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APRIL 21
The K-Cettes Craft and Bake Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Columbian Center, 2324 Pump Rd. Proceeds will benefit Friends of L’Arche Central Virginia, a faith-based community for persons with intellectual disabilities and their families. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) will host a Mentor Day Carnival from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Genworth Campus, 6620 W. Broad St. There will be an opportunity to learn more about Henrico PAL and its mentoring program and the chance to register, if individuals want to mentor or need a mentor. In addition to food, games and prizes, there will be an appearance by the Lady Raiders from the Richmond Raiders Professional Indoor Football team and information regarding voter registration. The event is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine. For details, visit http://www.henricopal.org .
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The Shady Grove Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church at 11105 Cauthorne Rd., will continue its 11th season with award-winning Bluegrass band Molasses Creek at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door; teens are admitted at half price and children 12 and under are free. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
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The Modlin Center for the Arts will present comedian and author Paula Poundstone at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond. Poundstone, known for appearing on stage with a stool, microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, she is also a panelist on NPR’s ‘oddly informative’ weekly news quiz program “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” Tickets are $40. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
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YMCA of Greater Richmond and Goodwill will host an electronics recycling event during business hours at all greater Richmond locations including Chickahominy, John Rolfe, North Richmond, Shady Grove and Tuckahoe branches in Henrico. Organizers hope to collect 15 tons of unwanted electronics including personal computers, keyboards, mice, monitors, printers and scanners. For details, call 521-4913 or visit http://www.ymcarichmond.org/goodwill .
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Little Sisters of the Poor will host the 4th annual French Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Home, 1503 Michaels Rd. There will be French desserts, chocolates, bread and wine and for the first time, there will be a Parisian Marketplace offering a variety of unique vendors. There will also be live entertainment by local artists and fun-filled games and activities for children. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. All proceeds benefit Little Sisters of the Poor. For details, call 288-6245 or visit http://www.lspfrenchfoodfestival.com .
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Henrico’s Earth Day Celebration will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Three Lakes Park, 400 Sausiluta Dr. Activities and entertainment will include educational booths and displays, recycling games, the Henrico County Bookmobile, arts and crafts promoting litter pick-up, face painting and more. There is no rain date. Admission is free. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Be The Match will host the Be The One® Richmond run/walk at 7 a.m. at North Shore Commons, 4901 Lake Brook Dr. in Innsbrook. The fundraiser gives patients with leukemia, lymphoma and 70 other life-threatening diseases a second chance at life and highlights the need for unrelated marrow donors. The event includes a 5K, 1K Fun Run and Tot Trot. Registration is $10 to $35. For details, visit http://www.betheonerun.org/richmond .
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Fairfield Middle School, 5121 Nine Mile Rd., will host a teen forum on “Prevention of Underage Drinking” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be youth sessions, an adult workshop, a step team performance and breakfast will be provided. A drunk driving goggle demonstration by Henrico Police will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot. For details, email Michael L. Harris at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.toosmart2start.com .

APRIL 22
The Modlin Center for the Arts will present Béla Fleck and the Original Flecktones at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond. The group recently released their first new album in 20 years, Rocket Science. Tickets are $36. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu
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

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

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.

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