Antoinette’s weekend event picks
Children’s Hospital Foundation Four Mile Walk/Run presented by American Family Fitness, Saturday, September 21 is a race formatted for the whole family. A Superkid Adventure Course for kids between the ages 5 and 10 kicks off at 8:30 am followed by the Four Mile Walk/Run at 9am. Kids are encouraged to dress up for the costume contest. Th race ends with a post-race breakfast, kids’ activities, decorated stroller contest, music and family fun. Packet pick-up from 3-7pm Friday, September 20 at Virginia Center Commons, location of American Family Fitness, 10101 Brook Road, suite 100, Glen Allen. Details www.chfrace.org.
The 55th annual Armenian Food Festival, at St. James Armenian Church, 834 Pepper Avenue off Patterson. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 11:30am – 9pm and Sunday noon – 7pm. Richmond’s longest running food festival features a favorite, the Hye Burger, voted one of top five burgers in the area as well as pork & chicken kabobs and authentic Armenian foods, pastries, beer and wine. This year professional dance troupe “Akh’tamar Dance Group” will perform. There’s no admission to enter the festival but food and drinks will be sold as this is a fundraiser for St. James Armenian Church. Details at http://www.armenianfoodfestival.com/ or www.stjamesva.org or call 804-282-3818.
Virginia Commonwealth University’s “Women, War & Peace” a two-day conference highlighting women’s roles in war and peace in West and North Africa through documentaries, presentations, workshops, seminars and music and food. The conference is at the VCU Student Commons, 907 West Main Street, Friday September 20th with workshops throughout the day, a Cultural Reception at 6pm followed by A Special Liberian Evening with the screening of “Pray The Devil Back To Hell” a documentary by Abigail Disney at 7pm, CBS 6’s and a Native Liberian, Antoinette Essa as host. A brief following question and answer period and live music Malian music and dance, registration is suggested for these events. Women, War & Peace continues Saturday morning with the focus on Mali, workshops, seminars, screenings and an extended panel discussion of Liberians and their journey from the war to present day. For more information visit www.vcupeace.net or on Facebook - VCU Women, War, & Peace Conference 2013.
20th annual Field Day of The Past, September 20 – 22, 8an-6pm, at 1741 Ashland Road, Rockville, special truck pulls and carnival planned on Friday & Saturday 7pm, admission $10, 804-741-8468 or www.fielddayofthepast.net.
Radio One Women’s Empowerment Expo for Health, Wealth & Wisdom, Saturday, September 28 at Richmond International Raceway Exhibition Hall, featuring Angela Bassett, Chrisette Michelle, Cathy Hughes, Marcus D. Wiley, Earnest Pugh, Isaac Carree, Lorenzo Hall, Pastor Roscoe Cooper III, Dr. Erica Royal and many more. Details kissrichmond.com.
St. Benedict Oktoberfest, authentic German food, beer, music and dancing, and a collective Stein, at St. Benedict Church, Hanover & Belmont, festival hours Friday 4-11pm, Saturday 11am-11pm and Sunday noon – 6pm, http://www.stbenedictoktoberfest.com/
Chesterfield Berry Farm Pumpkin Season, September 21- October, Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am – 5:30pm, weekday hours starting October 3rd – Thursday & Friday 2pm – 5:30pm and open daily starting October 14 Monday – Friday, 2-5:30pm and Saturday & Sunday 9:30am-5:30pm, check the website for special events, www.chesterfieldberryfarm.com.
10th annual Capital Ale House Oktoberfest, Saturday, September 21, 623 East Main Street Richmond, Downtown Richmond and in Fredericksburg, 917 Caroline Street, Saturday, September 28, 11:30am – 10pm, admission $2 benefits the Central Virginia Chapter of the National MS Society in Richmond and the Main Street Program in Fredericksburg. Guests of legal drinking age can purchase a traditional 1-liter Capital Ale House Stein for $3 (while supplies last), you’re also welcome to bring your own Stein. Families are welcome, a parent or guardian must accompany anyone under the age of 21, details www.capitalalehouse.com or call
804-780-2537 or 804-780-2537.
Music on the Avenues, Sunday, September 22, 4-7pm, Patterson & Libbie Business District and Libbie Grove Association Out door Music Series, free parking, details on Facebook – Patterson & Libbie Business District.
45th Richmond Oktoberfest, Friday, October 18 & Saturday, October 19, 5-11pm at the old Dominion Building at Richmond International Raceway, advance tickets $8, at the door $10, children 15 and under admitted free, details www.richmondoktoberfestinc.com/ricoktober.shtml or call 804-342-0310 or 803-353-6455.