February 21st, 2013 by RichmondBargains

central va disaster survivor

Register for disaster preparedness training this Saturday, February 23rd, from 9am-noon, taking place at a number of locations around Central Virginia. Registered attendees receive a free “Survivor Starter Kit”:

Join public safety partners from across the Central Virginia region in Survivor Day …an event where you and your family can learn how to live safely through natural disasters and other emergencies. Do you know what you need to survive at home without power for at least 72 hours? Or what to take with you if you had to leave in a hurry? Emergency and Community Response professionals will show you how to prepare for these threatening situations. Plus, they’ll arm you with a free Survivor Starter Kit.

This presentation is not suitable for small children. The recommended lower age limit for attendees is 12 years.

Check-in starts at 8 a.m.
Program runs from 9 a.m. until noon.

For more information, contact:
Kathy Robins, CVUASI Senior Planner
phone: (804) 323-2033
email: krobins@richmondregional.org

Register online here by Friday.

(This program has been offered before and always filled up by the time I checked. Currently, it appears that there are spaces available at a number of locations)

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September 4th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

If you are pregnant, or know someone who is, please join me at the Midlothian Library on Saturday, September 22 for a baby savings class!

I pitched this idea to the Chesterfield Library and I am probably more excited to lead this class than any I’ve done. While I’m still learning every day, there is *so* much potential for helping new parents save money, and I’ve gained plenty of expertise from experience.

I’ll spend a while talking about overall strategies to pay less for baby stuff (or nothing at all), how to make the most of a registry, and offer specific ideas for finding discounts on must-haves like diapers.

Having a Baby? You Need Bargains!
Description: Having a baby doesn’t have to break the bank – Discover how to save a bundle caring for your bundle of joy! As a mom of two, RichmondBargains.com’s Alison Brown has learned many strategies for raising babies on a budget. New parents and parents-to-be will benefit from this seminar covering tips on everything from finding bargains on baby clothing and equipment to cutting the high cost of diapers. For more information call 804-768-7941. Registration is recommended and begins Sept. 8. Please register online or by calling the library. Part of the library’s “Live better” series.

Date: Saturday – September 22 2012
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Midlothian Meeting Room

Please note: Registration opens this Saturday, September 8th for the class. You will need to register in advance, so mark your calendar to sign up online or by calling the library. (I have no idea if it will fill up, but I’m really hoping it does.)

Also, pregnancy is not a pre-requisite for attendance 🙂 If you are just in the planning stages, or if you already have a baby, etc., all are welcome!

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July 10th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

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rtd save your summer class

On Tuesday, July 24th, from 6:30-8:30pm, I’ll be leading a free coupon workshop titled “Save Your Summer” at the Richmond Times Dispatch production plant in Hanover (8460 Times Dispatch Boulevard, Mechanicsville).

As the name suggests, the class will cover a smorgasbord of money-saving topics related to summer, including free summer activities for kids, cheap staycations and daytrips, dining out discounts, and grocery coupons. I won’t cover back-to-school topics in depth because there is another class coming on that at the end of August, but I will offer a few ideas for school supply discounts and consignment sale shopping to get you started.

There will also be a coupon swap at the end, so bring coupons you don’t need and even recently expired coupons that can be sent to military families.

Please come! You’ll need to register online here.

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May 31st, 2012 by RichmondBargains

The first Sunday of every month from 1-4pm, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers a free “Open Studio” designed for kids ages 3-12, during which there is an art project to make related to one of the museum’s pieces.

It sounded perfect for my four-year-old’s obesession with art and crafts, so I took him on a Mommy/Son date after church last month.

After slurping up smoothies (free thanks to a Living Social deal), we headed to the museum, parking on Sheppard St to save on the $5 parking deck fee.

The classroom studio was a little tricky to find, but there were plenty of employees available to point us in the right direction. Once we arrived, we found an open spot – it was busy but not full – and more helpful volunteers and employees explained that month’s project. It was to create an African bracelet inspired by the Yoruba Egungun masks honoring ancestors.

My son enjoyed picking out the fabric scraps and stringing shells on strings, while I was in charge of stapling it all together. I was impressed that the project was something suitable for the wide age range in attendance, with varying degrees of assistance, of course.

The craft only took us about 15 minutes to complete. We spent the next 45 minutes roaming the museum, pausing to examine pieces which caught his attention. Some modern art pieces were among his favorites, as well as a painting depicting a volcano.

And after all that, we HAD to check out the beautiful fountains splashing beside the steps leading to the parking deck roof.

If you haven’t taken your kids to the VMFA because you think there won’t be enough to interest them, think again – Open Studio days are a great excuse to check it out. Or you could choose another time that fits your schedule better; the museum is open 365 days a year, and general admission is FREE.

There’s another Open Studio coming up this Sunday. If you go:

    First Sunday of each month 1 – 4 pm
    Location: Art Education Center
    Ages: Recommended for families with children ages 3-12
    Cost: Free, no registration required
    Description: Take a break from the summer sun and enjoy cool “make-it and take it” art projects, inspired by a select work of art from our world-renowned collection! Activities vary monthly, based on availability of materials.
    Sun, May 6
    Sun, June 3
    Sun, Aug 5

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February 23rd, 2012 by RichmondBargains

coupon class

Join me next Saturday, March 3, at LaPrade Library in Chesterfield for a FREE coupon class and swap from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.!

Join Alison Brown as she gives you the 411 on couponing and participate in a coupon swap. Bring in your coupons to swap with others, plus your expired coupons can be used at military bases overseas to help our soldiers save money. To register go to library.chesterfield.gov or call 276-7755.

The first half of the class will cover coupon topics such as finding and organizing coupons, store coupon policies, and combining sales and coupons. Then we will have an informal time to swap coupons we don’t need, answer questions, organize our coupons, etc.

Hope you can make it!

    9000 Hull Street Rd.
    Richmond, VA 23236-1304

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February 11th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

richmond gardening classes

As part of the city’s Green Richmond Initiative, the city of Richmond has partnered with Richmond Noir Market, Richmond Grows Gardens, and the Richmond Public Library to hold free urban agriculture classes to the public.

The classes start Saturday, February 18, 2012 and are held on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the North Avenue Branch Library (2901 North Avenue), continuing through March 24, 2012. The classes do not require prior registration.

For more information, please contact (804) 646-6675.

Thanks Jonah!

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November 5th, 2011 by RichmondBargains

rtd class

Gentle readers:

You are cordially invited to join Eleanor, Tiffany, and me for a holiday savings workshop on November 16 from 6:30-8:30pm, sponsored by Kooponz/Richmond Times-Dispatch.

It’s really going to be a coupon extravaganza covering a number of topics: Black Friday and holiday shopping, basic grocery couponing and sales, and saving on other areas like entertainment and eating out. At the end, there will also be a coupon swap, and we’ll be collecting recently expired coupons to send to military families. Attendees will receive a Kooponz coupon book, copy of Sunday Times-Dispatch, and be eligible for giveaways.

Should be fun, don’t miss it! Registration is limited to 200 (Wait, 200 people? Eeep!) and there is an ad promoting it in the Times-Dispatch today, so spots may not last long. You can register online here


    Richmond Times-Dispatch Production Center
    460 Times-Dispatch Blvd, Mechanicsville

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November 5th, 2011 by RichmondBargains

cooking as a second language

I saw this featured at the bottom of Living Social. What an interesting, and affordable, opportunity!

The William Byrd House organizes monthly $10 cooking workshops called “Cooking As A Second Language”, each teaching dishes from different global cuisines.

WBCH’s Grace Arents Free Library and Education Center, the Community Garden and Byrd House Market series of cooking workshops called Cooking as a 2nd Language. This series presents dishes from the cuisines of many nations (including Turkey, Spain, Brazil, China, India, Africa) taught to you by cooks speaking, sometimes, in their nation’s languages. So, you get to learn a new cuisine by show and do. Dishes incorporate products from our Byrd House Market vendors. Cost is $10 per class. Reserve your spot by phone, e-mail, mail or delivery: name, e-mail or phone number and check, cash or money order for your class fee. Pay by the Wednesday before your intended class date to ensure you have a spot. Contact Ana via phone, 643-2717, or e-mail, byrdhousemarket@gmail.com, to reserve your spot

The next session is West African/Senegalese on November 19.

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September 14th, 2010 by Alison

lewis ginter

This Friday and Saturday, September 17 & 18, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens will be holding its Fall Plant Sale and offering free activities for children and educational sessions for adults throughout both days.

Kids can participate in making pine cone bird feeders, leaf rubbings, and planting ‘hair’ (wheat grass) in cups with faces drawn on them.

Topics of the 30 minute adult drop-in classes include

Gardening Greener
Fall Lawn Care
Pruning Trees & Shrubs
Backyard Composting
Roses for the Virginia Garden
How to Plant a Tree
Four-Season Gardening
Weed ID/Organic Controls

Thanks Jonah!

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