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SEPT. 28
The Company Store will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The Company Store mixes together the ingredients of America’s own music – fiddle melodies from Virginia’s Appalachians, tight harmonies from Kentucky’s bluegrass and moving spirituals from the Carolina hills. Admission is free but reservations are required. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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University of Richmond will host the popular Family Weekend Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. The Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Schola Cantorum, Women’s Chorale, Jazz Ensemble and others will perform. The UR Taiko Ensemble will perform outside, weather permitting, at 7:15 p.m. Admission is free; no tickets are required. For details, call 289-8277 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Twin Hickory Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Rd. For details, call 290-9200 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
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Threads Consignment Events will present the Fall/Winter Children’s Sale Sept. 28 to Oct. 7 in the Canterbury Shopping Center, 10618 Patterson Ave. Items for sale include new and gently-used clothing, toys, books, puzzles, furniture, baby equipment, maternity wear and more. Threads is a sponsor of the annual Autism Society of Central Virginia 5K. Hours vary. For details, visit http://www.threadsevents.com .

SEPT. 29
Henrico Humane Society’s fifth annual Bark in the Park will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd. A 2K dog walk will begin at 11 a.m. There will also be live music, children’s activities, pet-related vendors, a pet costume contest and more. Dogs will enjoy the new, fully-fenced-in Dorey Dog Park which features dog exercise equipment, “misting stations” disguised as fire hydrants and low water fountains just for pets. Registration is $25 for the 2K walk. Admission is free. Rain date is Sept. 30. For details, call HHS at 262-6634 or visit http://www.henricohumane.org .
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The Festival of India will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 29-30 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. There will be classical and modern live performances, as well as East-West fusion dance and music. Traditional Indian clothing, jewelry, movies, music and souvenirs will be available for purchase and a variety of Indian cuisine, including vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies, will be prepared fresh in front of patrons. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.thefestivalofindia.org .
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Safe Harbor’s third annual yard sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at the old Best Products location, 4909 Marshall St. Items for sale include furniture, electronics, home goods, collectibles, clothes and accessories, toys, books, movies, DVDs and more. All proceeds benefit Safe Harbor’s work to provide shelter, counseling and support groups for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. For details, visit http://www.safeharborshelter.com .
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The fourth annual Richmond Walk Now for Autism Speaks will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. There will be children’s activities, a resource fair, refreshments and live entertainment by The Diggity Dudes. Families will have a chance to meet firefighters and police officers from Henrico and Hanover counties. For details, visit http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/richmond .
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Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Rd. in Glen Allen, will host its Fall Herb Faire and Open House from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be classes, demonstrations and a farm tour. Admission and parking are free. For a schedule of events, visit http://www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com .

SEPT. 30
Richmond’s Tony Cosby and his band of thespians will present The Sam Cooke Experience, a musical and theatrical tribute to gospel great and R&B legend Sam Cooke, at 3 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. WLEE radio personality Jack Gravely will be the guest M.C. for this variety show starring the talents of home spun thespian troupe Theatre&Co and features local recording artist Delores Fox and Justin Morris of the Soul Stirrers. Tickets are available to Barkys, 18 E. Broad St., and The Gospel Book Store, Fairfield Commons Mall on Nine Mile Rd. For details, call Tony Cosby at 218-6970 or visit http://www.sowerinc.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

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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