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Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story.

April 15
Innsbrook’s 5th Annual Lake Clean-up Day will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will collect trash surrounding all three lakes at Innsbrook. Volunteers will also receive a brown bag lunch and a certificate of appreciation signed by the Governor. To register, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

April 16
The Henrico East Rotary Club will host its 2nd Annual Rockin’ the Raceway charity event from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent County. This year’s goal is to purchase a new pool lift for wheelchair patrons at the Chickahominy YMCA. This lift will also be used by persons that need physical therapy and seniors working to regain flexibility and mobility. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the event. There will be food and beverages for sale along with music and other activities. For details, call 795-2644 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The Henrico County NAACP Annual Prayer Breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Quioccasin Baptist Church, 9011 Quioccasin Rd. The theme will be “Steadfast and Unmovable” and Rev. Deborah Ann Simmons will be the keynote speaker. Ticket donations are $17 for adults and $14 for youth ten and under. For tickets, call 740-5222 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Winn’s Baptist Church, 12320 Winn’s Church Rd. in Glen Allen, will host a free Easter Egg Hunt from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. rain or shine. There will be a petting zoo, free pony rides, games and prizes, food and crafts as well as the Captain and Skibo Magic Show. For details, call 798-5512 or visit http://www.winnsbc.org.
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Celebrate Earth Day and Henrico County’s 400th Anniversary from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Three Lakes Park, 400 Sausiluta Dr. Live music will be provided by rock and pop-music duo, OminOtagO, and the Tucker High School jazz band. Activities and entertainment will include educational booths and displays, recycling games, arts and crafts, face painting and more. The Wildlife Center of Virginia will be onsite with live animals and the Three Lakes Nature Center will feature hands-on activities. There is no rain date. The event is free. For details, call Jeannie Murray at 501-5121.
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All ages are invited to see Tap Team Two and Company present “Reflections: Emotions in Motion, Rhythms in Rhymes, Spirits in Bodies, Dancing in Time” at 7:30 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The concert incorporates tap dance, original word poetry and artwork by visual artists Bob Burden, Sr. and Yvonne Sampson. The show is free but reservations are required. For details, call Amy Perdue at 501-5859.
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Henrico Police and Henrico Division of Solid Waste and Recycling will conduct a document shredding and electronics recycling event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Virginia Center Commons Mall, 10101 Brook Rd. Citizens will be able to have personal information securely shred for free on site by Shred-it. Additionally, citizens will be able to responsibly dispose of unwanted electronics such as computers, printers, scanners, copiers, VCRs, camcorders, stereos and more. Television sets can be recycled for $7 per set. For details, call 340-0900 (electronics) or 501-4838 (document shredding).
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A coalition of local organizations will sponsor a showing of “9500 Liberty” at 12 p.m. at the Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St. The documentary film by Annabel Park and Eric Byler documents the recent battles over immigrant policy in Prince William County in northern Virginia. The showing will be followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session on immigration and immigrants’ rights issues. A donation of $2 is requested. For more information on the film, visit http://www.9500liberty.com For i.nformation about the screening, call Jesse Senechal at 274-8720 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Richmond National Battlefield Park, the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and Future of Richmond’s Past will host a city-wide event marketing the 150th anniversary of Virginia’s decision to secede from the Union. Special programs exploring this event will include guided walking and bus tours, cannon firing, period music, a marketplace, and children’s games, exhibits and artifact washing. Venues include Historic Tredegar, the Richmond Slave Trail, Belle Isle, Shockoe Bottom’s Lumpkins’ Jail and Main Street Station and the Maggie Walker National Historic Site in Jackson Ward. These free events will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a schedule, visit http://www.futureofrichmondspast.org.

April 17
Romp n’ Roll Mechanicsville will host a Spirit Party for Cystic Fibrosis from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Open gym admission is $7, with $4 going to CF. Also, 10% of any class registrations or Birthday Bash bookings made during the party will go to CF. A blood drive, sponsored by neighboring Chanello’s Pizza, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details, call 730-2060 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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