The F.R.E.E. List February 15-17

F.R.E.E. = Frugal Richmond Events for Everyone! All events free admission unless noted.

FRIDAY

UR International Film Series: Life, Above All – Friday 3pm & 7:30pm; Jepson Hall, Rooms 118/120, University of Richmond
South Africa, 2011, directed by Oliver Schmitz. 106 min., Rated PG-13. A 12-year-old child tries to hold her family together against prejudice, disease, and ignorance in this drama from South Africa. Chanda has already been forced to take on many of the responsibilities of an adult in her household. Despite her dire circumstances, most of her neighbors offer little sympathy and think the best solution is to separate her from her mother. Adapted from a novel by Allan Stratton, Life, Above All was an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Author Visits – Friday 4pm; bbgb, 3100 Kensington Ave
3 authors, 3 books, 1 entertaining afternoon in the shop! Come meet tom watson, author of stick dog (ages 7+), nils johnson-shelton, author of the otherworld chronicles (ages 9+) and christopher krovatin, author of gravediggers: mountains of bones (ages 10+). We love the energy these guys bring to their writing and interactions with kids, so do make plans to join us.

Target $1 Family Night ($1) – Friday 5-7:30pm; Children’s Museum of Richmond Central
Bring the whole family to enjoy what The Children’s Museum of Richmond – Central has to offer from 5:00-7:30pm on the third Friday of every month for just $1 per person

LiveSky: Light Pollution: Blinded by the Light ($5) – Friday 6pm; Science Museum of Virginia
Discover why you’re blinded by the light if you’re in the city and trying to see the broad band of the Milky Way arching across a dark sky. It’s all out about light pollution. Please note that outdoor sky watching has been cancelled for February – look for its return in March. $5, free for Museum members.

SATURDAY

Heron Rookery Guided Walk ($5) – Saturday 10am; 14th St Bridge
The popular walks will be offered on three Saturdays; February 16, March 16 and April 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. Each walk to the rookery will bring its own sights and sounds as these magnificent birds court and build their nests throughout the spring in preparation for laying their eggs and raising their chicks. The cost of each is $5 per person. No registration is required. To participate in one of the guided walks, bring $5 in cash and meet in the grassy area on the northwest side of the 14th Street Bridge. To participate in this tour, you must be able to climb a small ladder. You may also want to bring a pair of binoculars. For more information, call (804) 646-5944.

Stories at the Museum – Saturday 11am; Virginia Historical Society
The Virginia Historical Society is offering special educator-led readins of history books for children. Every program will include a group reading of the selected book and a craft activity related to the text. Each month the books will have a different theme. Programs take place the first and third Saturday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Stories at the Museum programs are FREE, open to the public, and require no advance registration. All ages are welcome. This week: Visiting Langston by Willie Perdomo

river city barn dance

River City Barn Dance – Saturday 4pm-9pm; Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane
The River City Barn Dance returns to Hardywood Park Craft Brewery on Saturday February 16th! Put on your dancing shoes and come on out for what promises to be a great time! There’s no cover charge for this event, but come thirsty to enjoy the best craft beers that the River City has to offer! And there’s always local food trucks to keep your bellies full! RSVP to the Facebook Event Page.
Event schedule:
4-6 PM: Square dance hosted by RVA Squares, with live music by the Beer Ticks! There’s no experience required, as all steps are taught as you go!
6:30-7:30 PM: The Highballers from DC hit you with their high-energy, hard-rockin’, alt country twang!
8-9 PM: Style Weekly’s “Best Richmond Country Band” of 2012 lay down authentic country music, honky tonk, and a dash of western swing!

Star Gazing at Petersburg National Battlefield – Saturday, sunset; General Grant’s Cabin at Appomattox Plantation, 1001 Pecan Avenue, Hopewell
On Saturday, February 16, Petersburg National Battlefield, in partnership with the Richmond Astronomical Society, will host the first of several Skywatch programs in 2013. Skywatch is an event which allows visitors to view planets and stars using high powered telescopes. Future Skywatch events are scheduled for March 16 and April 27, weather permitting. TAKE A LOOK AT A SKYWATCH EVENING: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R35vwXzvGgI. While gazing at the sky, members of the Richmond Astronomical Society will be available to identify and share stories associated with the various stars and planets. They will also set up their own telescopes for visitors to use. To enjoy this free, ranger led program, bring a jacket, a flashlight, a telescope if you have one and an optional blanket to lay back and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Petersburg area at night. For more information, please call (804) 732-3531.

SUNDAY

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad – Sunday 2:30pm and 5:30pm; Henrico Theatre 305 E Nine Mile Rd
For all ages. This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. Her courage helped to change the world. Share her adventurous life in this accurate and moving musical history lesson. Reservations: 328-4491.

UR International Film Series: Life, Above All – Sunday 7:30pm; Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business, University of Richmond
South Africa, 2011, directed by Oliver Schmitz. 106 min., Rated PG-13. A 12-year-old child tries to hold her family together against prejudice, disease, and ignorance in this drama from South Africa. Chanda has already been forced to take on many of the responsibilities of an adult in her household. Despite her dire circumstances, most of her neighbors offer little sympathy and think the best solution is to separate her from her mother. Adapted from a novel by Allan Stratton, Life, Above All was an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

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