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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

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

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.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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