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Weekend Events: Oysters, BBQ, Battersea!, Urbanna Oyster Festival

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November 4-7

The Compassion Experience – at West End Assembly of God, 401 North Parham Road, Richmond.

A free event that features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. More than 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools – without getting on a plane. Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope. A Project of Compassion International, the world’s leading authority in holistic child development through sponsorship.  For more information about Compassion, visit http://www.compassion.com/.

November 4 & 5

Urbanna Oyster Festival

Friday: 10 am – 7 pm & Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm. Over fifty vendors, Oysters, raw, roasted, friends, smoked, in fritters or in a stew, oyster shucking contest and crafts and artwork available throughout the town and within Festival Village. Get a full list of events at http://www.urbannaoysterfestival.com/index.php.

November 5th

Oysters, BBQ, Battersea!

Saturday,1 pm to 4 pm

Battersea is located at 1289 Upper Appomattox Street in Petersburg, Oysters, Barbecue……Battersea, a fundraiser to benefit the Battersea Foundation, their mission to preserve the Historic Battersea. The afternoon event will feature Virginia Oysters, Barbecue and fixings, Texas brownies, ginger cookies, beer & wine and Classic British Cars displayed on the lawn of Battersea. Live music provided by Kristie Kream and the Sugar Daddies.  Tickets are $40 and available at www.BatterseaFound.org or call 804-732-9882. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

Brunswick Stew and Stout

Saturday, 11 am -4 pm at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market

Stew-masters offering their unique version of a tasty fall favorite. Some of the region’s best stew masters and some of RVA’s best craft-brewed Stouts. Also enjoy market vendors, and live music,. This Richmond tradition includes. $1 stew samples available from 11 am-1 pm, bowls, and quarts available 1 pm-4 pm. Details visit http://enrichmond.org/event/16th-annual-brunswick-stew-and-stout-festival/.

Free FAFSA assistance with GRASP – GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.

Saturdays at the Library, Richmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin Street

November 5, January 28 & February 11, 10 am – 4 pm, GRASP Advisors will provide free college financial aid counseling and assistance with completing the FAFSA. Appointments recommended, call 804-527-7772. For more details visit www.grasp4va.org.

Festival of the Written Word

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Midlothian

CCPL will host the Festival of the Written Word—a celebration of books, reading and writing with 18 local authors, including New York Times bestselling author Kristen Green. The free, family-friendly event will include panel discussions, workshops, food, music and craft activities.

“Fox Sister’s Jump In Variety Show” “JumPing In” for the JP JumPers Foundation

Saturday, 4 pm, Foxhouse, LLC’s Fox Sisters  to raise Awareness for Autism. “JumPing In” with Pam Mines of JP Jumpers Autism Awareness Foundation at the Grace Street Theater (934 W. Grace St., Richmond. Benefits JP Jumpers Autism Foundation. Tickets $20. For details visit https://www.showclix.com/event/diamondsisters16 or call  804-828-2020

Slow Fish Weekend

Saturday, A Slow Fish All Star Dinner 7 – 11pm at Shagbark, featuring top area chefs.

Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm at Ardent Craft Ales, 3200 West Leigh Street, Scott’s Addition. A Fall Harvest with signature dishes from Richmond’s finest sustainable restaurants, Oysters, Virginia produce, wine and local brews, and live music. Event is free. Details visit www.slowfoodrva.org and  https://www.facebook.com/events/330924383921554/.

10th Annual Saute & Sizzle: Richmond Men are Cooking

Saturday, 7:08 pm at Richmond Raceway Complex, more than 39 Men Chefs will show off their culinary skills for bragging rights and to benefit Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated RHO ETA Omega Chapter. For details visit  http://reoaka.org/pageView.aspx.

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Boulevard Untapped – presented by the City of Richmond DPU

Saturday,  12 – 6 pm at The Diamond! Live music, delicious food, and a chance to sample seasonal brews not release yet to the public. The event will benefits Project Local and the Richmond Flying Squirrels Local Charities. Boulevard Untapped is FREE to attend. You’ll will need to pay for beer samples/full pours, and food, etc. Pets on a leash are welcome, parking at the Diamond, Scott’s Addition and the Fan. Details at http://boulevarduntapped.com/.

Ashland Train Day, Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm

Ashland Train Day takes place in the heart of Ashland, Virginia–the Center of the Universe. Family friendly event with music, games, lots of model trains, children’s train rides, food, railroad related vendors, displays and mascots – Cinder and Tender Bear, and more. Feel free to dress up for the day in your bib overalls, bandanna and engineer hat. Train Day is FREE, for more details visit http://ashlandtrainday.com/.

34th Annual Teddy Bear Run

Saturday, registration starts at 8am at Richmond Harley-Davidson, 12200 Harley Club Drive, Ashland. $15 entry fee per participant, door prizes, breakfast & lunch, vendors, benefits  Children’s Hospital for more info visit http://www.blueknightsvaiii.org/2011tbrun.htm.