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Weekend Events: Vegetarian Festival, Hanover Tomato Festival

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Posted at 3:58 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 17:02:56-04

July 8

All-Night Jumpathon, a fundraiser to benefit Anti-Violence Teen Summit and Dance Programs for Kids, featuring a DJ, and Rap performances, 40 minute empowerment sessions for ages 5-17, dinner & breakfast provided by Walmart. An empowerment lock-in at Jumpology, 10087 Brook Road, Glen Allen, Tickets and more information call 804-218-5553.

July 8, 9 & 10

The 10th Annual Petersburg Music Festival, formerly Halifax Jazz & Blues Festival, three days to enjoy Jazz, R&B and Gospel music at the Historic Halifax Triangle, 110 Halifax Street. The festival features local bands performing Friday & Saturday from 6pm – midnight and Sunday Gospel Explosion from 3-6pm. It’s free to attend, food and drinks is pay as you go. For more information visit http://petgctr4dev.com/.

One of the biggest Gospel Weekends on the East Coast returns to Richmond  Saturday & Sunday. On Saturday it’s the 4th Annual East Coast Gospel Music Summer Fest at 5th Baptist Church, 1415 West Cary Street, Richmond, starting at 10am with Cora Armstrong and other artists. Then on Sunday, Dr. Bobby Jones once again will join Sheilah Belle for an evening of gospel music from some of the top Gospel acts in the country for “The 7th Annual Gospel Music Fest with The Belle” at Dogwood Dell. The Festival is a part of the 60th annual Festival of Arts at Dogwood Dell. Info http://thebellereport.com/ or call the Dell at 804-646-DELL.

Also in Byrd Park, Fountain Lake, Sunday from 4-8pm, RVA Community Unity/Photo Shoot, This is a free event.  From organizer Connie McGowan “In midst of everything going on across the country lately, the cookout/photo shoot is to show the community that Richmond cares”! The Richmond Police Department along with clergy, local artists will be present.  In addition, there will be tables/tents for voter registration, health awareness and other community initiatives.  Games will be provided for all.  Kids are encouraged to attend.

July 9

Hanover Tomato Festival, returns to Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville Saturday. The festival features over 200 vendors, a petting zoo, live music, lots of entertainment, tomato dishes, rides, games and lots of Hanover Tomatoes. The festival is held rain or shine, 9am to 4pm. Free to attend games, food and tomatoes is pay as you go.  The park is located at 8996 Pole Green Park Lane, Mechanicsville. For more details visit http://www.hanovercounty.gov/Events/Tomato-Festival/Hanover-Tomato-Festival/.

Fans of the Richmond Vegetarian Festival are excited the popular festival is Saturday, from noon to 6pm in the Azalea Gardens at Bryan Park. City officials had to postponed the festival scheduled to happen Saturday, because of downed trees and debris left over from the June 16th storm. Known for its variety of foods, the festival will feature cooking demonstrations, belly dancing, vegan body builder, live music and vendors and over thirty-five different types of food that include – African, Italian, Indian, Thai, Mediterranean, American. For more information visit veggiefest.org. Free admission, pay as you go for food and drinks, pets welcome.

It’s your chance to see Maymont in a whole new light, or in this case all glowy. Maymont Glow is in its 4th year, a night run through the grounds of Maymont Saturday, starting at dusk with music, fun and Glow. The Families run/walk is open to families, strollers, anyone interested in taking a 3 mile fun run through the beautiful Maymont estate at night. Each participant gets cool glow items and participants are encouraged to dress up in their best glow outfit…you could win prizes! The run is a non-timed event but clocks will be available to keep a count of personal data. For registration and other information visit  http://www.glowrunrva.com/. This a benefit for the Maymont Foundation.

African Community Network (A.C.N.) Healthy style Walk/Bike Saturday, 10am – 5pm at Byrd Park & Recreation, 600 South Boulevard, Richmond. Activities include walking & dance competitions, kids games, water balloon toss, hula hoop and more. Free food, drinks, & music, details contact Mrs. Eseh 804-840-2418 or Mr. Konate 804-631-6820.

JoyFest at Kings Dominion, Saturday, Doswell, Virginia featuring Mervin Sapp, Tye Tribbett, Erica Campbell, Ricky Smiley, tickets at 800-745-3000 or joyfest.org.

July 10

Chicks & Waffles Drag Brunch, Sunday at the Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center, 10am – 2pm, featuring Ellia J. Garlands and inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Judy Garland, tickets at 800-514-3849 or eTix.com.

Future Events: “Think Outisde The Box” “Forgotten History Lecture Series” presented by The James River Advisory Council. The event is free, seats are limited, RSVP contact LaTika Lee 804-873-7363 or Kimberly Conley JRAC Executive Director at 804 748-1567. The event is at the National Park Service Civil War Visitor Center at Historic Tredegar, 490 Tredegar Street.

Neighborhood Housing services of Richmond presents Casino Royale sponsored by 707 Fine Clothing, Saturday, July 23rd, 7pm-11pm at Willow Oaks Country Club, 6228 Forest Hill Avenue with special guest Retired NFL Football Player and Richmonder Dion Foxx. To get tickets and more information 804-329-2500 or www.nhsofr.org.