Weekend Events: Tony Bennett, Chesterfield County Fair, We Care Festival and more
101st Chesterfield County Fair at Chesterfield County Fairgrounds across from L.C. Bird High School, Friday, August 22-Saturday August 30. Monday – Friday 4pm – 11pm, Saturday, 11am – 11pm, Sunday 1pm – 11pm, tickets $8 – adults, $5 – seniors, $5 – child ages 4 -11, free for ages 3 and under, admission to all grandstand activities/fireworks/rodeo included. For more information visit http://www.chesterfieldcountyfair.org.
8th annual We Care Festival, City of Richmond & Northside Churches & Organizations celebrating community, empowering residents, Saturday, August 23, 10am -3pm, at Hotchkiss Community Center, 701 East Brookland Park Boulevard, music, book bag giveaway, carnival & moonwalk inflatable games, $5 community raffle for a 40′ inch flat screen TV, $200 gas card, coach purse, health & wellness fair, financial literacy, basketball competition, vendors, food, gospel music workshop, special guests, hosted by Comedian Antoine Scott, for more details call 804-321-5115 or Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/wecarefestival. Rain date Saturday, August 30th,.
2nd Annual Richmond Bluegrass Festival Saturday, August 23rd, 2pm at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane, features music and mobile gourmet food vendors, specialty beers, details http://www.hardywood.com/content/richmond-bluegrass-festival-0 or call 804-420-2420.
Virginia Mega Mile AMA Pro Flat Track Motorcycle Race at Colonial Downs, Saturday, August 23rd, gates open at noon, opening ceremonies at 3:30pm, nine heat races and two Grand National Championship from 4pm – 7pm. The country’s top flat track motorcycle riders will compete at speeds of 130 miles per hours over the largest oval on the AMA Pro circuit at 1 1/4 miles around. Also enjoy a vintage motorcycle display, vendor marketplace, US Army recruit swearing-in ceremony at intermission, Purple Hear Fire Truck will be on display, Grand Marshal is 15-year-old Chesterfield amateur rider Tristan Avery. Advance tickets $25, kids 12 & under $5, reserved Grandstand Seats $35, Box Seats & Jockey Club Lounge $40, Turf Club with buffet $85, details http://www.colonialdowns.com or call 804-966-7223, ext. 1032.
Virginia In Action For Liberia Against Ebola, is a campaign organized by Diaspora Liberians and friends in Virginia to provide support and resources needed to control the spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia. VALAE with its partners The Virginia Baptist Mission Board and First Baptist will host a Prayer Vigil and kick-off event on Sunday, August 24, 5pm at First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Avenue. VALAE is asking the public to donate sanitary items and medical supplies like: bar soap, fluid resistant gowns, disposable boot & show covers, polycarbonate face shields, hospital masks, disposable aprons with sleeves & hair nets, splash protection safety goggles, surgical, examination, obstetrics Gynecology, latex & vinyl gloves (all sizes), disinfectants -Clorox bleach & bleach spray, Lysol spray, antibacterial hand sanitizer, disposable sanitizing wipes, empty bottles sprayers, alcohol & alcohol wipes. To make Financial donations through the Virginia Baptist Mission Board; a secured electronic donation to vbmb.org/financial-resources/services (choose “Ebola Outbreak” in drop menu). By checks payable to Virginia Baptist Mission Board, memo line “Ebola Virus – Liberia”, mail to Virginia Baptist Mission Board, Attn: Dean Miller, 2828 Emerywood Parkway, Henrico, Va. 23294 and credit cards donations are accepted by calling 804-915-5000 ask for Jeannette Hildebrand. For more information or organizations willing to donate medical supplies or items, call Rev. Dr. Calvin A. Birch 804-714-7450, email firstname.lastname@example.org; Levi R. Johnson 804-819-0291 or Garway Bright 804-908-7415.
Open House Weekend – Roam the Dome!, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 18 North Laurel, across fro Monroe Park Saturday & Sunday August 23rd & 24th, tour times about one hour after each Mass, Saturday’s Mass is at 5:15pm, Sunday 9am, 11am & 5:15am; the entire church facility will be open to tour including the crypt area underneath the alter, the Museum of Virginia Catholic History, the choir loft, VCU Catholic Campus Ministry, enclosed garden courtyard, classroom and parish offices. Detailed maps will be provided along with Cathedral personnel for assistance. For more information visit http://www.richmondcathedral.org or call the parish office at 804-359-5651, parking is free at VCU parking garage at Laurel & Main Streets.
French Legion of Honor Ceremony for WWII U.S. Veteran, & Chesterfield County Resident Army Veteran, Mr. James E. Yeatts, Saturday, August 23rd, 10am at the Shrine of memory, Virginia War Memorial, 621 South Belvidere Street, details 804-786-2060.
The Old Skool Concert, the 80’s was the greatest!, Saturday, August 23rd, 5:30pm on Brown’s Island, featuring Salt & Pepe, Kwame, Special Ed, Chubb Rock, Dana Dane, Monie Love and others, tickets $30. http://www.boxofficehero.com/boh-event/470006-the-5th-annual-old-school-concert-of-the-year-80s-was-the-greatest-richmond-va-08-23-2014-tickets.
Peterburgs’ Walton Gallery “Daydreaming’ opens August 23, showcasing four artists from across the country, featuring Richmond’s Philip Muzi Branch (also a member of Plunky and Oneness), opening ceremony August 23rd, 5-8pm, http://www.waltongallery.com or call 804-732-2475.
FUTURE Event: 21st annual American Music Festival presented by Chevrolet in Virginia Beach August 29th – August 31st featuring four major headline bands on 5th Street Main Stage, Train, Hunter Hayes Creedence Clearwater revisited and Blues Traveler. Other performers include Doug Dunn & Steel River Band, Bill Deals Rhondels with Main Event Band and Gerald Albright with Forte Jazz, the festival takes place on 5th, 17th 24th and 31st Streets, for more tickets and information visit http://www.beachstreetusa.com.