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Weekend Events: Auto Show, Irish Festival, Southern Women’s Show and more

Posted at 6:11 PM, Mar 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-20 08:00:42-04

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Genworth Lights up! Youth Open House. The free open house is Saturday, March 22 featuring more than 40 workshops, lecture-demonstrations and performances for children and youth ages 3-18 at Richmond CenterStage, 600 East Grace Street. Resident Companies like Virginia Repertory Theatre, Latin Ballet of Virginia, Richmond Ballet, Richmond Symphony, The Elegba Folklore Society, Art 180 and SPARC will present music, theater, dance and visual arts workshops throughout the day starting at noon. There will also be live performances. On-line registration through Thursday, March 20th and on site starting at 10:30am. Workshops, lecture-demonstrations and performances are from noon – 5pm. For more information visit or get updates from Facebook under “Richmond CenterStage.

RVA Run For Friends 5K is the first 5K run entirely in Historic Jackson Ward. The 5K Saturday, March 22, will start and end at Abner Clay Park on Leigh Street, registration begins at 8:45am and the race/walk starts at 9:30am rain or shine. Registration fee is $20 and is tax-deductible and comes with a r-shirt, complimentary water & post-race snack. After the race the student government for VCU’s Medical School will host the Strauss Cup Field Day of fun and entertainment, a fun event with dunk tank, powder-puff football, moon bounce, dodge ball games, raffles, food and drinks. Free parking in and around Abner Clay Park, for more information visit,

The annual Church Hill Irish Festival, Saturday & March 22 & 23, parade kicks off 10am Saturday and 9am Sunday with the Hilltopper 5K; free parking and shuttle buses at 17th & Broad Streets, beneficiaries include St. Patrick’s Church, St. Baldrick’s Society and the Church Hill association among others, for more information visit

2014 Virginia Motor Trend International Auto Show, March 21-23 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North 3rd Street, special 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, courtesy of the Central Virginia Mustang Club and the Victory 7 Mustang Club, birthday cake on Saturday, March 22, 1pm, for details visit

Southern Women’s Show, March 21 – 23 at Richmond Raceway Complex, show hours are Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 7pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm, food, fashion, health, beauty, home, specialty Celebrity Guests Duck Dynasty’s Jessica Robertson, Washington Redskins’ Chef Mike Stevenson and Brian Maynor of Find, Flatter and Flaunt. For information visit

The Greater Richmond Children’s Choir in collaboration with Capitol Opera Richmond and River Road Church Baptist presents Benjamin Britten’s “Noye’s Fludde” Saturday, March 22 & Sunday, March 23 at 4pm at River Road Church Baptist, 8000 River Road, as part of the Acts of Faith Festival, Rev. Michael J. Clingenpeel will act as moderator for the talk back after the Sunday performance, for more information, visit

4th annual Richmond Mom Prom, Saturday, March 22, 7 – 11pm at the Salisbury Country Club, 13620 West Salisbury Road, Midlothian, a charity event where women can wear their old Prom Dresses, bridesmaids dresses or wedding gowns. There will be a tackiest dress contest and a prom Queen and other prizes, for more information visit

Chesterfield Comic-Con, come dressed as your favorite comic book or graphic novel character, Saturday, March 22, , 10am – 3pm at Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Boulevard, get your pictures taken with Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion and bring your library card, for information

Premier showing of Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions at Fifth Street Baptist Church in Highland Park,  Saturday, March 22, doors open at 2pm, movie at 2:30, children free, adults $2, for details call 804-321-5115, see a trailer at


22nd annual French Film Festival, March 27 – 30, screenings of feature films and a series of independent French short films at the Historic Byrd Theatre, tickets on sale now $15 for each film, details visit or 804-827-FILM.

Taking a Stand for Diabetes Fundraiser (vendor and craft show), Saturday, March 29, 10am – 3pm, at  the Sandston Moose Lodge, 4505 Oakleys Lane, raffles, prizes, food and a Kid Zone, donation suggested.

Commonwealth Catholic Charities fundraiser “Carnevale Ball” A Night in Venice, Saturday, March 29, 6pm in the Ballroom of the Westin Hotel, 6631 West Broad Street, tickets are $90, details

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