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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

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

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