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OCTOBER 21
Highland Springs United Methodist Church, 22 N. Holly Ave., will host a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The menu includes homemade spaghetti, salad, homemade desserts and drinks. Adults are $7 and children are $3.50. Dinner is available for eat-in or take-out. For details, call 737-1503.
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The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present a weekend of Hispanic heritage Oct. 21-23 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. El Dia de los Muertos Festival, a family-focused event, will be held Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The “Day of the Dead” is a celebration of one of the most traditional Mexican festivities and embraces the cycle of life. There will be music, arts and crafts, food, vendors, dancing, art exhibits and more. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Admission is free. The Latin Ballet of Virginia will also perform “MACONDO” at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21-22 and at 3 p.m. on Oct. 23. “MACONDO” is a performing arts interpretation based on the novel “Cien Anos de Soledad” (One Hundred Years of Solitude) written by Hispanic Literature Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children, students, seniors and military. For details, call 379-2555 or visit http://www.latinballet.com .

OCTOBER 22
The 1st Annual Richmond Children’s Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. There will be hands-on activities for children of all ages, a market place full of unique gift ideas, a pumpkin patch, live music, local vendors, a food court and picnic area and more. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN). For details, call 363-8780 or visit http://www.boutiqueaffair.com .
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Richmond’s Heart Walk, a fundraiser for life-saving cardiovascular research and community education programs in Central Virginia, will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Snagajob.com Pavilion in Innsbrook. There will be activities for the entire family; pets on a leash are welcome. For details, visit http://www.heartwalk.org .
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The Highland Springs Women’s Club will host a Fashion Show and Luncheon at Confederate Hills Recreation Center, 302 Lee Ave. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for Highland Springs High School. Tickets are $15. For details, call June Johnson at 737-6445.
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The 22nd annual Short Pump Ruritan Club Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Short Pump Middle School, 4701 Pouncey Tract Rd. A variety of arts and crafts will be for sale, as well as food. Admission is free. For details, call 360-2371.
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Enjoy the acoustic/folk/fusion group Ambrose Dilemma at 7 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The group is fronted by Tim Ambrose of the Rinard Family. Admission is free. For details, call 328-4491.
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Henrico County Division of Police will join forces with Mooers Volvo of Richmond and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to present Traffic Safety Day on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mooers Volvo, 7211 W. Broad St. Henrico Police will conduct driver safety demonstrations, child safety seat inspections and senior driver safety classes throughout the day, as well as distribute teen driver safety information. In addition, Mooers Volvo will offer free vehicle safety checks, car washes and safe braking demonstrations. The event will also feature information from MADD about teen driving, including the dangers of texting while driving and the effects of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Henrico Police will also demonstrate to teens and adults the effects of DUI using fatal vision goggles. Other offerings include free food, prizes, a moon bounce and face and pumpkin painting. For details, call Lt. Tony Gordon at 328-2573 x2252 or Kirby Fields at 755-6666 x125.
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CARE, Cat Adoption Rescue Efforts, Inc., a local nonprofit dedicated to the rescue of homeless cats, kittens and other animals, will host a large yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lakeside Professional Office Park, located at the corner of Lakeside Avenue and Hermitage Road. The event will be held rain or shine. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

OCTOBER 23
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., will host Goblins and Gourds on Oct. 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Children’s Garden. The harvest celebration features live music, pumpkin decorating, costumes and more. Admission is free for garden members and $7 to $11 for nonmembers. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.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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