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AUGUST 17
Brides Against Breast Cancer, a nationwide tour of gowns to benefit those impacted by cancer, will hold a charity designer wedding gown sale Aug. 17-18 at Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 S. 12th St. There will be more than 1,000 gowns for sale with savings between 25-85 percent. General admission hours are 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 17 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 18. Admission is free but tickets are required. For details, visit http://www.bridesabc.org .

AUGUST 18
The third annual GWAR-B-Q will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Hadad’s Lake, 7900 Osborne Tnpk. in Varina. Featured bands include GWAR, Strike Anywhere, Lionize, Lost Tribe, Antietam 1862, Black Naked Wings and more. Funds raised will benefit Ring Dog Rescue. Admission is $25 to $75 for all-day entry. For a complete band roster and list of vendors, visit http://www.gwarbq.com .
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Women Empowering Women – Diamonds in the Rough will host the Pamper Me Pretty Expo from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport in Sandston. Mothers, daughters and friends are invited to spend the day together networking, shopping and pampering. Vendors include Mary Kay, Avon, Lia Sophia, Thirty-One Gifts and more. The expo is an annual fundraiser for WEW. Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund, empowerment sessions and workshops and services within the community. Admission is $5. For details, visit http://www.pampermeprettyexpo.yolasite.com.
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Enjoy the sounds of Johnny Lee Long’s Jazz Group and fun family activities to celebrate the end of summer reading at 2 p.m. at Glen Allen Library, 10501 Staples Mill Rd. For details, call 290-9500 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org.
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It will be a Pirate’s Paradise from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy. All ages are invited to walk the plank, venture on a hunt to search for pirate treasure, get airbrush tattoos or face paintings, make pirate crafts and meet Blackbeard himself. There will also be costume contests and games and live music from The Press Gang. Admission is free. For details, call 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Join members of the 12th VA Infantry for a day of sampling various aspects of both military and civilian life during the Civil War from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd. Events include drill demonstrations, a picnic lunch auction, mourning practices, camp cooking, women’s clothing display, dance demonstrations and live music by The String-Tyme Minstrels. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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All ages are invited to the family game night “Wii Love Games” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Armour House & Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Rd. Play some classic games as well as today’s popular Nintendo Wii. Admission is free. For details, call 343-3506 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The 21st Hanover Firefighters Crab Feast will be held at the Cold Harbor Ruritan Park, 8131 Walnut Grove Rd. in Mechanicsville. Gates open at 1 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $30 and include all-you-can-eat crabs and beverages. Children five and under are free with a paying adult. Band line-up is Rosie Soul & The Rock-N-Roll Cowboys and Baldy McGregor. For details, visit http://www.hanoverfirefighterscrabfeast.com .
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Bandit’s Adoption and Rescue of K-9s (BARK) will host a Jog-A-Dog event at 10:30 a.m. at American Family Fitness West End, located behind Short Pump Town Center. Volunteers are needed to help socialize the animals and give them some exercise and affection prior to their adoption event at PetSmart. Participation is free. For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/barkva .

AUGUST 19
Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd., will host The Fruits of Their Labor from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The watermelons and early apples are ripe. Explore the fascinating history of apples and John Sheppard’s apple orchard, as well as heritage varieties of melons and tobacco. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 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

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.

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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