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AUGUST 17
Brides Against Breast Cancer, a nationwide tour of gowns to benefit those impacted by cancer, will hold a charity designer wedding gown sale Aug. 17-18 at Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 S. 12th St. There will be more than 1,000 gowns for sale with savings between 25-85 percent. General admission hours are 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 17 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 18. Admission is free but tickets are required. For details, visit http://www.bridesabc.org .

AUGUST 18
The third annual GWAR-B-Q will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Hadad’s Lake, 7900 Osborne Tnpk. in Varina. Featured bands include GWAR, Strike Anywhere, Lionize, Lost Tribe, Antietam 1862, Black Naked Wings and more. Funds raised will benefit Ring Dog Rescue. Admission is $25 to $75 for all-day entry. For a complete band roster and list of vendors, visit http://www.gwarbq.com .
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Women Empowering Women – Diamonds in the Rough will host the Pamper Me Pretty Expo from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport in Sandston. Mothers, daughters and friends are invited to spend the day together networking, shopping and pampering. Vendors include Mary Kay, Avon, Lia Sophia, Thirty-One Gifts and more. The expo is an annual fundraiser for WEW. Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund, empowerment sessions and workshops and services within the community. Admission is $5. For details, visit http://www.pampermeprettyexpo.yolasite.com.
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Enjoy the sounds of Johnny Lee Long’s Jazz Group and fun family activities to celebrate the end of summer reading at 2 p.m. at Glen Allen Library, 10501 Staples Mill Rd. For details, call 290-9500 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org.
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It will be a Pirate’s Paradise from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy. All ages are invited to walk the plank, venture on a hunt to search for pirate treasure, get airbrush tattoos or face paintings, make pirate crafts and meet Blackbeard himself. There will also be costume contests and games and live music from The Press Gang. Admission is free. For details, call 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Join members of the 12th VA Infantry for a day of sampling various aspects of both military and civilian life during the Civil War from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd. Events include drill demonstrations, a picnic lunch auction, mourning practices, camp cooking, women’s clothing display, dance demonstrations and live music by The String-Tyme Minstrels. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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All ages are invited to the family game night “Wii Love Games” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Armour House & Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Rd. Play some classic games as well as today’s popular Nintendo Wii. Admission is free. For details, call 343-3506 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The 21st Hanover Firefighters Crab Feast will be held at the Cold Harbor Ruritan Park, 8131 Walnut Grove Rd. in Mechanicsville. Gates open at 1 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $30 and include all-you-can-eat crabs and beverages. Children five and under are free with a paying adult. Band line-up is Rosie Soul & The Rock-N-Roll Cowboys and Baldy McGregor. For details, visit http://www.hanoverfirefighterscrabfeast.com .
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Bandit’s Adoption and Rescue of K-9s (BARK) will host a Jog-A-Dog event at 10:30 a.m. at American Family Fitness West End, located behind Short Pump Town Center. Volunteers are needed to help socialize the animals and give them some exercise and affection prior to their adoption event at PetSmart. Participation is free. For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/barkva .

AUGUST 19
Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd., will host The Fruits of Their Labor from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The watermelons and early apples are ripe. Explore the fascinating history of apples and John Sheppard’s apple orchard, as well as heritage varieties of melons and tobacco. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.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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