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SEPT. 21
The 54th annual Armenian Food Festival will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 21-22 and from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at St. James Armenian Church, 834 Pepper Ave. Authentic Armenian dishes like stuffed grape leaves, bulghur salad and Armenian green beans, and signature pastries such as simit (tea cookie), bourma (rolled philo filled with walnuts) and khourabia (sweet cookie) will be available for purchase. There will also be Armenian beer and wine, music and dancing. Admission is free. For details and to view the menu, visit http://www.armenianfoodfestival.com.
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The Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond will host the International Day of Peace from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Unity of Richmond, 800 Blanton Ave. The theme is “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.” There will be prayers for peace from world faiths, a peace pole dedication, dancing, a peace picnic and a food drive collection for FeedMore. For details, call 938-0206, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.icgr.org .
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Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd., will hold its September Indoor Artwalk and Artist Reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitors will learn from the artists what inspires them to create their works of art. Featured artists include Kate McConnell and Duane Cregger, as well as artists participating in the Virginia Collage Society Show. Casey McCue and Steve Duncan will provide music. The exhibition runs through Nov. 5. Admission is free. For details, call 278-8950 or visit http://www.crossroadsartcenter.com .
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The Chrysalis Group will hold its Autumnal Equinox Labyrinth Walk from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Chrysalis Outdoor Labyrinth, located on the grounds of Union Theological Seminary. An ancient, mystical tool, the labyrinth is used by many cultures and religious traditions. Participants should allow 45-60 minutes for the experience. Admission is free but donations are welcome. For details, visit http://www.thechrysalisgroup.com .

SEPT. 22
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will show an encore presentation of National Theatre Live’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at 7:30 p.m. This new production offers a richly theatrical exploration of the touching and bleakly humorous novel by Mark Haddon and will be broadcast from the National’s smallest theatre, the Cottesloe. NT Live brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to movie theatres around the world. Tickets are $14. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
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The League of Women Voters Richmond Metropolitan Area will hold a League Day from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr. Charles Judd, chairman of the State Board of Elections, will speak on the new voter ID laws and changes that have been made. Members will share information about their electronic election voters guide and answer questions. The public is invited. Admission is free. For details, call 877-759-8762 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The Children’s Museum of Richmond and HCA Virginia will host Family Fun Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the HCA VA West Creek Emergency Center, 12720 Tuckahoe Creek Ct. Visit with Sesame Street’s Elmo, tour a fire truck, helicopter and ambulance, and meet with local EMS and fire fighters. There will also be magic with Mysteriosos Magicians, Nutzy of the Richmond Flying Squirrels, arts and crafts, music from Radio Disney, healthy snacks and more. Admission is free. CMOR members are eligible to see The Avengers perform live. For details, visit http://www.c-mor.org .
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The J.R. Tucker High School Marching Tigers will host the Free-For-All 8 High School Marching Band Demonstration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tucker, 2910 N. Parham Rd. More than 20 high school marching bands will perform in front of judges and the community. The event is free to all bands and the public. Concessions are available. For details, visit http://www.jrtuckerband.org/freeforall8.htm .
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Virginia Center Commons Mall, 10101 Brook Rd., and the Simon Kidgits Club will host a fall festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Sears Court. Activities include pumpkin decorating, a bounce house, games, treats, prizes and more. Admission is free for Kidgit members and $5 for nonmembers. For details, call 266-9000 or visit http://www.simonkidgitclub.com .

SEPT. 23
The Professional Singles Association will host an All American Square Dance Party from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the West End Community Center, 8102 Ridge Rd. No experience or partner is necessary. Cost is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers and guests. The group will head to Flinn’s, 403 N. Ridge Rd., for dinner following the event. To register, call Sue at 536-1695 or visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com
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

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

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.

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