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JULY 20
Join the County of Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks for an evening of Water Safety Fun from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Osborne Park, 9530 Osborne Tnpk. Watch live demonstrations by Henrico County Division of Fire’s Search, Rescue and Dive Team, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Children can enjoy a water fun area, games and educational exhibits. Concessions will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.henricorecandparks.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, dominos 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 Avett Brothers will perform at Innsbrook After Hours in the Snagajob Pavilion in Innsbrook. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate. For details, visit http://www.innsbrookafterhours.com .
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Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd., will hold its July Open House and Artist Reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitors will learn from the artists what inspires them to create their works of art as they stroll through the 20,000-square-foot facility. Featured artists include Irene J. Perry and artists participating in the Adele Castillo and Friends Show as well as local artists in the show “Celebrate India,” the Yearly Members Show and July’s All Media Show. Quiet Step Ensemble will provide live music. Children will enjoy magic by the Richmond Magic Club and face painting by Katherine Thompson. The exhibit runs through Sept. 10. Admission is free. For details, call 278-8950 or visit http://www.crossroadsartcenter.com .
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Alpha Theatre and Arts Company, a nonprofit faith-based youth theatre group, will perform “Fiddler on the Roof” at 7 p.m. July 20 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 21 at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 8209 Shady Grove Rd. in Mechanicsville. Youth prepare for musical productions in the summer through two weeks of drama camp. Tickets are $7 to $8 in advance; family cap is $30. Tickets at the door are $10; family cap is $35. To purchase tickets, call 266-5315 or email Mary Ann Ellis at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For details, visit http://www.alphatheatre.org .
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The Professional Singles Association will host a 50+ Singles Meet n’ Greet at 5 p.m. at Skilligalee Restaurant, 5416 Glenside Dr. The group will meet in the downstairs bar area. Guests interested in staying for dinner can access a coupon for ten percent off at http://www.skilligalee.com For .details, call Sue at 536-1695 or visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com .

JULY 21
Culture4MyKids, Inc. will sponsor a Body, Mind, Fitness Expo from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Project Yoga, 6517 Dickens Pl. Experts will conduct workshops in the areas of natural health and hair care, Soulsa and African aerobics, healthy eating and stress relief. Proceeds to benefit Taaluma Youth Dance and Drum company. Admission is $15 to $60. For details, call Traci Johnson at 517-5376 or visit http://bit.ly/MK1wAw .
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The Charlie Daniels Band will perform at Innsbrook After Hours in the Snagajob Pavilion in Innsbrook. Gates open at 6 p.m. General admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. For details, visit http://www.innsbrookafterhours.com .
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Richmond-based band Offering, Short Pump Town Center and 98.9 Liberty will host Christmas in July from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the mall. The day-long event features Christmas concerts from local bands, as well as Christmas in July sales, food and drink samples from Town Center merchants, children’s activities and more. Donations will be accepted for the Central Virginia Food Bank. For details, visit http://www.shortpumpmall.com .

JULY 22
The Drive to Feed the Hungry Open Car Show will be held from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Kroger, 9351 Atlee Rd. The event features door prizes, trophies, peer judging, music and more. The show is open to all makes and models; registration is $10 to $15. Rain date is July 29. Admission is free for spectators and donations will be accepted for the food bank. For details, call 569-8240 or visit http://tinyurl.com/7lgfpdx
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

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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