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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

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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