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03-20-17 Special Events: Week of March 20

For Immediate Release

Special Events: Week of March 20

March 20, 2017
Communications and Media

March 2017 

Jefferson Cup
What: There are only two weekends left of this year’s Jefferson Cup, rated as one of the top youth soccer tournaments in the country. During the month of March these tournaments have taken over Chesterfield County and the entire Richmond Region. More than 1,300 teams, from approximately 36 different states, have, or will, participate in championship-style play and a showcase-style event. With the addition of a fourth weekend and record breaking numbers, Chesterfield is bound to become the soccer capital this month.
When: Friday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26 (Girls Weekend U15-U19)
Friday, March 31 – Sunday, April 2 (Boys Weekend U16-U19)
Where: River City Sportsplex, 13030 Genito Road, Midlothian
Mary B. Stratton Park, 5400 Ridgedale Pkwy, Chesterfield
Ukrop Park, 5300 Ridgedale Parkway, Chesterfield
United Training Center, 2601 Weir Place, Chester
Information: Website: http://jeffersoncup.strikerstournaments.com/index.html?1487004934
Contacts: Danny Bonifas, Sports Tourism Coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, 796-7045 or bonifasd@chesterfield.gov
John Faircloth, Director of Tournaments, jeffersoncup@richmondstrikers.com 

400th Anniversary of the Death of Pocahontas
What: This event will commemorate the death of Pocahontas in Gravesend, England on March 21, 1617. It will demonstrate the friendship between the colonists and Powhatan Indians during the winter preceding her death. Lectures and presentations will focus on Pocahontas’ life as a Virginia Indian and English woman. Visitors will spend time in Mt. Malady, the recreated first English hospital, as interpreters portray a physician, surgeon, and apothecary to find out what killed Pocahontas by exploring English medical treatments of the time. There will be lectures by site historian, John Pagano, in the recreated 17th century church and meeting hall. Presentations will discuss what English life was like for Pocahontas. Powhatan interpreters will demonstrate how Pocahontas’ people may have treated her death and explore their burial traditions.
When: Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Henricus Historical Park 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester
Information: Cost: $8 Adults, $6 children, ages 3-12
Henricus Patrons free
Contact: 748-1611 or www.henricus.org 

Medication Take-Back Event
What: Turn in your expired and unused medications to help prevent medication abuse and protect the environment. Sharps will not be accepted.
When: Wednesday, March 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Chesterfield County Police Community Services Division, 2730 Hicks Road, North Chesterfield
Contact: For more information, call the Chesterfield County Police Department, 318-8699.

April 2017 

Kite Day (New)
What: Pack a lunch and bring out the entire family for a great day of kite flying. There will be children’s entertainment to enjoy during the event too.
When: Sunday, April 2, 1-4 p.m. (rain-date is Sunday, April 9)
Where: Clover Hill Athletic Complex, Fields 7-8, 17701 Genito Road, Chesterfield
Contact: To register for a free kite, call 748-1623 to get signed up. Supplies are limited. For more information, call Mark Pinney, 748-1992

Volunteer Fair
What: Adults in the greater Richmond area will have the opportunity to meet with more than 40 agencies and organizations who need volunteers to lend a hand and give back to their community.
When: April 5, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Chesterfield Towne Center, 11500 Midlothian Turnpike, Chesterfield
Information: If your agency like to participate, contact the office for an application form.www.chesterfield.gov/SeniorEvents
Contact: 804-768-7878 or SeniorAdvocate@chesterfield.gov 

Archeology Spring Break Camp
What: Students, ages 8-12, can participate in a week-long archaeological program at Henricus Historical Park. Learn about the tools and strategies used to help locate and excavate sites and the archaeological methods used to create a living history museum. Help sort, catalogue and clean artifacts found in the area and delve into the archaeological sciences. Take a field trip to an active archeological site. Note that registration is required by April 7. Space is limited.
When: Monday, April 10-Friday April 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester
Information: Cost: $210 per child or $185 for Henricus Patrons
Contact: Call 318-8797 by April 7 to register. For more info, visit www.henricus.org.

James River Regatta (New)
What: The 12th annual James River Regatta will take place at Robious Landing Park. See 15 clubs and 160+ entries compete along the scenic river venue on the James River. The event is a 1500m sprint race featuring both varsity and novice entries ranging from 1x to 8+.
When: Saturday, April 8
Where: Robious Landing Park, 3800 James River Road, Midlothian
Information: Website: https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/?job_id=4926
Contacts: Michael Johnson, James River High School Crew, mdjdc1@gmail.com or 393-0516
Danny Bonifas, Sports Tourism Coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, bonifasd@chesterfield.gov or 796-7045

Annual Henricus Educator Open House
What: Participate in guided tours, demonstrations from school programs, make-and-take activities and discussions about our new and upcoming SOL- and STEM-aligned programs. Enter a drawing for educational items from the gift shop. Open to public, private, homeschools and other educators, who are welcome to bring their own children. Light refreshments. Registration recommended.
When: Thursday, April 20, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Henricus Historical Park 251 Henricus Park Road Chester
Information: Free to all active educators and administrators, and their immediate family members.
Contact: Call 318-8797 to register today. For more info, visit www.henricus.org.

CAA Men’s Golf Championship (New)
What: The 2016-17 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s Golf season will end at Salisbury Country Club. Nine schools will take part in the championship to see who will be crowned champions of the CAA. These include the College of Charleston, James Madison University, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Elon, Drexel, William & Mary, Delaware, Towson and Hofstra.
When: Friday, April 21-Sunday, April 23
Where: Salisbury Country Club, 13620 W Salisbury Road, Midlothian
Information: Website: http://caasports.com/tournaments/2017_caa_men_s_golf_championship
Contacts: Kelly McCarthy, Associate Commissioner – Communications, Colonial Athletic Association, kmccarthy@caasports.com 

Richmond Triathlon Club Sprint Triathlon – (New)
What: The Richmond Triathlon Club Sprint Triathlon, presented by Bon Secours Sports Performance, will take place at the Collegiate School Aquatic Center. The race includes a 400-meter open water pool swim, a 20k bike on rolling hills, and finishes with a 5k run. This year’s event has more than 400 participants registered with more expected.
When: Saturday, April 22
Where: Collegiate School Aquatic Center, 5050 Ridgedale Pkwy, Chesterfield
Information: Website: https://www.vtsmts.com/richmondtriclubsprint/
Contacts: Bill Ridgway, Race Director, bridgway@capitolsecurities.com
Danny Bonifas, Sports Tourism Coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, 796-7045 or bonifasd@chesterfield.gov 

Falling Creek Ironworks Annual Event
What: Join us for an exciting exploration of America’s first iron furnace, the 1619-22 ironworks on Falling Creek. Tours provided through the archaeological ruins of the 1619 ironworks. Other activities include exhibits, costumed interpretation, living history, period demonstrations, Native American dancing and numerous children’s activities, including tin pressing, corn husk dolls and candle making. Enjoy period music and watch musket militia demonstrations. See the new site improvements added to the park.
When: Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Falling Creek Ironworks Park, 6407 Jeff Davis Highway, Chesterfield
Information: Free event, food and drink available for purchase.
Contact: Bryan Truzzie, 751-4946 or www.visitchesterfieldva.com 

Spring Career Fair
What: The public is invited to this career fair that includes employers such as Chesterfield County Police Department, Chesterfield County Public Schools, Fort Lee, Care Advantage, Lowe’s, Richmond International Airport, Centimark, Teleperformance and more. These employers have current job openings and are from different service areas such as customer service, food services, government, childcare and healthcare. Job fair attendees should come professionally dressed and with copies of their resumes. Since most employers require online applications, there will be laptops.
When: Thursday, April 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd., North Chesterfield
Contact: For more information, call 748-1100 or email employmentcenter@chesterfield.gov.

Ragnar Trail RVA (New)
What: The Ragnar Trail RVA event returns to Pocahontas State Park. This Ragnar event is an overnight trail-running relay race consisting of teams of four to eight participants, whose combined running totals will be approximately 125 miles through the park trails. Last year, 266 teams competed with approximately 2,012 participants. An even larger group is expected this year.
When: Friday, April 28-Sunday, April 29
Where: Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield
Information: Website: https://www.runragnar.com/event-detail/trail/richmond_va
Contacts: Kate Black-Will, Event Director, Ragnar, katebw@ragnarrelay.com
Danny Bonifas, Sports Tourism Coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, 796-7045 or bonifasd@chesterfield.gov 

May 2017 

Chesterfield Triad’s Senior Day, Dealing With the Cards Dealt (New)
What: Learn about services offered by local business and non-profit organizations to enrich the lives of seniors. Bring a canned item to donate to the Chesterfield Food Bank. Enjoy entertainment by juggler and magician Jonathan Austin, a program by Gerontologist Ayn Welleford (Healthy Living=Healthy Aging) and Master of Ceremonies Todd (Parney) Parnell with the Richmond Squirrels. Medication Take Back volunteers will accept unused medications to ensure proper disposal. No need to remove labels but sharps will not be accepted.
When: Wednesday,May 3, 7:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Where: Victory Tabernacle Church, 11700 Genito Road, Midlothian
Information: www.chesterfield.gov/SeniorEvents
Contact: 768-7878 or SeniorAdvocate@chesterfield.gov 

Tire Amnesty Day
What: Don’t throw your tires away. Recycle them. Chesterfield County residents are invited to bring their tires to this free event. Only one visit per household allowed. Participants must show proof of residency (i.e. driver’s license, water bill, etc.). Only bike, car and light truck tires are accepted. Tires may be on or off the rims. There is a limit of five tires per household. No tractor tires will be accepted and no tires after 1 p.m.
When: Saturday, May 6, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Southern Area Convenience Center, 6700 Landfill Drive, Chester
Contact: Pam Cooper, Anti-Litter manager, 751-2227

Senior Volunteer Hall of Fame Recognition Event (New)
What: Chesterfield residents, ages 60+, are recognized for their volunteer service in the community.
When: Tuesday,May 16, 2 p.m.
Where: Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center, 6610 Public Safety Way, Chesterfield
Information: www.chesterfield.gov/SeniorEvents
Contact: 768-7878 or SeniorAdvocate@chesterfield.gov 

Shredding Event
What: Residents are invited to bring up to two boxes or three grocery bags of personal papers for free shredding. There will be no charge for recycling computers, flat screen TVs, CDs or DVDs, stereos, cell phones or chargers, however TVs and CRT monitors will be charged bases on size: $10 for under 27” and $20 for 27” and larger. Hard drives will be shredded for $5 with certificate.
When: Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m.-noon
Where: Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield
Contact: 751-2227

Planters Day
What: The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia will present its annual event, Planters Day, at historic Magnolia Grange to interpret life on the farm in Chesterfield County during the 1860s. There will be costumed re-enactors, living history, exhibitors, period music, period demonstrations of crafts and trades (including a potter, doctor, midwife, carpenter and chair caner) and period children’s activities. This outdoor event is free and open to the public. Magnolia Grange house will be open for tours and all items from the gift shop will be 50 percent off. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.
When: Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 10020 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield
Information: Funds raised will benefit restoration efforts to the interior of the historic 19th century building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Contact: For more information, call 748-1498.

June 2017 

Bumblebee Jamboree (New)
What: Celebrate National Pollinator Week with family-friendly activities buzzing with fun! The 6th annual Bumblebee Jamboree provides interactive experiences to help us better understand the role local pollinators play, and what each of us can do in our own backyards to protect natural resources. Families are invited to participate in hands-on experiences at this free event that encourages kids to explore, learn about and help our buzzing little friends. Children can enjoy pollinator-related crafts, puppet shows, snacks, relay races and dances, and interactive activities. Get close to pollinators at the Virginia butterfly safari tents, VCU’s Bug Lab and the enclosed bumblebee and honeybee observation hives.
When: Saturday, June 17, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: Maymont, 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond
Information: Free admission. This event is hosted by the Chesterfield County Cooperative Extension Office and Chesterfield County Master Gardeners.
Contact: For more information, contact Ashley Moulton, 751-4401 or moultona@chesterfield.gov, or visit http://bit.ly/BBJam2017 

Contact Person:  Chris Ruth
Contact Email: RuthC@chesterfield.gov
Contact Phone: (804) 748-1161
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