Have a cup or two of some cool lemonade and support Children with cancer, all funds raised will stay in the Richmond area and ensure the children get the best care available in cancer treatment. look for the Anthem LemonAid Stands this weekend July 18th – 20th at Kroger, Panera Bread, Walmart, Sam’s Club, in front yards, at pools this weekend, all to support local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information about Anthem LemonAid and a listing of open stand locations, visit http://www.AnthemLemonAid.com, secure donations can be made via the online LemonAid Stand, http://www.helpmakemiracles.org/event/richmondlemonaid2014/.
The E.J. Wade Foundation is hosting Richmond native and American Idol Alum, Elliott Yamin Friday, July 18, 5:30 – 9:30pm, at Pole Green Park for a free concert to benefit the Foundation’s International disaster relief program in Niger, Africa. The concert also features Prospect7 and McBeth, suggested donation is $5, there will be kids activities and food vendors on site. For details visit http://www.ejwadefoundation.org.
In Ashland The Center of The Universe Brewing Company celebrates the Summer Moon Festival Saturday and Sunday, July 19 & 20. Over 12 bands, craft beer, food trucks, and oysters at The Center of the Universe Brewing, 11293 Air Park Road, Saturday 12pm – 10pm and Sunday 12pm – 8pm. For more details http://www.cotubrewing.com/ or 804-368-0299.
17th Street Farmer’s Market 9th Annual Shockoe Tomato Festival, Saturday, July 19, 11am – 4pm, sample dishes from area restaurants, live music & beverages. A feature attraction is the “Hot Tomato” talent contest at 3pm, for more information visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/17th-Street-Farmers-Market/184088855071965 or http://www.17thstreetfarmersmarket.com.
The Richmond International Raceway Classic Amphitheater Concert Series continues Friday, July 18, 7pm with Country Music Artist Darius Rucker, the Charleston, South Carolina native has been hitting a high note as a solo artist with platinum and gold studio albums and several multi-platinum studio albums as lead man with Hootie & The Blowfish. He also has a successful tour. The series ends with Sugarland lead female Jennifer Nettles Friday, August 15, 7pm, for details visit http://www.rir.com/Ticket-Info/Concerts.aspx.
Other concerts to check out this weekend are: JoyFest at Kings Dominion featuring some of the top Gospel Artists in the Country, Kirk Franklin, Tamela Mann, Comedian & Talk Show Host Sherri, Saturday, July 19, 4pm. For details visit https://www.kingsdominion.com/events/things-to-do/special-events/JoyFest-2012.
Five time Grammy Nominated Folk Pop – Rock Icon Gordon Lightfoot comes to Richmond CenterStage for a performance at The Carpenter Theatre, Sunday, July 20 at 8pm. In addition to his five Grammy Nominated albums, Lightfoot has been honored as a charter member of Canada’s Walk of Fame and recently inducted into the Canadian Songwriter Hall of Fame. Tickets range from $49 – $64, for details visit http://www.richmondcenterstage.com or charge by phone 800-514-3849.
Crab & Fish Day Party, Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond, Saturday, July 19th, 12pm, at 2712 Chamberlayne Avenue, all proceeds will go to create a home for the “heroes Initiative, for more details visit http://www.nhsofr.org, or call Jeanette King at 804-329-2500.
Virginia Repertory Theatre’s production of the Color Purple has been extended at the November Theatre through August 10th. 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.