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George Allen kicks off Tavern Talk

Former Virginia Gov. George Allen held a book signing for his recently published book What Washington Can Learn from the World of Sports as a prelude to Tavern Talk, the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia’s new fundraising project.

Forbes announces job fair in Chesterfield

U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes will host a job fair with area businesses in Chesterfield County on Wednesday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lloyd C. Bird High School, according to a press release. The job fair is free and open to all constituents who are interested in learning about available jobs with area businesses.

August library artist announced

Local artist Marti Fann will be exhibiting at the Chester Library in August. Recent Works, a collection of mixed media paintings, will be on display Aug. 7-31.

Community steps up to help Chester sisters

Offers of aid for Chester sisters Cherry, Hanna, Vanessa and Molly Parker are still rolling in, and volunteers organizing the effort hope the help keeps coming.

Battersea and the Bard: What a dream was here

The Bard would have been thrilled to see one of his most beloved works performed so well. Sycamore Rouge’s large-cast production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at historic Battersea was staged in a perfect rural setting: A grassy clearing circled by trees, with stone pillars and benches cleverly lit, music of drums and a cappella singing by the cast. Even the moon cooperated.

Calendar of events

Chester area calendar of events from July 28, 2010 to August 5, 2010.

Restoration: A flea market find is reborn as a vintage collector’s item

Listening to David Strong’s music is like traveling the back roads of Scotland on the way to a good pub. His expert knowledge of musical instruments travels from building fiddles to repairing guitars, woodwinds and brass.