The annual St. Patty’s Palooza is Saturday, March 16, noon -5pm at the Innsbrook Pavilion, proceeds will benefit St Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization that funds research for children with cancer. There will be live music, St. Andrews Legend Bagpipers, a petting Zoo with pony rides, arts and crafts, food vendors and volunteers shaving their heads. To volunteer to shave your head or get more information on St. Patty’s Palooza visit www.innsbrook.com, click on St. Patty’s Palooza. The event is free and open to the public, vendors will have foods, arts/crafts, for purchase as well as beverages.
10th Annual Shamrock The Block Festival, St. Patrick’s Day Party, Saturday, March 16, noon-6pm, Shockoe Bottom, 100 North 17th Street, Live Music, kids area, food, drinks, benefits FETCH A Cure; also features FETCH A Cure “Kiss Me, I’m Irish-Doogie Smooch Booth” info 804-307-6533 or www.shamrocktheblock.com. A reminder not to drink and drive, Seibert’s is offering its Toasted Tow Program this weekend, which tows you and your car home for $50. To schedule call 804-233-5757.
Date with Dad Weekend: kicks off with “Active Dads” Friday, March 15, 5:30-8:30pm at the Downtown YMCA, 2 West Franklin Street. An evening of healthy entertainment, Zumba, a cooking demonstration and other fun activities. The free event is hosted by comedian Antoine Scott; details call 804-747-4323. Dash For Dads 5K Walk/Run: Saturday, March 16, 7am, East District Resource Center, 2405 Jefferson Avenue, $10. 6th Annual Date With Dad Dinner & Dance, Sunday, March 17, 4-8pm, Downtown Richmond Marriott, 500 East Broad Street, dinner and dancing, live entertainment, actor and Richmond native Chad L. Coleman, from the “Wire” series and Mitch Malone from Radio One’s KISS Quiet Storm. $25 per father & daughter couple, $10 for each additional daughter. Tickets and information www.campdiva.org or call 804-420-2267 (CAMP). Pictures courtesy of Harron Evoria & Gaptoothdiva.com.
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) signature program of FRIST, an international non-profit that organizes robotics competition for kids K-12, encouraging them to get fired up about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Local team the “VikingBots” from Thomas Jefferson High School is competing for the 5th year, this 2013 team is made up of 60 percent female and 40 percent male with their theme “Back it up and dump it”. The FIRST Robotics Competition Virginia Regional is Friday & Saturday, March 15 & March 16, 8am-5pm at VCU’s Siegel Center, www.VirginiaFirst.org.
Virginia Executive Mansion 200 Birthday Party, Saturday, March 16, music, cake & games 4-7pm, First House Movie 7pm on the Lawn, Capitol Square, bring chairs and blankets, reservations vagovsmansion200th, Mansion Tours – 10am-noon, 2-4pm, Tuesdays -Thursdays, www.executivemansion.virginia.gov.
Celebrate, Recognize & Honor the legendary DJs of Black Radio – from the beginning to present day, Legends like Kirby Carmichael, Ben Miles, Chocolate Chip, Mitch Malone, Ken Crandell, Jim Minor, Mickey Spencer, Calvin King from infamous stations such as WKIE, WANT, Magic 99FM. Friday, March 15th from 8:00pm – 1:00am. DJ DRAKE spinning the hottest music! BYOB – $15 in advance $20 at the door. For more information and for tickets call Mike @ 804-986-2902, Johnson’s Bail Bonding @ 804-439-BAIL(2245) OR Military Retirees Club 804-321-3188.
“BREAST In Show” Part of Richmond’s annual Acts of Faith, The first original musical about saving the female Breast, March 18 & 19 at 8pm Virginia Repertory Theatre Willow Lawn Stage at the Shops at Willow Lawn, www.va-rep.org/bis.html or 804-282-2620.
Orchids Galore! A Love of Living Color: at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, more than 800 orchids in colors across the spectrum on display through March 31, daily 9am – 5pm. Cheers to Art! Silent art auction fundraiser for Children’s Garden, Thursday, March 21, 6 -9pm, advance tickets $45, $50 at the door, details 804-262-9887 or www.lewisginter.org.
Universoul Circus, Urban Circus under the big Top, with live music, dance and audience participation, runs through March 17, Richmond Raceway Complex, www.ticketmaster.com.
Richmond SPCA 11th annual Dog Jog & 5K Run, Saturday, March 16, 5K Run at 9:30am, 1-mile Dog Jog at 11am, www.richmondspca.org/race or 804-643-6785.
Busch Gardens, Williamsburg – Opening Day Sunday, March 17, www.facebook.com/buschgardens or 800-343-7946.
28th Annual Church Hill Irish Festival, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Saturday & Sunday, March 23 & 24, www.churchhillirishfestival.com.
Baker Elementary School PTA’s First Annual Car, Truck & Bike Show, Saturday, April 27, 9am-3pm, early bird registration $15 due by April 15, $20 after the 15th or on day of the event, info 804-247-0639.
Yard Sale Spring Clean Up, sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond, Inc., Saturday, March 23, 7am-7pm, 2712 Chamberlayne Avenue, for donations or to set up a table call 804-329-2500.
KLM Scholarship Foundation 5th Annual Black & White Affair, Party With A Purpose, Saturday, April 6, 7-11pm, Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2626 West Broad Street, advance tickets $30, www.TheBlackandWhiteAffair.com or http://www.klmfoundation.org/5th_black_white.html
Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation, Pride of RPS: Living Legacies Breakfast, Friday, April 19, 7:30am-9:30am at the Jefferson Hotel Grand Ballroom, 101 West Franklin Street, $50, email Adele Johnson, email@example.com or call 804-780-8623.