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  1. Oct

    1. Boot Camp for New Dads
      9:00 am – 12:00 pm

      First Things First of Greater Richmond presents Boot Camps for New Dads, a program, by men and for men, in which veteran fathers bring their 2-12 month-old babies to orient rookie fathers-to-be on the realities of fatherhood. Register online at

      What we talk about:
      • Caring for babies and new moms, especially when they are crying
      • Working your regular work week on no sleep
      • Financing a family
      • Following conflicting advice
      • Dealing with your mother-in-law
      • Throwing a diaper into a trash can at 40 feet
      The notion that men are clumsy and ignorant about infants has crumbled. Many dads are doing this job and doing it well.
      Men bring their own unique strengths and creativity to caring for their children. When dads gets involved in addition to mom, their children benefit greatly

      9:00 am
      Boot Camp for New Dads
    2. 7th Annual Pumpkin Chunk-A-Thon
      10:00 am – 3:00 pm

      7th Annual Pumpkin Chunk-A-Thon, sponsored by Ashwood Gardens and Nursery  to benefit Hanover Arc

      •Win a prize by entering a raffle to select the sponsor pumpkin that will catapult the farthest from the trebuchet.

      *  Win a chance to catapult a pumpkin  from the trebuchet
      * Face Painting & Tattoo Booth
      * Hayrides & Corn Maze
      *       Cake Walk
      * Games and Concessions
      * Wall of Spikes & so much more!

      Limited Sponsor Pumpkins still available.

      10:00 am
      7th Annual Pumpkin Chunk-A-Thon
    3. Ashland Firehouse Theater Family Movie Night presents Annie
      7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

      Ashland Firehouse Theater presents Family Movie Night, our Fourth Saturday Series which features a great family friendly movie that everyone can enjoy. This series kicks off with Annie, a heartwarming tale that sure to have you singing along.  Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is FREE.

      7:30 pm
      Ashland Firehouse Theater Family Movie Night presents Annie
  2. Nov

    1. First Thursdays in Ashland
      5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Visit Ashland for First Thursday in Ashland, November 1st.  Many merchants have special events with extended hours.  Come see the culture this quaint town has to offer.  Art, Design, Music, Wine and more…

      It is all through the Town of Ashland.  Gallery Flux, The Caboose, Re Funk It, Ashland Coffee and Tea, Tobacco Trading Warehouse and Thrill of the Hunt.  The stores are having special events and extending hours, most from 5-8pm, except for Ashland Coffee and Tea.  They will be open later.

      5:00 pm
      First Thursdays in Ashland
    2. Dual Recovery Anonymous
      5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

      Dual Recovery Anonymous meets Thursdays at the Thomas Hale Education Center at Sunrise House.

      Dual Recovery Anonymous is for those seeking relief from an emotional or mental disorder & a co-occurring substance abuse problem.

      The group is peer run, meaning that it is run by people with a mental illness and substance abuse history.

      For more information see:

      This excellent group supports people with both mental illness and substance abuse history. Please join us for fellowship in the 12-step tradition. There are no fees, registration forms or advanced notice necessary! 

      5:30 pm
      Dual Recovery Anonymous
    3. Three
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Visit Gallery Flux on Nov. 1st  for First Thursdays in Ashland.  ”Three” works by Jos Biviano, Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong, and Stephanie Joyce.  With a focus on forms that appear in the natural, mythical and imaginary world, this exhibition showcases multi dimensional, luminiscent works by all three artists. Visit our website at: for more information.




      6:00 pm
  3. Nov

    1. Book Sale
      12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      Friends of the Montpelier Library Book Sale

      New and ”Gently Used” books and DVDs.

      All donations are tax deductible. Receipts happily given on request!!

      *Members Only Preview 11/2/2012,10AM-12PM.

      12:00 pm
      Book Sale
  4. Nov

    1. Book Sale
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Friends of the Montpelier Library Book Sale

      New and ”Gently Used” books and DVDs.

      All donations are tax deductible. Receipts happily given on request!!

      *Members Only Preview 11/2/2012,10AM-12PM.

      9:00 am
      Book Sale
    2. Why Your Musical Background Matters: a college prep workshop
      9:00 am – 2:00 pm

      City Singers Children’s Choir is sponsoring an upcoming workshop aimed at assisting middle and high schoolers with a musical background in positioning themselves for college applications and auditions.  The lineup of speakers is unusually strong and this is a really great opportunity for Richmond music students.  The speakers include:

      Erin Freeman: Richmond Symphony Associate Conductor and James Erb Choral Chair

      Suzanne Mallory-Parker: Associate Director of Education at CenterStage Foundation, retired Instructional Specialist for the Performing Arts in Chesterfield County Schools

      Dr. Jeffrey Riehl: University of Richmond Associate Professor of Music, Director of University Choir and Schola Cantorum

      Russell Wilson: Richmond Symphony Principal, Quincy and Anne Owen Cole Chair, Piano & Celeste

      Tracia Austin: Musical Director & Vocal Coach, Christian Youth Theater; choral clinician and adjudicator, private voice instructor

      La Toya Draper: Henrico High School Center for the Arts Counseling Director

      Lee Hanchey: Project Coordinator for BrightLights Education Initiative Partnership with Richmond Symphony and Richmond CenterStage, Former Director of the Henrico Center for the Arts

      Rebecca Tyree, Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at Virginia Commonwealth University

      The event will be Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9am-2pm at the Second Baptist Church (at the corner of River and Gaskins Rds. 23229).  The cost of the workshop is $100 and includes lunch.  100% of any profit benefits City Singers Choirs (a non-profit 501(c)3 organization) and its tuition assistance fund.  Contact Leslie Dripps with any questions at 657-7667 or  The event page is  and registration information is available at

      9:00 am
      Why Your Musical Background Matters: a college prep workshop
    3. 1st Annual Old Cold Harbor Days Benefit
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

      For kids of all ages!!  The 1st Annual Old Cold Harbor Days Benefit will be held November 3 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the grounds of Wade’s Produce and Seafood located at 5912 Cold Harbor Road.  All proceeds and donations will be given to the Black Creek Fire/EMT and Hanover County Sheriff’s Department.  There will be music by local artist Randy Cook and the Commonwealth Bluegrass Band, Fencing demonstrations, Cross Concessions Truck, BBQ, Smoked Turkey Legs, and a special feature Tug of War Competition between the Fire/EMT/Sheriff’s Depts with winner taking home the trophy and bragging rights for the year and a plaque displayed inside Wade’s Produce and Seafood showing the winning team!  Other attractions inclcude antique cars, corn hole games, ring toss and pick a duck for kids, yarn spinning and quilting demonstrations, face painting, small pumpkin painting, and hoola hoop games.  Crafts, Artisans and other vendors are welcome host a booth at no charge and need to contact Wade’s Produce and Seafood for vendor application and details.  Make plans to bring your whole family and come out to support this great cause!  See you there!

      10:00 am
      1st Annual Old Cold Harbor Days Benefit

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