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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

Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society to meet at Lewis Ginter

October 02 2014 - Artist Emily Herr will describe her most recent mural, Secret Garden Sunroom, 7 p.m., Free
The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Artist Emily Herr will describe her most recent mural, Secret Garden Sunroom. The program is free and open to the public. A short business meeting will follow the presentation. For details, visit http://www.pocahontaschapter-vnps.org

UR Dept. of Theatre and Dance to present ‘Clybourne Park’ Oct. 2-5

October 02 2014 - A spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry's 'A Raisin in the Sun', Times vary, $8 to $15
The University of Richmond Department of Theatre and Dance will present “Clybourne Park” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-4 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 5 in Cousins Studio Theatre. A spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry's “A Raisin in the Sun,” this cutting-edge satire takes a stab at race and landed property in an imaginary Chicago community. Tickets are $8 to $15. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu

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).

Professional Singles Association to host Happy Hour for 50+ singles at Urban Tavern

October 03 2014 - Visitors welcome, 5 p.m.,
The Professional Singles Association (PSA) will host a Happy Hour for 50+ singles at 5 p.m. at Urban Tavern, 10498 Ridgefield Pkwy. There will be specials on beer and wine. Visitors welcome. For details, call Sue at 536-1695 or visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com

CACGA to present a musical tribute to the legendary Judy Garland

October 03 2014 - Featuring Debra Wagoner with pianist Anthony Smith, 7 p.m., $15 to $18
Enjoy a musical tribute to the legendary Judy Garland featuring Debra Wagoner with pianist Anthony Smith at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage series which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Dinner and beverages will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 to $18. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com

10th annual African Film Weekend to be held Oct. 3-4 at the University of Richmond

October 03 2014 - , Times vary, Free
The 10th annual African Film Weekend will be held Oct. 3-4 at the University of Richmond. This event screens new and original African films each fall giving faculty, staff, students and the greater Richmond community the opportunity to learn about cultures and issues in Africa. This cultural celebration also includes a lecture, “The Boko Harman Phenomenon: Challenges for the Nigerian State and Society.” The lecture and film series are free and open to the public. For a complete film festival and more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/mw9hupj

Village Presbyterian Church to host yard sale Oct. 3-4

October 03 2014 - Benefits Eastern Henrico FISH, Times vary,
Village Presbyterian Church, 110 N. Laburnum Ave., will host a Mega Yard Sale to benefit Eastern Henrico FISH from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3 and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 4. There will be housewares, clothing, toys, books and more for sale. The Sandston Masons will sponsor a blood drive. Hot dogs, desserts and drinks will be available for purchase as well.

The popular Halloween movie ‘Ghostbusters’ to play at Henrico Theatre Oct. 3-4

October 03 2014 - Zombies will be lurking in the lobby and performing the famous Thriller dance before the movie, Times vary, $1
The popular Halloween movie “Ghostbusters” will play at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Zombies will be lurking in the lobby and performing the famous Thriller dance before the movie. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec

Gallmeyer Farms to host its fourth annual Fall Festival at The Pumpkin Patch

October 04 2014 - Live entertainment, hay rides and pony rides, craft and food vendors, kid’s activities and more, 10 a.m., Free
Gallmeyer Farms will host its fourth annual Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Pumpkin Patch, 4506 Millers Ln. There will be live entertainment, hay rides and pony rides, craft and food vendors, kid’s activities and more. Coolers, chairs and picnics welcome. No pets. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.gallmeyerfarms.com

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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

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.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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