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OCT. 12
Coordinators2inc, a nonprofit lifetime adoption resource located in Henrico, will hold its fifth annual golf tournament at 8 a.m. at The Crossings Golf Club in Glen Allen. The event will include practice range balls, 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, beverage tickets, prizes and more. Proceeds will support the Waiting Child Program which works to find homes for kids in foster care. For details, visit http://www.c2adopt.org .
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The Heritage Bluegrass Band will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Admission is free but reservations are required. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Tom Leonard’s Friday Night Movie at the Pumpkin Patch will feature “Sesame Street: A Magic Halloween” at 7 p.m. in the outdoor haybale theater. There will be cider, hot chocolate and popcorn. Admission is free. For details, call 364-5800 or visit http://www.tomleonards.com .
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Hilliard House will host “Harvesting the Grape” from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at James River Cellars Winery, 11008 Washington Hwy. in Glen Allen. There will be wine tastings, live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, raffles, a silent auction and more. Admission is $75. All proceeds benefit the women and children of Hilliard House. For details, visit http://www.hilliardhouse.org/events/signature-event .

OCT. 13
The National Alliance on Mental Illness will host NAMIWalks Virginia at 9 a.m. at 4951 Lake Brook Dr. in Innsbrook. This family and community event hopes to raise awareness, educate people about mental illness and celebrate hope and wellness. The 5K walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. Registration is free but walkers are encouraged to fundraise. There will also be children’s activities, vendors, raffles, music, Nutzy from the Flying Squirrels, food and more. For details, visit http://www.nami.org/walks .
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Lakeside Avenue’s first ever outdoor music festival “Jammin’ on the Ave” will start at 11 a.m. at the corner of Lakeside Avenue and Clarke Street. The Five and Dimers, Cha-Cha’s Cadillac and Roadkill Roy will provide entertainment. There will be a moon bounce and face painting for the kids, as well as vendors, food and beer. Admission is a $5 donation to Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad.
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The Henrico High School 50th Anniversary Warrior Jubilee Celebration will begin at 8 a.m. with a 5K run/walk at the school. A special program of art, music and dance, at which many of the school’s original and former faculty will be recognized, will be held at 11 a.m. in the auditorium. Author David Baldacci and “Tonight Show” comedian Brett Leake will speak. The festivities will conclude with catered dining in the school’s cafeterias, a display of school memorabilia and tours of the Henrico High School campus. All present and former students and faculty are welcome. For details, visit http://www.henricowarriorjubilee.com .
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The Pamunkey River Garden Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 8209 Shady Grove Rd., in rooms 111-113. The Richmond Audubon Society will give a presentation on Backyard Birding. Members will display horticulture from their gardens and their own creative floral designs for judging. All are welcome. For details, call Susan Blankinship at 932-3451.

OCT. 14
The Sophie House will host a community family event and ribbon cutting at its new community center located at 11220 Nuckols Rd. Tour the new center and learn how Sophie House provides supportive services for single women and their children. The event will feature a craft walk, vendors, live music, kids’ activities, prizes, food and more. Admission is free and canned goods donations will be accepted. For details, call 658-5214 or visit http://www.thesophiehouse.com .
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Jewish a cappella groups Six13 and the Maccabeats will perform at 3:30 p.m. in Richmond Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond. The groups use nothing but their voices to perform songs ranging from hip-hop dance tracks to rock anthems. General admission is $10 to $15. For details, call Lisa Looney at 545-8605 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tix Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > 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.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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