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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

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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