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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

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.

Author, child abuse survivor to speak at Henrico event

To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.

Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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