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MARCH 30
The 6th annual 2012 Boomer Ball will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Hotel John Marshall, 101 N. Fifth St. Disco will be the theme and disco attire is welcome. Enjoy live music from The Janitors who will play a wide assortment of hits from 60s soul, 70s funk, country, classic rock and top 40s. There will also be a cocktail buffet from Homemades by Suzanne, live and silent auctions, a cash bar and more. Tickets are $60 per person and include one drink. Proceeds benefit Circle Center Adult Day Services. For details, visit http://www.boomerball.org .
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West End Comedy will host an all-ages show at 7:30 p.m. March 30 and a mature show at 7:30 p.m. March 31 at HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Dr. An improv jam with audience participation will follow the March 31 show from 9:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $5. For details, visit http://www.wecomedy.com .
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The 20th Spring Market of The Bizarre Bazaar will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 30-31 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1 at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Two exhibition buildings will feature unique gifts, gourmet foods, boutiques, fine artists and crafters, decorative accessories for the home and garden and more. Tickets are $7 for adults and $1.50 for children ages 2-12. For details, call 673-7017 or visit http://www.thebizarrebazaar.com .

MARCH 31
Learn how Henricoans did their spring cleaning in the 1860s from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Discover the implements used long ago to keep houses free of dirt and bugs. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Sikh Association of Central Virginia (SACVI) will host the 10th annual “Festival of Punjab” or “Punjab Mela” from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cultural Center of India in Chester, Va. The event will feature music, dancing, arts and crafts and exotic Indian food, as well as the Bhangra (Dance) Competition, where 10 university dance teams from Virginia, Maryland and DC will be competing for prizes. Admission and parking are free. For details, call 398-9056 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Twin Hickory Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Rd., will hold a book sale to benefit Friends of the Twin Hickory Area Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a wide variety of books at bargain prices. For details, call 290-9200 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
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The Richmond Folk Music Society will present New York City folksingers Steve Suffet and Anne Price at 8 p.m. at Congregation Or Ami, 9400 Huguenot Rd. The duo will perform “Woody Rediscovered,” a tribute to Woody Guthrie. Among his many hits include “This Land is Your Land,” “The Plane Wreck at Los Gatos Canyon” and “The Do Re Me.” Admission is $12. For details, call 647-7856 or visit http://www.richmondfolkmusic.com .
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Now in its fifth year, the Lakeside Farmers’ Market will open for its regular season from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the outdoor pavilion located at 6110 Lakeside Ave. Vendors offer local, seasonal farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, eggs, baked goods, tea, cut flowers, bedding plants, herbs, preserves, fudge, chocolate, handmade crafts and more. Hours of operation for the market, open April through December, is 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays. For details, visit http://www.lakesidefarmersmarket.net .

APRIL 1
The Richmond Triangle Players will present the central Virginia premiere of “bare,” a pop opera, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the RTP Theatre, 1300 Altamont Ave. The story focuses on two gay high school students and their struggles at their private, Catholic boarding school. “bare” will be presented as a concert reading. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. A special brunch bar menu will be available at the early show. At 9 p.m. the Ghost Light After Party returns with the friendliest cabaret show in town. Special guests include Robyn O’Neil, Robert Throckmorton and Joseph Papa. No pre-arrangement is necessary; if you have a song to sing, bring it! Tickets are $5. For details, visit http://www.rtriangle.org .
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Every Sunday the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center will be open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for family fun time with kids of all ages. The gym will be split in half with different sports each week on one half and a wide variety of games and activities like ping pong, billiards, air hockey and foosball on the other. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver provided on site. Admission is free. For details, call 225-2056 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
Community

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.

Author, child abuse survivor to speak at Henrico event

To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.

Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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