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AUGUST 10
The Friday Night Fun Club for ages 50+ will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hidden Creek Recreation Center, 2417 Brockway Ln. Socialize with friends while playing card and board games. Participants are encouraged to bring a favorite game and snack. Admission is free. For details, call Aaron Reidmiller at 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Celebrate the richness of the Philippines at the 7th annual Filipino Festival from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 10 and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 11. Enjoy authentic cuisine, live bands, a special performance by the Latin Ballet of Virginia and Filipino line dancing. There will also be exhibits, health screenings, kiddie games, crafts, jewelry, clothing and more. The festival is sponsored by and held on the grounds of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at 8200 Woodman Rd. Proceeds benefit local food pantries, scholarships, the Lakeside Free Clinic and others. Admission is free but donations are accepted. For details, call 262-7315 or visit http://www.filipinofestival.org .
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Christian Youth Theatre will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 10, 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 11 and at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Lora M. Robins Theatre at The Steward School, 11600 Gayton Rd. Tickets are $15. For details, visit http://www.cytrichmond.org .

AUGUST 11
The first annual Wine & Whiskers dog-friendly event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Shops at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. (Note: This is a change. The event on Aug. 10 was postponed due to weather) The event includes wine tastings from local vineyards including Lake Anna Winery, Cooper Vineyards, First Colony Winery and Mattaponi Winery. There will also be live music from 80s cover band, Party McFly. The event is free and open to the public, including dogs. Wine tasting is $5. Proceeds benefit FETCH a Cure. For details, visit http://www.willowlawn.com .
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The Jammin’ on the James Concert Series continues from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wilton House Museum, 215 S. Wilton Rd. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy family-friendly music from The Slack Family Bluegrass Band. There will also be tours of Wilton and face painting, games and crafts for the kids. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Rain or shine. For details, call 282-5936 x4 or visit http://www.wiltonhousemuseum.org .
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Henricus Historical Park will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the adoption of the Virginia Colony’s first legal system from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Laws Divine, Moral and Martial were enforced by Sir Thomas Dale beginning in 1612. Living historians will explore the elements of these laws and visitors will be able to participate in court proceedings and examine colonial and Virginia Indian codes of conduct and punishments. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12. For details, visit http://www.henricus.org .
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The Kiwanis Family Fun Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Villa, 8000 Brook Rd. There will be health screenings, child ID kits and children’s activities. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, call 553-3200 or visit http://www.neverstopbelieving.org .
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Long sleeves, long pants and long dresses – how did our ancestors cope with the heat? All ages are invited to learn about the fabrics, fashions and methods of keeping cool on the farm at Meadow Farm Musuem, 3400 Mountain Rd., from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The 23rd annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Duck Race will start at 2 p.m. at Rocketts Landing in Varina. As many as 20,000 ducks will splash into the James River and the owner of the lucky duck that crosses the finish line first will win a new Nissan Versa donated by Priority Nissan. Ducks can now be purchased online at http://bigbrobigsis.kintera.org/2012duckrace For .details, call 261-4940 or visit http://www.bigbrobigsis.com.

AUGUST 12
Dominion, a southern gospel quartet, will formerly release its newest CD “Journey” at the 16th annual “Good Ol’ Fashioned Gospel Sing” at 6 p.m. at Derbyshire Baptist Church, 8800 Derbyshire Rd. The evening will conclude with an old-fashioned watermelon cutting on the front lawn. Admission is free and preschool childcare is provided. For details, call 740-7238 x23. For more information on Dominion, visit http://www.dominiongospel.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

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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