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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

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

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