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OCT. 26
The Bifocals Players, shows starring actors age 55 and older, will present “No Deposit, No Return” at 2 p.m. at Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. The show is written and directed by local playwright Jay Morehouse. A final performance will be held Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. All ages are welcome. For details, call 282-2620 or visit http://www.va-rep.org/seniors.html .
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The Craftsmen’s Classic Art & Craft Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28. The show features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across the nation. There is something for every style, taste and budget with items from the most traditional to the most contemporary. Admission is $8 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under six. Admission is good for all three days. For details, call 336-282-5550 or visit http://tinyurl.com/yka9tno .
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The University of Richmond continues its fall International Film Series with “Amador” at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in Jepson Hall, Room 118, and at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 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. 27
The Richmond Out of the Darkness Community Walk, a fundraising walk supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy. The walk aims to raise money for prevention and awareness and to offer hope to the millions of people that battle depression, bipolar illness, addiction and other mental illness. More than 200 similar walks are being held nationwide through December and are expected to raise more than $7.5 million for suicide prevention efforts. For details, call Vicki Conley at 918-0869 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For more information on the nationwide effort, visit http://www.outofthedarkness.org .
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Eastern Henrico FISH will host a benefit concert at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Lee Baptist Church, 2727 Charles City Rd. Churchyard Grass and other local talents will perform. FISH is a nonprofit organization supported by local churches dedicated to providing assistance to families in Eastern Henrico who have short term emergencies. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/EasternHenricoFISHInc .
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The Center Season at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen continues with “The Return” at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. This Beatles tribute band will take the audience on a journey back to the 1960s, a time when the Fab Four dominated the music charts. Tickets are $35. CACGA is located at 2880 Mountain Rd. For details, visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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Henrico County will host the grand re-opening of Elko Community Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Built in 1924 the center was the meeting place for the Windsor Club of Elko. During World War II the Elko community gained some historical significance when the U.S. military converted part of the Elko Tract into a decoy airfield in an effort to secure Byrd Airport. Take a tour of the newly renovated facility and listen to the tunes of Churchyard Grass. The center is located at 6216 White Oak Rd. in Sandston. For details, call Rachel Lindsey at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Team Absolute, a local “modern custom” automotive club, will host the first annual Kids Come First Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of Quaker Steak & Lube, 8000 W. Broad St. There will be 60 trophies and specialty awards presented. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Entertainment will include a stunt rider, cornhole tournament, live DJ, raffles and more. Funds raised will support the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.kidscomefirstcarshow.com.
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The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present “Volver” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Based on the real life of the former treasurer of the U.S. Anna Cabral, this dance theatre work reflects “Chicano” identity and its culture. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, children, seniors and military personnel. For details, visit http://www.latinballet.com .

OCT. 28
FETCH a Cure will present the second annual Mutt Strutt from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy. Funds raised will help families seeking cancer treatment for their pets and to further FETCH a Cure’s awareness and education programs. Registration is $25 for individual, $20 per team member and $30 the day of the event. For details, call 525-2193 or visit http://www.fetchacure.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

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.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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