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Celebrate the kickoff of The Symphony Designer House tour at the Gala Opening Night Party Sept. 8. Tours of the French-country-style home in Founders Bridge start Sept. 11 and run through Oct. 8; additional tours are being conducted the weekends of Oct. 14-15 and 21-22. Tour the house, have lunch in the Designer Diner and shop the boutique. Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance. For tickets and information, call (804) 379-3444. Proceeds benefit the Richmond Symphony.

Friday Nights

Fridays are date nights at the new Color Me Mine in Short Pump. From 5 to 9 p.m., you and a partner can paint your own ceramics for a $15 studio fee, plus the cost of the piece of pottery you paint and take home. Expect candles on the tables to set the mood. Plus, you can bring in your own dinner to enjoy in the studio. Call (804) 364-0180 for more information, or visit www.richmond.colormemine.com.

Oct. 4

Cooking for a cause! The third annual Grand Kitchen Tour features six kitchens in homes along River Road to benefit the Central Virginia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Tickets are $25, or you can buy "a la carte" tickets at $10 per home. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (804) 353-5008 or visit www.grandkitchentour.com.

Oct. 8

Get a sneak peak inside five residences near the intersection of Monument and Park avenues during St. Gertrude's Harvest House Tour. The tour runs 1-5 p.m. Tickets are available through St. Gertrude High School at (804) 358-9114 for $20 or at each home on the day of the show for $25. Proceeds benefit the school.

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