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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

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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