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March 29Have you ever wondered whether it's possible to find the source of your headaches by examining the bottom of your feet? Expand your horizons at the Richmond Alternative Health Expo. With more than 100 categories of alternative health therapies provided by 200-plus local practitioners, you can learn about acupuncture, pet therapies, energy healing, herbal remedies, greening your home, feng shui, yoga and more. At the Richmond Raceway Complex, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free. Call 771-1751 or visit www.rvahealthexpo.com.



April 4-6 You can enjoy crafts without being crafty. Support local artisans or get some ideas for things to make yourself at the 16th Spring Market of The Bizarre Bazaar. The show features more than 300 nationally known crafters and artists, unique spring and summer gift lines, and home and garden accessories. At the Richmond Raceway Complex. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $1.50 for children. Call 673-7015 or visit www.thebizarrebazaar.com.



April 4-6The Latin Ballet at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen presents "Mujeres" ("Women"), a homage to Spanish and Latin American heroines, queens, soldiers and ordinary women who've made an impact on history and modern culture. La Llorona, a native princess from the Aztec empire, is a slave and lover of the cruel Mexican conquistador Hernan Cortés; Adelita embodies all the female soldiers of the Mexican Revolution; Dulcinea del Toboso is Don Quixote's muse; and Evita Per┬ón is Argentina's legendary first lady. Shows are Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m. $15- $20. Call 379-2555 or visit www.latinballet.com.



April 4-27Maybe you can imagine four middle-aged black women working in a doll factory in Atlanta in 1964. Maybe you can see them taking a bus to a segregated restaurant in a downtown department store and taking the "whites only" section by storm. But if not, watch the civil-rights movement unfold in "Waiting to Be Invited," a play by S.M. Shephard-Massat that received the Kennedy Center's Roger L. Stevens Award for new playwrights and the Adrienne Kennedy Award for most promising young dramatist. Performances at the African American Repertory Theatre are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 355-2187 or visit www.africanamercantheatre.org for tickets and more information.



April 5Instead of spending another year stuck in traffic, go ahead and run the race. Combine exercise and raising money for a noble cause in the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K. It's less painful than a marathon but a lot farther than your nearest Starbucks, so start training today. Raise money on your own or as part of a team. Proceeds benefit the Massey Fundraising Challenge, supporting research for all forms of cancer. Call 828-1450 or visit www.massey.vcu.edu. Register at www.sportsbackers.org.



April 12-13The Fifth Annual Arts Celebration of the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen celebrates visual, performing and literary arts through education and entertainment. Experience live perform-

ances by the Barefoot Puppets, the Floating Folk Festival, the Hermitage/Tucker High School String Orchestra, Kevin Davis of Ban Caribe, Mad Science and more. There will also be gallery exhibits, interactive crafts and food. At the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Free. Call 261-ARTS or visit www.artsglenallen.com.



April 18-20Indulge in some fat-free eye candy at the Richmond Fire Department fashion show and just plain fun at the Richmond SPCA's Pooches on Parade fashion show. It's part of the Southern Women's Show at the Richmond Raceway Complex. While you're at it, enjoy spa treatments, hair styling and makeovers, and then shop for clothes, jewelry and gifts. Despite the title, you don't have to be from the South to indulge. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $5-$8. Call (800) 849-0248, ext. 110, or visit www.southernshows.com/wri.



May 6Literature, charity and a fancy dinner go hand in hand at least once a year. The Junior League of Richmond's 63rd Annual Book & Author Dinner, the longest-running author/dinner of its kind, combines volunteerism, national literary acclaim and roast chicken like no other venue in town. Featured authors are Dan Ariely, "Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions"; Rick Bragg, "The Prince of Frogtown"; Joanne Harris, "The Girl With No Shadow"; Ellie Krieger, "The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life"; Min Jin Lee, "Free Food for Millionaires"; and Cokie Roberts, "Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation." At the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Tickets are $60-$125. Call 643-4886 or visit www.jlrichmond.org for more details.



May 18Bring a sense of adventure to Broad Street's first-ever gourmet, international food festival, Broad Appétit. Hosted by the Broad/Grace Committee of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of West Broad Street will be magically transformed into a culinary parade, with Richmond's finest chefs, a chef cook-off, restaurants, specialty food vendors and visual artists. Food will take all forms. The event also features a mini farmers' market, children's activities, music and more. Noon-5 p.m. Visit www.broadappetit.com or call 644-5450.



Make Mama HappyWhether you are one or not, or becoming yours or not, there are never too many ways to celebrate mom. Here are some local choices:

Perfect for the drama queen in your life, the Mother's Day Formal Tea in the Poe Museum's Enchanted Garden includes readings, dramatic performances and tours. $15. Reservations are required. Call 648-5523 or visit www.poemuseum.org.

Take a sensory break from the hustle and bustle. Treat yourself to an auditory respite at the Mother's Day brunch and concert at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Brunch in the Tea House is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the concert is from 1 to 4 p.m. Concert is included in garden admission. Call 262-9887 or visit www.lewisginter.org.

The 14th Annual Museum District Association Mother's Day House and Garden Tour, from 1 to 6 p.m., is a great way to see the sights while spending time together. Proceeds benefit the Museum District Association's community improvement projects. Call 257-9622 or visit www.museumdistrict.org.

Rejuvenate and luxuriate at Glenmore Yoga's Mother Spa Day, Saturday, May 17. Treat yourself and your mom to a partner yoga class, a 30-minute massage, an herbal foot bath, healthy snacks and a spring skin-care and makeup consultation. Profits benefit the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation. Two sessions are scheduled: 12:30-4 p.m. and 2:30-6 p.m. The spa package is $200. Reserve your space at 741-5267 or visit

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