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SEPTEMBER 7
Enjoy an evening of old-time bluegrass and folk music with The Ridge Runners at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage series, now in its fourth year, which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Tickets are $12. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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The film “The Hunt for Red October” will play at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .

SEPTEMBER 8
The 2012 Kirk Festival at Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church, 11421 Gayton Rd., will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Virginia Scots Guard Pipes and Drum Corp. and Jonathan Austin, magician and juggler, will perform. There will also be Celtic music, dancers, Scottish games, vendors, food, an iPad raffle and more. An animal blessing and parade will be held at 3 p.m. Rain date is Sept. 15. Admission is free. For details, call 741-5254 or visit http://www.thegaytonkirk.org .
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The McShin Foundation’s annual Recovery Fest and state championship BBQ Cook Off will be held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church, 2300 Dumbarton Rd. There will be live music and family activities. Laurie Dhue, former news anchor for Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, will be the guest speaker. Substance use disorders recovery support providers will be in attendance. The BBQ cook off is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. For details, call Honesty Liller at 249-1845 or visit http://www.bbq.mcshin.org .
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The 12th season of the Shady Grove Coffeehouse concert series will kick off with Richmond-based string band The Hot Seats at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. in Glen Allen. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; teens 13-18 are admitted half-price and children under 12 are free. Net proceeds benefit UUCC. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
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The Capitol Steps will perform their unique blend of music and political comedy at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The performance is CACGA’s opener for the Center Season. Capitol Steps, who have performed for five U.S. presidents and traveled to all 50 states, is celebrating its 30th year of existence. Tickets are $42. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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The RVA Local Patronage Mob will be at the Libbie Market, 10470 Ridgefield Pkwy., from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Formerly Joe’s Market, the grocery store is now owned by David Taylor and Buster Wright with a full grocery offering, including beer and wine, a catering service with delivery, bulk coffee, candies and more. The RVA Patronage Mob is a group of citizens dedicated to giving local businesses an extraordinary day of patronage. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/RVALocalPatronageMob .
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Bikes, BBQ and Bluegrass, a family-friendly community event to benefit Richmond 2015, will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the West Creek Business Park, 12575 West Creek Pkwy. The event will feature local barbecue, live music by East of Afton and local brews from Starr Hill Brewery. Road and off-road bike rides, for all ages and abilities, will take place prior to the start of the BBQ at 4 p.m. All-inclusive tickets (food, drinks, beer and entertainment) are $50 for adults, $15 for ages 13-20 and free for kids under age 12. For details, visit http://www.richmond2015.com .
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Biltmore Baptist Church, 1300 New York Ave. in Glen Allen, will host a Lawn Chair Concert at 5 p.m. The gospel music group 4theLord will perform from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ice cream and all the fixings will be provided. All are welcome. For details, call 266-6480 or visit http://www.biltmorechurch.org .

SEPTEMBER 9
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present the Del McCoury Band with special guests Chatham County Line at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall. The Del McCoury Band has won 31 International Bluegrass Music Association awards and a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. Tickets are $38. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu
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

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.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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