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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

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

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.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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