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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

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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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.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend has something for everyone in your family – whether it’s improv comedy with ComedySportz or West End Comedy, or an inspirational concert from the Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company! Families will also enjoy music, games and crafts at Hidden Creek Park or reading to a therapy dog at Glen Allen Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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