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Weekend Events: Filipino Fest, Watermelon Fest & Richmond Jazz Fest

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9th annual Filipino Festival, Friday, August 8th, 5pm -10pm & Saturday, August 9th, 10am – 10pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 8200 Woodman Road. The festival is a showcase of the Filipino culture Featured foods includes lumpias, barbecue kebobs, empanadas, lechon, rice noodles, and many other specialty dishes. Friday night features Virginia Beach Band D’Originals followed by Conjunto one of Richmond’s hottest Latin bands. CBS 6 Anchor Stephanie Rochon hosts Friday’s evening festivities.

Also at the Filipino Festival a 5K Race ‘n Roll to support the Colorado Fund for Muscular Dystrophy kicks off Friday morning. Washington D.C. Embassy representatives will provide Consular Services on Saturday from 9am – noon and again from 1- 6pm. There will also be traditional Filipino dances, music and songs,  and live performances from Pinoy Republic, Remnants Rock ‘N Soul and Lite 98’s DJ Chris Parker takes the mic on Saturday.  The festival is free and open to the public, but bring cash to purchase foods and other items. For more details visit http://www.filipinofestival.org or call our Lady of Lourdes Church at 804-262-7315.

Carytown Watermelon Festival, Sunday, August 10, 10am – 6pm Cary Street. 3000 watermelons, large Kid zone, 60 musicians, 100 exhibitors, and tons of Watermelon, free but bring cash to purchase watermelon and other foods.http://www.carytownrva.com/events/watermelon-festival.php.

Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont; Friday 7pm, at the Hippodrome with The Blind Boys of Alabama, Saturday & Sunday featuring Boz Scaggs, Cassandra Wilson, Boney James, Euge Groove, Peter White, Keneth Babyface Edmonds, Rick Braun, Down to the Bone, Regina Carter, Cameo, Earl Klugh, Dianne Reeves, Mary, Mary and many others, http://jazzatmaymont.com/

Maymont now has added five young American alligators to its collection of creatures at the Nature Center. The alligators are on display and are used to educate the public about the species. Since alligators live close to Virginia’s southern border, Maymont’s goal is to help their visitors understand  how climate change could expand the range of the alligator into Virginia. The new additions are one to two years old, measuring about eight to 30 inches long. The Nature Center also has seahorses, a species native to the Chesapeake Bay as well as Otters, fish and other interesting creatures from the river. For more information about Maymont and the Nature Center visit http://www.maymont.org or call 804-358-7166, ext 310.

Jammin’ on the James at Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road, featuring Susan Greenbaum, Saturday, August 9, 6pm-8pm, free concert, bring picnic baskets and lawn chairs, http://www.wiltonhousemuseum.org/events/.

Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show, Friday – Sunday at Richmond Raceway Complex. Features R.J and Jay Paul Molinere of the History Channel “Swamp People”, Friday 5 -8pm, Saturday 11am -2pm, Sunday 11am -3pm, seminars, clothing, hunting and fishing and advice from experts, tickets $10 or $15 for a three-day pass.  For details visit http://www.sportsmanshow.com.

An Evening with Aretha Franklin, Monday, November 17 at The Altira Theater, tickets on sale Friday, August 8, tickets between $69.50  to $125, details at http://www.ETIX.com.

Northside Coalition for Children, Inc. & Richmond Police Department, 6th annual Back to School Rally, for all students who attend Richmond Public Schools, Proof of Residency is Required. Saturday, August 9th, 10am – noon at MLK Middle School, 1000 Mosby Street.

Happily Natural Day at Plant Zero, August 9 & 10, 11am – 7pm,  workshops, expert advice, seminars, vendors and more.  Sunday – Happily Natural Day 5K Run in collaboration with Black Girls Run, for more information visit http://www.happilynaturalday.com or call 804-397-1465.

The Cecchetti USA – the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition 2014.   Hosted by Cecchetti USA, the competition runs through August 8 & 9, 2014 in Richmond. The week-long event incorporates a Residential Summer Course for students and teachers, culminating in a Gala Evening Performance of the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition finalists. Cecchetti USA is a ballet organization dedicated to the improvement of dance training as developed by Maestro Enrico Cecchetti. Cecchetti USA offers: Regional and National Training Courses, Teacher Certification, Student Examinations, Membership for Teachers and Students, Networking Opportunities for Teachers. For more information about Cecchetti USA, visit: http://www.cecchettiusa.org

FUTURE Events: “No Longer Waiting to Exhale” Women’s Conference, Saturday, August 16, doors open at 4pm event 5 – 8pm. Hosted by comedian Micah White, music by Danja Mowf, a style show with Katrina Pascal, live performances  from Ameera De4landro and comedian Corey Marshall. Also featuring speakers including Alice Freeman, and keynote Author of “What does a real man look like” Enrique Pascal. For more information visit http://www.enriquepascal.com.

Visit our August Festival Guide: http://wtvr.com/2014/07/31/richmond-august-festivals-2014/

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