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Weekend Events: Forbidden City at VMFA, Richmond Oktoberfest, Walk to Stop Diabetes and more

Posted at 5:23 PM, Oct 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-18 08:37:21-04

Portrait of Empress Xiaoxianchun

Richmond: From the largest Art Museum in China and the largest palace in the world comes Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the only museum in the country with the exclusive showing of the exhibition. Forbidden City opens Saturday, October 18th and runs through January 11th, 2015. The exhibit features about 200 exquisite objects that includes The Emperor’s throne, portraits of emperors and empresses, paintings and religious sculptures. Forbidden City takes us on a journey of the ancient palace during the Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1911) Dynasties. Featured objects reveal large portraits, costumes, fine decorative arts such as bronzes, lacquer ware and jade, exploring imperial family life, court painting, and religion. Tickets to see Forbidden City are $20, $16 for seniors 65 plus and adult groups of 10+  and $10 for students with ID and youth ages 7-17. Free for members and children 6 and under. For more information visit

Emperor Qian long on Horseback

An Inspirational Brunch with Author Stacy Hawkins Adams & Friends “Still We Rise Celebrating the Power of Women’s Stories” featuring Daphne, Maxwell Reid, Nancy Glisson-Lucy, Maya Smart, Kristin Harris, Allison Gilbreath, Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Madison-McCreary, Talley Baratka, and Muriel Branch. Saturday, October 25th, 10am – 12:30pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, deadline to register is Monday, October 20, for tickets & details visit or A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Lewis Ginter’s programming and used to fund a writing seminar for local women’s shelter residents.

46th Annual Richmond Oktoberfest, October 17 & 18, 5pm – 11pm at the Old Dominion Building Richmond International Raceway, for tickets and more information visit or call 804-342-0310.

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, Saturday, October 18, check in 8:30, walk 9:30 at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, 2401 West Leigh Street, details visit

Tip Tap Toes Dance Studio, Dancers Against Cancer Lollapalooza, Carnival & Bazaar, Saturday, October 18, 11am – 4pm at 701 Greyledge Boulevard, Chester, South Bend Club House.

Richmond’s first Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market , Saturday, October 19th, noon – 5pm. Restaurants & Food Trucks include Buffalo Wild Wings, The Halligan Bar & Grill, C’est Le Vin, On The Rox, Mama J’s Kitchen, Africanne on Main, Alamo BBQ and many others. There will be over 20 food vendors offering $3 sample plates, Craft Beer will also be available, $1 donation entry fee is suggested.

Harvest Festival at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park, Saturday, October 18, noon – 4pm (rain date October 19), Harvest Festival features hands-on activities and demonstrations depicting typical homemaking and farming tasks of the era, Wagon rides, all American Lumberjack show, pony rides, vintage carriage display, Great Pumpkin Patch and more, details visit or call 804-795-2334.

Innsbrook’s Great Pumpkin Palooza, pumpkin patch fun, Saturday, October  25th, 10am – 4pm 4951 Lake Brooke Drive, Glen Allen, pony rides, petting zoos, live entertainment, restaurants, and Punkin’ Dunkin.’ Details visit

Tim Reid’s Legacy Media Institute presents the second  annual International Film Festival Friday through Sunday at Various Venues in the Tri-Cities. This year’s theme: How Film and Music Influence Culture. There will be film screening, discussions, spoken word and musical events and a festival block party at venues in Petersburg and at Fort Lee. For details visit

Virginia Hops & Harvest Festival at Pocahontas State Park, Saturday, October 18, doors open at noon, featuring Virginia Craft Beers, music, food and fun, bands include Everwilde, Quebe Sisters, and Almost Elton John, for details call 804-794-6700 or 804-796-4255.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk, Night of Event Script, Saturday, October 18, 2014 – 5:00 PM – The Virginia Historical Society
2014 Light The Night Program- 5:00pm – Music Begins, Registration Opens, Activities Start, 5:20pm –  Remembrance Ceremony begins –7:00pm – Walk starts
7:45pm – Post Walk  & Entertainment. CBS 6’s Greg Mcquade serves as the Emcee.

“Imagine Festival”, Saturday, October 18, noon – 5:30pm at Broad Rock Sports Complex, corner of Broad Rock Boulevard and Warwick Road, live music, dances,  children’s activities, community resources, basic health screenings, food, prizes, for details call 804-646-0145.

Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is Sunday, October 19, starting at the Virginia War Memorial, 621 South Belvidere Street, the 3-5 mile walk steps off at 1:30pm, for details and to register visit

If you are a Breast Cancer Survivor or know of a friend, family member, co-worker, associate, please share and tell them about the free hair care services at “The Mane Studio Hair Salon”. Ann Francis the owner is offering complimentary hair care services to breast cancer survivors, exclusively, (only survivors are seen on these dates) every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from October through December by appointment only.
Services offered include: Shampoo/sets, Shampoo/blow-drys, Protein and conditioning treatments, Haircuts/trims. For appointment call Mrs Ann Francis @ 804-382-1239 Or email to The Mane Studio Hair Salon,
11500 Midlothian Turnpike Richmond.

17th Annual Fairy Tale Ball, Saturday, October 18, 5pm – 9pm at Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn, for tickets and more information visit or call 804-282-2620.

In the last couple of weeks, The “Virginia In Action For Liberia Against Ebola (VALAE)” campaign has received many calls from Liberians and friends of Liberia asking how they can get involved with the campaign. You can help by donating your time to assist with sorting, packaging, labeling boxes and barrels. If you want to help, kindly join the team at our south side warehouse this Saturday October 18th, 2014 from 9:00a-2:00p. The address is 14121 Justice Rd, Midlothian, donations will also be taken during these hours.
If interested and want to participate, please call Levi Johnson @ 804-819-0291 or any of the campaign committee members, Garway Bright @ 804-908-7415, Dr. Birch @ 804-714-7450 or Rev. Adam Kyne @804—308-6356

FUTURE Events: LOBS & Lights Glow Tennis Events, 10th anniversary celebration to benefit VCU Lobs & Lessons, a nighttime glow-in-the-dark tennis experience, featuring a space-like atmosphere. Tennis players take to the court at night with only UV paint to light up the lines of the tennis court, net tape, tennis balls, racquets and targets, the event is Saturday, October 25th 8pm to midnight at Mary and Frances Youth Center, VCU, 120 South Linden Street. Youth Glow Zone 8 – 9:30pm, for tickets and details visit or call 804-828-9276.

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