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JUNE 8
Parents are invited to assist their children ages 2-6 with maneuvering through cones as they steer their power wheels on a special road. The green light starts at 5 p.m. at Dorey Recreation Center, 2999 Darbytown Rd. Bring your own power wheels and meet in the parking lot. Admission is free. For details, call 795-2334 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Active seniors ages 50+ are invited to the Friday Night Fun Club from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hidden Creek Recreation Center, 2417 Brockway Ln. Socialize with friends while playing your favorite card and board games. The club meets the second Friday of each month. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite game and snack. Admission is free. For details, call Aaron Reidmiller at 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Professional Singles Association’s 50+ Meet n’ Greet Social Hour will start at 5:30 p.m. at Halligan’s Bar and Grill, 2451 Old Brick Rd., in Short Pump. For details, call Sue at 536-1695 or visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com .

JUNE 9
The James River Advisory Council, in cooperation with the James River Association, will sponsor the 13th annual James River Regional Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at various spots along the river. Volunteers may select sites between Lynchburg and Charles City County, including Osborne Park and Boat Landing in Varina. Volunteers will pick up trash and recyclable materials along shoreline areas and trails, while paddlers and power-boaters will collect floating trash and access shoreline trash that is difficult to reach by foot. To register to participate, visit http://www.jrac-va.org.
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Family Palooza will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the tracks at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. Activities include free health screenings, face painting and glitter tattoos, juggling and magic with Jonathan Austin, games, music, sports with the UR Spiders and Kickers and a mascot dance-off featuring Nutzy, Kickeroo, the Richmond Spider and more. Admission is free. For details, call 320-DOCS or visit http://www.women.hcavirginia.com .
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The American Youth Harp Ensemble will present “Classical Jam” at 4 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Rd. The concert will feature over 70 harpists and singers, ages 7-18, performing music from classical to jazz, Bach to the Beatles, as arranged specifically for the ensemble. The Virginia Choristers will give a special prelude at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. For details, call 837-9355 or visit http://www.harpensemble.org .
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The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program will host a Boots @ H.O.M.E. Military Ministry event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pilgrim Journey Baptist Church, 7204 Bethlehem Rd. There will be presentations, information and resources, a Q&A period and light refreshments. The event is free and open to all veterans, active duty personnel and family members. For details, call Jackie Thompson at 937-1952 or visit http://www.wearevirginiaveterans.org .

JUNE 10
Commemorate the 150th anniversary of Stuart’s Ride around McClellan’s Federal Army from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. This meeting between Generals Lee and Stuart led up to the Seven Days Battles. There will be period music, children’s activities, Civil War re-enactors, tours and more. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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First Things First, in collaboration with the Richmond Kickers and the Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership, will host “Celebrate Fatherhood” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ukrop Park and the new Collegiate School Aquatics Center. In addition to swimming pool fun, there will be field games, bounce houses, food vendors and the “Fastest Dad in Richmond” contests (both swimming and running). The event is free. For details, visit http://www.firstthingsrichmond.org .
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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present National Theatre Live’s “Frankenstein” at 2 p.m. June 10 and at 7 p.m. June 11 in Camp Concert Hall. This new production, based on the novel by Mary Shelley, features Johnny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch; Miller and Cumberbatch alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature in two electrifying broadcasts. The groundbreaking series National Theatre Live brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to movie theatres around the world. Admission is $14.50 for adults and $12.50 for seniors. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu


Community

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.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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