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Weekend Event Picks: Cider for charity, the 48 Hour Film Project, and electric football

Enjoy two charity events at local cideries, screen the 48 Hour Film Festival finalists’ productions, check out the Super Bowl of electric football, and more.

Trevor Dickerson



Photo: Richmond chapter of The 48 Hour Film Project

Spend the dog days of summer with your best friend–or adopt a new one

Blue Bee Cider in Manchester has quite literally gone to the dogs. In celebration of the cidery’s third birthday, Blue Bee will host a mini street festival with live music, local grub, free cake, and dogs. The parking lot will be filled with local pet adoption organizations, nonprofits, and local businesses. Dogs are welcome and the cidery will even provide water bowls, kiddie pools, and tennis balls to keep the furry ones hydrated and entertained. Barbecue will be available for sale from nearby Camden’s Dogtown Market, and patrons can enjoy free birthday cake from local desserterie Shyndigz. Live music will be provided by local guitar-bongo duo Manakins on Franklin from 3:00 – 6:00 PM. Participating local nonprofits will include Henrico Humane SocietyFriends United with the Richmond Shelter (FURS)Prevent A LitterFETCH a CureRVA Clean SweepMake It To Tomorrow Rescue Transports and Resources, and Sarah Sits-N-Stays, Inc.

When: Saturday, July 30th; noon – 7:00 PM | Where: Blue Bee Cider, 212 W. 6th Street in Manchester | Cost: FREE to attend | Learn more

Explore the history of animals and pets in Virginia

Speaking of pets, the Virginia Historical Society is hosting a pretty quirky behind-the-scenes tour of their archives this Saturday. Long before internet memes and online videos, people found other ways to express their fascination with animals. Cats both cute and ugly adorned the packaging of commercial products, dogs and birds were used to connect with people through advertising, and often the letters and journals kept by Virginians included accounts of family pets as well as farm animals. The VHS collections feature a broad and fascinating range of items that you can explore in this special behind-the-scenes tour entitled “Cats, Dogs, and Other Critters from the Collection.”

When: Saturday, July 30th; 10:30 AM – noon | Where: Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard in the Museum District | Cost: $10 for members; $17 for non-members | Learn more

Enjoy great local cider and support RPS

Across the river, another local cidery is supporting the community this Sunday. Buskey Cider in Scott’s Addition has put together an extension of the recent Raise a Pint event (in which several local breweries donated proceeds of beer sales to Richmond Public Schools) this Sunday. All volunteers of the community-sourced Building a Better RPS campaign will be entitled to a discount on cider. Additionally, the cidery will donate 50 cents from each pint sold to RPS.

When: Sunday, July 31st; noon – 9:00 PM | Where: Buskey Cider, 2910 W. Leigh Street in Scott’s Addition  | Cost: FREE to attend | Learn more

Screen the best of the 48 Hour Film Project entries

If you need a little air conditioning in your life, this might be more your thing. Teams from around the area recently hustled and created short films in just two days for the 2016 48 Hour Film Project. This Sunday, you can screen the 12 finalists’ films at The Byrd Theatre in Carytown before the panel of judges selects a winner. This year’s finalists include:

  • Breaking News by Team CBS 6
  • But Maybe This by Mirari
  • Fighting a War of Our Own by Atlantic East Motion Picture Co
  • hello_emony by Unboxed Technology
  • Last by Shields Shoes Productions
  • Live Strong or Die Trying by Housecat
  • No One by Pixel Drop
  • Ringrust by The Kitchen
  • Run by Golden Thrones Productions
  • The Chase by Satiated Hippos
  • Trolled by STOP! everything
  • Water Foul by Convolution Films

When: Sunday, July 31st; 1:30 PM | Where: The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary Street in Carytown | Cost: $10.00 | Purchase tickets

Check out the Super Bowl of electric football

Are you ready for some (plastic) football?! Richmond holds host to the 2016 Electric Football World Championships. If watching folks battle it out on an electric football table versus a turf field is your thing, you can get your fill at the Four Points by Sheraton Friday through Sunday. Hey–it’s much cooler than standing out on the field at the Redskins Training Camp! Sponsored by The Miniature Football Coaches Association (yep, that’s a thing), there will be tournaments for beginners, advanced, as well as youth players. The three-day convention features players and enthusiasts from all over the world gathering for competitive play. There will be information on local, national and international electric football leagues and everything you need to start playing the game available for purchase from Tudor Games.

When: July 29th – 31st; times vary | Where: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 4700 South Laburnum Avenue in Northside. | Purchase tickets

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