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AUGUST 31
The Butterflies LIVE exhibit continues through October 14 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Visitors will be able to walk among hundreds of butterflies in the North Wing of the Conservatory. The exhibit will also feature special plantings to provide food for the butterflies, allowing visitors to get an up-close view of the showy tropical species. The exhibit is included with garden admission. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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The Killing Daylights will perform live at 9:30 p.m. at Sharky’s Bar & Billiards, 4032 Cox Rd. TKD features powerhouse, Megan Lynn Browning and bassist, Chelsea Kerwath, center stage on vocals. For details, call 273-1888 or visit http://www.sharkysinnsbrook.net .
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“Always… Patsy Cline” is back by popular demand at Virginia Repertory Theatre’s Willow Lawn location through Sept. 16. The show is written and originally directed by Ted Swindley and features the music of Patsy Cline, including “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.” Performances are at 8 p.m. Aug. 31, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 1 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 2. Tickets are $38. For details, call 282-2620 or visit http://www.va-rep.org .
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Blue Line Highway will perform at 8 p.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave. Blue Line Highway features a hybrid of blues, contemporary pop and traditional country music. Tickets are $8 at the door. For details, call 798-1702 or visit http://www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com .
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Director, writer, actor and comedian Neal Brennan will perform at the Richmond Funny Bone Comedy Club, 11800 W. Broad St. in the Short Pump Town Center. Brennan co-wrote the stoner cult classic “Half Baked” and also helped create “Chappelle’s Show” with Dave Chappelle. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Aug. 31, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 1 and at 7 p.m. Sept. 2. All shows are $17 except for Sept. 2 which is $15. For details, call 521-8900 or visit http://www.richmondfunnybone.com .
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The Chesterfield County Fair 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. Aug. 31 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 1. 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 .

SEPTEMBER 1
Enjoy a two-hour bald eagle tour on the James River with Discover the James and Capt. Mike Ostrander. Listen to the conservation success story of bald eagles on the James River as you travel through Jefferson's Reach on the James. Cost is $45. Tours depart from Deep Bottom Park in Varina. To register, call 938-2350 or visit http://www.discoverthejames.com .
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West End Comedy will present an all-ages show at 6:30 p.m. and a PG13 show at 8 p.m. at Swift Creek Mill Theatre, 17401 Jefferson Davis Hwy. 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 .
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Tour the Sheppard family home from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Discover whose famous portrait hangs in the house and where the animal that roars is located. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Family story time at Glen Allen Library, 10501 Staples Mill Rd., will be held from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Admission is free. For details, call 290-9600 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

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