University, Hovey Field, 1500 North Lombardy St., Richmond. The VUU Panthers will face the Chowan University Hawks. $10/adults, free/ ages 12 and under with a paying adult. www.vuu.edu.
A Symphonic Night at the Movies: Casablanca, 8 p.m., Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, 600 East Grace St., Richmond. The Richmond Symphony will perform. Part of the Genworth Financial Symphony Pops Series. $18-$76. 592-3400, www.richmondcenterstage.com.
Sunday, Oct. 2
State Fair of Virginia. See Sept. 30 listing.
Rose Fest. See Oct. 1 listing.