The F.R.E.E. List November 9-11

Frugal Richmond Events for Everyone! All events free admission unless noted.

Free National Parks Admission all weekend


Mini Greek Festival – Thursday through Saturday, 11am-8pm; Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Malvern Ave.
In addition to delicious Greek favorites, there will be sanctuary tours, Hellenic Dancers and the International Bazaar. Call 358-5996 for express take out orders.

UR International Film Series: Elena – Friday 3pm & 7:30pm; Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business, University of Richmond
Russia, 2011, directed by Andrei Zvyaginstev. 107 min., NR. Winner of the 2011 Cannes Special Jury Prize, Elena is a gripping modern twist on the classic noir thriller. Vladimir and his former nurse turned wife, Elena, live in Moscow. Their union is an unbalanced one. The two are estranged from their families; Vladimir and his daughter do not speak, while Elena knows Vladimir does not approve of her freeloading son. When unexpected events threaten Elena’s chance to help her family, she must hatch a desperate plan.

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Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting Ceremony – Saturday 6-7pm; Chesterfield Towne Center
Don’t delay because Santa is on his way. That’s right, Santa arrives at Chesterfield Towne Center Friday, November 9th at 6pm to kick off the Holiday season. And the mall will celebrate with a huge community tree lighting ceremony outside on the pedestrian plaza followed by a parade with Santa through the mall by attending children. Santa is committed to the environment and shares the ride to Chesterfield Towne Center this year with RideFinders (a division of GRTC). Santa knows sharing a ride is the best way to go. At the Ceremony there will be holiday fun for everyone and free gifts for the kids. Get in the spirit with live holiday music from the Monacan High School Jazz band and stuff a stocking with special offers from mall merchants. Bill Bevins from Lite 98 will be Master of Ceremonies.


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Anthem Richmond Marathon – Saturday 8am start for marathon; all over Richmond
Spectator info here! Cheer for runners in the marathon, half-marathon, and 8k, while listening to bands along the course. Friends or relatives wanting to spectate along the course will want to visit our special Party Zones at miles 7, 13 and 19 on the marathon course and mile 7 on the half marathon course. Each location will feature music, refreshments, giveaways, and an on-air personality. These Party Zones will serve as a hub for spectators to show their support and enthusiasm

(My husband will be running his second half-marathon and we will be out cheering. Go Brad!)

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Ashland Train Day – Saturday 10am-4pm; Ashland (Virginia 🙂 )
An event for the whole family. Come visit us along the tracks for a day of fun and excitement. We have music, games, lots of model trains, children’s train rides, food, railroad related vendors, displays and of course our mascots, plus much, much more. Due to limited parking, satellite parking is located in the Ashland-Junction Shopping Center, the Ashland Town Center, Henry Clay School and St. Ann’s Church where the trolleys will pick you up.

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Taste the Local Festival – Saturday 12-7pm; West Broad Village
Featuring some of the most delicious restaurants in the Short Pump area, local bands, vendors, and 10 of VA’s finest breweries! Come out and help celebrate what makes Virginia special and Taste The Local! All proceeds from this event go to help Fetch A Cure

History Detective – Saturday, Tours begin at 1, 2, & 3 p.m; Meadow Farm Museum
For all ages. Become a sleuth for an afternoon. Follow the clues to find out which Sheppard family member was a sheriff, who dug the basement, what tools were used to build the farmhouse, where the family is buried, and other facts about Meadow Farm. Information: 501-2130.

Community Tree Lighting – Saturday 6-8pm; Stony Point Fashion Park
Enjoy Live music from the Kings of Swing and strolling holiday carolers, Giveaways for kids 10 & under, while supplies last, Tree lighting countdown at 7 pm, Characters from the Richmond Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Visit from Santa, Holiday balloon creations


Veteran’s Day Ceremony – Sunday 10-11am; Virginia War Memorial; 621 South Belvidere
Co-sponsored with the American Legion, 11th District, at the Memorial. We honor all veterans who served our country and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. This event coincides with the signing of the WW I Armistice on November 11, 1918, with the playing of TAPs at the ceremony’s conclusion at 11 am. The keynote speaker is LTG Robert R. “Rusty” Blackman, Jr., President, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. This ceremony will be held rain or shine in the Heilman Amphitheater.

Real to Reel: Movies in Time – Red Badge of Courage (1951) – Sunday 2-4pm; Henrico Theatre
For all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ever wonder how historically accurate our favorite films really are? Come and enjoy the movie Red Badge of Courage proceeded by a discussion highlighting the major historic themes including fear, courage, and Civil War soldier experiences in “seeing the elephant.” Parental discretion advised. Information: 652-3409.

Veteran’s Day Ceremony – Sunday 2pm; Chesterfield County Historic 1917 Courthouse Green on Iron Bridge Road
This year’s speaker will be Kirk Cox, Virginia House of Delegates Majority Leader. The Thomas Dale High School Band will perform, as will The Virginians and piper David Hinson. The USAF Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol will present and retire the colors. In addition, the Chesterfield County Museum will be open, and visitors are invited to view the current exhibit, “Chesterfield County Railroads: From Mule Power to Steam Power.” The Chesterfield County Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony is free and members of the public are encouraged to participate in this annual event to honor men and women in uniform, and to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. For more information, call the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia, 804-796-7131.


Veterans Day Ceremony – Sunday 2pm; Hanover Wayside Park, 8225 Hanover Wayside Road
The guest speaker will be Brigadier General Larry E. Gilman, STARC Commander, VaARNG- Ret. James Kickler, Commander of American Legion Post 175 will lead the laying of the Memorial Wreath. Jack Ward, Co-Founder, Hanover Veterans Committee, will be the Master of Ceremonies and also will make closing remarks. The invocation and benediction will be given by Chaplain Mike Harmon, Sr. with Hanover County Fire/ EMS. George Condyles, Hanover Veterans Committee, will lead the pledge of allegiance. The national anthem will be sung by Mr. Rick Edward Melchor and V.F.W Post 9808 will perform the various military rituals that honor our veterans, including the rifle salute and call to arms.

UR International Film Series: Elena – Sunday 7:30pm; Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business, University of Richmond
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