Henrico County VA

Weekend Top 10

Sept. 16
Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd., will host a causal reception for patrons to recognize the arrival of Godspeed from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature a re-enactment of Sir Thomas Dale’s dramatic landing in 1611 by the all-volunteer Henricus Militia commanded by Dennis Strawderman prior to Godspeed’s arrival. A barbeque buffet will be served, accompanied by popular bluegrass and English ballads featuring Kelly Kennedy & Friends. The cost is $50 per person and includes a membership to the Historic Citie Patron’s Club. For details, call 748-1613 or visit http://www.henricus.org .

Sept. 17
The Patriot’s Day 2011 Memorial Celebration will be held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. rain or shine at the Lakeside Moose Family Center #1714, 1207 Hilliard Rd. Active and retired military, national guard and reservists, fire fighters, police officers, EMS and other volunteer and career first responders will be in attendance. “Hurricane Base” will provide entertainment and there will be food and beverages for purchase from Roma Ristorante Italiano and Nader’s Bistro and Grill. There will also be vendors, raffles, kids’ activities and a poker run. Admission is free. For details, call 266-4193.
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The 7th Annual Free-For-All High School Marching Band Demonstration will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at J.R. Tucker High School, 2910 N. Parham Rd. The Free-For-All is a non-competitive show that includes a workshop with actual judges. It is designed to be engaging for the students, but with an eye towards the VBODA Marching Band Assessment. Admission is free to both bands and the public. Concessions will be available for purchase. For details, visit http://www.jrtuckerband.org/freeforall7 .
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Montrose Presbyterian Church, 4800 Brittles Ln., will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located between Williamsburg Road and Nine Mile Road in the county’s East End. For details, call 222-3427.
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The McShin Foundation’s 7th Annual Recovery Fest and 2nd Annual BBQ Cook Off will be held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 11220 Nuckols Rd. National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske will be in attendance. There will be live music, a cornhole tournament, community organization informational tables, vendors, a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned BBQ cook off, kids’ activities and more. For details, call 249-1845 or visit http://www.mcshin.org .
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The 15th annual Glen Allen Day will begin with a parade at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of John Cussons and Mountain Roads. The celebration will continue from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Meadow Farm, 3400 Mountain Rd. There will be live music on two stages, a food court, a classic/custom auto show, train rides, inflatables, a petting zoo and dozens of arts/crafts and business exhibitors. A rain date is scheduled for Sept. 24. Admission is free. For details, call Glen Allen Ruritans at 257-9605 or visit http://www.glenallenday.org .
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The 24th Annual Richmond Home Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 17 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. The show will feature the Clever Cleaver Brothers, an indoor farmer’s market and exhibitors showcasing everything from kitchen designs, countertops, blinds, shutters and home theaters to custom cabinets, closets, additions, energy efficient lighting and more. Six local interior decorators will also vie for “Best in Show” in the 3rd Annual Holiday Table Scapes competition by creating and displaying a holiday-themed table setting. Tickets are $7. For details, visit http://www.richmondhomeshow.com .
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Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd., will host “Publick Days and the Godspeed” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17-18. To commemorate its 400th anniversary, this special event will feature 100 living history interpreters portraying both English colonists and native inhabitants of circa 1611 Virginia. Interpreters will occupy the English city, the Indian site Arrohateck, and 17th-century ship replica Godspeed from Jamestown Settlement, and will demonstrate the commercial, mechanical, agricultural, domestic, and military skills of both cultures as would have been observed between the years 1611-1622. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle. For a daily itinerary, visit http://www.henricus.org .

Sept. 18
DiggityFest, a family music festival, will be held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Westchester Commons, off Rt. 288 in Midlothian. Three of Richmond’s biggest family entertainers, The Diggity Dudes, Silly Bus and Hope Harris & The Cousins Jamboree, will perform with Grammy award-winning artist Dan Zanes. There will also be hands-on activities provided by Romp ‘n Roll and the Primrose School, as well as roving entertainment and food and drink for purchase. Proceeds will benefit Connor’s Heroes, a local nonprofit helping to ease the burdens of childhood cancer. Tickets for ages 13 and older are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets for ages 12 and under are $10 in advance and $13 at the door. For details, visit http://www.diggityfest.com .
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The Central Virginia Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will host its 15th Annual Richmond Walk to Cure Diabetes 5K at 2 p.m. in the Dogwood Dell area at Byrd Park. The Big Boss Man Band will perform and there will be a variety of children’s activities including the Flying Squirrels FunZone, a moonbounce, face painting, a pirate zone, the Richmond SpiderZone, mascots and more. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. For details, call Kim Jenkins at 254-8014 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



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

Weekend Top 10


It’s Halloween! Ghosts and goblins are everywhere…especially at Dorey Park’s Monster Mash and the annual Pumpkin Festival at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. But don’t let the fun stop on the 31st – the Latin Ballet of Virginia will present El Dia de los Muertos Family Festival on Nov. 1. And if you need a break from the candy, enjoy some classical music at the University of Richmond and the Weinstein JCC on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

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