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OCTOBER 28
Tom Leonard’s, 4150 Brookriver Dr., will host a free family move night at 7 p.m. The movie will be the Halloween classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” The outdoor viewing will feature free popcorn, hot chocolate and hot apple cider. For details, call 364-5800 or visit http://www.tomleonards.com .
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The Dixie Bee-Liners will perform at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The group’s classic repertoire includes their own originals, bluegrass barn burners, ballads and instrumentals, as well as Appalachian standards. Tickets are $20. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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The Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic Art & Craft Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 29 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 at Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. This family holiday tradition features the work of hundreds of artists and craftsmen, exhibitor demonstrations and the Christmas Tree Village. Admission is $7 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under six. Admission is valid for all three days. Parking is free. For details, visit http://www.christmasclassic.com .

OCTOBER 29
The Richmond Folk Music Society will present “The Mike Mitchell Trio,” performing bluegrass, old country standards and fiddle tunes, at 8 p.m. at Congregation Or Ami, 9400 Huguenot Rd. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For details, call 647-7856 or visit http://www.richmondfolkmusic.com .
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HandsOn Greater Richmond will host the 4th annual HandsOn Day at 9 a.m. at various locations throughout metro Richmond. HandsOn Greater Richmond provides a link for individuals, families, teams and corporate groups to join together and engage in meaningful volunteer opportunities within the Greater Richmond region. Some of this year’s projects include Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, ElderFriends, Hilliard House, YMCA of Greater Richmond, Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers and Make-a-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia. For details, call 330-7027 or visit http://www.handsonrva.org .
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Lift Caregiving and VCU’s Department of Gerontology & School of Geriatric Medicine will present Modern Aging, a free event offering expert advice, helpful tools and a provider based Resource Center, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The event will feature flu shots (bring insurance card, limited quantities available), health screenings, on-site respite care, diabetic meter testing and advance medical directive consultation and development – all for free. Topics to be discussed include nutritious and affordable meals for seniors, dealing with dementia, finances and benefits, weathering the workplace and how to effectively talk about difficult issues as a family. For details, visit http://www.liftcaregiving.com .
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The Great Pumpkin Palooza at The Shoppes at Innsbrook & Wilton Square will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a petting zoo, costume contests, trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, crafters and vendors, Thriller and Monster Mash Dance instruction by Rigby’s Jig and more. Proceeds will benefit The Faison School of Autism. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.innsbrook.com .
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Gayton Crossing Shopping Center will host its 14th annual Pumpkin Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will feature a petting zoo, balloon animals, juggler Jonathan Austin, the Gayton Trolley, entertainment by Southside Funk and personnel vehicles from local emergency responders. Kids up to age 12 are invited to participate in the costume contest scheduled for 1 p.m. A total of 10 winners will receive $25 gift certificates to the Gayton Crossing store of their choice. Children can also trick-or-treat at Gayton Crossing merchants from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 28. For details, visit http://www.gaytoncrossing.com .

OCTOBER 30
The 3rd annual Walk for Lupus Now! Richmond will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Affecting mostly women, lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease with no known cure that can damage any part of the body including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and brain. The Lupus Foundation of America’s butterfly logo symbolizes the malar facial rash, a common lupus symptom. There are no registration fees but participants are encouraged to raise $100 or more in donations. Funds will benefit the local chapter’s free services for patients. For details, visit http://www.richmondlupuswalk.org.
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Squirreloween, Nutzy the Squirrel’s Halloween party, will be held at The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be face painting, costume contests, bobbing for apples, inflatables, hayrides around the warning track, the Lambeth petting zoo and more. Road Kill Roy will provide live entertainment and kids can trick-or-treat through the suites. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.squirrelsbaseball.com


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

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