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SEPTEMBER 7
Enjoy an evening of old-time bluegrass and folk music with The Ridge Runners at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage series, now in its fourth year, which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Tickets are $12. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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The film “The Hunt for Red October” will play at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 8 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 .

SEPTEMBER 8
The 2012 Kirk Festival at Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church, 11421 Gayton Rd., will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Virginia Scots Guard Pipes and Drum Corp. and Jonathan Austin, magician and juggler, will perform. There will also be Celtic music, dancers, Scottish games, vendors, food, an iPad raffle and more. An animal blessing and parade will be held at 3 p.m. Rain date is Sept. 15. Admission is free. For details, call 741-5254 or visit http://www.thegaytonkirk.org .
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The McShin Foundation’s annual Recovery Fest and state championship BBQ Cook Off will be held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church, 2300 Dumbarton Rd. There will be live music and family activities. Laurie Dhue, former news anchor for Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, will be the guest speaker. Substance use disorders recovery support providers will be in attendance. The BBQ cook off is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. For details, call Honesty Liller at 249-1845 or visit http://www.bbq.mcshin.org .
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The 12th season of the Shady Grove Coffeehouse concert series will kick off with Richmond-based string band The Hot Seats at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. in Glen Allen. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; teens 13-18 are admitted half-price and children under 12 are free. Net proceeds benefit UUCC. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
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The Capitol Steps will perform their unique blend of music and political comedy at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The performance is CACGA’s opener for the Center Season. Capitol Steps, who have performed for five U.S. presidents and traveled to all 50 states, is celebrating its 30th year of existence. Tickets are $42. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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The RVA Local Patronage Mob will be at the Libbie Market, 10470 Ridgefield Pkwy., from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Formerly Joe’s Market, the grocery store is now owned by David Taylor and Buster Wright with a full grocery offering, including beer and wine, a catering service with delivery, bulk coffee, candies and more. The RVA Patronage Mob is a group of citizens dedicated to giving local businesses an extraordinary day of patronage. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/RVALocalPatronageMob .
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Bikes, BBQ and Bluegrass, a family-friendly community event to benefit Richmond 2015, will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the West Creek Business Park, 12575 West Creek Pkwy. The event will feature local barbecue, live music by East of Afton and local brews from Starr Hill Brewery. Road and off-road bike rides, for all ages and abilities, will take place prior to the start of the BBQ at 4 p.m. All-inclusive tickets (food, drinks, beer and entertainment) are $50 for adults, $15 for ages 13-20 and free for kids under age 12. For details, visit http://www.richmond2015.com .
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Biltmore Baptist Church, 1300 New York Ave. in Glen Allen, will host a Lawn Chair Concert at 5 p.m. The gospel music group 4theLord will perform from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ice cream and all the fixings will be provided. All are welcome. For details, call 266-6480 or visit http://www.biltmorechurch.org .

SEPTEMBER 9
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present the Del McCoury Band with special guests Chatham County Line at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall. The Del McCoury Band has won 31 International Bluegrass Music Association awards and a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. Tickets are $38. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu
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MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.

Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A hero is born

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.

Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.

At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.

Authentically Italian

Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.

In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)

For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.

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