A LIST: Weekend of fun in the River City

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RICHMOND, VA (WTVR): Top Gospel Artists and Musicians will perform for thousands at the Greater Richmond Convention Center Saturday, March 9, noon -6pm for. Award Winning Artists Israel Houghton & New Breed, Charles Jenkins, Isaac Carree, Alvin Darling, Tye Tribbett and others will perform at Transformation Expo. Featuring motivational speakers, Radio One hosts Sheilah Belle and Clovia Lawrence and Pastors Roscoe Cooper and Lance Watson, there will be health screenings and over 70 booths with expert advice. Advance tickets are $18, children five and under are free,  www.etix.com or www.praiserichmond.com.

Kids Carniball, “Destination Germany” Saturday, March 9, 10am-4pm at Children’s Museum of Richmond. 2626 West Broad Street, 10am-4pm, CMoR Central, www.c-mor.org or 804-474-7000.

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) signature program of FRIST, an international non-profit that organizes robotics competition for kids K-12, encouraging them to get fired up about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Local team the “VikingBots” from Thomas Jefferson High School is competing for the 5th year, this 2013 team is made up of 60 percent female and 40 percent male with their theme “Back it up and dump it”. The FIRST Robotics Competition Virginia Regional is Friday & Saturday, March 15 & March 16, 8am-5pm at VCU’s Siegel Center, www.VirginiaFirst.org.

“Raise the Roof” at the Science Museum of Virginia, through April 28, discover the story behind the structures where we spend the majority of our time. Raise the Roof is included with the exhibit admission, www.smv.org or 804-864-1400.

“BREAST In Show” Part of Richmond’s annual Acts of Faith, The first original musical about saving the female Breast, March 7, 9, 10, 18, 19 at 8pm and March 13 at 2pm, Virginia Repertory Theatre Willow Lawn Stage at the Shops at Willow Lawn, www.va-rep.org/bis.html or 804-282-2620.

Orchids Galore! A Love of Living Color: at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, more than 800 orchids in colors across the spectrum on display through March 31, daily 9am – 5pm. Cheers to Art! Silent art auction fundraiser for Children’s Garden, Thursday, March 21, 6 -9pm, advance tickets $45, $50 at the door, details 804-262-9887 or www.lewisginter.org.

 Virginia Opera, A Streetcar Named Desire, March 8 & 10, Carpenter Theater at Richmond CenterStage, www.etix.com or 800-514-3849.

Petersburg’s Friday for the Arts 10th Anniversary, Friday, March 8, Old Towne Downtown Petersburg 6pm, 804-733-2400.

2nd annual Saxon Shoes High Heel Dash for Men and Women, Saturday, March 9, 12-1:30pm, Towne Center west – next to Short Pump, benefits Susan G. Komen Central Virginia a kick off to the 16th annual Central Virginia Race for the Cure, www.komencentralva.org.

Holiday Lake 4-H Center 5K Breast Cancer Walk/Run, Saturday, March 9, 9am, Appomattox/Buckingham State Forest, 1267 4H Camp Road, www.holidaylake4h.com.

The Richmond Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in partnership with the 7th District Health & Wellness Initiative present a free Childhood Wellness Workshop, Saturday, March 9, 9am-2pm, at The Robinson Theater Community Arts Center, 2903 Q Street, Church Hill, for info email: PaigeHairston@Hotmail.com.

Universoul Circus, March 12-17, Richmond Raceway Complex, www.ticketmaster.com.

Shamrock The Block, St. Patrick’s Day Party, Saturday, March 16, noon-6pm, Shockoe Bottom, 100 North 17th Street, , www.shamrocktheblock.com.

Richmond SPCA 11th annual Dog Jog & 5K Run, Saturday, March 16,  5K Run at 9:30am, 1-mile Dog Jog at 11am, www.richmondspca.org/race or 804-643-6785.

28th Annual Church Hill Irish Festival, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Saturday & Sunday, March 23 & 24, www.churchhillirishfestival.com.

Yard Sale Spring Clean Up, sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond, Inc., Saturday, March 23, 7am-7pm, 2712 Chamberlayne Avenue, for donations or to set up a table call 804-329-2500.

KLM Scholarship Foundation 5th Annual Black & White Affair, Party With A Purpose, Saturday, April 6, 7-11pm, Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2626 west Broad Street, advance tickets $30, www.TheBlackandWhiteAffair.com or http://www.klmfoundation.org/5th_black_white.html

31st Annual Norfolk Jazz Festival, Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk, Friday, July 19 -21, Friday, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun & Norman Brown; Saturday, Jonathan Butler, Shelia E & Elan Trotman appearing as Souls of Summer; Sunday, The Jae Sinnett Trio & Stanley Jordan, www.festevents.org or 757-441-2345.

Virginia War Memorial 5K Run/Walk to Remember Saturday, April 6, 8am, www.vawarmemorial.org.

Monthly Wine Down Event Postponed to Wednesday, March 20, 6:30-9:30, at The Wine Loft, Short Pump, benefits Prom Bring It! www.prombringit.com.

Legendary Bob Dylan and His Band, performs Richmond’s Landmark Theater Tuesday, April 16, 7:30pm, tickets go on sale Friday, March 8, 10am, www.etix.com or 800-514-ETIX (3849), tickets $55 plus fees.

Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation, Pride of RPS: Living Legacies Breakfast, Friday, April 19, 7:30am-9:30am at the Jefferson Hotel Grand Ballroom, 101 West Franklin Street, $50, email Adele Johnson, adele.johnson@richmond.k12.va.us or call 804-780-8623.

 Friday Cheers, May 3 – June 28, Brown’s Island, www.venturerichmond.com.

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