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Henrico County Community Author Showcase continues at Fairfield Library

July 24 2014 - Lashawn Hewlett-Wilson will share her book 'Forbidden Fruit', 7 p.m.,
The Henrico County Community Author Showcase, a new program that connects writers and readers in the community, will begin at 7 p.m. and continue on Thursdays at various libraries. Lashawn Hewlett-Wilson will share her book “Forbidden Fruit” at Fairfield Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/authorshowcase

Commonwealth Parenting to present workshop on babies, sleep at St. Mary’s Hospital

July 24 2014 - Pre-registration is required, 6:30 p.m., Free
Commonwealth Parenting will present “The Goodnight Story: What New Parents Need to Know” at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital, Room 164. Learn about the ages and stages of sleep, how to set routines and conditions conducive to sleep, sleep safety tips and solutions for common sleep challenges. Admission is free. Pre-registration is required. For details, call 545-1272 or visit http://www.commonwealthparenting.org

Innsbrook After Hours to present O.A.R., Phillip Phillips at Innsbrook Pavilion

July 24 2014 - Special guest - Saints of Valory, 5:30 p.m., $21
Innsbrook After Hours will present O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips, with Saints of Valory, at 5:30 p.m. at the Snagajob Innsbrook Pavilion. Gates open at 5 p.m. General admission is $21. For details, visit http://www.innsbrookafterhours.com

Lewis Ginter to present Flowers After 5 on Thursdays through August

July 24 2014 - Stroll through the gardens and enjoy wine, music and dining al fresco, 5 p.m., $7 to $11
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 $11 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for children ages 3-12. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org

Under the Stars Family Film Series to present ‘Despicable Me 2’

July 25 2014 - Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 8:30 p.m., Free
The Under the Stars Family Film Series will present “Despicable Me 2” at 8:30 p.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Bring a blanket or chair. Concessions will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For details, call 270-2161 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec

Virginia Blood Services to hold blood drive at Village Shopping Center

July 25 2014 - All walk-ins are welcome, 2 p.m., Free
Virginia Blood Services will hold a blood drive from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Village Shopping Center, Three Chopt Road and Patterson Avenue. All walk-ins are welcome and donors are encouraged to schedule their appointment by visiting http://www.vadonor.org and u,sing sponsor code HCEDH.

CharacterWorks, Inc. to present ‘Footloose’ at The Steward School July 25-27

July 25 2014 - CharacterWorks is a nonprofit, after-school youth theater program for students age 4-19, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., $13 to $17
CharacterWorks, Inc. will present “Footloose” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 25-27 at The Robins Theatre at Steward School, 11600 Gayton Rd. Tickets are $13 to $17. CharacterWorks is a nonprofit, after-school youth theater program for students age 4-19. For details, visit http://www.cworkstheater.org

Alpha Theatre and Arts Company to present ‘Peter Pan’ July 25-26

July 25 2014 - Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville, ,
Alpha Theatre and Arts Company will present “Peter Pan” July 25-26 at Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville. For details, call Mimi Ellis at 266-5315 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

McShin Foundation’s tenth annual Pool Party planned July 26

July 26 2014 - Food, live music, raffle prizes and more, 1 p.m.,
The McShin Foundation’s tenth annual Pool Party will take place at 1 p.m. at the home of John and Kathy Rueger in Henrico. There will be food, live music, raffle prizes and more. For details, visit http://www.mcshin.org

Learn more about letterboxing at Walkerton Tavern

July 26 2014 - All ages, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Free
Learn more about letterboxing – part treasure hunt, art and exploration – from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd. All ages. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec

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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

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.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

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