Weekend Events: Earth Day celebrations, ‘Wicked,’ Shakespeare’s 450th birthday and more
21st Earth Day Richmond, 17th Street Farmer’s Market Saturday, April 26, 11am – 5pm, organized by the Enrichmond Foundation, the festival features a variety of Earth-forward attractions including a city-wide can recycling drive, up-cycled art & DIY exhibits, energy-efficient homes & vehicle demonstrations, agricultural demonstrations, hands on recycling and up-cycling activities and education, an Earth Day 5K Race Without a Trace and a Guinness World record attempt. Richmond 2015 will be offering a free bike valet service, so ride your bike down to the Earth Day Festival and park it, look for them on the south side of 17th Street. For more details about Earth Day, http://www.earthdayrichmond.org/.
Broadway’s biggest blockbuster “Wicked” returns to Richmond April 23rd through May 4th at The Altria Theater. A day of performance lottery for a number of orchestra seats will be held two and one half hours before each performance where people can put their names in a lottery drum; names will be drawn for orchestra seats of $25 each, cash only. The lottery is available only in person at the box office, limit two tickets per person. Tickets are available through http://www.BroadwayInRichmond.com, http://www.altriatheater.com or through http://www.etix.com or by calling 800-514-3849.
Posing Beauty in African-American Culture, opens April 26 – July 27, 2014 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Exhibition explores a contemporary understanding of beauty by framing the notion of aesthetics, race, class and gender within art, popular culture and political contexts. Curated Debra Willis is a featured speaker Sunday, April 27, 3pm and family day is June 21. For details http://vmfa.museum/ or call 804-340-1405.
American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 3rd annual Pink Ribbon Tea, celebrating the lives of Breast cancer Survivors and remembering those who have been lost, Sunday, April 27th, 3 – 6pm at the Westin, 6631 West Broad Street. Survivors will model a Hat Fashion Show, feel free to wear your favorite hat and pink dress and spend an afternoon with family and friends, for more information call 804-527-3705. https://www.facebook.com/StridesRichmond & https://www.facebook.com/events/689098257796454/ for more information.
RVA Earth Day, Saturday, April 26, 11am – 7pm at Manchester and Mayo Island, walk, car pool, take the bus or ride your bike valet provided by Ride Richmond, for details visit http://www.rvaearthdayfest.org/.
Bermuda Hundred Campaign 150th Anniversary, Saturday, April 26 – 27, Chesterfield County, 17901 Genito Road, Moseley. The event will demonstrate to visitors what siege warfare and fighting was like in Chesterfield in May 1864. Parking at Clover Hill High School, 13301 Kelly Green Lane, Midlothian shuttles will be available at 6:45am both days. The event is free. For more details visit http://www.VisitChesterfieldVA.com/bh150/ or call 804-768-7498.
Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Celebration at Agecroft Hall, 4305 Sulgrave Road, Saturday, April 26, 10 am – 4pm, Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare are partnering with Agecroft Hall for a year-long program: The World of Shakespeare 1564 – 1616, Agecroft Hall will feature the environment, objects and culture of England during the life of Shakespeare. Free grounds and outdoor activities, for more information visit http://www.agecrofthall.org/newsletter/ or call 804- 353-4241.
9th Annual Fool for Art Festival at John Tyler Community College, Saturday April 26, 10am – 4pm at the College’s Midlothian Campus 800 Charter Colony Parkway; a family friendly fun packed day with art, music, hands on activities, free educational sessions, food, dance and more, for more information and directions visit http://www.jtcc.edu/foodforart/ or call 804-594-1527.
George F. Baker Elementary School PTA 2014 Car Show, 6651 Wilson Road, Henrico, Saturday, April 26, 9am – 3pm; all vehicles must be registered and on field by 11am, judging begins at noon, Lite 98’s Kat Simon is the Emcee, for more information call 804-247-0639 or on Facebook Baker Elementary School PTA.
Hoodies Up! Youth Summit, St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 4247 Crieghton Road, presented by Kisura and Lions of Judah Mentoring Programs, Saturday, April 26, 10am – 1pm, know your legal rights and responsibilities, featuring Senator A. Donald McEachin and Delegate Joe Morrissey, area law enforcement officials, local attorneys and judges. For more information call 434-218-3367 or 804-643-4000.
30th annual Herbs Galore & More, Saturday, April 26, 8am – 4pm at Maymont’s Carriage House Lawn, more than 50 vendors with every imaginable herb as well as annuals, perennials, trees, vegetables, and herbal products and crafts. https://www.maymont.org/. Historic Garden Week, Wednesday, April 30, 10am – 5pm, Maymont Mansion, Gardens, Grounds and Westover Road, for details visit http://www.vagardenweek.org/.
Casa Superhero Run, Saturday, April 26, at St. Joseph’s Villa, registration until 9am today, every child needs a hero but abused children need superheros, 5K Race, kids run & family fun, BS 6 Greg McQuade is the Emcee, for details visit http://www.casarun.com/.
MS Walk, Richmond, Saturday, April 26, 9am check in walk starts at 10am, at Innsbrook, 4200 Inslake Drive, Glen Allen, CBS 6 Mike Goldberg serves as Emcee, http://walkvar.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?fr_id=23529&pg=entry
Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2015 Application deadline is Wednesday, April 30, Class members gain an insider’s view on community issues and decisions, meet and network with diverse influential leaders and enhance their ability to lead. To apply visit http://www.lmronline.org/leadership-quest/.
Dia Celebration – Dia looks forward to the World Cup, meet Kickeroo, test your soccer skills with First Touch Sports, at the Virginia Center for Latin American Art galeria movimiento bus, Saturday, April 26, 11am at Meadowdale Library, for more details for the Dia celebration http://library.chesterfield.gov/ or 804-717-6381.
Lyrics, Laughter & learning! The Greater Richmond Children’s Choir’s entry-level Treble Choir performs Saturday, April 26, 2pm in the Gellman Room Concert Series at the Richmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin street, bring your youngest friends, the program includes audience participation, the event is free, for details 804-201-1894.
The Junior League of Richmond Book & Dominion Resources welcomes seven national authors to Richmond, Wednesday April 30 at 6:30 pm for the 69th Book and Author Event, A spring literary feast at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, the Book & Author Dinner is the longest running event of its kind in the country. For details log onto http://www.jlrichmond.org/?nd=book_and_author/.
FUTURE Events: Sickle Cell Association of Richmond -OSCAR, Annual Unity Ride for Sickle Cell, Saturday, May 3, staging in parking lot of Petersburg Health Department, 301 Halifax Street, Petersburg 9am, first bike out at 11am and ending in parking lot of Second Baptist Church, 3300 Broad Rock Boulevard.
17th Annual Asian American Celebration, Saturday, May 3rd, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, , 403 North 3rd Street, more info http://www.aasocv.org/ or 804-245-4974.
Jazz Inside Out Fundraiser at The Westin Hotel & Courtyard, Friday, May 30, 8pm – 12am. The VA Higher Education Fund is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation that was formed to provide Momentum Scholarships & emergency aid to college students who have experienced challenging life conditions and are in need of an emotional as well as financial boost. This year our Momentum Scholarship recipients are students who have been in the foster care system. Deadline to get tickets is May 20, 2014. CBS 6 Antoinette Essa is the Emcee. For more info http://www.vahigheredfund.com/about.