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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

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

US Army Field Band to perform in Henrico Aug. 3

The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.

Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.

The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

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