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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

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


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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.

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