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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

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.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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