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OCT. 19
The Mill House, a clubhouse for survivors of brain injury, will host the third annual Mill House Pig Out BBQ Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 7812 Shrader Rd. Individual platters are $10 and include a pulled pork sandwich, cole slaw, baked beans and a drink; cornbread dessert is $1 extra. Family packs are $30 and include 16 ounces of each side, four pieces cornbread and four drinks. For details, call Claire at 261-7050 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The University of Richmond continues its fall International Film Series with “Trishna” at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium. All films in the series are shown in their original languages with English subtitles. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/urfilm .

OCT. 20
Virginia Repertory Theatre will perform “Young Thomas Jefferson” at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 20 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Willow Lawn location, 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. The musical, part of the Children’s Theatre of Virginia season, follows Thomas Jefferson from his birth in Virginia through his writing of the Declaration of Independence. Tickets are $10 to $16. The show runs through Oct. 27. For details, call 282-2620 or visit http://www.va-rep.org .
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The Chamberlayne Actors Theatre will present Ken Ludwig’s “The Fox on the Fairway” at 8 p.m. at the CAT Playhouse, 319 N. Wilkinson Rd. The play is a tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and 40s and is filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-the-top romantic shenanigans. Tickets are $18. The show runs through Nov. 4. For details, call 888-695-0888 or visit http://www.cattheatre.com .
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The Courtyard by Marriott Richmond Airport, 5400 Williamsburg Rd., and Autism Speaks will host a cornhole tournament at 11 a.m. There will be children’s activities, a silent auction, food and more. All proceeds benefit Autism Speaks. For details, call Sandy at 652-0500 x320.
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The National Kidney Foundation will conduct a free health screening for people at increased risk for kidney disease from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Journey Baptist Church, 7204 Bethlehem Rd. The screening is designed to educate and identify people at risk – those with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease. Registration is preferred but walk-ins are welcomed. For details, call 288-8342 x216 or visit http://www.kidneyva.org .
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The Richmond Heart Walk will take place at the Snagajob Pavilion in Innsbrook. The walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event for raising funds to save lives from heart disease and stroke. Activities begin at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. For more information and to register, visit http://www.richmondvaheartwalk.org .
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Oak Hall Baptist Church, 1877 Old Hanover Rd. in Sandston, will hold a flu shot clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by Oak Hall and CVS Pharmacy. Bring insurance or Medicare cards. Walk-ins are welcomed but appointments are recommended. For details, call 737-5812.

OCT. 21
All ages are invited to Gospel Fest from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Gospel dance groups, quartets, vocalists and gospel music choirs will perform a variety of southern gospel, hip hop and praise music. Admission is free. For details, call 225-2056 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present “Buika” at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. A trailblazing force in contemporary Spanish music, Buika is a unique blend of flamenco, jazz, funk, copla and neo-soul. Tickets are $34. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu
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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