Document native plants at Echo Lake Park Aug. 27

August 27 2016 - Presented by the Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society, 9 a.m., Free
The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will find and document native plants present and blooming at this time of year in Echo Lake Park on Saturday, Aug. 27. This free event is open to the public. The group will meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot located at 5701 Springfield Rd., just off Staples Mill Road at I-295 in Glen Allen. The park is a wonderfully preserved example of a traditional passive recreational area from the 1930s transformed into a municipal park with a variety of dry, rolling, oak-hickory woods, sunny openings, trailside borders, fencerows, a near-pristine, shaded, trail-bordered shoreline, bushy thickets, and wetlands and long-time fishing lake. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes or boots, bring water and snacks, and insect and sun protection. A notepad to record plants observed, and standard pictorial ID guides are ideally suited for this event. For more information, contact Trip Leader Robert Wright at 571-228-8144 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Henrico County to host “Fight-the-Bite TODAY” at Fairfield MS

August 27 2016 - Live demos, educational materials, free insect repellent (while supplies last) and more, 8 a.m., Free
In an effort to prevent the potential spread of Zika virus, Henrico County is hosting "Fight-the-Bite TODAY," a free event designed to help citizens learn how to prevent mosquito bites and reduce Asian tiger mosquito populations, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fairfield Middle School, 5121 Nine Mile Road. Citizens are invited to stop by during the event to pick up free EPA-registered insect repellent, while supplies last. Educational materials and tools will be available, and various community partners and emergency preparedness agencies also will be present. Live demonstrations and Pick-a-Day to Fight-the-Bite interactive sessions will provide residents the resources to prevent mosquito bites. For details, visit http://www.henrico.us/calendar/fight-bite-today or call 501-4276.

North Park Library to host Summer Finale Party

August 27 2016 - , 3 p.m., Free
North Park Library will host a Summer Finale Party with cool treats and lots of fun at 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the North Park Library. For details, call 501-1970.

Lavender Fields Herb Farm to offer free farm tour

August 27 2016 - No registration is required, 12 p.m., Free
Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Rd. in Glen Allen, will offer a free farm tour from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. This walking tour includes farm history, a stop by the bee hives and seeing the greenhouses that produce over 300,000 USDA Certified Organic herb and vegetable plants each year. Each adult will receive a free ice cream upon completion. This is an outdoor tour; dress accordingly. No registration is required. For details, call 262-7167 or visit http://www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com

West Broad Village concludes its Rock and Roll Summer concert series

August 27 2016 - Country group Harley Boone will perform, 7 p.m., Free
West Broad Village concludes its Rock and Roll Summer concert series from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at “The Pad” next to Aloft Hotel. Country group Harley Boone will perform. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://www.shopwestbroadvillage.com

14th annual Seafood Splash returns to Hadad’s Lake

August 27 2016 - Enjoy all you can eat crabs, fish, chicken and more, 12 p.m., $25 to $45
The 14th annual Seafood Splash is back at Hadad’s Lake, 7900 Osborne Tnpk., from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy all you can eat crabs, fish, chicken and more. Featuring Richmond’s own J. Baxter & The Sauce Band and the area’s best DJs including Sir RJ, Lonnie B and Drake. Bring your own lawn chairs, tents and tables. Rain or shine. Tickets are $25 to $45. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/seafoodsplash2016

Richmond Gun Show set for Aug. 27-28 at Richmond Raceway Complex

August 27 2016 - There will be over 800 tables in two buildings, Hours vary, $10
The Richmond Gun Show will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 27 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Richmond Raceway Complex. There will be over 800 tables in two buildings. Admission is $10. Children under age 12 are free. For details, visit http://www.showmastersgunshows.com

American country legend Lee Greenwood to headline Old Dominion Barn Dance

August 27 2016 - Henrico Theatre, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $45
American country music legend, Lee Greenwood, is slated to headline the Old Dominion Barn Dance for two big shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre. Joining Greenwood are the Old Dominion Barn Dance cast, led by producer/performer Donna Meade (Donna Dean Stevens), Lynne Carnes, Tony Jackson, Danny Menzies and the Barn Burners, Cal Newman, comedian Lee Blasingame and the Peanut City Cloggers. This show’s special guests are teen fiddle sensation, Maggie Bostain, and award-winning bluegrass band, John Grigsby and County Line. Greenwood has been performing and recording since 1962 and released more than twenty major-label albums and has charted more than 35 singles on the Billboard country music charts. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at http://www.olddominionbarndance.com or by calling 1-866-710-8942.

VNPS Pocahontas Chapter continues Sunday Strolls at Dorey Park

August 28 2016 - Anyone with an interest in the native landscape is welcome, from novice to expert, 4 p.m., Free
The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will continue its Sunday Strolls at Dorey Park at 4 p.m. These twice-monthly walks are an opportunity to observe the seasonal changes in the park’s interesting and diverse native plant communities. Anyone with an interest in the native landscape is welcome, from novice to expert. Contact Trip Leader Leslie Allanson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 248-1578 to register and get details on where to meet.

Henrico Concert Band to perform at Dorey Park

August 29 2016 - , 7 p.m., Free
The Henrico Concert Band will perform at 7 p.m. at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and spend a casual evening by the lake listening to your favorite band music. In case of inclement weather, the concert may be canceled. There will be no rain date. For details, call 501-5138 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec

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Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

County plans Fourth of July event


Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present “Red, White, and Lights” at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park July 4.

Henrico County has hosted a Fourth of July celebration annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time and expanded hours and be highlighted by new entertainment.

The free event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser-light show, patriotic performances, and family activities. > Read more.
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It’s a great weekend to get outside! The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society is offering two events this weekend. Accompany the group to find and document native plants present and blooming in Echo Lake Park on Saturday or take a “Sunday Stroll” at Dorey Park to observe the seasonal changes taking place. Other outdoor events this weekend include the final summer concert at West Broad Village and “Fridays on the Patio” at James River Cellars Winery in Glen Allen. If you’re going to be outside, don’t forget the insect repellent! To learn more about avoiding those pesky mosquitos, check out Henrico County’s “Fight-the-Bite TODAY” event tomorrow. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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