Friday

Sip and shop

Join Ce Ce’s Closet to get your back-to-school clothing, bags and more at the Back to School Edition of Shopping with Sparkles today from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy thrift store shopping while sipping on bottomless La Marca Prosecco for $10. A $25 open bar will also be available. The event will be held at the Havana Nines location at Yacht Haven Grande on St. Thomas. Proceeds benefit Family Resource Center.

Health workshop

Paradise Chiropractic presents a Heart Strong workshop, focusing on steps to prevent heart disease, tonight from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Paradise Chiropractic office in Peter’s Rest, St. Croix.

A complimentary dinner will also be provided. Call 340-713-4326 to register.

Downtown party

The Downtown Revitalization Initiative and Amalia Café will host a Party in the Passage tonight at 9. Enjoy cocktails and tapas in the historic downtown passageway. Music will be provided by Roots Embassy. Admission is free.

Saturday

Body retreat

The Total Body Strengthening Retreat 2018 is being held at Chenay Bay Beach Resort this weekend through Monday. Sponsored by the Tourism Department, UWC, Inc. has partnered with Caribbean Girls Rock! and others, to bring in industry leaders that to engage mind, body, and spirit.

Tickets are available at www.uwcollective.org. Saturday or Sunday participation is $175 per day or $300 for both. Call 678-429-5992 for details.

Family fun day

Dadlie’s Trucking of St. Thomas and Marco Water Delivery of St. Croix will hold a Community Appreciation Fun Day in the Fort Christian parking lot on St. Thomas on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Backpacks and school supplies will be given to all children attending school. Children must be present to receive a backpack. Two laptops will also be raffled off. A similar event was held on St. Croix last week.

Video tournament

Super Smash Brothers Wii U Video Game Tournament will be hosted Saturday at Caribbean Game Zone in Christiansted, St. Croix.

First place prize is $300 cash. Event admission is $20 for pre-registered participants and $25 for walk ins. Register online at http://cgz.tv.

Sickle cell walk

Dr. Erole McLean Hobdy of V.I. Oncology and Hematology along with the Nigel O. Hodge Foundation will hold a Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Walk/Run Saturday at 6 a.m.

The route starts at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School through Smith Bay to end at the Joseph Gomez Elementary School.

Call 340-776-1551 for more information.

Filtrations kits

Rotary Club of St. Thomas East and partners are hosting a Sawyer Water Filter demonstration and free distribution at Sea Chest ACE on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

This distribution of portable “bucket filter” kits, with ACE Hardware five-gallon buckets, is part of Rotary Club of St. Thomas East’s ongoing outreach to the community following hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The “bucket filter” kits come with everything needed to turn a five-gallon bucket into a portable reservoir for this extremely effective and efficient gravity-fed filter. A faucet adaptor will also be provided for use with the same filter.

Sunday

St. John road race

The Francis Bay Fives road and trail race will be held Sunday at 8 a.m. at Francis Bay Beach on St. John.

Choose from a five-mile or 5K distance. Check in and a pre-race meeting will be held at the Tap Room from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The race is limited to 100 participants and the registration is $5 per person. Walkers are welcome to participate in the 5K event.

The top male and female finisher for each course will receive a prize. Water and sports drinks will be offered during the race, and light snacks will be provided after. Registration and course maps can be found at www.stjohnsharks.com.

Challah bake

Kids ages 1 to 13 are invited to knead, mix, twist, and shape a challah bread at the Pre-Rosh Hashanah Kids’ Challah bake at the Chabad of the Virgin Islands Jewish Center Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Admission is $10 per child. Parents are welcome to stay. Call 414-202-7770 to register.

Wednesday

Octoberfest meeting

Join the planning meeting for Octoberfest on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at French Quarter Bistro in Frenchtown, St. Thomas. The event benefits Family Resource Center. Contact Development Director Vernon Araujo at 340-626-3729 for details.

Cancer talk

Cancer Support VI, sponsored by International Capital & Management Company, announces the next free presentation by Gilly Anne Smith, head coach at Reebok CrossFit St Thomas, presenting “Move + Fuel + Mind.”

This free lecture will be held on Wednesday at noon at the International Capital and Management board room and will focus on the relationship between dietary fiber intake and cancer risk.

Thursday

St. Croix Chamber

The St. Croix Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, celebrating Olympic Rent-A-Car’s 45th anniversary, will be held Thursday at the New Deep End Bar and Grill at the Tamarind Reef Hotel on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

There will be free food and a cash bar as well as music by Bill Bass. The celebration will also include an auction for generators donated by Gallows Bay Hardware, a 50/50 raffle and a raffle of gift certificates from local businesses.

Workout series

Stone Bodywork Fitness will hold a total body workout four-week series every Thursday through September from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Studio 360 V.I. at La Grande Princess, St. Croix.

A total body workout includes body weight exercises, cardiovascular conditioning with tabata training, core strengthening, myofascial stretching and more. Classes are $15 each, free for members of Studio 360. For reservations call 340-514-8376.

Sickle cell talks

Dr. Erole McLean Hobdy and VI Oncology and Hematology will present a Sickle Cell Conference Thursday at the Prior Jollek Hall at Antilles School at 6 p.m.

Guest speakers are Damiano Rondelli, MD, from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and Julie Kanter, MD, from the Medical University of South Carolina. For more information call 340-776-1551.