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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to present Flowers After 5 on Thursdays through Aug.

August 28 2014 - Stroll through the gardens and enjoy wine, music and dining al fresco, 5 p.m., $8 to $12
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., will present Flowers After 5 on Thursday evenings through August. Stroll through the gardens and enjoy wine, music and dining al fresco. There will also be family activities; water play is open until 8 p.m. Garden admission is $8 to $12. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org

Lavender Fields Herb Farm to present a ‘Growing Herbs & Fall Vegetables’ class

August 30 2014 - Register in advance online, 10:30 a.m., $15
Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Rd. in Glen Allen, will present a “Growing Herbs & Fall Vegetables” class from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The class will discuss planning your gardening area from containers to raised beds to large scale, planting and arranging what goes where and when, as well as the best growing conditions and soil mixes. Cost is $15. Register in advance at http://www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com

Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour to stop at Sam’s Club at 9440 W. Broad Street

August 30 2014 - Enjoy backyard barbecue demos and samples while teams cook for cash prizes, 10 a.m., Free
The Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour will stop at Sam’s Club at 9440 W. Broad Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local barbecue enthusiasts are invited to join Pitmaster Michael McDearman for an afternoon of free backyard barbecue demos and samples while competition teams cook for cash prizes and top recognitions. Admission is free. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/kjlcvkf

Toast New American Gastropub to host ‘Toast to RVA Day’ every Monday

September 01 2014 - This week’s charity is the Richmond Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association, 11 a.m.,
Toast New American Gastropub, 7007 Three Chopt Rd., will host Toast to RVA Day every Monday from 11 a.m. to midnight where the featured local charity will receive 10% of all the food sales from that day. This week’s charity is the Richmond Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association. Take out included. For details, visit http://www.toastrva.com/events

James River Cellars Winery to host Labor Day Wine & Cheese Pairing

September 01 2014 - Learn the basics of putting together award-winning wines with specialty cheeses, 11 a.m., $10
James River Cellars Winery, 11008 Washington Hwy. in Glen Allen, will host a Labor Day Wine & Cheese Pairing from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate the holiday with a gourmet wine and cheese pairing. Learn the basics of putting together award-winning wines with specialty cheeses to enhance the flavors of both. Tickets are $10. For details, call 550-7516 or visit http://www.jamesrivercellars.com

REAP, Field of Dreams Farm to sell fresh produce at St. Michael Catholic Church

September 04 2014 - Continues every Thursday, 4 p.m.,
Richmond Entrepreneur's Assistance Program (REAP), a nonprofit that gives job training to individuals with disabilities, has partnered with Field of Dreams Farm. Fresh produce will be boxed and sold at the Produce Market at St. Michael Catholic Church every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For details, visit http://www.fodfarm.com

Community

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.

Author, child abuse survivor to speak at Henrico event

To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.

Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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