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Tom Leonard’s free Friday Night Movie at the Pumpkin Patch continues with “The Jetsons Haunted Halloween” at 7 p.m. in the outdoor haybale theater. There will be cider and hot chocolate. Friday night movies are held the first four Fridays in October. Tom Leonard’s is located at 4150 Tom Leonard Dr. near Short Pump. For details, call 364-5800.
Gallmeyer Farms will host its annual Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Pumpkin Patch, 4506 Millers Ln. There will be live music from Nick Smith, Amy Ladd, Southern Comfort and Heart of Country, as well as a bounce house, craft vendors and local businesses, hay and pony rides, fresh fall vegetables for sale and more. Coolers, chairs and picnics welcome. No pets. Admission and parking are free. For details, visit www.gallmeyerfarms.com.
Anna Burger, author of “Pea Soup and the Seafood Feast,” will be appearing at The Toy Center, 5811 Patterson Ave., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Pea Soup and the Seafood Feast” is the story of a resourceful child who learns that the only thing better than a basket full of crabs or a bucket full of clams is a heart full of appreciation for the natural wonders of the bay. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for signing and purchase.
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Talbot’s at 6223 River Rd. October is Liver Awareness Month. Liver transplants are the second most common type of transplant. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative, B negative and AB blood. For details, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
Virginia Center Commons will host a seasonal community job fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside JCPenney Court. Local businesses and retailers looking to fortify their sales force for the holiday season will review resumes and conduct on-the-spot interviews. Applicants are encouraged to arrive early to secure the best positions, bring proper identification and dress to impress. For details, call 266-9000 or visit www.virginiacentercommons.com.
The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond will present the 9th annual Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K & Family Festival at 8:30 a.m. in Innsbrook. Meet special guest, actress Lauren Potter, who plays “Becky” on the hit TV show GLEE. There will be free family-friendly entertainment and activities, a fashion show featuring individuals with Down syndrome, live music by The Groove Motive, the Great DSAGR Pumpkin Patch, exhibitor and advocacy displays, and more. Pet friendly. Rain or shine. For details, visit www.firstgiving.com/dsagr.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will host its annual Rose Fest Oct. 10-11 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The rose garden is in full bloom. Enjoy live music, ballet and more. Included with Garden admission. For details, visit www.lewisginter.org.
The monthly Sunday Stroll at Dorey Park, hosted by the Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society, begins at 4 p.m. These easy walks are an opportunity to observe how the vegetation changes throughout the year. Come look for late fall flowers and grasses, plus fruits and lovely fall color. The outing is free and open to the public – novice to expert. For details, call Leslie Allanson at 248-1578 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will broadcast Pathe Live’s Bolshoi Ballet’s production of “Giselle” at 12:55 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. Pathe Live's Bolshoi Ballet program brings the best Bolshoi Ballet productions direct from Moscow to cinemas and performing arts centers across the U.S. Tickets are $14. For details, call 289-8980 or visit www.modlin.richmond.edu.
Join RVA State of Emergency in their “No Longer Silent” Walk and Movement, taking place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. The event aims to break the silence of abuse – domestic violence, sexual abuse and stalking. All organizations, groups and the community are welcome. Wear purple or red or order a t-shirt at www.mirrormode.org. For details, call 908-2933.