5 Things

It’s the end of summer, but quit crying about it! There’s lots of stuff to do, you just have to keep moving.

Now is the time to milk what you can out of summer, and greet fall with a pleasant tan and a grin on your lips.

1. Clean Energy Activist Night

Not sure if you know this, but…we live on a planet. Not sure if you know THIS, but…that planet can’t save itself? Yeah! Turns out, we need to stop going all crazy on Earth’s ass and show some planet-love while we can. Join others who are as into this as you are. Or, if you’re not into it, learn some things by attending the Virginia Sierra Club’s Clean Energy Activist Night. You’ll meet some folks, eat and drink some refreshments, and find out how you can do serious things to solve a serious problem.

  • Thurs. Aug. 30 • 6:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Virginia Sierra Club, 422 E. Franklin St.
  • Free!

2. Cheer on Our Very Own Flying Squirrels

Admit it, you need Nutzy in your life. We all do. If you haven’t been to a game all summer, now’s your chance. And if you have been to a game, now’s your chance to stare at your friends and colleagues until they buy a ticket. What’s more fun than eating a hot dog and hanging around in blessedly mild summer weather while guys hit a ball with a big stick? This weekend, the Squirrels are taking on the Harrisburg Senators (Thursday through Friday) and the Akron Aeros (Saturday through Monday). Go show them what RVA is all about (destroying opponents).

  • See site for times
  • The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard
  • $4-$11

3. PJ Sykes Photography

Think you know local music? Think again, local music fan-friend! PJ Sykes is known amongst the local glitterati as THE “Guy Who’s Always Flitting In and Out of Your Showgoing Field of Vision.” Come see his photography of your favorite singers, songwriters, and shoegazers at Steady Sounds, the music store you need to be patronizing. If you’re lucky, maybe you can take home a memory that you made years ago.

  • Starting Sept. 1 • 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Steady Sounds, 322 W. Broad St.
  • Free to admire!

4. Support Your Local Farmer’s Market

Books, websites, and your slightly crunchy friend will surprise you with data that support nutrition and how you can achieve said nutrition by eating the localest fruits and vegetables possible. Richmond has about 450 farmer’s markets in the area, and if you’ve been home watching Matlock instead (I don’t know what people do when they’re not at farmer’s markets, but I know I watched a lot of Matlock as a bored kid on the weekends), here’s a nice list to get you started on the path to health and serious social interaction.

  • See site for open times
  • Various places near you
  • Free to attend!

5. Chesterfield County Fair

The State Fair of Virginia was in trouble, that’s no secret. Get your discriminating butt into action, so you can help Chesterfield’s fair avoid the same fate. Your daredevil offspring will be swinging around like they don’t have a care in the word while you’re stuffing your face with fried things.

  • Through Sept. 1
  • Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Rd.
  • $3-$8 entry, $25 for unlimited midway rides


Photo by: John Murden

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