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JUNE 22
West End Comedy will host an all-ages show at 7:30 p.m. June 22 and a mature show at 7:30 p.m. June 23 at HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Dr. An improv jam with audience participation will follow the June 23 show from 9:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $5. For details, visit http://www.wecomedy.com .

JUNE 23
The 10th annual Richmond Vegetarian Festival will take place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Bryan Park, 4300 Hermitage Rd. The outdoor event will showcase over 100 vendors and restaurants, as well as live music, speakers and food demonstrations. Donations to Lamb’s Basket are encouraged. Well-behaved, leashed and vaccinated dogs are welcome. All vegetarians, as well as those just interested in getting healthy are invited. Rain date is June 30. Admission is free. For details, call 756-0536 or visit http://www.veggiefest.org .
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The Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center, a nonprofit speech and hearing clinic for children, will hold its annual spaghetti dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Temple, 4204 Hermitage Rd. Meal includes spaghetti, fresh salad, bakery bread, homemade desert and choice of beverage. Live music will be provided by country/gospel group Baker Family. Tickets are $7. For details, call 266-6699.
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Youth ages 7-12 are invited to explore Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd., from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Guests will look through a floor, move a wall, post the mail, vote in an election and learn a 19th-century game. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Jammin’ on the James Concert Series opens for its fifth year from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wilton House Museum, 215 S. Wilton Rd. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy family-friendly music from Emme St. James and her Jazz Gentlemen. There will also be tours of Wilton and face painting, games and crafts for the kids. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Rain or shine. For details, call 282-5936 x4 or visit http://www.wiltonhousemuseum.org .
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CultureWorks will present Cultsha Xpo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. The annual event highlights the Richmond region’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. There will be free performances including musical, visual art, theatrical, historical, dance and more. Families will have the opportunity to learn more about classes, tickets, subscriptions and education programs. Xpo attendees who are registered Cultural Shareholders will be given Cultsha Bucks, fake money that is used as real money at the Xpo to purchase tickets, enroll as members, sign up for classes and make donations. Museum admission is free. For details, call 340-5280 or visit http://www.richmondcultureworks.org .
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The third annual Jack & Abby 5K and Kids 1 Mile Race will start at 8:15 a.m. at 4222 Cox Rd. in Innsbrook. Proceeds support babies in the Bon Secours Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). Strollers are welcome. Activities include a moon bounce, popcorn, snow cones, carnival games, awards and more. For details, visit http://www.jackandabby.org .
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Oak Hall Baptist Church, 1877 Old Hanover Rd. in Sandston, will host Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 23. All children, preschool through fifth grade, are invited to the event which will include songs, Bible stories, mission projects and more. Lunch will be provided. Family and friends can hear what the kids have learned at the 10:30 a.m. worship service on June 24. For details, call 737-5812.

JUNE 24
The Children’s Museum of Richmond Short Pump, located within West Broad Village, will host the 2nd annual Heart the Arts Festival from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The free street festival features a line-up of live music and dance performances, artist demos, games and hands-on projects, food and more. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.c-mor.org .
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The Richmond Wedding Expo will start at noon at Hilton Richmond/Short Pump, 12042 W. Broad St. The expo will showcase professionals and exhibitors, Tiffany’s Bridal will present fashions and door prizes will be awarded to brides. Admission is $10; cash only. For details, call 789-9110 or visit http://www.richmondweddings.com
Community

Author, child abuse survivor to speak at Henrico event

To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.

Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

Dragon boats invade the James

Hundreds of spectators filled the banks of the James River to watch two dozen teams of competitors in the Walgreen’s Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival at Rocketts Landing Aug. 2. The event included a number of races, as well as several cultural performances. The sport is billed as the fastest growing water sport in the world.(Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen) > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Planes’ sequel crashes

‘Fire and Rescue’ proves too predictable, boring

Planes: Fire and Rescue opens with a dedication to the hero firefighters of the world. It’s an admirable notion, and it makes sense, given that this is a film about planes that fight fires.

But here it might be a little out of place, as Planes: Fire and Rescue has a few things on its mind besides supporting the men and women who routinely throw themselves into burning buildings.

Like money. Lots and lots of money – into the 11-figures-and-counting range. In case you weren’t aware, 2006’s Cars was the biggest moneymaker Disney had in decades – not because of how much green the film printed at the box office, but because a combination of toys, games and snack foods stamped with the Cars seal of approval routinely pulls in tens of billions of dollars per year. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend in Henrico, you can learn about fall herbs or mad science. Enjoy some laughs from West End Comedy or Three-Penny Theatre’s production of “The Rivah Home Companion.” For music lovers, Jennifer Nettles is in concert tonight and the fifth annual GWAR-B-Q takes place tomorrow at Hadad’s Lake. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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