This Week in Richmond: Your guide to the city's best events

blogimage.jpgEvery week Radio Free Richmond provides an offering of events in the city. Here's what's happening from August 1st through the 7th.

Carnival of Stars

What: A two day long celebration of all things belly dancing, comic book, horror and sci-fi related. There will be special vendors offering veils, jewelry, and other specialities.

When: 10 am to 10 pm, Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd

Where: 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond

Why: Never before has such a hybrid of sci-fi, belly dancing, horror, and comics presented itself to the public -- this is a special opportunity.

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Health fair in the park

What: Richmond Faith Initiative Collaborative Community Health Fair.

When: Saturday, August 2nd from 11 am to 4 pm

Where: Nicholl Park, Richmond

Why: Because this is an event to get free health screenings, do Zumba line dancing, and enjoy family-oriented entertainment

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Farming village on Main Street

What: The Main Street Initiative, a local revitalization organization, brings the farm to downtown Richmond in an effort to promote health and good eating.

When: Friday, August 1st from 12 pm to 2 pm

Where: Harbour Way and Macdonald Avenue, Richmond

Why: This is a chance to sample and even take home farm-fresh produce while learning about healthy eating. Plus, there will be pony rides.

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Puppets of the shadows

What: A shadow puppet theatre where attendees can learn about techniques of the craft while enjoying folk tales from around the world

When: Tuesday, August 5th from 3 pm to 4 pm

Where: Richmond Public Library Main Branch, 325 Civic Center Plaza Richmond

Why: Shadow puppet shows are few and far between, and learning how to do the craft from professionals is even more rare. This event will offer both.

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Music at The Baltic

What: Reed Fromer Band performs at The Baltic

When: Friday, August 1st at 9:30 pm

Where: The Baltic, 135 Park Place, Point Richmond

Why: Reed Fromer Band is back for their standing set, every first Friday of the month. Come out for some R'n'B and Funk.

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Painting on the hill

What:  A lesson in painting with artist Rachel Gold. This week, the theme is the Bay Bridge at sunset.

When: Monday, August 4th at 7 pm

Where: 3101 Garrett Way, Richmond

Why: Everyone could go for a free painting lesson every once in a while. And this lesson also happens to take place next to a Chevy's, so there will be Mexican food aplenty.

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