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Enjoy an evening of bluegrass music with Johnson County Sheriffs Band and the Cary Street Ramblers at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage Performance Series, which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
Freedom House will host a fundraising event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Allianz Global Assistance, 2805 N. Parham Rd. The Empty Bowls Benefit is a grassroots effort by artists and craftspeople across the country to support feeding programs for the hungry in their communities. For $20, attendees will select a donated bowl and enjoy an ice cream bar along with hotdogs, chips and drinks. For details, call Christy Ellis at 233-4064 x209 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
The film “Are We There Yet?” will play at 7 p.m. June 1 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 2 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491.
The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present “Tobias, the King of the Dolphins” at 7 p.m. June 1 and at 2 p.m. June 2-3 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. This Colombian legend is of an old fisherman whose wish of becoming a young boy again, comes true. After his long journey through life, he is able to live beneath the ocean as Capitan of the dolphins forever. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. For details, call 379-2555 or visit http://www.latinballet.com .

The 17th annual Varina Community Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd. There will be live performances throughout the day, as well as children’s activities, a petting zoo, face painting, a moonwalk and more. Admission is free. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, 5801 Bremo Rd., will host Cancer Survivor’s Day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This free event honors anyone who has ever been touched by a cancer diagnosis. There will be music by The Lawrence Olds Quartet, massages and more. For details, call 285-2011.
Flavor Beer, Wine & Food Festival will be held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the SnagAJob Pavilion in Innsbrook, 4901 Lakebrook Dr. A $25 sampling package comes with 30 sampling tickets and a commemorative mug. A walk-around ticket for $10 includes admission to Flavor and a commemorative mug. A VIP package is also available. For details, visit http://www.flavorrichmond.com .

The Mountain Road Art and Exhibit Show will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at various historical sites along Mountain Road in Glen Allen. Walkerton Tavern will host the opening reception for the Art of Recovery exhibit. Other unique exhibits will be displayed at the Virginia Randolph Museum, The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and Meadow Farm Museum. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Join Dabbs House historians as they recount the aftermath of the Battle of Seven Pines from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Seven Pines National Cemetery, 400 E. Williamsburg Rd. Hear about the families, homes and land that made up the battle ground in which the town of Sandston now sits. A ceremony to honor those who lost their lives during the battle will follow. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409.
James River Ringers will perform their spring concert at 4 p.m. at the Church of the Epiphany Episcopal, 8000 Hermitage Rd. Enjoy classics like Toccata and Nocturne in C Minor, as well as pop chart toppers like Lady Gaga's "Just Dance.” Special guest is guitarist David Atkins. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door; children ages eight and under are free. For details, call 357-9810 or visit http://www.jamesriverringers.org
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HandsOn Day set for Oct. 17

HandsOn Day 2015, which will feature 1200 volunteers serving more than 65 nonprofits in Greater Richmond, will take place Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the projects in Henrico or surrounding communities that need volunteers are: installing GardenFest lights Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, distribution center assistance at Feedmore, pumpkin carving with residents at SupportOne, work and play at Housing Families First, paint for independence at Heart Havens, spruce up the shelter and clean sweep at Harbor House at Safe Harbor, pinwheel project at REAP and Kidney Walk prep at National Kidney Foundation Serving VA. > Read more.

Online tool helps identify best native plants for pollinators

Virginians who want to plant beneficial plants for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have a new resource at their fingertips. The online Virginia Native Plant Finder now lets users search for native plant species that benefit pollinators. The tool, which is managed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, is free and easy to use; searches can be completed on desktops, tablets or smartphones.

Native plants are those that grow where they evolved; they have traits that enable them to adapt to local conditions. The Virginia Native Plant Finder lets users create their own custom native plant lists by selecting from dropdown menus. > Read more.

Growlers to Go opens in Short Pump; opening celebration Oct. 15

Growlers to Go has opened its second area location – in Short Pump, next to Trader Joe's.

Unlike the flagship store on the Boulevard in Richmond, this location is equipped with a Tasting Room, offering customers the opportunity to drink pints or tasting wheels as well as order snacks on premises. > Read more.


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