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AUGUST 3
Thursdaenite Players, a local faith-based theater guild, will perform Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3-4 at Christ Presbyterian Church, 2508 Dickens Rd. “Eurydice” is a re-telling of the Greek myth of Orpheus’ descent into Hades to rescue his bride. Admission is free but donations are accepted. Pre-show music will begin at 7 p.m. For details, call 264-3396 or visit http://tinyurl.com/crco9zb .
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The Tuckahoe Square Dance Club will host its second annual open house from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the West End Community Center, 8102 Ridge Rd. Meet new people and learn simple square dance steps. All ages welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For details, call Jim or Joy Dilworth at 795-5485 or visit http://www.tuckahoesquaredanceclub.com .
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The film “How to Train Your Dragon” will play at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 3 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Henrico Teen Theatre Company will present “Stories Under the Big Top” at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily Aug. 3-4 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The ringmaster and players will perform a variety of well-known tales such as The Lion and the Mouse, Monkey See Monkey Do and The Magic Fish. Admission is free but reservations are required. For details, call Amy Perdue at 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .

AUGUST 4
The Simon Kidgits Club at Virginia Center Commons Mall will host a Back to School party from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Say farewell to summer and hello to a great school year by shopping tax free all weekend long. There will also be games, giveaways, discounts, a fashion show and more. Children will also get a first look at ROXX, the newest collectible head-to-head, competitive game by Imperial Toy.The first 100 Kidgit members will receive a Back to School pack. Admission is free. Annual membership to the Kidgit Club is $5. For details, call 266-9002 or visit http://www.facebook.com/virginiacentercommons .
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A special event to celebrate memories of the “old” John Marshall High School, formerly located in Richmond at Eight and Marshall Streets, will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. All who lived the experience of JM from 1909-1960 are invited to participate in the gathering which is sponsored by The Friends of Old Jayem. Listen to the JM Cadet Alumni Band and dance to the 50s music of Don Wade and Freddie C’s Happy Days Band. Cost is $30. For details, call Bill Chambers at 908-1216 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Grab a blanket and enjoy the movie “Little Rascals” under the stars at 8:30 p.m. at Armour House & Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Rd. 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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Native Richmond musician Thornton Cline will host a free workshop, concert and book signing of his newly released book “Practice Personalities” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble – Libbie Place, 5501 W. Broad St. The award winning songwriter and author will present a workshop to area music teachers, musicians and area music enthusiasts on effective and efficient ways to practice any musical instrument based on their personality. For details, call Susan Oliver at Roaring Brook Productions at 615-944-8082.
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PBS favorite Mr. Steve will bring his award-winning songs and clever stories to the Children’s Museum of Richmond Central, 2626 W. Broad St., with performances at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. A meet-and-greet will be held after each show, which is free with museum admission. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.c-mor.org.
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Jim Smith, an Elvis tribute artist, will perform The Ladies and The King, a tribute show to Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison and Elvis, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. General admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For tickets, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com For .show information, visit http://www.jimksmith.com
Community

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.

Author, child abuse survivor to speak at Henrico event

To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.

Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


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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.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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