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February 2022

Free

Your Humble Petitioner: Legislative Petitions Gave Voice to Virginians

February 7 @ 9:00 am - November 13 @ 5:00 pm

“Your Humble Petitioner: Legislative Petitions Gave Voice to Virginians” On view through November 19, 2022 Free and open to the public. Free parking is available below the Library at 800 East Broad Street. Imagine having to explain to the House of Delegates why you want to divorce your spouse, or change your name, or take other actions that affect your life. Virginians had to do just that for nearly a century. Their stories can be found in the Library’s Legislative…

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$240

Weekly Studio Art Class

February 9, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - February 2, 2023 @ 9:00 pm

Ongoing weekly impressionist oil painting classes by Mark Hierholzer, voted “Best Art Instructor for Adults” in 2017 by Richmond Magazine. All materials provided. Classes are offered on Mondays from 1:30 to 4pm in six-session cycles for $240.

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April 2022

$7 – $14

A Million Blooms

April 1 @ 9:00 am - June 1 @ 5:00 pm

A MILLION BLOOMS The Garden’s celebration of spring! A parade of blooms unfurls as the weather warms: daffodils, tulips, peonies, roses and many more. Also mark your calendar for Spring PlantFest.

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$7 – $14

M&T Bank’s Butterflies LIVE! as part of Pollinator Power

April 16 @ 10:00 am - October 10 @ 5:00 pm

Butterflies LIVE! allows you to get up-close and personal with hundreds of fluttering beauties. This is an indoor exhibit filled with fun family activities for all ages. Hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and lifecycles. Photos are permitted, but we ask those taking photos to be respectful of other guests. The exhibit is ever-changing, so every time you visit, you’re likely to see something new.

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Free

Matters of Scale: Charles F. Gillette in Petersburg

April 27 - June 30

Matters of Scale: Charles F. Gillette in Petersburg April 27–June 30, 2022 Petersburg Public Library, 201 West Washington Street, Petersburg, 23803 Free The Petersburg Garden Club, Petersburg Public Library, and the Library of Virginia present the exhibition Matters of Scale: Charles F. Gillette in Petersburg, which celebrates the work of the renowned landscape architect, April 27–June 30, 2022. From the 1920s through the 1960s, Gillette’s name was synonymous with the best landscape design in the upper South. Although he is…

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May 2022

Free

CASA Spring Training

May 9 @ 6:00 pm - June 2 @ 9:00 pm

Spring training occurs every Monday and Thursday from 6-9pm, starting on May 9th and ending on June 2nd. There is also 1 Saturday session on May 14th from 9am-4pm. The swearing-in ceremony will be on June 9th at 6pm. Richmond CASA recruits, trains, and supervises competent and dedicated volunteers who advocate for the needs of abused, neglected, and at-risk children in juvenile dependency proceedings. By advocating for children in court cases, CASA volunteers promote safe, permanent homes for all children…

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$50

20th Annual Autism Conference

May 17 @ 8:00 am - June 17 @ 5:00 pm

Established in 2001, CA’s annual conference is Virginia’s first and oldest statewide conference for the latest information on autism and evidence-based interventions. In this our 20th year, the Annual Autism Conference is fully virtual and we’ve spread it out over 5 weeks. You have the option to attend the conference live or view on-demand if your schedule conflicts with a session time. Conference dates are May 17th to June 17th, 2 sessions will be held per day – one at…

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$7 – $14

Wednesdays Alfresco

May 18 @ 5:00 pm - September 14 @ 9:00 pm

Escape to a garden paradise, bring your friends or bring a date! Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has more than 50 acres of fresh air, fragrant blooms and cool evening breezes—perfect for a special night out. While anyone can enjoy the extended hours on Wednesday night, Alfresco is designed to be a relaxing evening for couples or friends to spend time together while socially distanced from others in the Garden. The event is rain or shine; no refunds. In cases of…

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$7 – $14

Flowers After 5

May 19 @ 5:00 pm - September 8 @ 9:00 pm

Relax on Thursday evenings mid-May through mid-September at Flowers After 5. Stroll through the gardens; listen to relaxing live music, and enjoy food and drinks! The Garden is open until 9 p.m.; music is from 5-8 p.m. and food sales end at 8 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Please read Planning Your Visit so you’ll be aware of our safety protocols. DETAILS Advanced tickets are available, but not required, for this event. The…

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$2 – $34

Fidos After 5

May 26 @ 5:00 pm - September 8 @ 8:00 pm

The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA for Fidos After 5 on these special nights (only): May 26, June 9, 23, July 14, 28, August 11, 25, and September 8 where leashed dogs are allowed. Suggested $2 “pet admission” benefits Richmond SPCA. All dogs must be leashed (no retractable leashes) and current on rabies vaccinations. Please Note: We welcome dogs in the Robins Visitor Center and Conservatory, but ask that they not enter the Kelly Education Center building. Please read…

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$7 – $14

Dave Rogers’ Big Bugs as part of Pollinator Power

May 27 @ 9:00 am - August 28 @ 5:00 pm

Artist David Rogers’ Big Bugs: The Pollinators showcases larger-than-life sculptures highlighting the importance of pollinators and preserving their habitats. Visitors of all ages and abilities will explore the wonder and craftsmanship of these nine oversized pollinator sculptures created from combinations of found or fallen whole trees, willow limbs, twigs, branches and other forest material. Discover giant ladybugs on a branch, a 17-foot tall daddy longlegs, a giant dragonfly, a beautiful hummingbird and more!

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$20 – $30

Burlesque Right Meow presents We’re Really Not Okay (We Promise): A Burlesque Tribute to MCR

May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For audiences 18 and older! Look alive, sunshine. Three cheers for sweet entertainment! This is the story of some butts, some rhinestones, and the corpses of a thousand empty wallets. Come one, come all to this sexy affair…as we pay tribute to the music and artistic works of MCR through burlesque and variety. Now that their tour is kicking off later this year, why not join The Black Parade with us again? We’ll bring you our booties, if you bring…

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$199

French Culture and Cuisine

May 31 @ 6:00 pm - June 28 @ 8:00 pm

Did you know that along with English, French is the only other language spoken on all five continents? Did you know that by 2050, French will be the most widely spoken language in the world? Join our noncredit course to learn more about French culture, and French influence in cuisine enjoyed around the French-speaking world. During this 5-week course, students will learn basic vocabulary to read a menu in French, order a meal in a French restaurant, and have the…

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June 2022

FREE

FREE – Journaling

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Please Register Here to Receive Zoom Link Dates for 2022 – Wednesdays: Feb 2, April 6, June 1 7-8:30pm Facilitator: Elaine Kiziah, PhD For new journal keepers and experienced writers, this monthly evening of reflection includes a time for centering, a writing warm-up activity, a period for more in-depth journaling, a brief time for optional sharing and reflection, and a closing ritual. Each month will bring a different experience as we explore a variety of writing prompts. Music, poetry, imagery,…

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$8 – $10

Gamelan Raga Kusuma

June 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

New and traditional music for Gamelan. Works by Astita, Lotring, Lucier, Reich, Wendha, and others. Audience will be invited to try the instruments after the performance.

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$20 – $25

Genealogy Workshop | African American Research at the Library of Virginia: Genealogy to 1870

June 3 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Explore the methods and resources for African American genealogy prior to the end of the Civil War. Library of Virginia reference archivist Cara Griggs presents ways to determine whether an individual was enslaved or free and what types of records will be useful for further research. Learn about the Library’s collections including cohabitation registers, “Free Negro Registers,” lists, wills, deeds, and tax records as well as selected federal records that can be accessed through databases like Virginia Untold: The African…

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Free

The BIG Show

June 3 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

ART 180’s The BIG Show is back with a block party-style community celebration, and this year we are imbuing it with the theme, Homecoming. Whether you’re a supporter, former teaching artist, volunteer, program alumni, partnering organization, staff, friend, or are learning about who we are for the first time (hi!), we want you to come out and share joy with us! We’re taking over the 100 block of W Marshall St for the evening and transforming it into a neighborhood…

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Free

The Dunn Plat: An Adaptation of Joseph Smith’s Plan for the City of Zion in 19th-Century Virginia

June 4 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Please join us at the Library for a presentation on a compelling artifact of Virginia’s urban planning history. In 2015, the Library of Virginia acquired a plat of an unnamed location that staff members originally described as a “mystery town.” Research revealed, however, that the late-19th-century manuscript plan drafted by Petersburg civil engineer T. R. Dunn follows the precepts of Joseph Smith’s Plan for the City of Zion. Smith, who founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS),…

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Free

Research Sprint | History Unfolded: U.S. Newspapers & the Holocaust

June 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Volunteer to help uncover history with us! What did Virginia newspapers report about Nazi persecution during the 1930s and 1940s? In partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Library of Virginia offers this virtual “research sprint” into our newspaper collection. By identifying Holocaust-related articles in Virginia newspapers, we will begin to understand what the average Virginian could have known during WWII. Orientation to the History Unfolded project will be provided by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum staff members.…

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Mutt Strut: Pet Cancer Awareness Walk

June 5 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us in Byrd Park for a dog-friendly, family-friendly afternoon packed with activities for pups and kids! Enjoy live music by the The Hot Seats Trio, food by Intergalactic Tacos and Gelati Celesti, 30+ vendors, a costume contest for dogs, pet demos, kids crafts, games and prizes… plus meet plenty of pups! Every dollar raised provides financial assistance to families in Virginia, Maryland, and DC who cannot bear the costs of life-saving cancer treatments for their pets. The afternoon walk…

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$10 – $18

Celebrating RCS at 75

June 5 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join us as we celebrate our 75th anniversary! The concert will include the world premiere of One Song, by renowned composer Gwyneth Walker, with text by poet Robert Lax. There will also be highlights from concerts through the years and fan favorites! A reception and exhibition will follow the concert. Markus Compton, conductor. Keith Tan, piano. This concert is made possible by a generous grant from the E. Rhodes ad Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. This project is supported in…

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Free

Making History with LVA

June 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Crowdsource with us! The Library of Virginia acquires, preserves, and promotes access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture. With more content and research moving online, we seek to make digital documents as accessible as possible by crowdsourcing their contents. Volunteers will transcribe handwritten pages and historical newspapers by reading the text and typing it into digital form. Join us for a virtual volunteer session to learn how you can help make historical documents more searchable and usable for…

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Free

Literary Virginia Book Group | The House in the Cerulean Sea

June 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Read and discuss the best of today’s Virginia literature—including books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction. On the second Wednesday evening of each month, join a book group discussion online through Zoom at 6:00 PM. This month, we’ll discuss The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (a fiction finalist in the 2021 People’s Choice Awards). Next month, we’ll discuss First Principles: What America’s Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and…

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Free

SummerFest

June 9 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join SOAR365 for a FREE all-abilities festival highlighting organizations providing services for individuals with disabilities. In addition, we’ll have music from DJ Melvin and Momma’s Barbecue Food Truck on hand along with beer and wine for sale. Waters, treats, and activities will be available for children. Enter our raffle to win a party for 20 at PARK365! Prize includes cake, balloons, tablecloths, utensils, and fun decorations! SummerFest is a free event, but advanced registration is requested at SummerFest2022.givesmart.com.

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Free

A Conversation with Warren Eugene Milteer Jr. | Beyond Slavery’s Shadow

June 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Please join us in person for a conversation with historian and author Warren Eugene Milteer Jr. on his new book, Beyond Slavery’s Shadow: Free People of Color in the South, with Gregg Kimball, the Library of Virginia’s director of Public Services and Outreach, and Vincent Brooks, senior local records archivist. On the eve of the Civil War, most people of color in the United States toiled in bondage. Yet nearly half a million of these individuals, including over 250,000 in…

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$25

Who’s Awake? A Family Night Hike

June 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Ever wonder who stays awake while you sleep? Meet some nighttime residents at Maymont and learn about their adaptations for their nocturnal environment before and during a hike of the grounds! Owls, frogs and many other nighttime creatures will help shed some light on their mysterious ways. Suitable for ages 4 and older; adult must accompany children ages 18 and under. Additional Information Free parking is available at The Robins Nature Center. The Robins Nature Center will be closed to…

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FREE

FREE! Queer Richmond Sangha

June 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Third Wednesday of each month (2.16, 3.16, 4.20, 5.18, 6.15, 7.20, 8.17, 9.21, 10.19, 11.16, 12.21) 6:30-8pm Facilitator: Anne Carle Carson Please see registration confirmation email for zoom link (it may be in your spam folder) The Queer Richmond Sangha (QRS) welcomes and serves people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual or otherwise gender or sexuality non-conforming. QRS offers a community for exploring topics of dharma and meditation from and for the LGBTQIA+ perspective. Rumi said:…

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$27 – $250

RPAA’s Annual Gala & Benefit Concert – Alternate Routes: A Night in Nashville

June 16 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Mark your calendar and dust off your boots – RPAA is throwing a NASH BASH! Purchase your (Annual Gala or Concert Only) tickets to see CASSADEE POPE – RPAA’s 2022 Alternate Routes: A Night in Nashville annual gala* and benefit concert** headlining artist! Proceeds from this event benefit RPAA’s mission to advance the performing arts in the Richmond region through programs and resources that SUPPORT the artists of today, NURTURE the artists of tomorrow, and provide spaces for the arts…

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Free

Freedom on Paper: An Exhibition of “Free Negro Registers” from the Virginia Untold Project

June 17 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

In celebration of Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States, visitors to the Library of Virginia will have the rare opportunity to view a selection of “Free Negro Registers” displayed in the lobby and to learn about the Library’s efforts to digitize, preserve, and make them more accessible. These records demonstrate Virginia’s efforts to control and regulate its growing free Black population from the late 18th century to the Civil War. The registers provide…

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FREE

FREE! Shamanic Drumming

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please Register Here https://innerworkcenter.org/shamanicdrumming to Receive Zoom Link 2022 Dates: 3rd Friday of the month: 01/21, 02/18, 03/18, 04/22, 05/20, 06/17,7/15, 08/10, 09/16, 10/21, 11/18 , 12/16. Time: 7-9pm Facilitator: Polly Lazaron Location: Virtual on zoom The Richmond Shamanic Drum Circle is intentionally rooted in inclusiveness and respectful awareness of interdependent wholeness and energetic reciprocity with all life including Earth, our multi-species planetary wide community, Nature, Ancestors, Cosmos, the Infinite Mystery/Creator/Creatrix, Universal Love/God/Goddess/All That Is et. al. Experience intentional, focused…

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