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Richmond festivals are getting a shake up this St. Patrick’s Day and all we have to say is: Bring it on! It’s been the same old, same old for years but with the Shamrock the Block move to the Boulevard and Shockoe Bottom restaurants banding together to throw their own party, Shockoe Fest, in the Bottom – we think this St. Patrick’s Day is going to be extra interesting in the RVA this year. And we don’t mean in the viral video way….at least, that’s the hope. The long and the short is – with the Shamrock the Block location change, that just means there are more parties, more festivities, more things to do on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, St. Patrick’s Day itself (Monday, March 17) and the following weekend with the Church Hill Irish Festival. We’re looking at a week’s worth of festivities, Richmond. So, hurrah for the RVA! Shamrock the Block Saturday, March 15 Shamrock the Block is moving to the Boulevard this year. The goal is more space, better experience. It’s the first big outdoor festival of the season and typically draws upwards of 30,000 people for great music, green beer and plenty of socializing. Plus a "McNutzyville" Kids Zone. From W. Leigh to W. Broad Street. Read our story for more details. Free entry. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shockoe Fest Saturday, March 15 Not everybody’s happy about the Shamrock the Block move. Shockoe Bottom restaurants weren’t happy to hear it and neither were many fans on social media. So Shockoe Bottom restaurants decided to throw their own party – the first annual Shockoe Fest -- to keep St. Pat’s festivities alive and thriving in the Bottom. There will be live music in the Farmer's Market from Exebelle & the Rusted Cavalcade, Travis Elliot, Matt Conner, Jimmy Catlett group, Bucket, The Lucky Stiffs, an Irish dance group, Drum and Fife Corp. and a bagpipe exhibition. Plus a family-friendly kid zone. And restaurants throwout the area will be throwing their own events to celebrate, like a street party at Rosie Connolly's and Sine Irish Pub, a party in the parking lot at Tiki Bob's, Elliott Yamin at F. W. Sullivan's and much more. Check out our story for more details. Alcohol is still pending. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Rosie Connolly’s St. Patrick’s Weekend Street Party Saturday, March 15, Sunday, March 16 & Monday, March 17 Rosie Connolly’s will be participating in the Shockoe Fest festivities – especially considering that they are located directly on the Farmer’s Market. They will be blocking off Walnut Alley next to the pub and having bands and beer in the street. Patchwork and Uisce Beatha will perform on Saturday. Irish dancers and the metro Richmond Emerald Society Pipers will perform on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be Irish music inside on Sunday. On Monday, for St. Patrick’s Day, they’ll open at 11 a.m. for lunch, which they don’t normally do, and keep going until 2 a.m. with Irish specials, beer and festivities. Saturday doors open at 11 a.m., Sunday at noon and Monday at 11 a.m. Tiki Bob's St. Patrick's Day Party in the Parking Lot Saturday, March 15 Also affiliated with Shockoe Fest, Tiki Bob's celebrations will spill into the parking lot with music by Killer Tofu (3:30 to 5:30 p.m.) and Rillsoul Band (6 to 8 p.m.) with DJ House, DJ Top Notch and DJ Diesel. Corn hole and water pong tournaments hosted by RVA CARD. Noon to 2 a.m. St. Paddy’s Palooza Saturday, March 15 St. Patty’s Palooza is a family-friendly festival that raises money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation at Innsbrook Pavilion. On the main stage, they’ll have their signature fundraiser where kids and adults of all ages raise money for childhood cancer research by getting their head shaved. Plus tons of kids’ activities such as face painting, a petting zoo, bounce houses and new this year, hot air balloon rides. The petting zoo is free, but the other activities run $3 to $10 per activity. Plus Irish red ales, stouts and green beer for the adults and music from St. Andrew’s Legion Bagpipes, Groove Train, The Killing Daylights and the Pat Russell Band. Free admission, fee for some children’s activities. Read our story for more info. Noon to 5 p.m. Siné Irish Pub & Street Festival Saturday, March 15 Stop by Siné Irish Pub for their 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party that spills into the street. Bands, DJs, live music, Irish food specials, drink specials and more. Get there early, because people start lining up for this St. Pat’s party every year. Bands include The Flavor Project, Lost Satellites, Broken Monday, and Typecast. Pub opens at 11:30 a.m. $5 cover after 1 p.m. Church Hill Irish Festival Saturday, March 22 & Sunday March 23 Traditionally held the weekend after St. Patrick's Day, the Church Hill Irish Festival is two days of drinking, dancing, Irish food, socializing, music and much more. The street fair happens in front of St. Patrick’s Church on North 25th Street between Broad and Franklin Streets in Historic Church Hill. $5 donation suggested. Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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The Richmond Fisher House was a gift to the VA through the generosity of Fisher House Foundation. It serves as a ‘home away from home’ for the families of veterans receiving care at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. Explore this website to learn more about the services provided by the Fisher House Foundation, the VA Medical Center, and how you can contribute to this worthy cause. Fisher House Foundation is best known for the network of comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. The Fisher Houses are 5,000 to 16,800 square-foot homes, donated to the military and Department of Veterans Affairs, where families can stay while a loved one is receiving treatment. Located in close proximity to the medical center or hospital it serves, each Fisher House consists of between 8 and 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an inviting living room with a library and toys for children. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is no fee to stay in a Fisher House. Since inception, the program has saved military and veteran families an estimated $165 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation. Fisher House Foundation operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members. To date, Hero Miles has provided over 22,000 airline tickets to our military and their families. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.
New at the Box Office this weekend 03/07/14
300: Rise of an Empire opens Friday. In the sea-going sequel to the epic 2007 action hit 300, Xerxes seeks to become a god and eventually comes face to face with Athenian commander Themistokles. Lena Headey and Rodrigo Santoro reprise their roles from the first film, but Gerard Butler and Dominic West are now out of the picture. Eva Green (Casino Royale, Dark Shadows) is the biggest new name in the cast
MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN - EXTENDED TRAILER Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell) is a business titan, inventor, scientist, Nobel Laureate, gourmand, two-time Olympic medalist, and genius... who also happens to be a dog. Using his most ingenious invention, the WABAC machine, Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy Sherman (Max Charles) hurtle back in time to experience world-changing events first-hand and interact with some of the greatest characters of all time. But when Sherman breaks the rules of time travel, our two heroes find themselves in a race to repair history and save the future, while Mr. Peabody may face his biggest challenge yet - being a parent. US Release: March 7, 2014