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OCTOBER 14
The John Marshall Alumni Band will perform an all-ages show at 7 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Admission is free. For details, call 328-4491.
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The 4th Annual Richmond Folk Festival will be held along downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 14, 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 16. The festival celebrates the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling and food. There will be more than 25 performing groups on seven stages. The festival also features a children’s area with activities, games, a petting zoo and live music. Admission is free. For details, call 788-6466 or visit http://www.richmondfolkfestival.org .

OCTOBER 15
Henrico Recreation and Parks will host the grand opening and dedication ceremony of the county’s first off-leash dog park from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd. The park is approximately one acre in size and has a five-foot enclosed fence with two areas – one for small dogs and one for larger dogs – that features a double gated entry with mulch and a sod play surface. Dogs will enjoy new exercise play equipment, a doggie water fountain and spray features. Dogs of all shapes, sizes and pedigrees are welcome. Hours are from dusk till dawn. The first 200 dogs at the grand opening will receive a fun giveaway. There will also be photo opportunities with Snoopy and Sparky the Fire Dog. For details, visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Henrico County’s annual Harvest Festival will be held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Meadow Farm, 3400 Mountain Rd. There will be hands-on activities and demonstrations depicting typical homemaking and farming tasks of the era such as cider making, candle dipping, bee keeping, cornhusking and shelling, blacksmithing, woodworking and more. Other highlights include pony rides, a petting zoo, tethered hot air balloon rides, the Great Pumpkin Patch of Meadow Farm (ages 3-12), gourd decorating and performances by A Good Natured Riot and the Barbara Martin Band. Admission is free. For details, call Jeannie Murray at 501-5121.
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The Reality Rescue II Festival will be held from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Sharky’s Courtyard, 4032-A Cox Rd. Over 100 reality stars from shows like Survivor, American Idol, Big Brother, The Mole, The Amazing Race, The Bachelorette, Expedition Impossible and more will be in attendance. Proceeds will benefit Southern Comfort Animal Rescue, an all-breed dog rescue group from Wheeler County, Ga., that suffered a devastating fire in April. Tickets are $50. For details, visit http://www.realityrescuefestival.com .
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The 30th annual Midlothian Village Day Festival and Craft Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Midlothian Middle School, 13501 Midlothian Tnpk. Highlights of the festival include a parade sponsored by the Midlothian Foundation, craft fair, games, inflatables, food, entertainment, community booths, a raffle and silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Midlothian Junior Women’s Club projects, such as Cinderella Dreams and local charities such as Richmond Friends of the Homeless, ASK, Freedom House, Feed More and others. For details, visit http://www.midlothianfestival.net .
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Canadian group Vishtén will perform at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 5th Center Season. The group of multi-instrumentalists and step-dancers incorporate the fiddle, guitar, accordion, penny-whistle, mandolin, piano, jaw-harp and bodhran into their performance. Tickets are $25. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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Comfort Zone Camp’s 10th Annual Fall Bash will be held from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Innsbrook Snagajob.com Pavilion. There will be live music featuring the Right On Band, dancing, oyster shucking, BBQ, beer and wine. For ages 21 and up. Tickets are $70 in advance and $80 at the door. All proceeds will benefit Comfort Zone Camp, a bereavement camp for children and teens who have experienced the loss of a parent or sibling. For details, visit http://www.comfortzonecamp.org .
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The Bryan Park Civic Association will host its first annual Art Walk from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the triangle at the corner of Essex and Westlake Ave. There will be food and vendors. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

OCTOBER 16
Horses In Service (HIS) will hold its annual Open House and Community Awareness Day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Natural Therapeutic Riding Center, 6301 Hines Rd. All activities are included for $5 – hand paint a horse, crafts, bead making, balloons, face and hair painting, festival games and a moon walk. There will be food items and HIS merchandise for sale, live music, horses in Halloween costumes, riding demonstrations and more. For details, call 795-1721 or visit http://www.horsesinservice.org .
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

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

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.

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