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MAY 18
The Reithoffer Shows Carnival will be in the parking lot at Virginia Center Commons Mall, 10101 Brook Rd., from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 18 and from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 19-20. There will be funnel cakes and cotton candy, a ferris wheel, the Tilt-a-Whirl and games. Cost is $1.25 per ride coupon; 20 coupons for $21 or 50 coupons for $51. All rides require three or more coupons. For details, call 266-9002 or visit http://www.reithoffershows.com .
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The Richmond Battlefield Ruritan Club will host its 20th annual Great Varina Shrimp & Fish Feast at 5:30 p.m. at the south end of Warwick Park Rd. Rip Tide will provide live entertainment and dinner consists of shrimp, fish, hush puppies, cole slaw, baked beans, hot dogs and beverages. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate; children ages 6-12 are $8 and ages five and under are free. For details, call Jim McDearmon at 795-2893 or Mike Kelly at 357-9906.
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Chamberlayne Actors Theatre, 319 N. Wilkinson Rd., will present the last production in their 48th season “Catfish Moon” at 8 p.m. May 18-19. The light-hearted comedy takes place on the end of an old fishing pier where three boyhood friends used to hang out. Now older, they reunite to share their lives. Performances continue through June 3. Evening shows are at 8 p.m. and matinees are at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $18. For a complete performance schedule, call 262-9760 or visit http://www.cattheatre.com .
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The 28th annual Lebanese Food Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 18-19 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 20 at St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church, 4611 Sadler Rd. in Glen Allen near Innsbrook. There will be many healthy and homemade Mediterranean dishes, as well as live music and dancing. Guests are also invited to enjoy the children’s playground. Admission and parking are free. A menu can be viewed at http://www.stanthonymaronitechurch.org For .details, call 346-1161 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

MAY 19
The 4th annual Imagination Richmond will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Shops at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. The event will feature live music from Silly Bus and The Diggity Dudes, as well as a special live performance from Kamp Kreatures Puppet Theatre and strolling entertainment from Jonathan the Juggler. Other activities include arts and crafts, meet and greets with popular costumed characters, face painting and balloon art. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/willowlawn .
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The 5th annual Wellesley 5K Fun Run will start at 9 a.m. at the Shops at Wellesley. Proceeds benefit the Richmond Hope Foundation and the children with neurological disorders the foundation supports. Registration is $25 per runner; children ages 10 and under are $5 with a paying adult. For details, visit http://www.wellesley5k.com .
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The Virginia Choristers, open to youth ages nine to 17, will perform its year-end choral concert “Spring Sing” at 7 p.m. at Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church, 11421 Gayton Rd. The concert will combine the talents of over 50 singers in the Richmond Montessori Honors Choir, the Virginia Choristers, the Munford Choir and the Academy of Music Homeschool Choir. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, call 837-9355.
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Village Presbyterian Church, 110 N. Laburnum Ave., will host its Spring Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be food, entertainment, games, raffles and more for the whole family. All proceeds will benefit Eastern Henrico FISH, a nonprofit serving eastern Henrico residents in need of clothes, food and financial assistance during short term emergencies. For details, call 222-2874.

MAY 20
The American Youth Harp Ensemble will present its Spring Serenade at 1:30 p.m. at Lakeside United Methodist Church, 2333 Hilliard Rd. The concert will feature four of AYHE’s core ensembles: the Concert Ensemble, which performed in Carnegie Hall in March; the Intermezzo Ensemble, a new addition; the Lyra Ensemble, for beginning harpists; and the Troubadour Ensemble, for elementary age students. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. For details, visit http://www.harpensemble.org .
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Hilliard House’s 5th annual Afternoon Tea will take place at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center, 500 S. Center St. in Ashland. This year’s theme is “Lady Grantham’s Tea” featuring the Hats of Downton Abbey. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. All proceeds benefit Hilliard House in Henrico. For details, visit http://www.hilliardhouse.org
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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