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MAY 25
The “Pinta” and the “Nina,” replicas of Columbus’ ships, will be open for tours at Rocketts Landing, 251 Rocketts Way, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 25-27. The ships tour together as a new and enhanced “sailing museum” for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the “caravel,” a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and other early explorers. Admission for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for students ages 5-16 and free for children under 4. The ships will leave Rocketts Landing June 3. For details, visit http://www.thenina.com .
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The Professional Singles Association’s 50+ Meet n’ Greet Social Hour will start at 5:30 p.m. at Eurasia Café and Wine Bar, 1308 Gaskins Rd. Make new friends and enjoy happy hour specials on drinks and select appetizers from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For details, visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com .
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All ages are invited to Family Game Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd. Enjoy backgammon, checkers, chess, cards, dominoes and other games. Outdoor games weather permitting. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Butterflies LIVE exhibit is back May 25 to October 14 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Visitors will be able to walk among hundreds of butterflies in the North Wing of the Conservatory. The exhibit will also feature special plantings to provide food for the butterflies, allowing visitors to get an up-close view of the showy tropical species. The exhibit is included with garden admission. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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Henley Street Theatre will present the Richmond premiere of “Yellowman” at 8 p.m. May 25-26 at the SPARC Center for the Performing Arts, 2106-A N. Hamilton St. The play is a coming-of-age drama, a family tragedy, a social critique and a moving love story that deals with racism, sexism, class prejudices and stereotypes. Talk-back sessions will follow each performance. Performances continue through June 16. Tickets are $17 to $27. For details, visit http://www.henleystreettheatre.org .
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The Fourth Friday art show and reception featuring the art program at Henrico High School will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Art Works, 320 Hull St. Teacher Mary Scurlock guides her students through the many facets of art and the culmination of this work is the senior show at Art Works. The exhibit, located in the Jane Sandelin Gallery, continues through June 5. The event is free and open to the public. For details, call 291-1400 or visit http://www.artworksrichmond.com.

MAY 26
The 10th annual Autism Society of Central Virginia 5K Run/Walk will start at 8 a.m. at the Innsbrook Pavilion. There will also be refreshments, music, exhibitors and a Kids Fun Zone. All proceeds stay within the greater Richmond area; the 5K run/walk is the chapter’s primary fundraising event raising nearly $73,000 in 2011. Registration is $10 for children under age 10 and $25 for ages 11 and older. Registration is due by May 23. For details, visit http://www.ascv5k.com .
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Guitarist and songwriter Tom Martin will perform at 8 p.m. at Congregation Or Ami, 9400 W. Huguenot Rd. Martin’s music is described as “Celtic Fusion.” He will talk about various traditional styles that have inspired his own work and will perform traditional songs, as well as his own compositions. This is Richmond Folk Music’s final concert of the season. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. For details, call 647-7856 or visit http://www.richmondfolkmusic.com .
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The RVA Local Patronage Mob will be visiting Box Brown Imports, 518 N. 2nd St., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The mob visits local businesses on a scheduled day to give the business an extraordinary day of patronage. That business then gets to choose the next stop. Box Brown Imports was chosen by the owner of Umami Coffee & Tea, located in Henrico. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/RVALocalPatronageMob .
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A Memorial Day weekend big band concert will take place on the front lawn of Christ Ascension Episcopal Church, 1704 W. Laburnum Ave., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Joe Enroughty And His Royal Virginians will perform big band favorites. An area in front of the bandstand will be set up for dancing; bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. The concert will benefit the Christ Ascension food pantry and guests are asked to donate non-perishable food items. Admission is free. For details, call 264-9474 or visit http://www.cachurch.net
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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