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Weekend Top 10


JUNE 1
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 .
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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).
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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.
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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 .

JUNE 2
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 .
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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.
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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 .

JUNE 3
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 .
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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.
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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
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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