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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

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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