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OCTOBER 1
Henrico Humane Society’s 5th Annual Bark in the Park will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy. A 5K run will start at 9 a.m. and a 2K dog walk will start at 10:30 a.m. The registration fee for each is $25 and all proceeds benefit the Henrico Humane Society. Additional activities include music by acoustic group OminOtagO, a performance by Jonathan Austin, pet-related vendors, dog contests and adoptions, a petting zoo, moon walk and more. There is a nominal fee to enter the dog contests. For details, call 262-6634 or visit http://www.henricohumane.org .
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Celebrate Hispanic culture at the 9th Annual ¿Qué Pasa? Festival of Virginia from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. Hosted by the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the festival will feature live music and dancing, an international food festival, Hispanic artists and traditional artisans, educational games, the “Passport to Education” Pavilion and more. Spanish translators will be available for guided tours and IMAX films will have Spanish subtitles. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.quepasafestival.com .
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The Modlin Center for the Arts and the University of Richmond Museums will host a Family Arts Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be activity tables, art projects and food, as well as two performances by Justin Roberts and the Not So Ready for Naptime Players at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Camp Concert Hall. Tickets are required for the concerts and are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 0-12. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
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The Junior League of Richmond’s 6th Annual Touch a Truck event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. This unique, interactive event allows children to see, touch and explore their favorite big trucks and vehicles as well as to meet the personnel who protect, serve and build the Richmond community. Vehicles on display routinely include construction trucks, emergency responders, tractor trailers, utility trucks and helicopters. The event also features area mascots, special performances, snack bars, face painting, inflatables, games, crafts and vendors. Individual tickets are $5; VIP and Family Packs are $10 to $30 in advance only. VIP access is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. For details, call 643-4886 or visit http://www.jlrichmond.org .
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The Richmond area American Diabetes Association will host its annual 5K “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes” at 10 a.m. at Monument Avenue and St. Mary’s Hospital. This family- and pet-friendly event will feature a Wellness Village, Kid’s Zone and entertainment. Walkers who raise at least $25 will receive a complimentary lunch. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. For details and to register, call Elisabeth King at 225-8038 x3255 or visit http://www.diabetes.org/stepoutrichmond .
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Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave., will host the Warrior 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Tenth grade IB student Jack Montgomery has organized the event over the course of five months and gathered nearly 20 volunteers as part of his personal project. Proceeds will benefit the Warrior Athletic Booster Club. Students and their families, as well as the Henrico community, are invited. Registration will start at 8 a.m. For details, call 228-2700.
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The Gallmeyer Farms’ Fall Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1-2 at The Pumpkin Patch. There will be children’s activities, hay rides, farm animals, vendors, artisans, contests and pumpkin picking. Live music will be provided by Chauncie Jo, Trongone Band, John Arkestyn, Triple Stack Jack, Juniper Green, Brandon Hylton and Dividing Face. Admission is free. Gallmeyer Farms is located at 4506 Millers Lane. For details, visit http://www.gallmeyerfarms.com .
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The 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held at 10 a.m. in Markel Plaza in Innsbrook, 4600 Cox Rd. Participants can walk a one- or three-mile course, or whatever is comfortable. There are no entry fees but donations will be accepted. The event will be held rain or shine. Registration begins at 9 a.m. For details, call Sandy Grady at 967-2517 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

OCTOBER 2
C&F Bank and Lite98 will host the Short Pump Mile and Express Fun Run, Richmond’s largest timed youth road race, at 7:45 a.m. behind Short Pump Town Center near American Family Fitness. All participants will receive a race t-shirt, a medal and refreshments. Awards will be given to age group and overall winners. The School Participation Competition will award the top five schools with the most participants a total of $2,000 to be used for their physical education programs. Registration is $15 and includes a complimentary pre-race training program at American Family Fitness. For details, visit http://www.shortpumprace.com .
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The Virginia Boys and Girls Club Community Day will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, 8716 W. Broad St. This old-fashioned field day will be filled with crafts, food, pony rides, tethered balloon rides and more. Guests can also brush up on soccer skills with a demo from the Richmond Kickers. For details, visit http://www.boysandgirlshome.org .


Community

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.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

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