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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

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

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