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Weekend Events: Origami in the Garden; French Food Festival & UniverSoul Circus

Posted at 12:30 PM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 16:25:31-04

RICHMOND, Va.– Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity will join supporters and eager shoppers to celebrate the grand opening of the organization’s second ReStore location on Saturday, April 28th in Chesterfield. Chesterfield ReStore 1201 Mall Drive. Richmond, Habitat ReStore is a home improvement store and resale center that sells donated new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity uses funds raised by its ReStores to help build, rehabilitate and repair more homes in partnership with low-income families. The grand opening celebration will feature food trucks, entertainment, children’s activities, doorbuster prizes and special guests from Richmond’s Mix 98.1 FM radio station, from 10AM to 7PM. The new location at 1201 Mall Drive is adjacent to the Chesterfield Towne Center. Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity will continue to operate its original ReStore location at 1901 Roane Street in Richmond’s Northside. Details visit

Origami in the Garden features metal sculptures based on origami designs. More than 21 sculptures will be arranged throughout the Garden in 16 vignettes. There are many activities including opening weekend activities. Sending images of sculptures. The exhibit features:  Mid-Atlantic debut of nationally traveling exhibit of museum-quality sculpture; Crafted from bronze, steel and aluminum, the larger-than-life outdoor sculptures were inspired by the art of paper-folding. There are 16 vignettes featuring 21 sculptures throughout the Garden; Some sculptures are over  7 feet tall; others are small as a mouse; Displayed amid a backdrop of gorgeous spring gardens; While you’re at Lewis Ginter check out A Million Blooms, Central Virginia’s celebration of spring! A Million Blooms runs through June 1. Also, Butterflies LIVE!. Butterflies LIVE! includes an experience related to Sounds Art RVA: a series of sound art installations and activities around Richmond this summer and fall. The Garden’s participation is called A Northward Migration, an experience using sound to explore the migration routes of butterflies, especially monarchs, as they traverse the landscape of North America. Sending images of butterflies. And the Garden’s Spring PlantFest or plant sale is May  4 & 5. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sending images of Conservatory with tulips, More details at

The RVA French Food Festival began in 2009, as a fundraiser for the Little Sisters of the Poor, a local non-profit serving Virginia’s elderly poor. The Little Sisters of the Poor has its roots in France, and the group remarked on the absence of French cuisine on the Richmond Festival scene. As fate would have it, longtime friend of the home and classically trained Master Chef Paul Elbling had recently retired from running his restaurant La Petite France, and generously agreed to headline the festival with some of his very own dishes. And so the RVA French Food Festival has grown, highlighting the French culture, food, music, and wine, all for a wonderful cause. The festival is at Little Sisters of the Poor, 1503 Michaels Rd, Henrico and festival hours are Friday, April 27th, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Saturday, April 28th, 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Details call 804-288-6245 or visit

UNIVERSOUL Circus Now playing through May 6 at Richmond International Raceway. Thursday 4/26: 11AM-8PM,  Friday 4/27: 9AM-8PM; Saturday 4/28: 10AM-8:30PM; Sunday 4/29: 10AM-8PM; Monday 4/30: 11AM-6PM; Tuesday,  5/1: 11AM-8PM. For details visit

NATIONAL DANCE CELEBRATION, Saturday April 28, 1:00pm to 4:00pm at St. Joseph’s Villa, 8000 Brook Road, Glen Allen, featuring National recording Artist, Earnest Pugh, line dance, African dance, Chinese, Praise, Indian, Latin, and Irish dancers. Free an dope not the public, for details call 804-306-5958 or Visit  FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

Amy’s Army of Cancer Warriors Fourth Annual Pedal through Petals on Sunday, April 29th. Pedal through Petals will take place at Lakeside Farmers’ Market, with the bike ride visiting these Northside sites:

  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
  • Spring Park, the site of “Gabriel’s Rebellion,” a slave rebellion in 1800, put down when the organizers delayed due to rain
  • Cute cottages in Bellevue
  • Stately Mansions on Seminary Avenue
  • Shalom Farms’ new urban site

The “Party Central,” this year, is at Lakeside Farmer’s Market, with live bands, food trucks, beer and wine, and a silent auction.  Tickets are $49, which includes not only the guided bike tour, but lunch and 2 beverages (beer or wine).  Those who don’t have a bike can rent one or can rent an “electric bike.”  Registration starts at 8 am, with riders starting in waves between 9-10 am.  The ride will take a few hours and the after party will last till 3.