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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

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

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.

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