8th annual We Care Festival, City of Richmond & Northside Churches & Organizations celebrating community, empowering residents, Saturday, August 30, 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. Volunteers are needed and can sign up between 8:30am -9am Saturday morning.
Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, 2nd annual Opera in the Park, Saturday, August 30th at Dogwood Dell Amphitheater, 6000 South Boulevard in Byrd Park. Dogwood Dell will open at 6pm and the concert will start at 7:30pm This year’s Opera in the park is the first event of the 40th Anniversary of Virginia Opera. Also this year at Opera in the Park, Virginia Opera will be hosting a costume contest for people dressed as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett, prizes include VIP ticket and ding packages based on popular vote of the audience. Opera in the Park is free and open to the public, there’s also free parking at Dogwood Dell. Opera in the Park at Town point Park, Norfolk is Saturday, September 6. For details visit http://www.vaopera.org.
The Partnership of Churches is having its 9th annual “New Shoes for back to School” Ministry on Monday, Labor Day, September 1st, from 8am to 4pm at Third St. Bethel AME in 2005, 712 pairs of shoes were given out but the Shoe Ministry soon outgrew the location and relocated to Second Baptist Church of South Richmond, 3300 Broad Rock Boulevard. To date the New Shoes Ministry has given out over 65,00 pairs of new shoes to students, a partnership between churches, business and the community. Donations from Marshalls, Saxon Shoes, Walmart, Rugged Warehouse, Pepsi Cola, The Shoe Rack, Panera Bread, Bizport Printing, Target, Cobra I, SC and Steinmart and Saxon Shoes will work alongside the volunteers on the day of the shoe give-away. New shoes donations are still needed and can be dropped off at Second Baptist of South Richmond, 3300 Broad Rock Boulevard after 11 am until the day of the giveaway, for more details call Rita Willis at 804-221-7394 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.2bcsouthside.org/.
101st Chesterfield County Fair at Chesterfield County Fairgrounds across from L.C. Bird High School, through 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.
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.
22nd annual “Taste of the Mountains Street Festival sponsored by the Madison Chamber of Commerce, Saturday, August 30, 9am – 4pm in Historic Madison, details http://www.madison-va.com/taste-of-the-mountains/.
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 are 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 email@example.com; Levi R. Johnson 804-819-0291 or Garway Bright 804-908-7415.
Tony Award Winner – Best Musical “The Book of MORMON”, comes to Richmond with performances starting Tuesday November 4 at Altria Theater, tickets on sale Friday September 5th, for details visit BroadwayInRichmond.com or call 800-514-3849.
FUTURE Events: Food Court Tuesdays!, Richmond Food Truck Association, every Tuesday at 1010 West Laburnum Avenue, parking lot of Ginter Park United Methodist Church, corner of Laburnum and Chamberlayne Avenues, pick up supper on the way home, 5:30pm – 8:30pm, details 804-262-8651.
My Brother’s Keeper of Greater Richmond, hosting “The Mannys” an Awards Dinner event to celebrate the unsung heroes in the Greater Richmond Area, Saturday, August 8, at the Embassy Suites, 2925 Emerywood Parkway, tickets $50. Nominate an unsung hero, details http://www.mbkgrva.org or call 804-502-3239.
The Spirit 76 Ride, sponsored by the Chesterfield and Colonial Heights Alliance for Social Ministry, a fully sagged and supported tour of scenic Chesterfield County, Saturday September 6 at the Bethia United Methodist Church, 10700 Winterpock Road, Chesterfield. Proceeds from the ride will benefit area residents through financial assistance for food, clothing, utilities and rent. Choose from 76, 40, 25, and 25 mile family ride options, as well as 12.48 and 4.81 mile off-road options and Pocahontas State Park. Riders who raise $250 via the fundraiser option will ride for free, and receive a $100 gift certificate from Agee’s Bicycles. For details visit http://www.vabike.org/spirit-76-ride/.
Greater Henrico Job Fair, Thursday, September 4th, 9am – 12pm, at St. Joseph’s Villa Gym, 8000 Brook Road, Richmond thirty plus Henrico Area Job Placement Agencies, for details visit http://www.neverstopbelieving.org.
The Curling Club of Virginia’s, First ever Rock Around the Clock Bonspiel, all Night Long Curling Tournament, starts Saturday, September 6th 6pm to Sunday September 7th 1pm at Richmond Ice Zone, 4350 Pouncey Tract Road, Glen Allen, http://www.curlingva.org/rock-around-the-clock-bomspiel.
Tim & Daphne Reid Festival Pre-screening and Reception: Toussaint Louverture, Saturday, September 6th, 1 – 5 pm, at the Leslie Cheek Theater, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Toussaint Louverture, a two-part, action-packed epic film, depicts the life of the Haitian leader who led the first successful slave revolt in world history, defeating Napoleon Bonaparte and winning independence for Haiti from France. This is a pre-screening event for Tim Reid’s Legacy Media Institute (LMI) International Film Festival in Petersburg, Oct 17 – 19. For information visit LMI-IFF.org. Tickets available online at eventbrite.com or Sept. 6th, starting at 12:30 at the Cheek Theater door. http://vmfa.museum/calendar/.
An Evening of Classics with The Stylistics performing Live featuring Russell Thompkins Jr., two shows, doors open at 2pm show at 3pm, 2nd show doors open at 6pm show starts at 7pm at the John Marshall Ballrooms, 101 North 5th Street, Downtown Richmond, details 804353-9180 or Plan 9 Records, BK Music and Barkys Records.
Aretha Francklin’s concert at Altria CANCELLED: Due to scheduling conflicts, Aretha Franklin’s show scheduled for the Altria Theater on Monday, November 17th has been cancelled.
Ms. Franklin, National Shows 2 and Altria Theater apologize to ticket buyers for any inconvenience. Tickets purchased with a credit card will be refunded automatically. For cash purchases, please return tickets to the Richmond CenterStage box office. The box office is open Monday – Friday from 10am – 4pm.