Grace Manor Inn - Richmond, Va, 23220, USA

A Valentine's Day Pop-Up surprise!

Friday, February 7, 2014
Valentine's Day is just a week away. What are you doing to commemorate the day? A fancy dinner? A box of chocolates? Or, worse- flowers? This year, why not get your special someone a gift that is truly unique?

Furniture store, La Difference, is hosting a pop-up craft market this Saturday from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. From handmade purses and color-blocked pillows to hand-printed t-shirts and silver bullet jewelry, you're sure to find that perfect something for anyone in your life. Get your picture taken and post it to Twitter to win a prize (or just for fun) in the free Valentine’s photo booth.

For more information, visit: http://www.viva-la-local.com

"A Dream is a wish your heart makes..."

Sunday February 9, 2014
Nothing says Valentine's Day quite like a fairytale romance. Richmond's CenterStage is hosting a special performance of the classic tale- Cinderella to be performed by the Richmond Ballet. Choreographed by Malcom Burn and featuring music from noted composer- Prokofiev, this magical production was inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Perrault fairy tales.

Tickets start at $20. The show runs Feb 13-16th. 7:00pm at the Carpenter Theater. 

Black History Month

A guided Tour of the Richmond Slave Trail

February 14, 2014
Saturday, February 22 at 10:45 am Del. Delores McQuinn and members of the Slave Trail Commision will provide a guided tour of the Shockoe Bottom Slave Trail. The tour, starting at the site of Lumpkin's jail, will delve into the history of America's slave trade as well as the role that Richmond played.

The tour, which is free of charge, will visit: Lumpkin's Jail, hallowed burial grounds, the Slavery Reconcilliation Statue and the Henry Box Brown Plaza. To take part in the tour, simply meet in the VCU parking lot along the western side of the Main Street Station train shed. 

After the tour, there will be a small get-together at Bottom's Up Pizza. Attendees will be responsible for their own lunch.Take some time out of your weekend and learn more about Richmond and the importance of keeping history alive. 

Women in Richmond Segway Tour

February 15, 2014
Segways- heralded as the transportation of the future, has become a wildly popular option for people to explore new cities. Richmond's River City Segs, for example, offers a wide variety of guided tours of the area's most beautiful places, picture-perfect views, and historical landmarks. This month, Richmond City Segs is premering a new tour titled- Women in RVA. The two hour guided tour highlights the many women who've helped shape Richmond into what it is today, including: Maggie Walker, Elizabeth Van Lew, Capt. Sally Tompkins, Lady Astor, Patricia Cornwell and Ellen Glasgow.

All riders must arrive 45 minutes before the tour starts for safety training. Riders must be at least 14 years of age and 100 lbs. Tours normally are $59, but in March, during Women's History Month, this particular tour is $40.

For more information, visit: http://rivercitysegs.com/

"Dear Me" Exhibit at Atlas Gallery

February 19, 2014
I'm sure we all remember how awkward we were at 15. High School was our daily 9-5. There were essays, tests, best friends, bullies, legendary parties, break-ups and make-ups, after-school extra curriculars and, of course, plenty of bad decisions made in heated moments of passion. 

Art 180 is a company that creates and provides art-related programs for young people living in challenging circumstances. They've launched a new exhibit titled, "Dear Me," in which 50 adults have been given the chance to write a letter to their 15 year old self. Teens in the Art 180 program have paired with the adults to create mixed-media collages, interpreting their letters.

The exhibit, showing at the Atlas Gallery, will be on display until February 28th. For more information about the exhibit and Art 180, visit: http://www.art180.org/

Monster Truck "Jamboree"

February 21, 2014
Nothing says quality time with family quite like 10,000 pounds of man and machine hurtling hundreds of feet into the air. That's right- Monster Jam is coming to the Richmond Coliseum this Friday, February 21-22! Veterans- Grave Digger, Wolverine and Illuminator will compete alongside Richmond newcomers Max D and Mowhawk Warrior as they perform breathtaking stunts and smash their way around the track to reach the finish line.

Tickets are available $21-31. Purchase a pit pass for an extra $10 before Saturday's 2 p.m. show to walk the track, meet the competitors and take photos with the Monster Trucks. Make sure to pack a pair of ear plus- it will be loud!

For more information about the drivers and how to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.monsterjam.com/

Richmond International Film Festival

Coming to Carytown February 27th -March 2nd

February 21, 2014
Richmond may be a small city compared to Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston etc. but this southern town has started to build itself into a choice one-stop regional destination. With a burgeoning art and music scene, an active sports & recreation community, glowing restaurant reviews and a growing foodie population, it's no wonder this year's International Film Festival is bigger than ever.

Screening 60 films over the course of 4 days, the festival will include industry panels, Q&As, live musical performances, and entertainment mixers that usher the spirit of Hollywood into Virginia‚Äôs historic Byrd Theater. The event, spanning February 27th -March 2nd, is a one-of-a-kind festival honoring some of the most singularly entertaining projects on the international film scene.

The festival's official selections, which include short-form and feature-length films, will compete for honors from the "Grand Jury" and audience. The festival will conclude with a Red Carpet event on Sunday where the awards will be announced for the various categories.

To learn more about the events happening during the festival, to purchase tickets or to find a list of the movies that will be screened, visit: http://rvafilmfestival.com/

Love Hurts

A fundraiser that empowers women through arm-wresting

February 23, 2014
When the word fundraising comes to mind, most likely your thoughts drift to bake sales, car washes, silent auctions or Sunday brunches but, I would imagine, quite rarely, do you think about theatrical arm-wrestling matches. RAWFL- the Richmond Arm Wrestling Ladies league is a group of dedicated individuals who approach the idea of fundraising a little differently.

RAWFL events raise money for women-centered charities and businesses. The matches, which are part sport, part theater and part philanthropy make for a memorable evening. Their next event is this Saturday, March 1 at the Lovebomb collective in Southside (6 W. 21st Street). Proceeds go to benefit the James House. The James House is a non-profit organization that is committed to providing free services for people who have been affected by sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking.

Tickets are $10. The show starts at 7pm. 

"Take me out to the ball-game..."

February 26, 2014
This Saturday, March 1st, marks the start of the 2014 baseball season. The smell of freshly cut grass, the roar of the crowd, the mouth-watering plates and buckets of ballpark junk-food goodies and the unforgettable last minute saves- how can you beat an afternoon at the diamond?

Richmond's Flying Squirrels are kicking off the season with a "fan" festival. There will be free music, games, bounce houses, mini golf and a petting zoo. Individual tickets or tickets for single games will be available to purchase during the event- better buy those 4th of July tickets early! Fans 21 and over can also try the Squirrels’ new beer- Chin Music, courtesy of Center of the Universe Brewery Co.

Fans are encouraged to bring any gently used baseball gloves to be donated to the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department. For each glove donated, fans will be rewarded one raffle ticket for various prizes.

The festival runs 9 a.m.-12 p.m at The Diamond. For more information, visit: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t3410

"Mardi Gras in Rio"

Richmond's celebration of Mardi Gras kicks off this weekend

February 28, 2014
Mardi Gras celebrations in Richmond kick off this Saturday, March 1st at 3:00pm with a traditional costume and float parade in the historic Manchester District. The parade starts at 15th and bainbridge, maneuvering around a 5 block course, to end where it began. Walkers, dancers, marching bands, step groups, etc are encouraged to join in on the parade and become apart of the fun too. The parade concludes at the Dogtown Dance Theater, where, afterwards there will be a range of performances, from live music to belly dancing and fire juggling to aerial dance. Tickets are $10. 

This year's theme- "Mardi Gras in Rio", emphasizes a family-friendly atmosphere.

The second event, officially concluding the Mardi Gras festivities is Tuesday, March 4, i.e. "Fat Tuesday".  The theatrical All The Saints' Theater Company will take to the streets with their larger-than-life puppets, banners, choreographed marching and colorful costumes. People are encouraged to bring instruments, noisemakers and lights. The parade will start at 15th and Bainbridge at 5:30pm and run the same course as Saturday's parade. There will be more entertainment available afterwards at the Dogtown Dance Theater. The show starts at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10.

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