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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

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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