Starts Friday – Flying Squirrels Season Starts – It’s time to play ball, Richmond! The Flying Squirrels home season starts off with a (literal) bang. Friday and Saturday games against Reading’s Fightin Phils will be followed by fireworks. And there are a whole bunch of promotions this week including mascot Nutasha’s 3rd birthday celebration on Saturday, baseball bat giveaways on Sunday, Bark in the Park on Monday and more. Times vary. The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard. 359-FUNN (3866) $8-$14.
Opens Friday, special events Saturday & Sunday – Origami in the Garden – Origami in the Garden brings 21 sculptures created by Santa Fe artist Kevin Box and his wife Jennifer. Some are larger than life at 7 feet tall, all are inspired by origami and look like carefully folded paper, only they’re cast in bronze, steel or aluminum. Looks for ponies, bison, paper cranes and more vignettes throughout the garden. Special events will be offered on Saturday and Sunday for the grand opening including hands-on origami making, origami bicycle demos, Join River City Taiko drumming and more. $8-$13; younger than 3 free; members free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Sept. 30. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. www.lewisginter.org or (804) 262-9887.
Saturday – Monument Ave. 10K – You know it’s spring-time in Richmond when 30,000 people, some in costume, some not, turn out to run the Monument Ave. 10K. This race basically turns the town into one giant block party with bands playing on corners, costumed runners and a post-race festival. $32-$55 to register, free to watch. Starts in waves at 8:30 a.m. on Broad Street near Harrison Street.
Saturday – Punjabi Cultural Festival – Head to Main Street Station to celebrate Punjabi Indian culture with food, dance and music. If you like Bollywood, don’t miss the Bhangra dance competition, a vibrant style of dance featuring colorful costumes and lively Punjabi music. Plus traditional Indian food, clothing and jewelry for sale. Free admission. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Main Street Station, 1500 E. Main St.