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FLYING SQUIRRELS Watch the Flying Squirrels take on the Erie SeaWolves at The Diamond and enjoy Fireworks presented by AT&T! $7-$11. Thursday, July 01 (Opens: 7:00 PM) • Saturday, July 03 (Opens: 6:30 PM) • Sunday, July 04 (Opens: 6:30 PM)

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FIREWORKS AT BUSCH GARDENS Busch Gardens is celebrating Independence Day weekend with three nights of patriotic pyrotechnics set to an awe-inspiring original music track. On July 2-4 at 9:30 p.m., Busch Gardens will fill the skies with shimmering silvers, gorgeous golds and bright reds to top off Independence Day festivities.www. buschgardens.com/va or call (800) 343-7946

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INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & FESTIVAL Parham Road Independence Day Parade & Festival will be a great event to celebrate America’s birthday and to join with the community in a time of fellowship and fun. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 3, and is immediately followed by a festival from 11:00-3:00 p.m. at 2101 N. Parham Road. This event is FREE and open to the public. www.parhamparade.com

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GENWORTH FINANCIAL 27TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT An All-American evening of music, fireworks and family fun. Celebrate Freedom will feature children’s activities and a concert by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band. The free event starts at 6:30 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.. Fireworks start at approximately 8:45 p.m.. Parking is free. Food vendors on site. No pets, please. Wed., July 3 (6:30 PM-9:00 PM).

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RVA FIREWORKS ON THE JAMES Come down to Brown’s Island for a FREE RVA Fireworks show that is fun for the whole family. Bring blankets and lawn chairs but please leave alcohol and your pets at home. The fireworks will offer a 360 view which means that you don’t have to be on Brown’s Island to see the show. Other viewing areas of these fireworks can be seen from Oregon Hill, Manchester, and Chimborazo Park.Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Brown’s Island. FREE

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OLD-FASHIONED FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION Join the County of Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks for an Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration! This free family event will be held on Sunday, July 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. Enjoy a multi-faceted array of festive entertainment and activities for the entire family. Activities will include musical entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting, a petting zoo for children, contests and games, pony rides, and two spectacular sky diving shows with Uncle Sam!

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RACING TO THE STARS & STRIPES AT COLONIAL DOWNS Colonial Downs will be hosting a horse racing/live concert/fireworks triple header at a special 5 PM post time. Fans can enjoy an outdoor concert before and after the fireworks. Richmond’s own Susan Greenbaum and her band will perform sets. After the fireworks, Colonial will host a hour long “After Party”, to help alleviate any post-race congestion in the parking lot. In addition to the live music noted above, juggler/magician Jonathan Austin will perform, and there will be free ice cream, kids activities, cartoons on the jumbotron, giveaways and lots more! $5-$30. www.colonialdowns.com

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ALL-AMERICAN CELEBRATION AT LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN FREE admission to the Garden on this day celebrating freedom! Guests are invited to wear red, white and blue and bring wagons and strollers to decorate for a “parade.” Enjoy music, WaterPlay and fun activities in the Children’s Garden. Sunday, July 04 (1:00 PM-4:00 PM)

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ASHLAND’S FOURTH OF JULY PARADE The old-fashioned annual parade in Ashland is a people parade and encourages patriotic bicycles, tricycles, dogs ,and walkers to join in the fun. Participants gather at 1 p.m. at Henry Clay School. The parade is 1/4 mile and starts at 1:30 p.m., ending at Hanover Arts & Activities Center at 2 p.m. for a lawn party. Apple pie contest, children’s crafts, children’s games, Most Patriotic Pet awards, music and sing-along by Hanover Concert Band. Richmond Metro Woman Magazine - where the men might wear the pants, but the women pick them out!

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FIREWORKS AT KINGS DOMINION Kings Dominion celebrates Independence Day with brilliant fireworks displays. On July 4, free admission for all active and retired military personnel for the Tribute to the Armed Forces.

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY JULY 4TH CELEBRATION Enjoy food, fun, and free Fourth of July fireworks at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds. The Kings of Swing will perform, and children can play in the special children’s play area. There is no rain date. Thursday, July 04 (Opens: 5:00 PM)

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HANOVER TOMATO FESTIVAL July 13, 2013. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Pole Green Park, Mechanicsville, Virginia. Enjoy over 200 arts, crafts and unique vendors along with a variety of entertainment, food, and free activities for children of all ages. And not to mention, Hanover-grown tomatoes!

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THE RICHMOND 5K COLOR VIBE Get ready Richmond for the most colorful fun-filled day of your life! You’ll have more color on you than your happy levels can handle! So get your friends and family stretched out for this amazing color blast event where you’ll get blasted with color while you run the Color Vibe 5K. Color Vibe is here, and you’re about to get tagged! 10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy 4, VA 23140 (804) 966-7223

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It’s Time to Dream Again!!

We start out our lives full of hope and expectation. We believed we can do anything, be anything and accomplish anything. We were even encouraged by our teachers and parents. But something dramatically changes from those times to where we are stand now. For some of us the encouragement stopped, for others - life just happened and for the rest we bought into a lie someone told us about ourselves. We stopped dreaming and we forgot what truly makes us happy. I was recently told by some dear friends of mine and now I am tell you, “ It is time to dream again!!” So for just a second stop and ask yourself a few questions: ■ What is/was my dream? ■ What do I want my life to look like 5 years from now? ■ What kind of impact do I want to have in the world around me (my family, my friends, my community, etc)? ■ How do I get there? Now, for some of us the answers to those questions may lead us to places that we haven’t been before. It may be scary and unexpected, but it will lead you to great things. You may have to change your association. I’m sure we have all heard the saying “Birds of a feather flock together.” But what happens when you decide its time to change your feathers? When you start pursuing your dreams people in your circle may not understand. They may or may not support you. The beauty is that there are people out there who will. Most likely you will find those people in the field that you want to pursue. I encourage you to latch onto people who are where you want to be. If you want to write a book and publish, talk to someone who has written and successfully published a book. Find a mentor. Changing your association can also mean changing what you read or watch. There are tons of “How To” books out there. Pick one up. There are many great resources, like YouTube, that make learning easy. People are constantly putting out information. All you have to do is take a few unproductive minutes and make it productive by picking up a book or meeting with a mentor. If you are watching TV, read during commercial breaks. Or you can just TURN THE TV OFF. When you are in pursuit of your dream every minute counts.

You may have to change how you think about and view yourself. Belief is a powerful thing. People used to believe that it was impossible to run a 4 minute mile. In fact, it was "proven" to be scientifically impossible - so, many people never even tried. Roger Bannister not only believed it was possible, but he also believed that he could do it and he did! Now, because one man believed, more and more people are breaking “impossible” records. If you believe something is impossible your brain will not work to figure out a solution, but the minute you believe something can be accomplished your mind will figure out a way. Most of us never dreamed of being average. We said we wanted to be doctors, lawyers or the first female president. Now we have no desire for those things and that’s OK. Dreams can change. They can be shaped out of a need you see or a past hurt you have experienced and overcame. They can be birthed out of a passion or hidden talent. Who remembers Star Search? It was the first talent search type show’s that I remember seeing. I’m sure some came before it and many have followed after it. We as a culture seem to love those types of shows. Why? I think it is because they allow us to see a dream being realized. It is someone elses dream becoming a reality right in front of our eyes. Many times it almost seems magical because it is so unexpected. At some point though we have to say, “That is great for them, now let me go make my dreams happen.” There will always be an excuse or circumstance which allows you not to pursue your dreams. Dreams do not become a reality because of circumstances. They come to life when you make a decision and take consistent action in pursuit of that dream. You can do it! You can make it happen! IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO DREAM AGAIN!! Talia Osborne – The Richmond Metro Woman 757-256-3750 | richmond@metrowomanmag.com

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July 2013 Issue

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