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MARCH 23
Henrico County’s Division of Recreation and Parks will end its Adventure Series with “An Evening with Mountainfilm” from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Each year, Mountainfilm celebrates cultures unique to mountain communities with an international rendezvous of legendary mountaineers, environmentalists, filmmakers, authors, scientists and artists. Admission is free. For details, call Dee Donnelly at 501-5147 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers will host its 2012 Conference and Resource Fair March 23-24 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Featured speakers include: math educator and author Ed Zaccaro; award-winning storyteller, author and champion liar Bill Lepp; and Brave Writer language arts curriculum author Julie Bogart. Along with a comprehensive session lineup, beginning at 8:30 a.m. March 24, participants can also shop the exhibition hall and enjoy panel discussions, storytelling, a puppet show, ice cream social, a cryogenics show and more. All prospective, new and long-term homeschoolers are welcome. For details, call 866-513-6173 or visit http://www.vahomeschoolers.org/conference/2012 .
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Richmond and Tri-Cities will present its annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2012 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 23 and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 24 at AMF Sunset Lanes, 6540 W. Broad St. The public is invited to form teams of five and raise a minimum of $500 to support BBBS. For details, visit http://www.bigbrobigsis.com/bfks2012 .
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Arena Racing USA will present the FeedMore 200 at 6:30 p.m. at the Richmond Coliseum, 601 E. Leigh St. The FeedMore 200 is a family-friendly night designed to “Pack the Track and Stack the Shelves.” Race attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods to help feed hungry neighbors through the Central Virginia Food Bank, the Community Kitchen and Meals on Wheels. Those who donate will receive a voucher for one free ticket to a future race. Admission is $12 to $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for children 12 and under. For details, visit http://www.feedmore.org or http://www.arenaracingusa.com.

MARCH 24
The 9th annual Kids Walk for Kids, supporting coordinators2inc, will be held rain or shine at 8:30 a.m. at Benedictine College Preparatory, 304 N. Sheppard St. Funds will support the services of coordinators2inc and their program that recruits and prepares parents to adopt children waiting in the Virginia foster care system, as well as supporting children by preparing them for the move from temporary home to a permanent, forever family. Registration is $25 for adults; children are free. Games and prizes will follow the walk. For details, visit http://www.c2adopt.org .
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The Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion Team XXL and the School of Richmond Ballet Ensemble will perform at 2 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Team XXL combines pedestrian movement and rhythmic patterning. The SRB Ensemble is an elite group of upper level students. Admission is free. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The 10th annual Dog Jog and 5K Run, benefiting the Richmond SPCA, will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Robins-Starr Humane Center, 2519 Hermitage Rd. A vendor fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an awards ceremony will take place at noon. There will also be a Pets and Kids Fun Zone, food, music, a Pet Wellness Tent and a raffle. Registration fees are $35 to $65. For details, call 521-1318 or visit http://www.richmondspca.org/race .
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Licensed Veterinary Technician Oriana Scislowicz will present a workshop on good dog and cat nutrition at 2 p.m. at Sandston Library, 23 E. Williamsburg Rd. Learn about ingredients, allergies, animal obesity, prescription diets, picky eaters and more. For details, call 290-9900 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
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The 3rd annual 5K Run to Rebuild Richmond will take place at 9 a.m. at River Road United Methodist Church, 8800 River Rd. Proceeds benefit Rebuilding Together Richmond, a nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable housing and revitalize communities by providing free rehabilitation and critical repairs to the homes of low-income Richmonders. Registration is $25. For details, call Michelle McLees at 519-1909 or visit http://www.riverroadumc.org/2012runtorebuildrichmond5k .
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Elko Middle School, 5901 Elko Rd., will host a community bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “The Funky Outdoor Market” will consist of local art and fun for the whole family. For details, call 328-4110.
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

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