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Working professionals invited to ‘Brown Bag Fitness’ at Echo Lake Park

October 01 2014 - The series continues through November, 12 p.m., Free
Working professionals are invited to break away from the office and stretch their legs at Brown Bag Fitness from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Echo Lake Park, 5701 Springfield Rd. Bring a bagged lunch to a series of sessions on healthy living and learn some fitness tips and exercises that you can use at home or at the office. The series continues through November. No charge. For details, call 501-5121 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec

Bon Secours to host ‘Support Your Girls’ at Short Pump Town Center

October 02 2014 - Wine and food tastings at participating Short Pump restaurants, 6 p.m., $25
Bon Secours Richmond Health System will host “Support Your Girls,” a Cancer Care Fund fundraiser, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Short Pump Town Center. Enjoy wine and food tastings at participating Short Pump restaurants, and discounts from participating retailers. Luminaries will be lit in honor of a loved one affected by breast cancer. Prizes include a $500 Short Pump Town Center gift card, a Schwarzchild ring and a stay at the Hyatt House. Tickets are $25. For details, visit https://www.bsvaf.org/supportyourgirls

NAMI to sponsor Peer-to-Peer Education Program for adults with mental illness

October 03 2014 - 10-week series of classes to be held at Henrico’s Lakeside Center, 1 p.m., Free
NAMI of Central Virginia will sponsor a free Peer-to-Peer Education Program specifically for adults with mental illness. The 10-week series of classes will start Friday, Oct. 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Henrico’s Lakeside Center, 5623 Lakeside Ave. The course offers a holistic approach to recovery through a combination of lecture, discussion, interactive exercises and stress management techniques. For details, call 285-1749 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Sophie House Collaborate to Eradicate 5K run/walk planned at Mt. Vernon Baptist

October 04 2014 - Fundraiser to help eradicate breast cancer, 8 a.m.,
The Sophie House Collaborate to Eradicate 5K run/walk, a fundraiser to help eradicate breast cancer, will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 11220 Nuckols Rd. Race proceeds will benefit the Ellen Shaw de Paredes Foundation, The Sophie House and the Deep Run Marathon Dance. For details and to register, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/GlenAllen/TheSophieHouse5K

St. Francis Watkins Centre in Midlothian to hold a free flu shot clinic

October 04 2014 - For shorter wait times, complete paperwork ahead of time at http://www.watkinsER.com, 9 a.m., Free
St. Francis Watkins Centre in Midlothian will hold a free flu shot clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Doctors and nurses will be on site to administer free flu shots and educate adults and children about staying healthy during flu season. For shorter wait times, participants can complete paperwork ahead of time at http://www.watkinsER.com Anot.her clinic will be held Oct. 18.

Foundation Fighting Blindness to present 7th annual Vision Walk in Innsbrook

October 04 2014 - Team and individual prizes, snacks and refreshments, kid’s activities, music and more, 10 a.m.,
The Foundation Fighting Blindness will present the 7th annual Vision Walk at 10 a.m. in Innsbrook. There will be team and individual prizes, snacks and refreshments, kid’s activities, music and more. Rain or shine. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/oa6h53p

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

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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