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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

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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