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RICHMOND: Arts & Culture Xpo, an explosion of the arts, history, science, performances education, hands-on-activities.  A fun event to highlight the mission of more than 60 local non-profit organizations and help to raise awareness of the talent in the Richmond. It's also a great opportunity to purchase discounted memberships and tickets to events and programs at each non-profit. Arts & Culture Xpo is  Saturday, June 27, 10am- 4pm at the Science Museum of Virginia. Free admission.

Festival of Arts at Dogwood Dell, featuring Plunky & Oneness Sunday, June 29, 8pm, My Uncle's Old Army Buddies, July 2nd, 8pm; Fourth of July, events start at 6pm, fireworks at 8:45pm; Latin Jazz Festival, July 11, 4pm; Gospel Fest, July 12, 5pm.  Byrd Park, 6000 South Blvd. Richmond, Dogwood Dell is a 2,400 seat amphitheatre owned and operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities. Since 1956, it has been home to the Festival of Arts; a summer long celebration of the arts featuring art exhibits, concerts, dance and theater. In addition to these events, the Festival of Arts also incorporates a children's series with performances at the Ha' Penny stage. For more information, call (804)646-1437 or call the Dell hotline at (804)646-DELL or visit http://www.richmondgov.com/parks.

American Turkish Friendship Association series of Ramadan Dinner Programs to share the traditional break-fast meal with the community. Dinners are Wednesday, June 24, Thursday, June 25, Saturday, June 27 & Monday, June 29, Ramadan Facts & Trivia 7:30- 8pm, Q&A 8pm-8:15pm, Dinner 8:30pm-9pm, venue 8401 Three Chop Road, dinner will be free and served by a local Turkish restaurant. For more information visit  http://www.atfa.us or Rumi Forum, http://rumiforum.org/ or email richmond@atfa.us.

6th annual Honey Bee Festival, sponsored by members of the Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Association, Saturday, June 27, 11am - 3pm at Rockwood Park, Rockwood Nature Center,  3401 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield, learn how to create a bee-friendly yard, choose bee-friendly plants, there will be face-painting, music, food trucks, and other activities, for more information call 804-404-2339 or visit http://www.rockwoodbeekeeper.com.

Check Your Health Day, Saturday, June 27th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center
2401 W. Leigh Street, Special appearances by Washington Redskins players and cheerleaders.
Bon Secours celebrates men’s health, dads and kids of all ages are invited to check their health in an afternoon of fitness, football and fun. Test your agility in our NFL combine drills for a chance to win prizes. Take free screenings, tour the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center and learn from our team of expert physicians how Bon Secours can keep you active and healthy for life. http://redskinsrva.bonsecours.com/check-your-health-day.

Native American Art: The Robert and Nancy Nooter Collection on display at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 North Boulevard. This multifaceted exhibition, from The Robert and Nancy Nooter Collection, showcases objects from more than 50 different Native American cultures. The objects are on loan to the VMFA from Robert and Nancy Nooter, artworks include a carved Tlingit raven rattle, an adorned River Crow war shirt, ceramic vessels from the Acoma and Hopi Pueblos, baskets by Pomo and Apache artists, and exquisite Navajo textiles. For more information visit  http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/robert-nancy-nooter-collection/, 804-340-1400.

Riverboat Cruises, departing from Rocketts Landing, (Annabell Lee Dock) 3101 Wharf Street, cruise the James for lunch, dinner/dancing & Sunday Brunch, featuring Steve Bassett, Friday, June 26, reservations 804-453-2628 or http://www.tangiercruise.com.com.

FUTURE Events: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) performance Saturday, July 4th, at 7:30pm at Agecroft Hall, 4305 Sulgrave Road, for tickets and information visit http://www.quilltheatre.org or call 804-340-0115. Also coming up The 17th Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall, "Hamlet," July 9th - August 2nd.

Innsbrook After Hours featuring Buddy Guy, Wednesday July 1st, for tickets and more information visit http://www.innsbrookafterhours.com or call 804-423-1779.

An After-Eid Ul Fitr 2015 Expo Event, celebrating the 85th Anniversary from the Nation of Islam to Muslims in America, Saturday, July 25th, 2-8pm at VCU Student Commons Activity Center, 907 Floyd Avenue, speakers, workshops, exhibits, youth activities, cultural showcase & festival marketplace. For more information visit http://www.85anniversary.org or call 804-222-9825.