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Summer Nature Series at Three Lakes Nature Center continues

July 23 2014 - 'The Nature of Turtles', 10 a.m.,
The Summer Nature Series at Three Lakes Nature Center, 400 Sausiluta Dr., continues with “The Nature of Turtles” 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

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

July 23 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.

VCU Med Center to present ‘Forgiving Ourselves and Others for Better Health’

July 23 2014 - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 5:30 p.m., Free
VCU Medical Center will present the seminar “Forgiving Ourselves and Others for Better Health” at 5:30 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Learn why forgiveness is important for our well-being and how to help others who are struggling to forgive. The seminar is free and open to the public. Register online at http://www.vcuhealth.org/seminars

SPARC SummerStarz Touring Ensemble to perform ‘All Shook Up’ at Henrico Theatre

July 23 2014 - Reservations are required, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Free
The SPARC SummerStarz Touring Ensemble, comprised of 30 talented actors ages 9-15, will take the stage in “All Shook Up!” at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. This American jukebox musical takes a spin on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” using the songs of Elvis Presley. Admission is free. Reservations are required. For details, call 501-5859 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec

Learn about slime through hands-on activities at Fairfield Library

July 24 2014 - Registration is required, 2 p.m.,
Learn about slime and its basic ingredients in a series of hands-on activities at 2 p.m. at Fairfield Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave. Includes a take home science project, “Slime in Activity Cup.” Registration is required. For details, call 290-9300 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org

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

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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

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.

Playing with fire

‘Dragon’ sequel is a rare part-two success story
Sequels are like toys. Any sequel worth its salt needs more stuff – more “cool,” more “new,” more of everything, really.

Just like the toys those sequels inspire. What kid’s going to want a medium-sized dragon after the first How to Train Your Dragon ended with a beast the size of a skyscraper? They want something bigger and shinier; something that lights up or shoots little plastic firebolts.

Dreamworks certainly had this in mind for How to Train Your Dragon 2 – not just for the merchandising (truly, this is the franchise that will launch a thousand dragon-themed birthday parties), but for the film itself. > Read more.

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