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  1. Apr

    1. Humpback Whales at the Dome
      10:00 am – 5:00 pm

      Embark on an amazing adventure into the hidden world of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammal, the humpback whale. Join a team of researchers and dive into the waters surrounding Alaska, Hawaii and Tonga to uncover the secrets of these 50-foot, 48-ton animals. Find out how humans have impacted the lives of humpback whales, watch new discoveries bubble to the surface and discover surprises that will take your breath away.

      10:00 am
      Humpback Whales at the Dome
    2. The Elves and the Shoemaker
      10:15 am – 11:00 am
      Elves & the Shoe Maker

      Elves & the Shoe Maker

      The Grimm Brothers’ classic tale of the poor cobbler who gets some unexpected help from some tiny friends….friends who come to his shop in the middle of the night to do their job. Lots of music, lots of laughs, and the lots of heart as the audience learns the value of work and compassion. The perfect Springtime treat!

      10:15 am
      The Elves and the Shoemaker
    3. Marks. Forms. Layers | Gallery Flux
      11:00 am – 6:00 pm

      Visit Gallery Flux to see “Marks. Forms. Layers.” This exhibition will feature landscape oil paintings by Carol Anna Meese, mixed media paintings by Patte Ormsby, and mixed media and clay sculptures by David Camden. Visit “Marks. Forms. Layers.” from March 5th to May 2, 2015 to see new work by these Gallery Artists.

      11:00 am
      Marks. Forms. Layers | Gallery Flux
    4. The Elves and the Shoemaker
      12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
      Elves & the Shoe Maker

      Elves & the Shoe Maker

      The Grimm Brothers’ classic tale of the poor cobbler who gets some unexpected help from some tiny friends….friends who come to his shop in the middle of the night to do their job. Lots of music, lots of laughs, and the lots of heart as the audience learns the value of work and compassion. The perfect Springtime treat!

      12:00 pm
      The Elves and the Shoemaker
    5. Science After Dark
      5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Enjoy an evening of special hands-on environmental science activities – plant cloning, seed bombs, plant dissections and more! Unearth your world in The Dome with an astronomer-led Cosmic Expedition about how we study the earth from space. Stick around after the show for a screening of classic episodes of the Addam’s Family. >From 7 – 9 pm, RideFinders will host a bicycle safety clinic with mechanics onsite to fix minor problems with your bicycle! Stargaze through telescopes provided by the Richmond Astronomical Society, weather permitting. Admission is $5, free for members and students with college ID.

      5:00 pm
      Science After Dark
    6. Reynolds Spring Music Program
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Reynolds Community College will host Desiree Roots in a concert entitled: Don’t Ever Stop Dreaming on Friday April 17 at 7 p.m. in the Lipman Auditorium of the Massey Library and Technology Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond.


      This soulful, smooth jazz, R&B and Gospel songstress and actress has charmed audiences across the country as a dynamic singer and entertainer. The event is open to the public with admission being a suggested canned or non-perishable donated item for the Central VA Food Bank.


      The program is a community event sponsored by Reynolds’s Multicultural Enrichment Council for the purpose of encouraging cultural diversity throughout the Reynolds campuses and communities. For more information about this event please contact Pat Bozeman at

      7:00 pm
      Reynolds Spring Music Program
    7. Two Bits: The Barbershop Musical
      8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      Lots of silliness and a heartwarming story for the whole family: Our hero, Danny Boy, found his Million Dollar Baby (Sweet Adeline), at the Five-and-Ten-Cent Store – you get the picture! Classic barbershop harmonies are sung in a classic barbershop setting as this original musical unfolds on the Mill stage. Written by the Mill’s own Tom Width and Paul Deiss. March 26-May 16, 2015 $59.50 Dinner Theatre $41.25 Theatre Only Call to make reservations (804)748-5203 or visit us online at Matinee Dates: 4/8/15, 4/18/15, 4/26/15, 5/2/15, 5/10/15, 5/16/15

      8:00 pm
      Two Bits: The Barbershop Musical
  2. Apr

    1. Pooch Pursuit – K-9 Heroes Day
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Owners ages 12 and up, dogs ages 1yr. & up. Lace up your sneakers and grab your dog’s leash for the Pooch Pursuit! Run the 5K trail with treat stops all along the course. This dog friendly event (although canine participation is optional), will benefit the Friends of Hanover Dog Parks and their efforts to construct a dog park at Pole Green Park. All registered participants will receive an owner and dog friendly treat bag.

      Entry Fee: $20 and $10 Awards will be presented to the top 3 finishers in each age division. Dog tags will be presented to all the K-9′s that complete the run.

      Stay after the event for the K-9 Heroes Day. In honor of K-9 Veteran’s Day, Hanover Parks and Recreation, Hanover Hounds Search and Rescue, The Classy Canine and Friends of Hanover Dog Parks invite you and your special canine to the 3rd Annual Hanover K-9 Heroes Day.

      Register to run the Pooch Pursuit 5K or the 1 mile fun run / walk, visit with canine friendly vendors, watch K-9 demonstrations in the areas of Military/Police/Therapy and Search & Rescue. There will also be fun activities and contests for you and your furry friend, including the following: Dog Gone Spring Egg Hunt Frosty Paws eating contest Fastest Wagging Tail contest Event is open to the public, with all dogs required to remain on a secure leash and have current license and rabies vaccination.

      Refreshments will be available for purchase for people and pets. K-9 Heroes Day in Hanover is a celebration to honor the military and civilian K-9’s and their handlers who have given their unwavering service and sometimes their lives to serve these United States of America during the time of war and to also protect us here in our homeland. Per the House Joint Resolution 522, March 13th is designated as K-9 Veterans Day to honor the thousands of dogs that have served with honor, dignity and valor throughout the nation’s history.

      9:00 am
      Pooch Pursuit – K-9 Heroes Day
    2. Bioenergetics: Arts Meet Gentle Science in Sickness and in Health
      9:30 am – 5:00 pm

      See 20 novel experiences that convey the importance of the powerhouses in the cells of our body – mitochondria! This collaborative exhibition between faculty and students in Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Engineering and School of Arts with the Science Museum of Virginia presents two and three dimensional artistic interpretations that will inspire and encourage guests to make informed lifestyle choices!

      9:30 am
      Bioenergetics: Arts Meet Gentle Science in Sickness and in Health
    3. Ashland’s Historic Garden Week Tour in Old Church, VA
      10:00 am – 5:00 pm

      Historic Garden Week in Ashland, VA will be conducted on April 18th, 2015 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the ‘Old Church’ area of Hanover County, where Union infantry and calvary passed through on their way to Cold Harbor during the Civil War. All homes on this tour date to the 1700 and 1800s. Celebrate Spring by joining this tour which features National Historic Landmarks and a Revolutionary-era plantation, all of which are located in picturesque Old Church – off route 360, east of Mechanicsville, VA.


      The cost of advance tickets for the tour is $25 which includes four historic homes and a church. Advance tickets may be purchased online at (select Ashland), or at the following local businesses: Ashwood Garden and Nursery, Cross Brothers Grocery Store, Ed’s Landscaping Nursery and Garden Centers, or Through the Garden Gate Antiques. For additional information, contact This tour is part of the statewide Garden Club of Virginia 81st Annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia.


      The following homes and properties are will be on the tour:

      • Upper Marlbourne was built in 1866 by Edmund Ruffin, Jr and except for a brief period, the home remained in the Ruffin family until 1982. This home is furnished with many family heirlooms and antiques, and features works of art by local artists and family.

      • Immanuel Episcopal Church was built in 1853 by the congregation of the original ‘Old Church’ that lay to the west of the current church. Immanuel Episcopal Church was converted to a Union hospital during the Cold Harbor campaign, and remains architecturally beautiful today.

      • Ingleside was built in 1820 by Carter Braxton III, grandson of the signer of the Declaration of Independence. General Grant camped in the front yard at the beginning of the battle of Cold Harbor, and Ingleside was one of the first stops of Robert E. Lee after Appomattox. Occupied by Dr. William H. Macon during the Civil War, the doctor’s office still stands on the property along with a smokehouse, kitchen house, tenant house, and root cellar. This Federal-style home retains the original hand-blown glass windows, heart-pine flooring, and elaborate woodwork.

      • Summer House was built in 1750 by Carter Braxton, the last signer of the Declaration of Independence, and was also used as a hospital during the Civil War. The original structure was a story-and-a-half, one-room-deep home with a full English basement and two dormer bedrooms. Additional wings were added to the home in the 1950s and 1990s. The home is furnished with American antiques, and includes art gathered during the owner’s travels – most notably Inuit art and antique Indian figurines. Set on 10 acres, the home is surrounded by woodland and wildflowers.

      • White Plains was built in the 1840s as the Ellett family home. In 1862, the Ellett’s daughter sent word to Confederate troops that the Union cavalry was moving toward Tunstall’s Station. Owing to her warning, four companies of the 46th Virginia Regiment intercepted the Union cavalry and averted an attack on the railroad. The home is now owned by The Honorable and Mrs. Christopher K. Peace, who recently completed the historic rehabilitation of the home, and earned a Preservation Award from Preservation Virginia in 2013.


      Historic Garden Week in Virginia is ‘America’s Largest Open House,’ and includes more than 30 tours throughout the state, which attract over 30,000 guests per year. Over the decades, the gardens and grounds of some of Virginia’s most important historic landmarks have been restored with the Historic Garden Week tour proceeds. For additional information, contact

      10:00 am
      Ashland’s Historic Garden Week Tour in Old Church, VA

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