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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

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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