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JULY 20
Join the County of Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks for an evening of Water Safety Fun from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Osborne Park, 9530 Osborne Tnpk. Watch live demonstrations by Henrico County Division of Fire’s Search, Rescue and Dive Team, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Children can enjoy a water fun area, games and educational exhibits. Concessions will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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All ages are invited to Family Game Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd. Enjoy backgammon, checkers, chess, cards, dominos and other games. Outdoor games weather-permitting. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Avett Brothers will perform at Innsbrook After Hours in the Snagajob Pavilion in Innsbrook. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate. For details, visit http://www.innsbrookafterhours.com .
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Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd., will hold its July Open House and Artist Reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitors will learn from the artists what inspires them to create their works of art as they stroll through the 20,000-square-foot facility. Featured artists include Irene J. Perry and artists participating in the Adele Castillo and Friends Show as well as local artists in the show “Celebrate India,” the Yearly Members Show and July’s All Media Show. Quiet Step Ensemble will provide live music. Children will enjoy magic by the Richmond Magic Club and face painting by Katherine Thompson. The exhibit runs through Sept. 10. Admission is free. For details, call 278-8950 or visit http://www.crossroadsartcenter.com .
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Alpha Theatre and Arts Company, a nonprofit faith-based youth theatre group, will perform “Fiddler on the Roof” at 7 p.m. July 20 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 21 at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 8209 Shady Grove Rd. in Mechanicsville. Youth prepare for musical productions in the summer through two weeks of drama camp. Tickets are $7 to $8 in advance; family cap is $30. Tickets at the door are $10; family cap is $35. To purchase tickets, call 266-5315 or email Mary Ann Ellis at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For details, visit http://www.alphatheatre.org .
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The Professional Singles Association will host a 50+ Singles Meet n’ Greet at 5 p.m. at Skilligalee Restaurant, 5416 Glenside Dr. The group will meet in the downstairs bar area. Guests interested in staying for dinner can access a coupon for ten percent off at http://www.skilligalee.com For .details, call Sue at 536-1695 or visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com .

JULY 21
Culture4MyKids, Inc. will sponsor a Body, Mind, Fitness Expo from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Project Yoga, 6517 Dickens Pl. Experts will conduct workshops in the areas of natural health and hair care, Soulsa and African aerobics, healthy eating and stress relief. Proceeds to benefit Taaluma Youth Dance and Drum company. Admission is $15 to $60. For details, call Traci Johnson at 517-5376 or visit http://bit.ly/MK1wAw .
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The Charlie Daniels Band will perform at Innsbrook After Hours in the Snagajob Pavilion in Innsbrook. Gates open at 6 p.m. General admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. For details, visit http://www.innsbrookafterhours.com .
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Richmond-based band Offering, Short Pump Town Center and 98.9 Liberty will host Christmas in July from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the mall. The day-long event features Christmas concerts from local bands, as well as Christmas in July sales, food and drink samples from Town Center merchants, children’s activities and more. Donations will be accepted for the Central Virginia Food Bank. For details, visit http://www.shortpumpmall.com .

JULY 22
The Drive to Feed the Hungry Open Car Show will be held from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Kroger, 9351 Atlee Rd. The event features door prizes, trophies, peer judging, music and more. The show is open to all makes and models; registration is $10 to $15. Rain date is July 29. Admission is free for spectators and donations will be accepted for the food bank. For details, call 569-8240 or visit http://tinyurl.com/7lgfpdx
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

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

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.

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