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Weekend Events: Virginia Auto Show, Church Hill Irish Festival, ‘FIRST’ Robotics Competition and more

Posted at 6:41 PM, Mar 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-21 09:07:42-04

RICHMOND: 2015 Virginia Motor Trend International Auto Show, at the Greater Richmond Conventional Center, 403 North Third Street, Friday & Saturday 10am – 9pm & Sunday 10am – 6pm. Tickets adults $10, seniors $5, Active Military $5, Children 7-12 $3 and free for children 6 & under., Official Hashtag #VAAutoShow.

More than 1500 High School students are going head to head in the “First Robotics Competition.”  It’s not the first competition, instead, First is an acronym that means “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.  Out of 64 high school teams competing 19 are from the Richmond area. The event is Friday & Saturday from 9am – 5pm at VCU’s Siegel Center, 1200 West Broad Street and is free and open to the public. For more details visit

Saint Patrick’s Day is over but the celebration continues this weekend in Church Hill, The Church Hill Irish Festival is Saturday 10am – 7pm and Sunday 10am – 6pm on North 24th Streets between East Grace and East Marshall Streets. Music will once again fill the air and food available for purchase. You can still volunteer to have your head shaved in support of St. Baldrick’s Foundation, helping to find a cure for childhood cancers. Admission is $5 for more information call 804-356-1093.

One Voice Chorus presents “Still Spiritual” Saturday, March 21, 7pm at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 418 Halifax Street, Petersburg; Sunday, March 22. 4pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal church, 815 East Grace Street. Arrive an hour early and enjoy Harmony in Living Black & White , a thought-provoking conversation. Donations $15, For more information visit

13th Annual Dog Jog and 5K, Richmond’s SPCA annual fundraiser, at 2519 Hermitage Road, Saturday, March 21, vendor fair, 9am-1pm, 5K Run 9:30am – 10:45am, Dog Jog 11am – 12pm, awards ceremony 12pm- 12:30pm, registration  at event, details

The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell features Doug Church, Saturday, March 21, doors open 6pm at , Comedian Wayne Brady, Thursday, April 23; Amy Grant, Friday, May 1for tickets & more information visit

Hispanic Women in Arts Exhibit for Women’s History Month featured at the Spotlight Gallery, Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. “Mujeres” opens Friday, March 20, 6-8pm, on display through May 1. For more information call 804-646-6722.

9th annual Fredericksburg Arts & Crafts Faire, March 21-22, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, details

Weekend Events: “A Week for Jesus” The Story of the Passion”, Easter production presented by The Drama Ministry of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Sunday, March 29, 4pm at Henrico Theatre, 305 East Nine Mile Road, Highland, for tickets $15, call 804-222-1105.

5th Annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant, Saturday, March 28 at Richmond International Raceway’s Old Dominion Building, The Pageant honors the memory of Shelby Layne Bowery and to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Doors open at 6:30pm, event starts at 7. For details email Tracy Bowman, For tickets call the Sportsman Restaurant & Lounge, 3308 Williamsburg Road, Henrico at 804-236-1911.

Latin Ballet of Virginia “Macondo” March 26th-29th in memory of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, based on King’s production Cien Anos De Soledad, premiered in Colombia in 1987 and she awarded “Best National Choreographer. Show hours Thursday & Friday 10:30am & 7:30pm, Saturday 3pm & 7pm & Sunday 3pm at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, tickets $10 – $15, for details or call 804-356-3876 or 804-855-9251.

Balling for Children Fundraiser, for children with Autism at St. Joseph’s Villa. All games played in the gym at Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, Saturday, March 21 & 28, April 4,11 , & 18 at 5:30pm. For more information call 804-270-6566 or email

DC’s Legendary Go-Go Band Trouble Funk performing at Elliot’s Restaurant & Lounge, 1241 North Laburnum Avenue, Saturday, March 28th doors open 9pm -2am, details 804-405-6207, tickets on line t  Early bird $20.