•A Million Blooms. Through June 2. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond. A celebration of spring with millions of blooms throughout the spring season: daffodils, cherry blossoms, tulips, irises, roses and peonies. www.lewisginter.org or 262-9887.
•Talk Show Murders. 7:30 p.m. Every Friday and Saturday through June 22. DoubleTree Hotel Richmond Downtown, 301 W. Franklin St., Richmond. Audience members solve this comedy mystery during a four-course dinner. Tickets are $48 and include dinner, show and tax. Discounts for children, military and seniors. www.mysterydinner.com or 649-2583.
•La Cage Aux Folles. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Through June 15. RTP Theater, 1300 Altamont Ave., Richmond. Richmond’s Triangle Players 20th Anniversary Finale. Based on the 1973 French play of the same name by Jean Poiret, "La Cage aux Folles" tells the story of Georges, the owner of a nightclub in the Riviera’s Saint-Tropez, and his partner Albin, who performs as the club’s star attraction, Zaza. $28. www.rtriangle.org or 346-8113.
•Art Exhibit. Through September. anne’s Visual Art Studio Gallery, 208 W. Broad St., Richmond. "Some say...", new mixed media wall hangings by Norfolk artist Orgia Labidi. 644-1368.
•Fresh Herbal Wreath Making Class. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Road, Glen Allen. Stroll the gardens and cut from the available plants to make a wreath. $30 per person. Registration required. www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com or 262-7167.
•Herbal Floral Design Class. 1-2 p.m. Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Road, Glen Allen. Cut fresh from the garden to create a herbal and floral bouquet in a clear glass vase (provided). $20 per person. Registration required. www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com or 262-7167.
•Farm Tour & Ice Cream. 2-3 p.m. Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Road, Glen Allen. Walking tour includes the Chickahominy River, bee hives, family history of the farm and production greenhouse tour. Ice cream upon completion. Free for children 3 and under. $7 per person. Registration required. www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com or 262-7167.
•Varina Day. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road, Henrico. Presented by the Varina Ruritan Club, in cooperation with Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks. Live performances featured on stage throughout the day. Children’s activities include a petting zoo, face painting, a moonwalk, and more. Free. www.henricorecandparks.com or 501-5134.
•Waists to Waves-Ladies’ Fashions. 2:30 p.m. Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. Four generations of the Sheppard wives lived in the current farmhouse. Learn about these women and see how the styles changed as each generation became mistress of Meadow Farm. Costumed interpreters will be modeling examples from each generation — 1810-1920. All ages. Free. www.henricorecandparks.com or 501-2130.
•Fire! Rifle Musket Program. Noon. June 1 and 29. American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, 500 Tredegar St., Richmond. Learn how a Civil War soldier trained and fought with the rifle musket. Join a costumed historical interpreter for a discussion and demonstration of the primary infantry weapon of the American Civil War. Program includes a blank, black powder firing. Free with paid admission. www.tredegar.org.
•Seed to Stalk Theme Month. Through June 30. Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center, Explore American agriculture of the 17th and 18th centuries during an interpretive theme month with hands-on activities. Throughout the month, visitors can try their hand at tending and watering gardens, and learn about the many practical uses of herbs and plants. Check website for tickets prices. www.historyisfun.org or (888) 593-4682.
•Book Signing. 2-4 p.m. Book People, 536 Granite Ave., Richmond. Brian Burns will sign copies of his new book "Curiosities of The Confederate Capital." 288-4346.
•From Foundry to Fire. 2 p.m. June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, 500 Tredegar St., Richmond. Learn about the importance of the cannon manufacturing capabilities of Tredegar Ironworks as well as the role field artillery played in the Civil War. A costumed artillery crew will explain the process of making and testing the cannon and then demonstrate its use on the battlefield. Free with paid admission. www.tredegar.org.
•Mountain Road Exhibit Fest. 1-4 p.m. Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. Festival will feature unique art and history exhibits on display in four historic sites along Mountain Road in Glen Allen — Virginia Randolph Museum, Walkerton Tavern, the Cultural Arts Center and Meadow Farm. A drawing will be held to give away door prizes created by local artisans. Free. www.henricorecandparks.com or 261-6898.
•Richmond Youth Symphony. 7 p.m. Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Road. Co-sponsored by the Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Bring a picnic, blankets or lawn chairs. Free. Per-vehicle charge for parking. 796-4255.
•Brown’s Island Guided Tour. 1 p.m. American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, 500 Tredegar St., Richmond. Join museum educator Sean Kane for a walk over to Brown’s Island. This little island near Tredegar played a significant role during the Civil War as the location of the Confederate States Laboratory. Guests will learn about the island workforce of young women as well as life as a prisoner of war on Belle Isle. Free with paid admission. www.tredegar.org.
•ARTe’licious 2013. Opens during Broad Appetit 11 a.m.-6 p.m. anne’sVisual Art Studio Gallery, 208 W. Broad St., Richmond. 3rd Annual Silent Art Auction. Bidding closes on June 7 at 10 p.m. Successful bidders will be able to take their art home at closing but do not need to be present to win. All proceeds benefit gallery programming. Free and open to the public. www.visualartstudio.org or 644-1368.
•Video Games for Active Adults. 9-11 a.m. June 3. Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico. Learn today’s new gaming systems, enhance flexibility and fine tune motor skills. Ages 50-plus. Free. www.henricorecandparks.com or 225-2056.
•You Heard It Here First. 7:30 p.m. June 4-5. Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. The On-the-Air Radio Players will present an old-time radio show featuring live music and sound effects. Be a part of the studio audience for this hour-long taping which includes the winners from its third annual radio script-writing competition. Free. www.otarp.com or 501-5138.
•A Passing Fancy. 7:30 p.m. June 4 and June 25. Upstairs lobby stage at the Barksdale Theatre of Virginia, Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond. Presented by Virginia Rep’s Barksdale Bifocals Theatre Project. A musical in one act by Caitlin Patricia Kelly and Brianna Kimberly Morgan; directed by Jacqueline Jones. Tickets $10. Call box office for reservations: 282-2620. va-rep.org.
•Religious Freedom: Jefferson’s Legacy. Noon-1 p.m. Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad St., Richmond.
Author John Ragosta focuses on the importance of personal religious beliefs in shaping Thomas Jefferson’s attitude toward religious freedom. Book signing follows the talk. Free. www.lva.virginia.gov or 692-3592.
•Flowers After 5. 5 p.m. Every Thursday in June. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond. Wine-tasting, music, outside dining and shopping. Children’s activities. Music ranges from opera to jazz to bluegrass. www.lewisginter.org or 262-9887.
•Film and Discussion. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond. "Tom Wesselmann: I only want to paint." The artist’s wife, Claire, will appear in-person to discuss her late husband’s brilliant career and profound passion for art after a film made in the artist’s New York City studio. $8, $5 for VMFA members. Tickets at www.VMFA.museum or 340-1405.
•Cinema Classics. 7 p.m. June 7; 2 and 7 p.m. June 8. Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road, Henrico. "The Princess Bride" (PG) 1987. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. All ages. www.henricorecandparks.com or 328-4491.
•Eighth Annual Poetry Slam. 7-9 p.m. Main Library, 101 E. Franklin St., Richmond. Local poets compete for cash prizes on a first come, first serve basis. Free event, sponsored by Friends of the Library. Hosted by Tom Sanchez Prunier of SlamRichmond. www.richmondpubliclibrary.org.
•Garden Tour. 9:30-10:30 a.m. June 8 and 22. Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Road, Glen Allen. Discuss the benefits of many herbs around the garden. $7 per person. Registration required. www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com or 262-7167.
•Cooking with Herbs Class. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Road, Glen Allen. Get familiar with herb flavors and cooking techniques. $15 per person. Registration required. www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com or 262-7167.
•Irish Dance Class. Noon-1 p.m. Heart of Ireland School of Dance, 14257 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian. Open to all ages. Must register in advance. Free. www.HeartofIrelandSchool.com or 464-8190.
•2013 Ashland Strawberry Faire. Randolph-Macon College, Ashland. Free, family friendly arts and crafts festival features food vendors, antique booths, "Kids Zone", live music and entertainment, and local business home-shows to benefit Hanover County non-profit organizations and scholarships. www.ashlandstrawberryfaire.com.
•19th-Century Common Scents. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. Tussy Mussies and sachets have long been used to make people and clothing smell a little better. Enjoy the smells and learn what each fragrant herb represents. All ages. Free. www.henricorecandparks.com or 501-2130.
•Book Signing. 2-4 p.m. Book People, 536 Granite Ave., Richmond. Kitty Snow will sign copies of "From A Richmond Street Car." 288-4346.
•It Takes Two: Keys to a Rewarding Relationship. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. River Road Presbyterian Church, 8960 River Road, Richmond. A full-day workshop for all couples: nearly, newly, or long-term married. $60 per couple, $35 individual, free for PCUSA members. Registration required. www.FirstThingsRichmond.org.
•Stories from the Field Quarter. Noon. American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, 500 Tredegar St., Richmond. African Americans used storytelling as a way of communicating with each other and to preserve their heritage. These stories were used to help teach children how to behave, to explain the world around them and the behavior of animals and sometimes even to poke fun at the masters and themselves. Free with paid admission. www.tredegar.org.
•Spaghetti Dinner and Concert. 4:30-7 p.m. Scottish Rite Temple, 4204 Hermitage Road, Richmond. Charity event for the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center, a non-profit speech and hearing clinic for children. Meal includes spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, bread, desserts and choice of beverage. Country/gospel music provided by the Barker Family. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. 266-6699.
•A Woman’s War. 1 p.m. American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, 500 Tredegar St., Richmond. Explore the roles women played during the American Civil War. Free with paid admission. www.tredegar.org.
•Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys. 6-7:30 p.m. North Avenue Library, 2901 North Ave., Richmond. First program in a series highlighting the religion of Islam. Explore Islamic culture and practices, here in the U.S. and worldwide. Preview a new "Muslim Journeys" collection. www.richmondpubliclibrary.org.
•Books on Broad. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad St., Richmond. "River of Dust," a novel set in China during the early years of the 20th century, follows a missionary’s epic search for his stolen child. Virginia Pye reads from and discusses her new work. Reception, book talk, and book signing. Free. www.lva.virginia.gov or 692-3592.
•Richmond First Club. Noon. Willow Oaks Country Club, 6228 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond. Robin Nicholson, director of art and education at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will discuss the latest events in the Richmond art community. The public is invited, cost is $20 for non-members. The Richmond First Club, founded in 1919, is one of the area’s oldest civic organizations. The club seeks to connect the community with important and knowledgeable leaders, inform members and guests on current issues and become involved in matters of community importance. To register, visit www.richmondfirstclub.org.
•Fidos After 5. 5 p.m. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond. The garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed pets are allowed. www.lewisginter.org or 262-9887.
•Marketing your Business using Social Media. 4-6 p.m. June 13 and 27. Main Library, 101 E. Franklin St., Richmond. The City of Richmond’s Office of Minority Business Development dicusses the importance of using social media and how to use Facebook, Youtube and Twitter to grow a business. To register for these free classes, call Pat Foster at 646-7966. www.richmondpubliclibrary.org.
•Cooking Camp & Lunch. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Road, Glen Allen. Class takes the topic of growing food and builds upon it to give hands-on experience in the kitchen and the garden. Lunch served after class. $80 per person. Registration required. www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com or 262-7167.
•Free Ice Cream for Dads. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Road, Glen Allen.
www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com or 262-7167.
•44th Annual Antique Automobile Show. Gates open at 8 a.m. Richmond International Raceway, 602 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond. "Richmond In The Spring." Automotive Centric Flea Market and Car Corral, sponsored by the Richmond Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. $5, kids 12 and under free. www.richmondaaca.com.
•Artifacts Roadshow. 10 a.m.-noon. Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere St., Richmond. Bring military memorabilia for a free review by the Memorial’s curator Jesse Smith and Robert House of Classic Firearms. No monetary values given. www.vawarmemorial.org.
•Farm Chores. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. From morning to night, there are chores to be done on the farm. Walk with the farmer as he goes about his work and lend a helping hand. All ages. Free. www.henricorecandparks.com or 501-2130.
•Under the Stars Cinema Night. 8:30 p.m. Clarke-Palmore House Museum, 904 McCoul St., Henrico. "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938). Bring a blanket. Concessions available. All ages. Free. www.henricorecandparks.com or 501-5134.
•Richmond Area Daylily Society Show and Sale. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond. Open free to the public, regular admission to visit the garden. www.lewisginter.org or 262-9887.
•International Juggling Day. Gallery 5 in Historic Jackson Ward, 200 W. Marshall St., Richmond. World-touring, award-winning performer, and Richmond’s own hometown boy, Paolo Garbanzo, presents two shows and an all-levels workshop. Kids show at 2 p.m.; Juggling Workshop at 3 p.m.; Adult Cabaret at 9 p.m. Tickets on sale at www.paologarbanzoshow.eventbrite.com and at the door.
•Father’s Day in the Garden. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond. Entertainment and garden-related activities. Remote-controlled boats on the lake near the Children’s Garden. Free concert (included in garden admission). Food will be available for purchase. www.lewisginter.org or 262-9887.
•Father’s Day Ice Cream Social. 4-6 p.m. Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. Bruster’s ice cream and the Hanover Concert Band. Tour historic Walkerton Tavern, make homemade ice cream, and play favorite backyard games. All ages. Free. www.henricorecandparks.com or 501-5808.
•Gallery Tour. 1 p.m. American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, 500 Tredegar St., Richmond. "Fateful Lighting: Religion and the Civil War." Join museum educator Sean Kane for a gallery tour focusing on the role religion played in the American Civil War. Free with paid admission. www.tredegar.org.
•Charity Golf Tournament. Birkdale Golf Club, 8511 Royal Birkdale Dr., Chesterfield. Virginia Cancer Patient Fund’s annual tournament. www.vcpf.org.
•Book Talk. Noon-1 p.m. Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad St., Richmond. "Mr. and Mrs. Dog: Our Travels, Trials, Adventures, and Epiphanies." Donald McCaig draws on 25 years of experience raising sheepdogs to describe his — and his dogs’ — unlikely progress toward and participation in the World Sheepdog Trials in Wales. A book signing follows the talk. Free. www.lva.virginia.gov or 692-3592.
•World Refugee Day. 6:35 p.m. The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard, Richmond. June 20 is World Refugee Day. Join Commonwealth Catholic Charities for "A Night at The Diamond" with fireworks as the Flying Squirrels play the Binghamton Mets. Come dressed in baby blue or traditional garments to recognize and celebrate the day. Visit the CCC table to meet staff and learn how it provides service to refugees in the community. Purchase $7 tickets to the game through CCC before June 12, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit CCC programs. Email email@example.com.
A small group of children reside in the Richmond metro area who are from war-torn countries, separated from their families and needing foster families who are willing to provide them with a safe and loving home. The Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program of Commonwealth Catholic Charities is the only agency in Virginia that provides foster care services to refugee children. These children fled their home countries due to war or fear of persecution. Some of them witnessed the killing of their own parents and some were separated from their families during their escape. Many of these children stayed in refugee camps for years before they got approval to come to the U.S. Once they arrived into Richmond, Commonwealth Catholic Charities obtains legal custody of them and they can remain in CCC foster care program until the age of 21. For more information, visit www.cccofva.org or call 285-5900.
•4th Annual 5K Jack & Abby Race for the NICU. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Picnic Area at Lake Innsbrook. 5K Run/Walk/Stroller and 1/2 Mile Kids Fun Run. Support families with babies in the Bon Secours Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In honor of Jack and Abby Smith who would have celebrated their 4th birthdays this June. www.jackandabby.org.
•Book Signing. 3 p.m. Barnes & Noble Store, 11640 W. Broad St., Richmond. Author Robert Fiacco signs "Showing Up to Play: Business and Life Lessons Learned on the Golf Course." 360-0103.
•ShamROCK ‘N’ ROLL. 7 p.m. Cosby High School Auditorium, 14300 Fox Club Pkwy., Midlothian. An evening of Irish dancing by the Heart of Ireland students during their 1st annual recital. Tickets: $10 adults, $8 children 4-11 and seniors. Available in advance or at the door. www.HeartofIrelandSchool.com or 464-8190.
•Gallery Tour. Noon. American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, 500 Tredegar St., Richmond. "Angels on the Battlefield." Join a costumed interpreter for this interactive gallery tour and examine the accomplishments of women in nursing and medicine during the American Civil War. Free with paid admission. www.tredegar.org.
•Pest Management.12:30-3:30 p.m. Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. In June of 1860, Mrs. Sheppard purchased netting from Chiles & Chennery in Richmond. Find out how this netting and other means were used to manage pests and keep furniture looking new. Free. www.henricorecandparks.com or 501-2130.
•Women’s Retreat. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. St Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Road, Richmond. St. Mary’s and the St. Anne Ministry present singer/songwriter Sarah Hart’s Daughters of God Retreat. Open to women of all ages. $10 registration fee will include lunch. Register in the parish office and online at www.stmarysrichmond.org. For more information, contact Sharon Mugford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Gallery Tour. 1 p.m. American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, 500 Tredegar St., Richmond. "Mr. Pinkerton’s Artifact Investigators." Families with young children tour the gallery with a center educator, then are provided a trunk to unlock and explore. Reproduction artifacts tell the story of an enslaved woman, a southern student/soldier, a northern mill worker and a Tredegar iron worker. Working and learning together, figure out what these mysterious objects tell us about everyday life in the Civil War Era. Free with paid admission. www.tredegar.org.
•Henrico Concert Band in the Park. 7-8 p.m. Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road, Henrico. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and spend a casual evening in the park by the lake listening to favorite band music. In case of inclement weather, concert may be canceled; no rain dates. All ages. Free. www.henricorecandparks.com or 501-5859.
•Living To Tell The Tale: Writing Your Memoirs. Wednesdays, June 26-July 31. Main Library, 101 E. Franklin St., Richmond. Kirsten Taranto will lead participants step by step through personal and family history in a six-week writing class. Beginning and continuing students welcome. Limited enrollment, call 646-7223 to register. www.richmondpubliclibrary.org.
•Henrico Community Band in the Park. 7-8 p.m. Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy., Henrico. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and spend a casual evening in the park at the Nature Pavilion listening to favorite band music. In case of inclement weather, concerts may be canceled; no rain dates. All ages. Free. www.henricorecandparks.com or 501-5859.
•Book Signing. 1 p.m. Barnes & Noble Store, 11640 W. Broad St., Richmond. Author Melinda May Conklin signs "Richly Exposed." 360-0103.
•John Sheppard-The Country Doctor. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Road Glen Allen. On average in 1860, Dr. Sheppard treated three patients a day. Learn more about where and how he treated patients using 19th-century medicine. All ages. www.henricorecandparks.com or 501-2130.
•Drummer’s Call: Field Music of the Civil War. 1 p.m. American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, 500 Tredegar St., Richmond. From the time to get up to the order to charge, Civil War soldier’s lives moved to the beat of the drum. Join a costumed interpreter to learn about the importance of drums, bugles and fifes to Civil War soldiers North and South. Free with paid admission. www.tredegar.org.
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