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MAY 25
The “Pinta” and the “Nina,” replicas of Columbus’ ships, will be open for tours at Rocketts Landing, 251 Rocketts Way, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 25-27. The ships tour together as a new and enhanced “sailing museum” for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the “caravel,” a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and other early explorers. Admission for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for students ages 5-16 and free for children under 4. The ships will leave Rocketts Landing June 3. For details, visit http://www.thenina.com .
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The Professional Singles Association’s 50+ Meet n’ Greet Social Hour will start at 5:30 p.m. at Eurasia Café and Wine Bar, 1308 Gaskins Rd. Make new friends and enjoy happy hour specials on drinks and select appetizers from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For details, visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com .
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All ages are invited to Family Game Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd. Enjoy backgammon, checkers, chess, cards, dominoes and other games. Outdoor games weather permitting. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Butterflies LIVE exhibit is back May 25 to October 14 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Visitors will be able to walk among hundreds of butterflies in the North Wing of the Conservatory. The exhibit will also feature special plantings to provide food for the butterflies, allowing visitors to get an up-close view of the showy tropical species. The exhibit is included with garden admission. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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Henley Street Theatre will present the Richmond premiere of “Yellowman” at 8 p.m. May 25-26 at the SPARC Center for the Performing Arts, 2106-A N. Hamilton St. The play is a coming-of-age drama, a family tragedy, a social critique and a moving love story that deals with racism, sexism, class prejudices and stereotypes. Talk-back sessions will follow each performance. Performances continue through June 16. Tickets are $17 to $27. For details, visit http://www.henleystreettheatre.org .
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The Fourth Friday art show and reception featuring the art program at Henrico High School will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Art Works, 320 Hull St. Teacher Mary Scurlock guides her students through the many facets of art and the culmination of this work is the senior show at Art Works. The exhibit, located in the Jane Sandelin Gallery, continues through June 5. The event is free and open to the public. For details, call 291-1400 or visit http://www.artworksrichmond.com.

MAY 26
The 10th annual Autism Society of Central Virginia 5K Run/Walk will start at 8 a.m. at the Innsbrook Pavilion. There will also be refreshments, music, exhibitors and a Kids Fun Zone. All proceeds stay within the greater Richmond area; the 5K run/walk is the chapter’s primary fundraising event raising nearly $73,000 in 2011. Registration is $10 for children under age 10 and $25 for ages 11 and older. Registration is due by May 23. For details, visit http://www.ascv5k.com .
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Guitarist and songwriter Tom Martin will perform at 8 p.m. at Congregation Or Ami, 9400 W. Huguenot Rd. Martin’s music is described as “Celtic Fusion.” He will talk about various traditional styles that have inspired his own work and will perform traditional songs, as well as his own compositions. This is Richmond Folk Music’s final concert of the season. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. For details, call 647-7856 or visit http://www.richmondfolkmusic.com .
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The RVA Local Patronage Mob will be visiting Box Brown Imports, 518 N. 2nd St., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The mob visits local businesses on a scheduled day to give the business an extraordinary day of patronage. That business then gets to choose the next stop. Box Brown Imports was chosen by the owner of Umami Coffee & Tea, located in Henrico. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/RVALocalPatronageMob .
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A Memorial Day weekend big band concert will take place on the front lawn of Christ Ascension Episcopal Church, 1704 W. Laburnum Ave., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Joe Enroughty And His Royal Virginians will perform big band favorites. An area in front of the bandstand will be set up for dancing; bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. The concert will benefit the Christ Ascension food pantry and guests are asked to donate non-perishable food items. Admission is free. For details, call 264-9474 or visit http://www.cachurch.net
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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