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JULY 13
St. Mary’s for Kids’ Movies on the Avenues continues with “Kung Fu Panda” at 8:30 p.m. The free outdoor movie will be shown at the Westhampton School’s playing fields, 5800 Patterson Ave. at Maple Avenue. Pre-movie fun with juggler Jonathan Austin, food, beverages and kids’ activities begins at 7:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. For details, call 359-WELL.
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The Friday Night Fun Club for ages 50+ will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hidden Creek Recreation Center, 2417 Brockway Ln. Socialize with friends while playing card and board games. Admission is free. For details, call Aaron Reidmiller at 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Henrico Theatre Company will present the musical comedy “The Cocoanuts” July 13-29 at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Brush up on your slap-stick because the Marx Brothers are back and infiltrating the Florida real estate boom circa 1920. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for Sunday matinees, which begin at 2:30 p.m. An additional performance will be at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Reservations are required. For details, call Amy Perdue at 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .

JULY 14
The Jammin’ on the James Concert Series continues from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wilton House Museum, 215 S. Wilton Rd. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy family-friendly music from the Susan Greenbaum Band. There will also be tours of Wilton and face painting, games and crafts for the kids. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Rain or shine. For details, call 282-5936 x4 or visit http://www.wiltonhousemuseum.org.
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Henricus Historical Park, located at 251 Henricus Park Rd. in Chester, will present a Civil War Living History Day featuring the Bermuda Hundred Campaign from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Living historians will relive the summer of 1864 at Dutch Gap by demonstrating infantry weapons and tactics, combat engineering and fortifications, cannon drills and the life of civilian women during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. Admission is free for Henricus Foundation Patrons, $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12. For details, visit http://www.henricus.org .
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Grab a blanket and enjoy the movie “Dumbo” under the stars at 8:30 p.m. at Clarke-Palmore House Museum, 904 McCoul St. Concessions will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Innsbrook After Hours will present The Machine Performs Pink Floyd, Limelight (a Rush tribute band) and Little Ozzy at the Snagajob Pavilion. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the gate. For details, visit http://www.innsbrookafterhours.com .
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Culture4MyKids, Inc. will sponsor a monthly African dance/workout class beginning July 14 and continuing the first Saturday of each month at Project Yoga, 6517 Dickens Pl. African dancing and drumming has been known for centuries for its power to bring family, friends and communities closer. The African Aerobics, or “Afrobics,” class will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. The traditional West African Dance Class will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Classes are suitable for all experience levels and ages. Advance registration is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Proceeds to benefit Taaluma Youth Dance and Drum Company. For details, call 410-1075 or visit http://www.culture4mykids.com .
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The annual Hanover Tomato Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pole Green Park, 8996 Pole Green Park Ln. in Mechanicsville. There will be over 200 arts, crafts and unique vendors along with a variety of entertainment, food and free activities for children of all ages. The event is free and open to the public. Rain or shine. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/mymam5 .

JULY 15
The Armour House & Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Rd., will host an Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be Bruster’s ice cream, tours, old-fashioned games and live music. Admission is free. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
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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