This Week’s Fun: September 10-16

Remembering and honoring on 9/11.

This week is shaping up to be cool and fun. There are plenty of fun events during the day for kids not in school yet, and lots of after school and evening fun events too. takes time to remember all of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and to remember all of the heroes who risked their lives to help others on that fateful day. We are grateful for the fire, police, rescue, and others who serve so faithfully – and for the citizens who stepped up to the need on 9/11. Remember 9/11 by doing something to help someone else on Tuesday, 9/11/12.

Be sure and schedule time for Mommy & Me at Willow Lawn where you’ll catch up with our representatives. Touch a Truck is Saturday, along with SAMOM, Glen Allen Day, and lots of other fun events. Try to make it to more than one for a fun-filled day.

And be sure to check our mega-calendar posting of tons of Fall Festivals and Fun too.

Note: Always check dates, times, and locations for events as they may change after posting events. Thank you!


The Hound of the Baskervilles – Begins September 14 – November 4, 2012. Part of Virginia Rep’s Barksdale Season at Hanover Tavern – Three actors take on more than twenty roles including Holmes, Dr. Watson, and themselves as they hilariously retell the story of the classic thriller with the killer dog! This highly theatrical comedy will have you howling with laughter. A fast-paced spoof for the entire family!

Click here for some ongoing events at the Science Museum of Virginia and more.

Remember that September is ADHD Awareness Month and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Monday, September 10

The Black Law Students Association along with the Muslim Law Student Association at The University of Richmond will host a blood drive in remembrance of the victims in the 9/11 terrorist attacksIt will be held at the UR law school on Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nobody Told Me – Commonwealth Parenting at 4121 Cox Road, Innsbrook. If you love being a mom (or want to be a mom) but had no idea how hard it would be, join in for honest conversation and realistic ideas for making it easier. Register: 804-545-1272. (Free)

Tuesday, September 11

Remember those who lost their lives on 9/11/01 and do something good for someone else.

9-11 Heroes Run at ACAC Wellness & Fitness, 11621 Robious Road, Midlothian. 8:00 a.m. Fun for the family.. 5k honoring first responders, military and civilians. Visit website for more information.

Healthy Child Healthy World – West Creek Emergency Center at 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon. “Moms on a Mission” It’s all about empowering and enacting change by communicating safe, green, healthy lifestyle opportunities. “With scientific evidence linking chemicals to asthma, autism, cancer, allergies, diabetes and more, it’s crucial that we spread the word about how to reduce toxic exposures.”

GrowRVA Food Truck Court will be at the Museum on Tuesday, September 11 from 5-8pm!

Pals Meeting at Short Pump Mall – Fires Ablaze from 11 a.m. – noon. Meet in food court and watch Station 13 arrive in a fire truck and teach about fire safety. Fun for kids.

Brain Balance Open House – The Brain Balance Program brings hope to families of children who suffer with behavioral, academic, and social challenges. We are specialized achievement centers that utilize a drug-free multi-faceted approached to address the underlying issues in many of the behavior, development, and learning disorders that plague so many children today.

Artist Nights at the Science Museum of Virginia  – Tuesday, September 11, 6-9 pm. Artists and students of all ability levels are invited to hone their figure-drawing and artistic skills during Artist Nights inside the Body Worlds & the Brain exhibition. Artists are invited to bring their own art supplies and tools. Chairs will be provided. The exhibition will be open to artists and budding artists of all ages to use the medium of their choice to capture the beauty and intricacies of the human body (no photography is allowed). Included with Body Worlds admission. Space is limited so advance purchase of tickets is recommended,

Wednesday, September 12

Mommy & Me AND at Willow LawnIt’s all free and best of all – there is a new LIVE entertainment event each morning.’s own Katie Mardigian will be at many of the events to help create some fun!

Back to School Night with Dream Dinners – Attendees receive a gift certificate for their favorite teacher to get a Dream Dinner for just $5!

Medicine Cabinet Makeover at Scents of Serenity at 7:00 p.m. – Come to Scents of Serenity Organic Spa to learn how to help your children focus better on their schoolwork, stay healthy, and manage allergies and sick days. Did you know some Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils kill bacteria and viruses? They do! Free workshop is Wednesday night 7-8:30 pm at Scents of Serenity Organic Spa, 3016 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen, located upstairs in a historic farmhouse. Seating is limited and classes fill up fast, so call Melanie at (804)277-4498 to reserve your spot!

Lunch Break Science noon – 1 p.m. at Science Museum of Virginia. September 12 – PaveDrain – Innovations in Permeable Pavement for Stormwater Management presented by EMCO Site Solutions Vice President Dan Bishop.

Scents of Serenity – Medicine Cabinet Makeover – Back to School Edition – Wednesday, September 12th from 7:00pm-8:30pm.

The Weight of the Nation, an HBO documentary focusing on the rising obesity problem in America, will be shown in the IMAX dome at the Science Museum of Virginia as a part of National Childhood Obesity Awareness month (at 5:15 p.m.). The screening will focus on the “Children in Crisis” episode from The Weight of the Nation series. There will be a beginning reception at 5:15 PM followed by an introductory program and the film starting at 6:00 PM.

Mom’s Night Out at Mosaic – 5-9 p.m. (6229A River Road, River Road Shopping Center). We’re inviting everyone (especially mom’s who need a night out!) to a fun and tasty fundraiser for Just come eat and drink and a portion of the night’s proceeds will benefit rescue dogs and cats! Just mention to the server you’re there to support AARF.

 Amelia County Fair at 16501 Five Forks Road, Amelia, VA. Midway rides, the Egg Council chocolate contest, pet costume contest, children’s tent, animal exhibit, daily racing pigs, Rockin Robin Revue by Chesterfield Children’s Theater, and a demolition derby. 804-561-5515

Thursday, September 13

Barnes & Noble Storytime at Short Pump Children’s Storytime: Toddlers and Preschoolers (Ages 6 and Under). Join us each Thursday for our Children’s Storytime. On the third Thursday of each – month, we’ll have a special visit from Seymour and the Children’s Museum.

Dr. Seuss Art Exhibit Opening at Bella Arte Gallery (3734 Winterfield Place, Midlothian, VA) at 6;00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Opening night of this exhibition’s first-ever appearance in Virginia celebrating the art and life of Theodor Seuss Geisel, also know as the beloved Dr. Seuss. Exhibition continues through October 14.

La Leche League Mother-to-mother Breastfeeding Support at 6:00 p.m . at Hip to be Round in Carytown.

Friday, September 14

LEGO DUPLO Read! Build! Play! comes to Richmond at Science Museum of Virginia. 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Fun event for the entire family. Join LEGO DUPLO play leaders for 2 days of creative building fun filled with guided activities, inspirational songs and time for free build to create whatever inspires you. Tailored for children under five, the experience demonstrates how reading coupled with construction play can engage, excite and encourage early literacy development, and spark exploration. Families are introduced to new ideas to encourage play and learning at home. Kids will be inspired by the larger-than-life LEGO DUPLO book at the events!

Family Campfire at Rockwood Nature Center (3401 Courthouse Road, Richmond VA) from 8-9 p.m. Night hike and campfire fun for the entire family.

Saturday, September 15

Wild Days at Busch Gardens. Interact with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s animal ambassadors during “Wild Days” featuring Jack Hanna. Guests can get up-close with dozens of animals and learn how they can help protect wild animals and their habitat. This popular animal event takes place Sept. 15 and 16 at Busch Gardens. For more information visit or call (800) 343-7946.

Richmond Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk – Pre-Registration Fee $50 – Walk-In; Registration Fee $60; Registration 8:30 am – Walk starts at 10:30 am  – Join us on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at St. Christopher’s, Richmond, VA. Pancreatic Cancer Research Events are a great way to increase funding for research and raise awareness for pancreatic cancer. Lustgarten Foundation Events serve as a wonderful celebration of the progress being made in the fight against this disease, and your important participation provides hope for the future

Glen Allen Day.  9:30am-3pm.  Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park.  For all ages. One of Henrico County’s largest outdoor festivals! The festivities kick off with a parade at 9:30 a.m. on Mountain Road. Activities in the park include children’s activities; participation by several local schools; balloons by Miss Sheri the Clown; an arts, crafts, and business fair; custom and classic car show; and local musicians on two stages. Concessions are available for purchase.  Rain date: Sat, Sept 22, 9:30am-3pm.  Free admission and free parking.

SAMOM Fall/Winter Sale  – Southside Area Mothers of Multiples – SAMOM Public Shopping  sale is gearing up for Saturday September 15, 2012. Don’t miss it! Sellers are busy sorting, pricing, and tagging all the clothes, toys, and kid stuff you could possibly need. Lots of clothes 50-90% off retail.

Touch a Truck with the Junior League – plenty of trucks, food, activities and fun. The Junior League of Richmond will hold its 7th annual Touch a Truck Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with early admission for a VIP Hour beginning at 9 a.m.

The Color Run – Rescheduled for September 15th, this is one 5K run you DON’T want to miss. Lace up your running shoes, grab your family and friends, and get ready to have the most unique runs you will ever have in your life! Begin in a white shirt and get pummeled with color as you reach each kilometer. Cross the finish line and celebrate with a color explosion. Be sure to be your camera for before and after shots! The run will take place in downtown Richmond.

Michael J. Fox Foundation Gala – Get ready for the local Michael J. Fox Foundation Gala Fundraiser for Parkinson’s disease to be held at Raintree Racquet Club on September 15, 2012. It starts at 3:00 p.m. with free admission for everyone.

P. Buckley Moss will be at The Center on Saturday, September 15, 2012 with a luncheon and book signing. The luncheon begins at 11:30am in the Grand Ballroom, tickets are $50. The book signing  follows at 1pm and continues to 4pm in the Gumenick Family Gallery. The book signing is free. To order tickets call 804-261-2787

Publick Days at Henricus Park – Join us for our annual celebration of the 1611 founding of the Citie of Henricus. Experience the past as 400 years of history come to life with living history re-enactments, military drills and musket firings, craftsmen and blacksmiths, 17th-century medicinal demonstrations, Virginia Indian activities, historical children’s games and crafts, storytelling and more. Our largest and most popular annual event. Free Admission. $5 Parking Fee. Saturday, September 15 – Sunday, September 16, 2012 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) 

History Hounds Explore The Fan – 10 am. – noon – Dogs are invited to join their owners for this walking tour of The Fan, in partnership with the SPCA. Dogs must have current shots, mix well with others and remain on a leash. Owners are responsible for water and cleaning up after their dogs. Space is limited. Reservations required: (804) 649-0711 x301. Meet at 700 W. Franklin Street.

Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church – 1100 Mt. Pisgah Drive – A Red Bird Mission Craft Fair is being held at Mt. Pisgah UMC Saturday, September 15th from 10 am to 3 pm; Sunday, September 16th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. All proceeds will benefit the Red Bird Mission and Clinic, which strives to meet the needs of those in Appalachia through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement.

Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello – a short drive for lots of fun. Taste a bounty of heirloom fruits and vegetables and learn about organic gardening and seed saving during this fun, family-friendly festival unlike any other. Activities include hands-on workshops, garden tours, an organic, author talks, local food marketplace and more. 434-984-9822.

5th Annual Farm Tour to Showcase Goochland Farms – Are you looking for a fun, free educational outing that everyone in your family will enjoy? If so, then come join us for the fifth annual Farm Tour. This year’s Farm Tour will highlight local Goochland agri-businesses, including a dairy operation, a sustainably produced beef farm, specialized equestrian facilities, an alpaca farm as well as the Goochland Farmers Market. The free, self-guided tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, when six unique agribusiness sites will be open to the public. Operators will make presentations on the hour and the half-hour.

“Taste of the City” – Great food live auction, music and more. Benefit the Arthritis Foundation and have a great time.

Kids Night Out at Romp n Roll.  5pm-8pm.  Romp n’ Roll West End, 9677 W. Broad St. Glen Allen VA 23060.  Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you! That’s why we created Kids Night Out. Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run and play with our energetic instructors and enjoy a Pizza Party dinner at Romp n’ Roll! A perfect evening indeed! $30, which includes a pizza dinner. Ages 2-5 (potty-training not required). Reservations Required.

St. Mary’s Community Day – 1-5 pm; Under The Big Top.  1pm-5pm.  St. Mary’s Campus, 5801 Bremo Road, Richmond.  Kids can bring their favorite stuffed toy to the Teddy Bear Clinic.  Free entertainment by Diggity Dudes, carnival themed kids’ activities, safety demonstrations and more.

Open Auditions Madeline’s Christmas at the Shops at Willow Lawn from 10 am. – 4 pm. Twenty-four girls ages 7 to 13 will be chosen for twelve roles in Virginia Rep’s Madeline’s Christmas. To audition, register online and prepare one of three songs listed. Fun to watch, too!  804-282-2620.

Open Auditions for the Nutcracker Suite – Auditions for the 2012 PDM Productions, Inc of The Nutcracker Sweet are just one week away… Saturday, September 15, 2012!  There is no audition fee and the audition is open to the community. We are looking for all levels of dancing and acting. If you are not sure which audition to attend, please email with your specific question.

Cornhole Tournament at Deep Run Park – 12 noon – 6:00 p.m. Ages 14 and up can compete in this fun event. Register: 804-290-1305.

Virginia Hops & Harvest Fest on 9/15 – Check out the first annual Virginia Hops & Harvest Festival, celebrating Virginia craft brews, food, music and the outdoors. Featuring music from Dallas Wesley, Sweet Justice, Led Zeppelin tribute band Zoso, Paul Plumeri Blues Band, and The Yardbirds. Expect Virginia craft beers like Devil’s Backbone, Hardywood Park, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Bull & Bones and more. Held at Pocahontas State Park. $12.50 advance, $15 at the gate. Beer tastings not included in cost of admission. Gates open at noon; music begins at 1:30 p.m.

43rd Street Festival of the Arts – Food, music and art come to the streets at Forest Hill and 43rd. Always a good time with lots of original artwork, handmade jewelry, crafts and more. With music from Blueline Highway, Susan Greenbaum and Rachel Leyco.

Heart of Virginia Bike Festival in Hanover – It will feature Century 100 Miles, Metric Century 62 Miles, Short 31 Miles and Family Rides 8 Miles.

September 16

Classics on the Green Wine Festival & Antique Car Show – The Classics on the Green Wine Festival & Antique Car Show features over 250 classic European automobiles including Rolls Royce, Bentley Motorcars, MGB, vintage race cars and many more. Located at New Kent Winery, this event also offers tastings from 4 Virginia wineries, plus food and shopping vendors. To purchase tickets, visit

Connor’s Heroes Foundation presents the 2nd Annual DiggityFEST at Westchester Commons, brought to you by movin’ mania, on Sunday, September 16, 2012, from 1:00-4:00pm.

Publick Days at Henricus Park – Join us for our annual celebration of the 1611 founding of the Citie of Henricus. Experience the past as 400 years of history come to life with living history re-enactments, military drills and musket firings, craftsmen and blacksmiths, 17th-century medicinal demonstrations, Virginia Indian activities, historical children’s games and crafts, storytelling and more. Our largest and most popular annual event. Free Admission. $5 Parking Fee. Saturday, September 15 – Sunday, September 16, 2012 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Run – September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month! The Greater Richmond National Ovarian Cancer Coalition will be holding an Ovarian Cancer Awareness fundraiser at Bogey’s Sports Park on Sunday, 9/16 from 1-5pm.  It will be a family-oriented event at the Pavilion that day, with horseshoes, volleyball, corn hole tournament, face painting and more!

The ARTisan Cafe Fall 2012 Edition – Join us at the Plant Zero Arts Complex, Saturday, September 15th to experience the Fall 2012 Edition of the ARTisan Café. Featured in the March 2012 issue of Essence Magazine, we are excited to host this nationally acclaimed affair in Richmond, Virginia. The Fall Edition boasts a carefully curated showcase of over 30 artisans from the Richmond, VA community, as well as an exclusive musical showcase courtesy of the Heavy Hitter DJ Lonnie B.