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OCTOBER 7
The Ryan Corbitt Trio and The Desiree Roots Trio will perform “An Evening of Jazz” at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage Performance Series. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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Several Virginia organizations will host a two day community forum on one of America’s hidden tragedies – the challenges facing America’s foster care youth. To kick off the event, Jimmy Wayne will perform on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond. Wayne, a former homeless teen and foster youth, will perform country hits while sharing stories about his life in the foster care system. The Virginia premiere of “From Place to Place” will take place at 2 p.m. at the Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St. The documentary tells the stories of Raif, Mandy and Micah, who grew up in foster care in Montana and how they faced life aging out of the system with little support. Both events are free and open to the public. For details, visit http://www.henricocasa.org .

OCTOBER 8
The 9th Annual Children’s Hospital Foundation 5K/10K Walk/Run & Kids Mascot Mile will be held at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond, 2924 Brook Rd. The Kids Mascot Mile for ages 5-10 starts at 8:30 a.m. All children will receive a participation ribbon and a goody bag of treats at the finish line. The 10K will start at 9 a.m. and the 5K will start at 9:15 a.m. Local radio stations will provide music throughout the race course and there will be a post-race breakfast, health fair, kid’s festival, a decorated stroller contest and more. Registration fees are $10 to $35. Total proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital Foundation. For details, call 228-5827 or visit http://www.amfamrace.com .
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The 5th Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K & Family Festival will be held rain or shine at Short Pump Town Center. The 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a free family festival following from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be live music from The Groove Motive, children’s entertainment, exhibitors, a pumpkin patch, prizes and a ceremony honoring all individuals with Down Syndrome. Registration fees are $5 to $10. Proceeds will benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond. For details, call 796-5141 or visit http://www.dsagr.com.
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The Nine Mile Road Community Day Festival will be held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Newbridge Square Shopping Center. There will be live music, games and local police, fire and rescue units. The event is sponsored by Roma Ristorante Italiano and other businesses in the Nine Mile community. For details, call Johnny Lee Long at 564-1441 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Varina High School, 7053 Messer Rd., will host its 3rd annual Blue Devil Dash 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. This flat course is set to be run/walked by the Varina community, going past John Rolfe Middle School and Baker Elementary School, as well as the greater Richmond community. A Kids’ one-mile Fun Run, for ages 12 and under, will start at 8 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. The purpose of the event is to encourage physical activity among Varina students, faculty and community members, as well as help raise funds for student activities, campus beautification and scholarships. For details, call 226-8700.
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The 30th annual Festival of India will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 8-9 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. 3rd St. The festival offers a unique opportunity to celebrate and explore India’s diverse culture and traditions, including authentic regional food, arts, crafts and entertainment. There will also be vendors selling traditional Indian clothing, jewelry, movies and music and offering services such as fortune telling, henna and face painting. Admission is free. For details, call 346-9955 or visit http://www.thefestivalofindia.org .

OCTOBER 9
The 10th Annual Ztoberfest Car Show will begin at 9 a.m. at Sheehy Nissan in Mechanicsville, 6564 Mechanicsville Tnpk. This people’s choice show will be open to Z cars of all eras, as well as to other performance-oriented Nissan and Infinity vehicles. Judging will take place at 12 p.m. and awards will be distributed at 3 p.m. Trophies will be awarded in the following categories: Best in Show, Club Choice, Dealer’s Choice, Longest Distance, Diamond in the Rough and more. Registration fees are $25 to $75. There will also be door prizes, raffles and food for sale. Proceeds will benefit ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation. For details, visit http://www.richmondzcar.com/show .
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The West Broad Village FUNdraises for a Cure will launch with a celebratory “Tickled Pink Party” from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Wine Loft, 4305 Whittall Way. Attendees will enjoy wine, beer, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and live jazz. Additionally, there will be a French Boutique Fashion Show with breast cancer survivors (some West Broad Village residents) modeling chic and unique fashions and the Sweet Spot candy store and a VCU fashion design graduate will unveil candy-crafted fashions designed for children of breast cancer survivors in a spin-off of the popular “Project Runway” show. Tickets are $75 and includes a $40 donation to Susan G. Komen. VIP tickets are $100. For details, call 360-0582.
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Eastern Henrico FISH will celebrate 40 years of service with a benefit concert at 6:30 p.m. at Poplar Springs Baptist Church, 5236 Charles City Rd. Groups performing include Awakened from Fort Lee Baptist, Poplar Springs Baptist Church Women’s Ensemble, the First Bethel Praise Team, Rev. Norman Ramsey from Laurel Hill UMC, Flutopia, The GJs from Four Mile Creek Baptist and The Silent Crusaders from Laurel Hill UMC. Admission is free but a love offering will be taken. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Community

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.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Grab the kids and check out these fun family-friendly events taking place this weekend! Speed over to the Henrico Theatre for the film “Turbo” or watch “Dumbo” under the stars at Clarke-Palmore House Museum. Little ones can meet Thomas the Tank Engine at CMOR-Central or play at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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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