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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

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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