Hanover Tomato Festival, is Saturday, July 12, 9am – 4pm at Pole Green Park, 8996 Pole Green Park Lane in Mechanicsville. Stock up on Hanover Tomatoes, listen to live music, enter the tomato contests and taste all the tomato dishes you can. There’s also children’s activities, rides, a petting zoo and more. This is a free event and so is parking, for more details visit http://www.hanovercounty.gov/Events/Tomato-Festival/Hanover-Tomato-Festival/.
22nd Annual VCU Guitar and Other Strings Concert Series, features Folk, Celtic, Jazz, Bluegrass, Flamenco, Classical & Blues, Friday, July 11, 7:30pm, Banjo Masters featuring Tony Trischka, John Bullard and Adam Larrabee; Friday, July 18, Quatro Na Bossa; Friday, 25, Stephen Bennett, Master of the Guitar, Harp Guitar and Steel Resonator Guitar Sunday, July 27, VCU Community Guitar Ensemble, all performances are at the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall, W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Avenue, details http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/guitar-other-strings-series/ or call 804-828-1166.
8th Annual Halifax Jazz and Blues Festival, July 11 – 13, The festival takes place at the Historic Halifax Triangle in the City of Petersburg; Friday, July 11, A Tribute to the late Mitch Malone, Richmond Radio DJ & Personality, performances from The James Saxsmo Gates Quintet featuring Carlton Blount, also performing are Sharron, G-Factor, Mr. Rick Elliott and Evolution Band & Show. On Saturday, July 12, 5pm – midnight, Jazz on the Ave with The Soul Unlimited Band and Show and others and Sunday, July 13, 3pm – 7pm, with Holy Ghost Party on the Ave features a Musical Tribute to the late Doris Bland by her daughter, Nickia Bland Johnson in concert, the Bible-way Male Chorus and others. For more details visit http://www.halifaxjazzfestival.com/220104093 or call 804-404-3335, and leave a message.
5th Annual Gospel with “The Belle” Co-Hosted by Dr. Bobby Jones & The Belle, features Dorothy Norwood, Cora Armstrong, Dr. Larry Reid & The Breakthrough Singers, Ruth Laontra, and more, Sunday, July 13, 5pm – 9pm at Dogwood Dell. Event is free, for more artists performing and more information visit http://www.thebellereport.com.
The Richmond International Raceway Amphitheater Concert Series sponsored by Virginia Credit Union featuring The Band Perry, Saturday, July 12, Darius Rucker, July 18 and Jennifer Nettles (Lead female of Sugarland), August 15, concert time 7pm, for details visit http://www.rir.com/Ticket-Info/Concerts.aspx.
Virginia Repertory Theatre’s production of the Color Purple is playing at the November Theatre now through August 3rd. The show based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker follows the life and personal awakening of Celie. Virginia Rep’s Chase Kniffen, directs a talented cast of thirty-five that includes Felicia Curry as Celie, Desiree Roots Centeio as Sofia, Carolyn Minor Daughtry as Shug Avery, Jerold Solomon as Mister and Josh Marin as Harpo as well as a live band. The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre is compatible with all telecoil-equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants and a handheld receiver and headphone system is also available free of charge for anyone who is hearing impaired. Tickets range from $48 – $60, valet parking available for $8. For more details about the Color Purple visit http://va-rep.org/show_color_purple.html or call 804-282-2620.
Jammin’ on the James, at Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road, Saturday, July 12, 6pm – 8pm featuring The Tom Cunningham Orchestra 215 South Wilton Road, also Saturday, August 9, 6pm – 8pm with Susan Greenbaum, http://www.wiltonhousemuseum.org or call 804-282-5936.
Virginia Motor Sports Park, 8018 Boydton Plank Road, North Dinwiddie, Virginia Mid Summer Bike Bash, http://www.vmpdrag.com/ or call 804-862-3174.
The Wilkins, Chavis, Washington Family and Councilman W. Howard Myers, hosts a Harding Street Block Party fundraiser Saturday, July 12, 11am – 4pm, the intent is to raise money to increase the reward for a person of interest in the April 19, 2014 quadruple homicide in Petersburg. Harding Street is between Shore and Mistletoe Streets. For more information call 804-590-7988.
July is Bereaved Parents Awareness Month Workshop, Saturday, July 19, 10am – 11:30am at 4909 Augusta Avenue, Richmond, register by July 14 at http://www.dreamelhenry.org or call 804-332-6160.