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"I say! Do you like my hat?"

April 14, 2014
The annual Monument Avenue Easter Parade continues on with plenty of pomp and circumstance this weekend. Starting Sunday, April 20 from 1-5:00 pm, over 25,000 people will converge on the four block site to celebrate the arrival of Spring and to show off their crazy Easter hats. There will be live music, arts, crafts, chldren's activities, food and, of course, plenty of people and pet watching. Admission is free.

As always, the highlight of the event will be the ever popular "Pet Bonnet" and "People Bonnet" showcases. Both performances will be held at the Dotts Main Stage, between Monument and Allen Avenue, at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.

2014 Earth Day Festival

Celebrate the Earth in Shockoe Bottom, Saturday April 26th!

April 22, 2014
As the unmistakable signs of Spring force us out of our homes and cubicles, so begins the start of another season in Richmond- festival season. 

This weekend is the annual Earth Day Festival in Shockoe Bottom. Artists, musicians, local businesses, civic organizations and community activists all flock to "the Bottom" for a day of Earth-friendly fun, education and celebration.

Attractions include a city-wide can recycling drive, upcycled art & DIY exhibits, energy-efficient home & vehicle demos, composting and gardening demos, fresh local produce & spices, seedling giveaways, rock climbing, live music, plenty of food and hands-on recycling and upcycling activities for both kids and adults. This year's big draw, apart from the craft beers and wines that will be available, is a bid at a Guinness World record. 

The success of the Festival has allowed organizers, Enrichmond, to give back to the Richmond community in a variety of ways. Just this year, they've established an urban orchard in Chimborazo Park, made improvements to the riverfront along the Flood Wall Trail and recycled oyster shells back to the Chesapeake Bay.

The festival is this Saturday, April 26th from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the 17th Street Farmer's Market. Bring the kids or grab a pal and go learn about how to take care of the Earth!

Beards and Staches

April 23, 2014
When did growing a beard become a hobby for the young? In Richmond, it seems to have started in 2011 with the birth of the RVA Beard and Stache League. Young and old gentlemen alike carefully perfect their beards, staches and mutton chops in an effort to compete against the best- or, I should say, the hairiest. 

This year marks the 3rd annual Mid-Atlantic Beard and Stache Championship- the largest charity facial hair competition in the country, organized by Richmond's own RVA Beard League. This Saturday, April 26th at Canal Club, people as far away as Alaska and England will compete in 13 different catergories to test their follicle finesse. 

Judges for the event, include: Mike Henry (the voice of Cleveland on Family Guy), Valient (singer of Valient Thorr), Sam Ellis (character designer on Archer), Chris Tolleson (cast member on MTV’s Are You the One?) and John Campbell (the bassist of Lamb of God).

The Championship will take place at 6:00 PM on Saturday. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Proceeds will benefit Safe Harbor, a shelter for survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

Categories include:

Best in Show
Fake Creative
Fake Realistic
Full Beard Groomed
Full Beard Natural (< 1″)
Full Beard Natural (1″ – 8″)
Full Beard Natural (> 8″)
Full Beard Styled (Freestyle)
Moustache Natural
Moustache Styled
Partial Beard Natural
Partial Beard Styled

Lewis Black comes to the Carpenter Theater

Thursday, November 20th

April 28, 2014
Humor is subjective. What makes one person laugh may offend another. Those who know of comedian, Lewis Black, are all too familiar with his brash, no-holds-barred approach to comedy. Take or leave it, Black is going to tell you how it is and by the end of his performance, you're going to thank him for it.

Black is going to be coming to Richmond Thursday, November 20th to perform at the Carpenter Theater. Tickets for the performance go on sale this Friday, May 2nd at 10:00 AM. You can purchase tickets online or by calling 804.592.3400. Ticket prices range $37-57.00.

Richmond Discoveries II- Little Free Libraries

April 28, 2014
This past weekend, at the Forest Hill Park, organizers behind a local community-based group, unveiled a new feature for both park-lovers and Richmonders alike to enjoy: A Little Free Library.

Little Free Libraries are sprouting up in neighborhoods and businesses all over the country to provide free reading material for people of all ages. The premise is simple- take a book that you like and then at some point drop off another book to replace it. 

These tiny libraries look like a cross between a mailbox and a birdhouse. Each are unique. They're painted in bright colors, built to look like school houses/trains/mansions, they're covered with flyers or made out of recycled or found materials but the one thing that they have in common is that they're big enough to hold a sizable collection of books. I would say at least 12 or more.

To track down a library in Richmond or even in your own neighborhood, check out the online map pinpointing the location of each little library. GPS coordinates are included. To be added to the map, the library needs to be registered and pay a small fee, so, not all libraries may be listed. I know, in just my neighborhood alone, there are two unlisted libraries.

Butterflies Live! Returns to Lewis Ginter

April 30, 2014
Ever dream about being in a field full of butterflies? Nothing else is around you but thousands of beautifully painted wings fluttering magically in the sun.

Lewis Ginter's Butterflies Live! will alow you to get up close and personal with hundreds of tropical butterflies. Learn about their origins, preferred habitats and lifecycles. This year’s exhibit will feature a Butterfly Nursery where native butterflies will emerge from their chrysalides. Visitors can also watch as these newly-emerged butterflies are released into the exhibit daily at 10 a.m. or at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m on Saturdays.

The exhibit opens this Friday, May 2nd and runs through October 12th at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Tickets are $7-$11. The exhibit is included in the general garden admission price.

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