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Fun events this weekend
By STAFF REPORTS
Mar 28, 2014, 09:45

March 29: ‘Cinderella Revamped’
“Cindella Revamped- A Kids Monster Musical,” the classic tale of Cinderella set in Transilvania with all the classic monsters you know. Geared for ages 4-13. March 29 3pm, 5pm, 7pm at 306 North Sycamore St. Petersburg. Tickets $6 Adults, $4 students. Kids under 13 that come dressed as Royalty or a Friendly Monster will get Free entry. Toddlers free. Refreshments and Silent Auctions available. Proceeds to benefit The Phantom Players big summer musical TBA. Info Contact Tracey Frame Artistic Director 691-7235.

March 29: Donkey basketball
The Prince George High School Girls’ Basketball Team will be sponsoring a Donkey Basketball Game on Saturday, March 29 at PGHS. Doors open at 6:30 and the game begins at 7:00. Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door. They can be purchased in advance at PGHS and County Administration. Teams are being recruited to play in the game. Contact Bill Gray at (804) 355-4024 if interested in entering a team.

March 29: Car show
The Annual Prince George High School Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at the high school parking lot.

March 29: Fashion show
The Spring is in the Air Fashion Show will be presented by the Hopewell Federated Women’s Club at 11 a.m. (Doors open at 10 a.m.) March 29. at VFW Post 637: 335 S. 15th Ave. Hopewell.
Tickets: $15 Donation. For Tickets, contact Dot Shaw at (804) 458-5859.
Enjoy the fashion show, buffet luncheon, and a silent action. Proceeds will go towards a scholarship to a graduating senior at Hopewell High School, and the children’s summer reading program at Appomattox Regional Library.

March 29: Family Resource Gala and annual Fine Arts Festival
For families looking for a must-attend event , mark the calendars to be at Hopewell High School on Saturday, March 29 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. for the 18th annual Family Resource Gala and annual Fine Arts Festival. The high school is located at 400 S. Mesa Dr. in Hopewell.
Linda Ciancio-Brown, parent-resource center coordinator for Hopewell Public Schools, has seen the gala evolve over the last several years that she has been involved. Ciancio-Brown explained that over 3,000 to 4,000 people attend the event each year. “Each year, it’s grown with the numbers [of families] that have come through,” she said.
The gala, which is held in the high school gym, offers information for parents and families from various agencies and vendors. “There are a number of different resources that address all sorts of issues,” Ciancio-Brown said.
This year, the gala received a $650 community grant from John Randolph Foundation. The funds are used to support the event. Children will have an opportunity to receive different gifts and prizes as well as meet local firefighters and police officers. Parents will find a number of valuable resources from different agencies and community partners that they might not even realize are available for the family. The resources available also include information regarding children with special needs. Some of many organizations that will be attending the gala includes the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, Virginia Department for aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Center for Family Involvement, City of Hopewell/Intergovernmental & Public Affairs, Hopewell City School Board, Hopewell Fire Department, Hopewell Public Schools Child Find, I’m Determined Project, John Randolph Foundation, Pregnancy Support Center of Tri-Cities, The James House, Hopewell Downtown Partnership, Hopewell Health Department and other participants.
“The response we’ve had from different agencies that attend the gala, and the results we get after it, are positive and resourceful benefiting our School and Community ,” Ciancio-Brown said.
Linda would like to thank all Hopewell Public Schools staff, students and volunteers.

March 29: Remembering the Battle of Fort Gregg
Ranger talks and artillery demonstrations will highlight the commemoration of the Battle of Fort Gregg which was fought on April 2, 1865. The program occurs from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at Fort Gregg which is located at Seventh Avenue and Simpson Road in Petersburg (south entrance of Central State Hospital), Tour Stop 4 of the Petersburg National Battlefield’s Western Front Unit. Although the battle is not as well known as other Civil War engagements, it managed to highlight the determination and sacrifice of Confederate soldiers as they attempted to hold off an overwhelming number of equally determined Union soldiers. The Confederate defense allowed Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia to escape Petersburg and extend his army’s life span beyond the fall of the city. For additional information call 804-732-3531, ext. 205.

March 29: Blood Drive
Having donated “several gallons” of blood over his lifetime to Virginia Blood Services, Richmond-based Midas franchise owner Mark Smith is encouraging his customers to be equally thoughtful at any of his three shops this Saturday. In fact, he’ll give everyone who rolls up his/her sleeves a coupon for a free oil change. His ongoing VBS efforts this Saturday will yield the 15,000th unit of blood that Smith’s Midas customers have donated over several years of multiple blood drives.
Smith along with partners Midas International, NAPA Auto Parts, and VBS parent company, ITxM, will also present food pantry FeedMore with a $30,000 check at the event. This presentation is also well-timed with VBS’ 40th anniversary this month.
The three Midas Locations are 11463 West Broad Street, 10160 Hull Street Road, and 1400 Boulevard.

March 29: FOLAR Spring River Cleanup
Join Friends of the Lower Appomattox River on Saturday, March 29, for its Spring River Cleanup. Volunteers are needed at several sites along the lower Appomattox.
FOLAR has held cleanups along the river each spring and fall for several years as part of its mission to enhance and protect the river. FOLAR is a regional nonprofit organization that formed in 2000. In addition to cleanups and other events, FOLAR’s primary focus has been to create a “greenway-blueway” trail system along nearly 23 miles of the river between the dam at Lake Chesdin and the mouth of the Appomattox at Hopewell, where the river flows into the James River. Keeping the river and its shorelines free of trash is an important part of maintaining the vast work that FOLAR volunteers have done toward completing that goal.
Following the morning’s cleanup activities, which will begin at 8:30, volunteers are encouraged to spend time exploring the many trail sections that FOLAR has completed.
Volunteers are needed at the following cleanup sites:
Appomattox Riverside/Ferndale Park, 24911 Ferndale Road, Petersburg
Campbell’s Bridge, 5225 Fleet St., Petersburg
Appamatuck Park, 151 Archer Ave., Colonial Heights
Hopewell Marina, 1051 Riverside Road, Hopewell
For more information, visit folar-va.org, or call Wayne Walton at 804-943-6278, or Dave Goode, 751-4947.

March 29: Wildlife Baby Shower
Forever Wild Inc. will be holding their annual Wildlife Baby Shower from noon to 4 p.m. March 29 at Boulevard Flower Gardens, 2100 Ruffin Mill Road, South Chesterfield. Come enjoy food, games, vendors, wildlife ambassadors and more. Bring a gift for the wild baby animals. A list of suggested items can be found at www.foreverwildonline.org.
March 29: Box-It Up!
Once upon a time there was a child with a plain brown box. Then what happened? Children will decorate a small box and then tell the story of their box to everyone. This program is for pre-schoolers ages 2-5 years old. Registration is required and begins March 15. Register one person per family. Register online at library.chesterfield.gov or by calling 804-751-CCPL. Support for Box-it-Up! was provided by the LEGO Children’s Fund.
From 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Central Library, 9501 Lori Road. For more information, call 804-748-1774.

March 29: Engineering for Kids
Design your own rocket! This Aerospace Engineering program is designed to introduce students to the concepts of aerodynamics, propulsion, structural design, and flight. Design your own pneumatically-driven rocket and learn how to stabilize the rocket’s flight. For kids 7-11 years old. Registration is required. Register online at library.chesterfield.gov or by calling 804-751-CCPL.
From 10:15-11:45 a.m. at the Ettrick-Matoaca Library, 4501 River Road. For more information, call 804-318-8688.

March 29: Geocache hunt
The Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation is holding a geocache hunt on the Historic Courthouse Green, Saturday, March 29, 2-4 p.m. Adults and youths aged 8 and older can explore the historic complex as they search for clues and learn about the history of Chesterfield County. Hand-held GPS units will be provided.
The fee is $10 per person. To register, call 748-1623 and request course 27920. For more information, contact Bryan Truzzie, 751-4946, or truzzieb@chesterfield.gov.

March 29: Paranormal Workshop
The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) in partnership with the Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer a paranormal workshop of the 1892 Historic Jail in March .
Spirited History is a group of paranormal investigators whose mission is to bring attention to historic sites with a spirited past from around the United States. In partnership with CHSV, Spirited History will offer a Courthouse Green Paranormal Workshop on Saturday, March 29 from 7-9 p.m at the Historic 1892 Jail, 6819 Mimms Loop. Cost is $10/person; ages 8 to adult only; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Spirited History can be heard live every Friday night at 9 p.m. on www.para-X.com. Website: www.spiritedhistory.com.
For details call Bryan Truzzie, 751-4946 or truzzieb@chesterfield.gov.
Reservations can be made by visiting the Chesterfield Historical Society’s website at www.chesterfieldhistory.com via PayPal.
Founded in 1981, the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia is a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. Its mission is to research and celebrate Chesterfield County history by collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting the county’s past for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations. To learn more or to volunteer, call (804)796-7121.

March 29: Health and Safety Fair
A free health and safety fair will take place Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 5155 Ironbridge Road, North Chesterfield. In addition to organizations providing information and materials, there will be free health and hearing screenings, vision checks and eyeglass adjustments. Participants must call the office to schedule their free hearing screening.
The morning also will include three speakers offering the following programs:
· 9:30 a.m.: Outsmarting Investment Fraud and Senior Fraud
· 10:20 a.m.: County Programs and Resources for Older Adults
· 11:10 a.m.: Personal Safety
This health fair is free and is open to all ages. To register for a hearing appointment, call 804-768-7878 or email Leidheiserd@chesterfield.gov.

March 30: Remembering the Siege of Petersburg
A special program will occur at the Five Forks Battlefield in Dinwiddie County to recognize the 149th anniversary of one of the last major battles of the Siege of Petersburg. A Ranger talk will commence at 2:00 pm while living history and artillery demonstrations will occur throughout the day. All events will occur in or around the Battlefield’s visitor contact station located at 9840 Courthouse Road in Dinwiddie.
In late March of 1865, Union troops were determined to break the Siege of Petersburg. In order to succeed, the Northerners had to gain control of the last two supply lines feeding both Confederate soldiers and citizens in the city. By April 1, 1865 only one line remained; the South Side Railroad. On that day, all that stood between Union General Philip Sheridan’s cavalry and General Gouvernor Warren’s V Corps, were 9,000 Confederate soldiers under the command of General George Pickett. The events of April 1 would help to determine the fate of the Confederacy.
The Five Forks Battlefield is located at 9840 Courthouse Road in Dinwiddie County. For more information about Five Forks, please call (804) 469-4093.

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