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Virginia Blood Services to hold blood drive at Summer Heat Event

August 02 2014 - All walk-ins are welcome, 10 a.m., Free
Virginia Blood Services will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Summer Heat Event, 4301 Parham Rd. 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. For details, call Tanya Harding at 501-4436.

Henrico Division of Police to host Community Day at Western Government Center

August 02 2014 - Community Day will also serve as the kick-off for National Night Out on Aug. 5, 10 a.m., Free
The Henrico Division of Police will host a free Community Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Western Government Center Complex, 4301 E. Parham Road. The event will feature public safety static displays, fun activities for children, and a “Sidewalk of Services” for citizens to peruse and discover the many valuable services County departments offer. Community Day will also serve as the kick-off for National Night Out that will take place in neighborhoods throughout the County and the nation on the following Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.

Play games without batteries at Walkerton Tavern

August 04 2014 - Games include nine pins, snakes and ladders, dominoes, ring toss and others, 10 a.m., Free
All ages are invited to play with toys and games that don’t require batteries from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd. Games include nine pins, snakes and ladders, dominoes, ring toss and others. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec

2014 Summer Movie Express continues at Regal VCC, Short Pump Aug. 5-6

August 05 2014 - 'Turbo' (Aug. 5) and 'Walking with Dinosaurs' (Aug. 6), 10 a.m., Free
The 2014 Summer Movie Express continues at Regal Virginia Center Stadium 20 and Regal Short Pump Stadium 14. The films this week are “Turbo” on August 5 and “Walking with Dinosaurs” on August 6. The program runs for nine weeks with select G and PG titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. throughout the summer. Tickets are $1 and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. For details, visit http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express

Alzheimer’s Association to offer program on ‘Building Your Skills as a Caregiver’

August 05 2014 - Advance registration is required, 9 a.m., $10
The Alzheimer’s Association will offer the program “Building Your Skills as a Caregiver: Dressing, Bathing, Nutrition and Communication” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4600 Cox Rd. Cost is $10. A light lunch is included. Advance registration is required by calling 967-2580.

5th annual Highland Springs Community National Night Out planned Aug. 5

August 05 2014 - Broken Bread Ministries, 6 p.m., Free
The fifth annual Highland Springs Community National Night Out will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Broken Bread Ministries, located at 506 S. Holly Ave. NNO is a unique crime/drug prevention event that promotes neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in the fight for a safer community. Admission is free. For details, call Pastor Geneva Alston at 328-2995 or Wendy Dennis at 502-5729.

Fairfield Middle School Fresh Market held on Wednesdays through Aug. 13

August 06 2014 - All produce is grown in the school's garden using organic practices, 4 p.m.,
The Fairfield Middle School Fresh Market will be held every Wednesday at the school, 5121 Nine Mile Rd., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., through Aug. 13. All produce is grown in the school's garden using organic practices. The effort is led by students.

Summer Nature Series at Three Lakes continues with ‘Mega-monsters: Dinosaurs’

August 06 2014 - Topics rotate throughout the summer months, 10 a.m., Free
The Summer Nature Series at Three Lakes Nature Center, 400 Sausiluta Dr., continues with “Mega-monsters: Dinosaurs” from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nature center staff will open the classroom doors to visitors and share a variety of items/treasures from the nature collections. Topics rotate throughout the summer months. For details, call 262-5055 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec

Innsbrook After Hours to present Gavin Degraw, Matt Nathanson, Andrew McMahon

August 06 2014 - Snagajob Innsbrook Pavilion, 6:30 p.m., $20
Innsbrook After Hours will present Gavin Degraw, Matt Nathanson and Andrew McMahon at 6:30 p.m. at the Snagajob Innsbrook Pavilion. Gates open at 5 p.m. General admission is $20. For details, visit http://www.innsbrookafterhours.com

Seminar on ‘Deep Brain Stimulation: Restoring Balance to Broken Circuits’ planned

August 07 2014 - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 5:30 p.m., Free
VCU Medical Center will present the seminar “Deep Brain Stimulation: Restoring Balance to Broken Circuits” at 5:30 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Learn how deep brain stimulation can be used to restore balance and help patients with neurologic and psychiatric disorders that are beyond the reach of medications. The seminar is free and open to the public. Register online at http://www.vcuhealth.org/seminars

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Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

US Army Field Band to perform in Henrico Aug. 3

The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.

Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.

The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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.

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