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SEPTEMBER 14
The Friday Night Fun Club for ages 50+ will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hidden Creek Recreation Center, 2417 Brockway Ln. Socialize with friends while playing card and board games. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite game and a snack. Admission is free. For details, call Aaron Reidmiller at 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present Jessica Lang Dance at 7:30 p.m. in the Alice Jepson Theatre. Lang is a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School and has created more than 75 works for ballet companies such as Joffrey Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and Ailey II. A Q&A session with members of Jessica Lang Dance will follow the performance. Tickets are $36. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .

SEPTEMBER 15
The Junior League of Richmond will hold its 7th annual Touch a Truck from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway. Touch a Truck offers children a hands-on opportunity to explore their favorite trucks and professional vehicles and to meet the people who build, protect and serve the community. Featured vehicles include police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, bulldozers, dump trucks and tractor trailers. There will also be snack bars, bounce houses, games, crafts, vendors and more. Admission is $5. Family four packs are $15. VIP tickets are $10 each or four for $35. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Richmond. For details, call 643-4887 or visit http://www.jlrichmond.org .
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Join St. Mary’s Hospital in celebrating the soon-to-open Bon Secours Pediatric Emergency Department from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 5801 Bremo Rd. There will be free entertainment by the Diggity Dudes, carnival-themed kids’ activities, safety demonstrations and more. Children are invited to bring their favorite stuffed toy to the Teddy Bear Clinic. For details, call 281-8184 or visit http://www.bonsecours.com .
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The Glen Allen Ruritan Club, in association with the County of Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks, will host Glen Allen Day from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park, 2880 Mountain Rd. The festivities will kick-off with a parade beginning at the intersection of John Cussons Road and Mountain Road and continuing to Meadow Farm. Children’s activities will include Miss Sheri the Clown, arts and crafts, vendors, a custom and classic car show and live entertainment. Rain date is Sept. 22. For details, call 257-9605 or visit http://www.glenallenday.org .
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Internationally recognized artist and Virginia resident P. (Pat) Buckley Moss will speak during a luncheon at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Moss has been able to overcome a life-long learning disability and achieve incredible success as a renowned artist. The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $50. Following the luncheon, Moss will be signing books and prints in the Gumenick Family Gallery from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the signing event is free. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is located at 2880 Mountain Rd. For more information or to order tickets, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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The Friends of the Sandston Library will hold its annual book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sandston Library, 23 E. Williamsburg Rd. For details, call 290-9900.
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The North Airport Drive Civic Association will celebrate the opening of Fire Station #3 at its new location, 1310 E. Washington St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tour the fire station, meet your local firefighters and grab a bite to eat with your neighbors. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.nadca.net .
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Henricus Historical Park will celebrate Publick Days, an annual event which commemorates the establishment of the second successful English settlement in the “New World,” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, Sept. 15-16. Activities include living history reenactments, weapon demonstrations and skirmishes, craftsmen and blacksmiths, medical demonstrations, children’s activities and crafts, storytelling and more. Admission is free; parking is $5 per vehicle. For details, visit http://www.henricus.org .

SEPTEMBER 16
The Philip Glass Festival at the University of Richmond will open with the film “Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts” at 3 p.m. in the Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. To celebrate the 70th birthday of Philip Glass, filmmaker Scott Hicks began an 18-month journey filming Glass as he toured across three continents. Audience members are invited to a post-show Q&A session hosted by eighth blackbird. Admission is $5. 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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