I was getting my nails painted 1940s red when the email hit my inbox Friday afternoon:
Whaaaaaat? One of my favorite comedians can't sell out the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre in Roanoke?
Updated (July 30, 2015): Thanks to everyone who shared more birthday party ideas. I've added them to the list below. — Stephanie
This weekend's free entertainment includes two of my mini-obsessions: Chihuahuas and Harry Potter (but, unfortunately, not together).
Kroger is courting back-to-school shoppers with its latest fuel promotion.
A No. 2 with mustard is sounding really good right about now.
The price is right at Mountain View Humane.
This is why I can't leave the office for lunch very often: I end up impulse-buying $100 chairs.
Check your cabinets. Kroger is recalling four store-brand seasonings due to possible contamination from salmonella.
The Science Museum of Western Virginia is holding a "Christmas in July" sale.
Crushing update (July 31, 2015; 3 p.m.): Sean Astin has canceled his appearance at Wizard World Richmond.
Cheers to another national food holiday, which happens to fall on a warm Friday: Perfect margarita weather.
You know that thrill you get when you travel to new places, and you come home refreshed and committed to doing more of it in the future?
You can thank my Roanoke Times colleague Karen for alerting me to the latest food freebie.
Soak up the sun this weekend with my favorite outdoor freebies.
Happy National Hot Dog Day!
Did you know you can still shop outside Happy's Flea Market?
Based on Chipotle's latest BOGO offer, the Mexican chain really wants us to pay attention to its ingredients.
This has a long, slightly embarrassing teenage backstory, but I plan on attending the Wizard World Comic Con, which visits Richmond on July 31-Aug. 2.
Which coupons caught my eye in the Sunday, July 19, paper?
Clothes shopping can be difficult.
If you're feeling shop-taneous, I have a last-minute adventure for you.
We have both indoor and outdoor events to entertain you this weekend.
Sorry, Elizabeth Arden fans, but there is no warehouse sale happening in July.
This might seem strange to non-nerds, but I was super excited to get my daughter's very first preschool supply list.
Mooooove your rump if you want some free nuggets or waffle fries Tuesday, July 14, when Chick-fil-A celebrates its 11th annual Cow Appreciation Day.
Just last Friday, Krispy Kreme was selling second dozens for 78 cents.
If you're a parent of a small child, then you know time is precious.
If you want something beyond the free entertainment happening this weekend, perhaps you should consider the following shopping events.
You can stay on a sugar high for the next three days with these deals.
We have a wide range of free to enjoy this weekend: From the people-watching at the Salem Fair ... to the drumming at the Taubman Museum of Art, our free-admission downtown landmark that is now open on Sundays.
It's time again for health screenings at Sam's Club, which are available to club members and the public free of charge.
Last month, I was toying with the idea of joining Amazon Mom.
Sitting on my long list of story ideas for months: Shopping apps.
Mark your calendars and adjust your calories accordingly: A few chains are celebrating this week with some free or cheap treats.
You'll have to drive about two hours, but there is a giant yard sale event happening in Southside Virginia this July 4 weekend.
Before we get to the fireworks in the Roanoke and New River valleys, I want to bring your attention to some other free events that might get overlooked July 4 weekend.
Update Friday, July 3: The winning flavor is indeed Caramel Cocoa Cluster.
I never really thought about cows all that much.
Waiting until the last minute to get tickets to see The Beach Boys might have paid off.
It was the rant that launched thousands of Facebook likes, hundreds of comments and even a hashtag: #PutTheCartBack.
The most sweeping sale I found as we approach the July 4 holiday is at one of my favorite stores.
Besides the free Scott Perry and Front Porch Swing concert in Blacksburg on Friday evening ... and my list of other weekend freebies ... you should know about the best free live music, thanks to Tad Dickens and his weekly list of Top Tickets.
Cars and baseball: Two subjects I know very little about, but anyone who does should be thrilled with what's coming this weekend.
If we are what we eat, then my daughter is a "Baby Greens" salad from Blue 5.
Sorry for the last-minute notice, but I thought you should know about a few *free* events for folks interested in children's literature, movies and illustration.
I've always liked that dating tip about noticing how your dining partner treats (or mistreats) the wait staff.
Those Chick-fil-A nuggets and waffle fries are even tastier when you get them for free.
Does anyone else immediately think of that Harry Potter scene when hearing the words "life-size chess"?
I'm a bargain-hunting mom who values time as much as money. Read more about my favorite stores and shopping style. Share your questions, tips and story ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm on Twitter, too: @smogilvie.
Myrtle Frances Brown Saunders, 93, of Thaxton, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2015. Funeral Service will be 4 p.m. Sunday, August 2, 2015, at Updike Funeral Chapel, Bedford.
Marjorie Louise Vaughn Witt Murray, 75, of Bedford, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015. A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at Pecks Baptist Church, Bedford. Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation, Huddleston.
Clark Webb, 65, of Blacksburg, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015.
Virginia G. James, 82, of Fries, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, August 2, 2015, at Fries United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home.