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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

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

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.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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