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Fall festivals abound

(A sampling of fall festivals throughout Henrico County this month appears below; admission is free unless otherwise noted.)

Oct. 15 – Henrico County’s annual Harvest Festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Meadow Farm, 3400 Mountain Rd., featuring hands-on activities and demonstrations, pony rides, a petting zoo, tethered hot air balloon rides, the Great Pumpkin Patch of Meadow (ages 3-12) and more. For details, call 501-5121.

Oct. 21 – Chickahominy YMCA, 5401 Whiteside Rd., will hold its fall festival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the pavilion and pool area. There will be an open swim period, as well as a harvest hayride, pumpkin painting, apple cider and roasted marshmallows, a costume contest and more. For details, call 737-9622.

Oct. 23 – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., will host Goblins and Gourds from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Children’s Garden, featuring live music, pumpkin decorating, costumes and more. Admission is free for garden members and $7 to $11 for nonmembers. For details, call 262-9887.

Oct. 28 – Henrico County will host “Monster Mash” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dorey Park, 4999 Darbytown Rd., featuring arts and crafts, contests and games and monster music, as well as a spooky trail for
guests to travel, sponsored by the Varina H.S. Key Club. For details, call 501-5134.

Oct. 29 – Gayton Crossing Shopping Center will host its 14th annual Pumpkin Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring a petting zoo, balloon animals, juggler Jonathan Austin, the Gayton Trolley, entertainment by Southside Funk and personnel vehicles from local emergency responders, as well as a costume contest for children 12 and younger at 1 p.m. For details, visit http://www.gaytoncrossing.com.

Oct. 29 – The Great Pumpkin Palooza at The Shoppes at Innsbrook & Wilton Square will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring a petting zoo, costume contests, trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, crafters and vendors, Thriller and Monster Mash Dance instruction by Rigby’s Jig and more. For details, visit http://www.innsbrook.com.

Oct. 29 – Gayton Road Christian Church, 12050 Ridgefield Pkwy., will hold its annual FallFest from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring a yard sale, crafters, Brunswick Stew, a bake sale, kids’ games and a bouncy castle, face painting and more. For details, call 360-4464.

Oct. 29 – The Short Pump and Central locations of the Children’s Museum of Richmond will host a Spooky Party from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring Halloween-themed activities, games and art projects. The event is free with museum admission. For details, call 474-7000.

Oct. 30 - Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 11220 Nuckols Rd., will hold its Harvest Festival from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be food, games, a cake walk, vendors, trunk or treat and more. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items and basic home necessities to donate to the Food Pantry. For details, call 270-6600 x118 or visit http://www.mvbcnow.org/harvestfestival .

Oct. 31 – East End Assembly of God, 3294 Britton Rd., will hold its Harvest Festival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring inflatables, candy, hot dogs, a dunk tank, cake walk, hay rides and more. For details, call 795-9266.

Oct. 31 – Calvary United Methodist Church, 1637 Williamsburg Rd., will hold its Trunk or Treat event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For details, call 222-2891.
Community

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.

Dragon boats invade the James

Hundreds of spectators filled the banks of the James River to watch two dozen teams of competitors in the Walgreen’s Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival at Rocketts Landing Aug. 2. The event included a number of races, as well as several cultural performances. The sport is billed as the fastest growing water sport in the world.(Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen) > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Planes’ sequel crashes

‘Fire and Rescue’ proves too predictable, boring

Planes: Fire and Rescue opens with a dedication to the hero firefighters of the world. It’s an admirable notion, and it makes sense, given that this is a film about planes that fight fires.

But here it might be a little out of place, as Planes: Fire and Rescue has a few things on its mind besides supporting the men and women who routinely throw themselves into burning buildings.

Like money. Lots and lots of money – into the 11-figures-and-counting range. In case you weren’t aware, 2006’s Cars was the biggest moneymaker Disney had in decades – not because of how much green the film printed at the box office, but because a combination of toys, games and snack foods stamped with the Cars seal of approval routinely pulls in tens of billions of dollars per year. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend in Henrico, you can learn about fall herbs or mad science. Enjoy some laughs from West End Comedy or Three-Penny Theatre’s production of “The Rivah Home Companion.” For music lovers, Jennifer Nettles is in concert tonight and the fifth annual GWAR-B-Q takes place tomorrow at Hadad’s Lake. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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