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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

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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