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JULY 27
The Henrico Theatre Company will present the musical comedy “The Cocoanuts” at 8 p.m. July 27-28 and at 2:30 p.m. July 28-29 at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Brush up on your slap-stick because the Marx Brothers are back and infiltrating the Florida real estate boom circa 1920. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Reservations are required. For details, call Amy Perdue at 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.
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Henrico native Brad Sharp will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Sharp grew up in Highland Springs and has experience on Broadway, TV and film and events such as the Emmys and the Oscars. He will perform many of his original compositions as well as some of the most requested covers. Tickets are $20 in advance for adults and $10 in advance for children ten and under. All tickets at the door are $25. For details, visit https://www.ticketriver.com/event/3862 .
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St. Mary’s for Kids’ Movies on the Avenues continues with “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” at 8:30 p.m. The free outdoor movie will be shown at the Westhampton School’s playing fields, 5800 Patterson Ave. at Maple Avenue. Pre-movie fun with RVA Hoop House, food, beverages and kids’ activities begins at 7:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. For details, call 359-WELL.

JULY 28
The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host Feria de la Oportunidad from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Targeted to Richmond’s Latino communities but open to all, “Feria” offers employment opportunities, including the Henrico Police, networking and community resources, such as health information, nonprofit resources and state resources like the DMV. There will also be prize raffles, music, food and workshops and seminars throughout the day on various topics in Spanish such as health, business, education, family services and emergency awareness. Admission and parking are free. For details, call 378-4099 or visit http://www.feriajobfair.com.
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DEON Intervention, Inc., a nonprofit organization designed to empower communities and young adults ages 10-22 in the areas of Drugs, Education, Obesity and Nutrition, will hold its first “Move with DEON” 3K at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd., from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be giveaways, vendors, food, children’s activities and more. Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for ages 13-17, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for children under five. For details, visit http://www.deonintervention.org .
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In honor of National Dance Day, Saxon Shoes will hold a free dance class at 10 a.m. In addition to promoting dance education and physical fitness, Saxon's Dance Day event is designed to spread the word about one of Saxon's on-going community partners, the Central Virginia Chapter of the National MS Society. The event will serve as the kick off to the nomination period for their "Women on the Move" program. The class will be led by Saxon’s General Manager Kemel Patton, who has lived with MS since 1995. For details, call 285-3473 or visit http://www.facebook.com/saxonshoes .
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The Taters will perform an all-ages show at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The Taters, who have been compared to the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and the Beatles, play a mix of roots-rock, power-pop, country and Americana. Admission is free but registration is required. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Spend a day on the farm at Children’s Museum of Richmond-Central, 2626 W. Broad St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make fun farm-themed projects and visit with a real live cow and baby calf, courtesy of SUDIA. The event is free with museum admission. For details, visit http://www.c-mor.org .
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The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will host a free workshop on common food allergies from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the extension office of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Dr. The session will provide an overview of the eight major food allergens and explain how to read food labels and identify hidden allergens. Participants also will learn how to treat an allergic reaction with an EpiPen auto-injector and receive tips on managing food allergies at home, in schools and in child care centers. The workshop is free and open to the public. To register, call 786-4150 or visit http://www.co.henrico.va.us/extension .

JULY 29
The K95 Countryfest 2012, featuring country star Darius Rucker, will perform at 2 p.m. at the Snagajob Pavilion in Innsbrook, 4901 Lakebrook Rd. Colt Ford and Corey Smith also headline. For the second year, K95 will invite members of the US Army to CountryFest; new soldiers will be sworn in on stage. General admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the gate; children ten and under are free. For details, visit http://www.k95country.com/countryfest/
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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