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AUGUST 24
The Chesterfield County Fair opens today and continues through Sept. 1 at 10300 Courthouse Rd. There will be midway rides, a carousel, vendors and exhibitors, the Miss Chesterfield pageant, contests, festival fare and more. Hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Daily gate admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under five. Wristbands for unlimited midway rides are $25. For details, call 768-0148 or visit http://www.chesterfieldcountyfair.org .
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West End Comedy will present an all-ages show at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and a mature show at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Dr. Shows feature an improv format similar to Whose Line is it Anyway and audience suggestions. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children, students and military. For details, call 496-1714 or visit http://www.wecomedy.com .

AUGUST 25
The ninth annual Movin and Groovin event for pancreatic cancer research will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd. The event features a 5K run, two-mile walk and kids’ fun run. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Luke Gibson, along with live music by Haze and the Transients, juggling by Jonathan Austin, PT Moonwalks and balloon fun with Miss Sheri the Clown. Funds raised benefit the Massey Cancer Center and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. For details, visit http://www.movinandgroovin5k.org .
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All ages are invited to the Summer Splash Down at 2 p.m. at North Park Library, 8508 Franconia Rd. There will be indoor and outdoor water games, including races, as well as a water gun challenge, cool treats and more. Wear clothing and shoes appropriate for water play and a towel. For details, call 290-9700 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
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All ages are invited to explore the different ways Civil War armies communicated during the 1860s at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be children’s activities, games, re-enactors and tours. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Kings of Swing, a versatile dance and show band, will perform at 6 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The group plays beach music, Motown, swing and favorite hits of the 70s through the 90s. Admission is free but reservations are required. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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St. John’s Catholic Church, 813 W. Nine Mile Rd., will host Summer Fest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be BBQ, ribs and turkey legs, as well as hamburgers, hotdogs, tacos and pizza. Activities include a bounce house for the kids, games, face painting, crafts for sale, a silent auction, live entertainment and raffles. Crafters and non-food vendors are invited; spaces are $25. For details, call Diana Young at 647-5665 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Virginia Home for Boys and Girls and Endorphin Fitness will host the VHBG Youth Triathlon from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 8716 W. Broad St. Boys and girls, ages 5-14, can run, bike and swim as individual racers or join a relay team. Beginners are welcome. There is also an optional five-day camp to prepare youth for a triathlon where they will receive expert coaching and experience fitness in an engaging, fun group setting. The event benefits VHBG. Registration is $45 to $55; there is an additional fee for the camp. For details, call Amanda at 270-6566 or visit http://www.vhbg.org .
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Synergy Yoga Studio will host a free teacher training information session from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Karen Pace, director of Synergy Yoga, will provide information on the Himalayan Institute’s 200-hour Teaching Training Program, which provides solid foundations for Hatha yoga theories and practice. The studio is located at 11000 Three Chopt Rd. near Innsbrook. For details, call 747-YOGA or visit http://www.synergyyogastudio.com .

AUGUST 26
The Hanover Concert Band will perform on the lawn at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd., at 6 p.m. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 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

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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