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AUGUST 3
Thursdaenite Players, a local faith-based theater guild, will perform Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3-4 at Christ Presbyterian Church, 2508 Dickens Rd. “Eurydice” is a re-telling of the Greek myth of Orpheus’ descent into Hades to rescue his bride. Admission is free but donations are accepted. Pre-show music will begin at 7 p.m. For details, call 264-3396 or visit http://tinyurl.com/crco9zb .
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The Tuckahoe Square Dance Club will host its second annual open house from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the West End Community Center, 8102 Ridge Rd. Meet new people and learn simple square dance steps. All ages welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For details, call Jim or Joy Dilworth at 795-5485 or visit http://www.tuckahoesquaredanceclub.com .
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The film “How to Train Your Dragon” will play at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 3 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Henrico Teen Theatre Company will present “Stories Under the Big Top” at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily Aug. 3-4 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The ringmaster and players will perform a variety of well-known tales such as The Lion and the Mouse, Monkey See Monkey Do and The Magic Fish. Admission is free but reservations are required. For details, call Amy Perdue at 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .

AUGUST 4
The Simon Kidgits Club at Virginia Center Commons Mall will host a Back to School party from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Say farewell to summer and hello to a great school year by shopping tax free all weekend long. There will also be games, giveaways, discounts, a fashion show and more. Children will also get a first look at ROXX, the newest collectible head-to-head, competitive game by Imperial Toy.The first 100 Kidgit members will receive a Back to School pack. Admission is free. Annual membership to the Kidgit Club is $5. For details, call 266-9002 or visit http://www.facebook.com/virginiacentercommons .
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A special event to celebrate memories of the “old” John Marshall High School, formerly located in Richmond at Eight and Marshall Streets, will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. All who lived the experience of JM from 1909-1960 are invited to participate in the gathering which is sponsored by The Friends of Old Jayem. Listen to the JM Cadet Alumni Band and dance to the 50s music of Don Wade and Freddie C’s Happy Days Band. Cost is $30. For details, call Bill Chambers at 908-1216 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Grab a blanket and enjoy the movie “Little Rascals” under the stars at 8:30 p.m. at Armour House & Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Rd. Concessions will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Native Richmond musician Thornton Cline will host a free workshop, concert and book signing of his newly released book “Practice Personalities” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble – Libbie Place, 5501 W. Broad St. The award winning songwriter and author will present a workshop to area music teachers, musicians and area music enthusiasts on effective and efficient ways to practice any musical instrument based on their personality. For details, call Susan Oliver at Roaring Brook Productions at 615-944-8082.
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PBS favorite Mr. Steve will bring his award-winning songs and clever stories to the Children’s Museum of Richmond Central, 2626 W. Broad St., with performances at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. A meet-and-greet will be held after each show, which is free with museum admission. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.c-mor.org.
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Jim Smith, an Elvis tribute artist, will perform The Ladies and The King, a tribute show to Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison and Elvis, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. General admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For tickets, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com For .show information, visit http://www.jimksmith.com


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

US Army Field Band to perform in Henrico Aug. 3

The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.

Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.

The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

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