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“BUTTERFLIES LIVE!” at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens: An indoor exhibit of butterflies from around the world: tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles. Free with regular paid garden admission. Through Oct. 11. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Information:

“Church Basement Ladies: A Second Helping.” Swift Creek Mill Theatre presents a return of the church-basement ladies and their antics among casseroles and covered dishes. Through Oct. 24. $38/$55 with buffet. 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway. Information: or call (804) 748-5203.

Halloween events at Kings Dominion. For its Halloween Haunt, the park promises blood-curdling special events and horrifying rides. Recommended for teens and up. Weekends, 7 p.m.-midnight. Through Oct. 31. For younger kids (under 54 inches tall), Kings Dominion offers The Great Pumpkin Fest, with a petting zoo, foam pit, pumpkin painting and more. Noon-5 p.m. on select Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 26 - Oct. 31. $22-$55.

Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. Explore the history of Berkeley Plantation as well as its corn maze. Maze included in regular admission; take-home pumpkins extra. Through November. $11 adults, $6 children. Berkeley Plantation, 12602 Harrison Landing Road, Charles City. Information:

Oct. 2

Book signing with Howard Owen, author of “The Bottom,” a Willie Black mystery. 4-6 p.m. 536 Granite Ave.

Oct. 3

Open house at the historic Pleasant View African-American School, an early 20th century one-room schoolhouse, during Eppington Heritage Day. 18430 River Road. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: 751-4946 or

“Handmade Harvest” arts and craft show and used-book sale. Proceeds benefit youth programs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 903 Forest Ave.

Gospel Music Workshop of America, Richmond chapter, celebrates its 39th anniversary with a concert featuring Coral Harvey Armstrong, the Anointed Brothers, Gospel Music Workshop of Goochland and Vicinity, the Rev. Phillip Knight Sr. and more. Free (offerings accepted). Information: 852-1630.

The Home Building Association of Richmond’s 64th annual Parade of Homes showcases new homes in the region, with 82 new homes and two multifamily properties from 33 builders. Repeats Oct. 10-11 and 17-18. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Information:

Oct. 4

Jimmy Dean Music Festival with The Oak Ridge Boys. Join Donna Meade, Brad Spivey and the Honky Tonk Experience and more, starring the four-part harmonies and pop hits of The Oak Ridge Boys. Presented by the Henricus Foundation and The Dean Foundation; proceeds benefit The Children’s Education Fund at Henricus Historical Park. $37-$77. Carpenter Theatre, 600 E. Grace St.

Oct. 5

Foster a child: Potential foster parents are invited to an information session on fostering. 6 p.m. HopeTree Family Services, 3309 W. Hundred Road, Chester. Information: 545-1201.

Oct. 8

“American Buffalo” by Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet, starring Alan Sadler, Jeffrey Schmidt and Jesse Mattes. Quill Theatre’s basement location, 300 E. Broad St. Runs through Nov. 1. $15-$30. Information, tickets:

Seasonal flu-vaccine clinic presented by Westport Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Chick-fil-A, 1529 N. Parham Road. 9 a.m.-noon. Information: 287-8600.

Oct. 11

Luther Memorial School presents an open house for interested parents. 1301 Robin Hood Road, 1:30-3 p.m. Information: 321-6420 or

Oct. 13

Bo Burnham, who at 18 became the youngest person to record a half-hour Comedy Central special, presents his blend of stand-up, music and theater in his “Make Happy Tour.” $39.50. 8 p.m. Carpenter Theater, 600 E. Grace St. Information, tickets:

Oct. 15

Health and Wellness Fair for adults ages 50 and up, with health screenings, vision checks, hearing screenings, medication disposal and more. Dancing, door prizes. 9 a.m.-noon. Sponsored by county senior advocate, Parks and Recreation Department and Senior Connections. Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road. Information: 768-7878 or

Empty Bowls Dinner. Select a bowl made by St. Mary’s Woods residents and staff, enjoy soups prepared by the chef. Seatings at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Daily Planet. $20. St. Mary’s Woods Retirement Community, 1257 Marywood Lane. Information: 741-8624 or

Oct. 16

James River Writers Conference, the largest conference for writers and readers in Central Virginia featuring world-renowned authors, agents, award-winning speakers and more over three days of events, workshops and discussions. Through Oct. 18. $305 (members $255). Information:

Discussion by Sylvia Clute, an instructor in criminal justice at Virginia Union University, on mass incarceration, school discipline and the reform movement. 5-6 p.m. Free. Book People, 536 Granite Ave.

Oct. 17

Midlothian Village Day Festival and Craft Fair featuring a parade, crafts, games, inflatables, raffles, more. Proceeds benefit local charities. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Midlothian Middle School, 13501 Midlothian Turnpike. Information:

The Hot Club of Cowtown travels from Texas and brings its melange of hot jazz, western swing, gypsy jazz and traditional music. $32. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road. Information: or 261-2787.

HandsOn Day brings more than 1,000 community members from across the region to volunteer with more than 40 nonprofits at 60 sites. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; celebration follows at Hardywood Brewery. Information:

Author Stuart M. Perkins discusses “Volunteering and Giving Back,” the latest in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. Noon-2 p.m. Book People, 536 Granite Ave.

Oct. 18

“Trucks: The Workhorses of the Modern World.” From Model T’s to semis, the “truck” has come a long way. Join Morris Cameron, the Richmond Region AACA and the Old Dominion Historical Fire Society for a presentation and examples of antique trucks and fire engines. Free. 2-3:30 p.m. Dorey Recreation Center, 2999 Darbytown Road. Information:

German Scrabble, free to play. 3-5 p.m. Book People, 536 Granite Ave.

Oct. 19

“Paranormal Petersburg, Virginia and the Tri-Cities Area” author Pamela Kinney will discuss the region’s ghost stories, from 2-3 p.m. Free. Chop Suey Books, 2913 W. Cary St. Information: 422-8066.

Oct. 21

Talk and book signing: “Paranormal Petersburg” author Pamela Kinney will discuss the region’s ghost stories. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Chesterfield County Central Library, 9501 Lori Road. Information: 748-1774.

Oct. 22

Aid and Attendance Benefit — learn about this benefit for wartime veterans and surviving spouses. Our Lady of Hope Health Center, 13700 N. Gayton Road. 6:30 p.m. Information: 360-1960,

Oct. 24

Lead Awareness Week Kick-off Fair presented by the Richmond City Health District. Testing of toys and consumer products, lead poisoning prevention, health screenings, free flu vaccinations, refreshments, more. Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Information: 205-3731 or

Tailgate party featuring food and beer trucks and live music from The Big Payback, a James Brown tribute band. Proceeds support Sportable, which offers sports opportunities to people with disabilities. $50. Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, 2401 W. Leigh St. 4-8 p.m. Information:

Talk and book signing: “Paranormal Petersburg” author Pamela Kinney will discuss the region’s ghost stories, 3-5 p.m. Free. Book People, 536 Granite Ave. Information: 748-1774.

Oct. 27

Lawyers Helping Seniors Day, offering free legal documents for seniors including wills, power of attorney, advanced medical directives. Income-based; pre-registration required. Free. Information and registration: 768-7878 or

Oct. 30

Monster Mash at Dorey Recreation Center brings s’mores, spooky stories by a bonfire, costume contest, crafts, candy, more. Free; concessions for purchase. 5-8 p.m., 2999 Darbytown Road. Information:

Coin and Currency Show offers appraisals and more than 50 tables of American, foreign and ancient coins and currency. Through Nov. 1. Free admission. Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Information: