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AUGUST 24
The Chesterfield County Fair opens today and continues through Sept. 1 at 10300 Courthouse Rd. There will be midway rides, a carousel, vendors and exhibitors, the Miss Chesterfield pageant, contests, festival fare and more. Hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Daily gate admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under five. Wristbands for unlimited midway rides are $25. For details, call 768-0148 or visit http://www.chesterfieldcountyfair.org .
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West End Comedy will present an all-ages show at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and a mature show at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Dr. Shows feature an improv format similar to Whose Line is it Anyway and audience suggestions. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children, students and military. For details, call 496-1714 or visit http://www.wecomedy.com .

AUGUST 25
The ninth annual Movin and Groovin event for pancreatic cancer research will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd. The event features a 5K run, two-mile walk and kids’ fun run. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Luke Gibson, along with live music by Haze and the Transients, juggling by Jonathan Austin, PT Moonwalks and balloon fun with Miss Sheri the Clown. Funds raised benefit the Massey Cancer Center and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. For details, visit http://www.movinandgroovin5k.org .
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All ages are invited to the Summer Splash Down at 2 p.m. at North Park Library, 8508 Franconia Rd. There will be indoor and outdoor water games, including races, as well as a water gun challenge, cool treats and more. Wear clothing and shoes appropriate for water play and a towel. For details, call 290-9700 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
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All ages are invited to explore the different ways Civil War armies communicated during the 1860s at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be children’s activities, games, re-enactors and tours. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Kings of Swing, a versatile dance and show band, will perform at 6 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The group plays beach music, Motown, swing and favorite hits of the 70s through the 90s. Admission is free but reservations are required. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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St. John’s Catholic Church, 813 W. Nine Mile Rd., will host Summer Fest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be BBQ, ribs and turkey legs, as well as hamburgers, hotdogs, tacos and pizza. Activities include a bounce house for the kids, games, face painting, crafts for sale, a silent auction, live entertainment and raffles. Crafters and non-food vendors are invited; spaces are $25. For details, call Diana Young at 647-5665 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Virginia Home for Boys and Girls and Endorphin Fitness will host the VHBG Youth Triathlon from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 8716 W. Broad St. Boys and girls, ages 5-14, can run, bike and swim as individual racers or join a relay team. Beginners are welcome. There is also an optional five-day camp to prepare youth for a triathlon where they will receive expert coaching and experience fitness in an engaging, fun group setting. The event benefits VHBG. Registration is $45 to $55; there is an additional fee for the camp. For details, call Amanda at 270-6566 or visit http://www.vhbg.org .
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Synergy Yoga Studio will host a free teacher training information session from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Karen Pace, director of Synergy Yoga, will provide information on the Himalayan Institute’s 200-hour Teaching Training Program, which provides solid foundations for Hatha yoga theories and practice. The studio is located at 11000 Three Chopt Rd. near Innsbrook. For details, call 747-YOGA or visit http://www.synergyyogastudio.com .

AUGUST 26
The Hanover Concert Band will perform on the lawn at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd., at 6 p.m. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
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Tree seedling giveaway planned April 2-3


The Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District will sponsor a tree seedling giveaway on April 2 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on April 3 at Hermitage High School parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bare-root tree seedlings are available to Henrico County residents free of charge for the spring planting season.

The following seedling species will be available: apple, kousa dogwood, red maple, river birch, red osier dogwood, loblolly pine, sycamore, bald cypress, white dogwood and redbud. Quantities are limited and trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each participant is allowed up to 10 trees total, not to include more than five of the same species. > Read more.

State provides online directory of Bingo games


Wondering where to go to play Bingo? Wonder no more.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) recently launched an online directory of permitted bingo games played in Virginia. Listed by locality, more than 400 regular games are available across the state. The directory will be updated monthly and can be found on VDACS’ website at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/gaming/index.shtml.

“Many Virginia charities, including volunteer rescue squads, booster clubs and programs to feed the homeless, use proceeds from charitable gaming as a tool to support their missions, said Michael Menefee, program manager for VDACS’ Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. > Read more.

Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

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