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JUNE 29
Groovin in the Garden 2012 continues with Brandi Carlile with The Lumineers at 6 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Tickets are $25. All ages welcome; children under age 10 are free. All shows are held rain or shine. For details, visit http://www.groovininthegarden.net .
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The Rinard Family will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The concert features beloved hymns, original creations and favorites from “Amazing Grace” and “This is the Day” to “Folsom County Prison” and “Crazy.” Admission is free but reservations are required. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Youth ages 6-12 are invited to Generation Z Games from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. There will be basketball, air hockey, ping-pong, Xbox Kinect, PS3 and more. Admission is free. For details, call 225-2056 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Varina Branch of C&F Bank, 2651 New Market Rd., will host a Customer Appreciation/Fourth of July Celebration from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be free hotdogs, funnel cakes and snow cones, as well as children’s activities and a prize wheel. For details, call 795-7000.
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“Game Show Murders,” a new presentation by the Mystery Dinner Playhouse, opens today and will run through Oct. 13 inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 6531 W. Broad St. Audience members solve this uproarious game show mystery during a four course dinner. Shows are every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $48. For details, call 649-CLUE or visit http://www.mysterydinner.com .

JUNE 30
Doug Church, the ‘True Voice of Elvis,’ will perform at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The ‘Viva Las Vegas’ style concert will feature Joey Pucci and the American Longboards Band and a lineup of Elvis’ greatest work. Tickets are $29. For details, visit http://www.dougchurchusa.com For .tickets, call 856-673-6223.
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Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd., will present “A Journey Through Gospel Music” from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The concert features The Village of Faith Choir, Minister of Music Jason Baxtor and Director of Drama Valerie Davis. Tickets are $10. For details, call 537-5050 or visit http://www.hanovertavern.org .
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Ezibu Muntu African Dance will perform its spring concert at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The performance encompasses African culture, values, traditions and the cultural arts. For details, call 319-6084 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd., will host the Summer Family Fun Carnival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. near the mall entrance to Sears. Beat the heat with a variety of indoor activities including a bounce house, balloon animals and face painting, games and prizes, popcorn, cotton candy and more. The event is free for Kidgits members and $5 for nonmembers. For details, visit http://www.simon.com/kidgits or http://www.facebook.com/virginiacentercommons.
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The third annual Parham Parade and Festival will begin at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church on Lansdown Road. The parade will wind through the community and end at Parham Road Baptist Church. This year’s parade will feature the 392nd Army Band, as well as the Henrico County Concert Band who will perform at 3 p.m. Other featured activities include family games such as soccer, basketball, kickball and volleyball, a waterslide, dunk tank vehicles, a silent auction and a ceremony honoring military and veterans. For details, visit http://www.parhamparade.com


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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