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FESTIVAL WITH CHURCH IN BACKGROUND

3-H Fest, Hogs, Hops and Horticulture in Petersburg, it’s BBQ, Baseball  & Beverages at the Petersburg Sports Complex, 100 Ballpark Road,  Saturday May 31st, 12 pm – 6pm. The first of its kind event features BBQ Masters from the Tri-Cities region competing for a chance to be crowned Tri-Cities BBQ Champ. Kozack Beverages among others will provide ale, while the new Baseball season kicks off, festival tickets holders are admitted free to the Petersburg Generals 7pm game.  There will also be a bike ride starting at 11am from the Colonial Heights Harley Davidson Advance to the Sports Complex, tickets $15, $20 at gate, kids 12 and under are free. For more details visit http://www.3hfest.com or call 804-733-8131.

The 39th annual Richmond Greek Festival runs through Sunday June 1st at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Malvern Avenue. In addition to delicious Greek foods and pastries and Greek Wines the festival features Cathedral tours through out the weekend, dancers, musicians and arts and crafts. Festival hours are Thursday until 9:30, Friday & Saturday, 11am – 10pm and Sunday 12pm – 7pm. If you don’t want to wait in the lines, you can go through the drive thru, hours are Thursday – Saturday, 11am – dusk and Sunday noon – dusk.  For a complete menu list and more information visit http://www.greekfestival.com or on Facebook, Richmond Greek Festival or 804-358-5996 or #OPARVA.

The Paredes Foundation invites you to their Festival Day and Lakeside Adventure Walk,  where hundreds of butterflies will release into the skies at Innsbrook, Saturday, May 31st, starting at 11am and ending at 2pm at The Paredes Foundation Offices, 4480 Cox Road Glen Allen.  You’re encouraged to purchase a butterfly “in honor of” or “in memory of” a loved one to release yourself at the event. Ten non-profits all committed to serving the community will host family activities from bean bag toss, to hula hoop to butterfly contests.  Others will walk around the beautiful lake at 4480 Cox Road to raise funds to provide free mammograms to undeserved women in Richmond.  Come play, walk, eat and support the Paredes Foundation Festival Day. To purchase a butterfly visit http://www.paredesfoundation.org or call 804-545-7655.

Free Family Block Party, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Virginia, Saturday, May 31, 1-4pm, HealthSouth 5700 Fitzhugh Avenue, corner of Libbie Avenue & Fitzhugh Avenue, free health demonstrations, farmer’s market, food, music and dancing.

Radio One 10th annual Stone Soul Music and Food Festival, Saturday, May 31, noon – 9pm at Richmond International Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Avenue featuring 50 Cent, Keyshia Cole, Tye Tribbett, Byron Cage, Lil Mo,112, Rico Love, Lil Boosie, Sebastian Mikael, George Tandy and many more, tickets range from $35 – $65, for details visit http://www.kissrichmond.com or http://www.etix.com, parking is free.

Broad Appetit, Sunday, June 1st, 11am – 6pm between Henry and Adams one block east of Belvidere, food plates cost between $3 -$5, extra for wine, for more details http://www.broadappetit.com.

The Richmond Ride Richmond’s Mounted Police,  is Saturday, May 31, departing at noon from the picnic shelter near the Carillon and Barker Field dog park  providing a perspective of historic Richmond the way it was viewed in the 1800’s from the back of a horse. The ride is an annual fund-raiser for the Friends of the Richmond Mounted Squad, for details visit http://www.frmsva.com.

DRAKA 15 U.S. Debut, Mixed Martial Arts Event, Richmond Coliseum, Saturday, May 31, doors open at 3:30pm, undercard starts at 4:30pm, main event at 6:30pm, for details visit http://richmondcoliseum.net/events/draka-15-u-s-debut/.

Old Towne Petersburg support for Massey Cancer Center, everyone Wears Pink Cancer Fundraiser, Friday, May 30, look for the Pink Lantern for participating restaurants and drink specials in Old Towne Petersburg. Old Towne Petersburg is located off i-95 at exit 52 about 20 miles South of Richmond. For details visit embed]http://www.eatwabisabi.com/ or call 804-862-1365.

CebterStage and Dominion Present “A Sweet Virginia Evening”, Thursday, June 5 7pm, at Richmond CenterStage, 600 East Grace Street. An evening of celebration in honor of the recipients of CenterStage’s 2014 Renaissance Awards: Virginia-based musician Robbin Thompson and Altria Group. In addition to cocktails, dinner, dessert and champagne, gala guests will be treated to a special performance by Robbin Thompson.  For tickets and more information visit http://www.richmondcenterstage.com/renaissance or call 804-592-3378.

Carbon Leaf’s Ragtime Carnival, May 30 & 31 at Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield, gates open 4pm Friday and 11:30am Saturday.  tickets 35 at the gate, details http://www.pocahontaslive.com or 804-794-6700.

Weston Plantation Sounds of Summer, Concerts on the Appomattox, presented by Historic Hopewell, Sunday, June 1, 4pm, free Magnolia; Sunday, June 8, Heart of Country, Weston Plantation, 400 Weston Lane, Hopewell, call 804-458-4682.

James River Wine & Music Festival moves to Rebec Vineyards, Route 29 Amherst, home of the site of the Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival in October, Saturday, May 31, 11am – 6pm, features 12 award-winning Virginia wineries, for more details visit http://www.vawinelover.com/festival/.

The Faces of Hope, Family Fit Day, helping kids make healthy choices, Saturday, May 31, 10am – 1pm in Chimbarazo Park, Historic Church Hill, advance tickets $5, at the gate $7 to participate in fitness stations, details visit http://www.thefacesofhope.org or call 804-592-4751.

FUTURE Events: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, First IBEW Ride 4 Strides, Saturday, June 21, 10am in Highland Springs, 100% of registration fess benefit Making Stride Against Breast Cancer. Registration $35, sign-in 8am – 9:30am, for details visit http://www.ibew50.org or http://www.ibewlocal666.com.

Shoe Drive Fundraiser, June 7, 10am – 3pm, 104 East Clay Street in the Back Parking Lot, purchase shoes from $5 to $10 and donate to someone in need, for more details visit http://www.sisternetworkcentralva.org or call 804-447-4027.

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