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Dominion Riverrock, May 15 - 17, the nation's premier outdoor sports and music festival at Brown’s Island and Historic Tredegar,  featuring Blues Traveler & Greensky Bluegrass. The event brings athletes, spectators, musicians, and even dogs to Brown’s Island for a three-day festival against the backdrop of downtown Richmond’s urban riverfront. The festival features a variety of outdoor sports including trail running, kayaking, biking, bouldering, slacklining, stand up paddleboarding, and dog jumping. For music and sporting times visit http://dominionriverrock.com/.

The Chester Rotary Club's Grillin' on The Green, With A Taste of Chester, Thursday, May 14, 5-8:30pm at Chester Village Green. competition in BBQ and new this year a category for restaurants that do not do BBQ, the public gets to vote on their favorite vendor, advance tickets $20 and $25 at the gate, for details visit http://www.chestervarotary.org or call 804-748-7083.

Lebanese Food Festival, May 15 - 17, Friday & Saturday, 10am - 10pm, Sunday 10am - 8pm at St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church, 4611 Sadler Road, Glen Allen. Take out orders can be faxed to 804/273-9914 or called in at 804/346-1161 or 804/270-7234. No e-mail orders will be taken. For more info call (804) 346-1161 or (804) 270-7234 or e-mail Festival@StAnthonyMaroniteChurch.org, for more details visit http://www.stanthonymaronitechurch.org/festival/. In the event of a full lot on the Church property there's offsite parking at the Markel Corporation, 4521 Highwoods Parkway and 4501 Highwoods Parkway in Innsbrook,  Saturday from 10am to 10pm and Sunday 10am- 8pm. However, Shuttle service to and from Saint Anthony’s Lebanese Food Festival will be provided on Saturday, May 16 from 4pm to 10pm and on Sunday, May 17, from 4pm to 8pm.

The 96th annual Powhatan Country Fair, May 15 - 17, featuring Jazz Recording artist Desiree Roots Centeio, wrestling, petting zoo, truck pulls, circus, dance  from local dance studios, demonstrations & displays, blood drive, pageant, arts and more. Gates open Friday 5pm, Saturday noon and Sunday 10:30am. General admission $5, children 3 & under & military with valid ID admitted free, free parking. For more details visit http://www.powhatanfair.org. The fair is held at 4042 Anderson Highway, Powhatan, (at intersection of Anderson Highway and Brauer Road),  one mile east of Route 522/13).

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2015 Walk to Cure Arthritis Richmond, Saturday, May 16, 9:30 am - 11:30am at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. The funds raised from the 5K support  nonprofit mission and research aimed at finding a cure for arthritis, America’s leading cause of disability. The event features a three-mile and one-mile course, with arthritis information and activities for the entire family. For information contact Laura Boone at lboone@arthritis.org, or call (804) 665-9955 or visit http://walktocurearthritisrichmond.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1123330#_ga=1.49952678.1677755192.1431552871.

Holton Hustle 5K, promoting health & Physical Fitness in youth and community, Saturday, May 16 at Linwood Holton Elementary, 5K Run/Walk 9am, 1 Mile Run at 10:15am and Post Race Festival from 10am - 1pm, register at http://www.holtonhustle5K.org.

Richmond Ballet's Road to China Preview, through May 15, 6:30pm at the Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre, 407 East Canal, tickets $20 at http://www.ETIX.com or 800-514-3849. For more details visit http://www.richmondballet.com.

Richmond Symphony - Warner Brothers presents "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony conducted by Erik Ochsner, Saturday, May 16, 6pm at the Altria Theater. Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II celebrates the world’s favorite classic Looney Tunes, projected on the big screen, while the Richmond Symphony performs original Carl Stalling scores LIVE! For more details visit https://www.richmondsymphony.com/event/warner-bros-presents-bugs-bunny-at-the-symphony-ii/.

The Symphony Musicians of Richmond Benefit Concert for United Way, “Music Unites” an evening of classical music in a fun, casual way. Tickets are only $10 in advance. Children under 18 are free. Featuring Maestro James Ross, Conductor of University of Maryland's Symphony Orchestra, http://www.yourunitedway.org, 804-771-5827.

5th annual Colleagues for a Cause, Saturday, May 16, 7-11pm, at Artworks, 320 Hull Street Road, Richmond, featuring The Taters, silent auction, gift basket, beer & hors d' oeuvres, and complementary wine. Tickets $25, benefits Richmond Friends of the Homeless, for details call 804-608-0971 or email shawneey@aol.com.

Blue Bee Cider “Music and Food” series, continues  May 16 - June 27. Each event will be held at Blue Bee, 212 West 6th Street and will have live music and food most weeks provided by Camden’s Dogtown Market. For more details visit http://www.bluebeecider.com/compleat-kick-off/ and http://www.bluebeecider.com/about-us/ or call 804-231-0280.

The annual "Big Yard Sale" at the University of Richmond, 2800 West Hampton Way, Saturday, May 16, 8am. Hundreds of great items left behind by departing students will be up for sale. Free admission, proceeds will benefit the Sierra Club, falls of the James Group and the school's "Green Student Group", for more information call 804-289-8000.

Future Events: The Greater Richmond ARC partners with Artable Project in co-sponsoring an exhibit with art created by individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, May 19, 2015, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at ARC's headquarters, 3600 Saunders Avenue in Richmond. Free and open to the public,  Select art pieces will also be for sale.

31st annual Shrimp Feast at Richard Bland College Pecan Grove, Wednesday, May 20, 4 - 7pm, fresh steamed shrimp, Cole slaw, baked beans, hush puppies, cake & beverages & a silent auction, for tickets call the Kiwanis Clubs of Petersburg 804-733-0123.

The Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation presents World War II Roll Call Wednesday, May 20, 6:30pm, the Comedy of “Bob Hope” and 1940s Music - a re-creation of a 1943 USO-style troop show – live and on stage outdoors in the Virginia War Memorial’s Heilman Amphitheater. The show features G.I.’s favorite comedian “Bob Hope,” as portrayed by impressionist Lynn Roberts, a tribute to the original boogie-woogie bugle girls, the Andrews Sisters from singing duo, “Letters from Home,” and a special appearance by Richmond’s own female chorus, the Sweet Adelines. Tim Timberlake will be Master of Ceremonies. Tickets on sale at the Virginia War Memorial, 621 South Belvidere Street, or at 804-786-2069 and online at http://www.vawarmemorial.org.  http://www.facebook.com/virginiawarmemorial.

The City of Petersburg Department of Cultural Affairs, Arts, and Tourism is sponsoring a two-week history camp, “Week of Wonder” (WOW), from June 22 until July 2, 9am - 3pm. Rising 5th and 6th graders will learn about Petersburg’s rich and diverse history, culture, and architecture through inquiry-based exploration, various hands-on activities and field trips. Petersburg has partnered with FOLAR, Fort Lee, Petersburg Public Library, the City Museums, Historic Petersburg Foundation (HPF), the National Battlefield, and Willcox Watershed Conservancy. Each organization will have a day with the children to offer hands-on sessions and provide a healthy lunch. Camp is $50, applicants accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and the deadline to apply is May 30th. For an application email Ranger McClammy at leslie_mcclammy@nps.gov.

DKA Productions present Musicians from Senegal - Soriee de gala, Senegambian - Assane Ndiaye & Ngeweul Band live concert, Friday, May 22, 7pm - midnight, at the Robinson Theater, 2903 Q Street, tickets $50, call 804-389-4488 or 804-588-8959 for details. Benefits the African Community Network (ACN).

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