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Virginia Indian Dance Festival comes to Innsbrook

The Virginia Indian Dance Festival, presented by the Virginia Indian Nations, will take place today and tomorrow in Innsbrook at the Snagajob.com Pavilion, 4901 Lakebrook Drive.

The event will feature members of the six Indian nations of the Virginia Indian Tribal Alliance for Life (VITAL) performing traditional Virginia Woodlands’ Indian dances. Visitors will have an opportunity to experience the culture of the Virginia Indians through two 45-minute dance presentations each day showcasing the culture of the Virginia Indians.  

During the performances, the origin and cultural significance of each dance (as well as the origin of the various regalia) will be explained.  Similar presentations have been made by the Virginia Indians in Gravesend, Kent, England and at the 400th Anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown.
Grounds open at 5 p.m. both days. Today's performances will be held at 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., and Saturday's performances will occur at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.  The festival will feature Native American dancers, drummers and singers.  Native American crafters from throughout the region will have jewelry, pottery, beadwork, leather crafts and other authentic arts and crafts for sale.  Hot dogs, barbeque and other food items will be available as well.

The festival is open to the public; admission is $10 for adults and children 13 and older; children 12 and younger will be admitted free. Free parking is available in parking lots located around the pavilion.  Visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. No pets or alcohol will be permitted on the grounds.

Proceeds will support VITAL, an organization working for federal recognition for the Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Monacan, Nansemond, Rappahannock and Upper Mattaponi Indian Nations. 

For details, call 370-5249 or 363-0157 or visit http://www.vitalva.org


Community

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.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” 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.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend has something for everyone in your family – whether it’s improv comedy with ComedySportz or West End Comedy, or an inspirational concert from the Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company! Families will also enjoy music, games and crafts at Hidden Creek Park or reading to a therapy dog at Glen Allen Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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