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Henrico Concert Band to perform at Henrico Theatre

September 29 2014 - Reservations are required, 7:30 p.m., Free
The Henrico Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The all-volunteer band plays a variety of Broadway, Ragtime, John Philip Sousa, inspirational music and more. Admission is free. Reservations are required by calling 328-4491 or 501-5859.

Tour New Market Heights Battlefield in honor of 150th anniversary of the battle

September 29 2014 - , 6:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Free
Tour New Market Heights Battlefield in conjunction with Richmond National Battlefield on the 150th anniversary of the battle. A “real time” tour starts at 6:30 a.m. and a later tour starts at 11 a.m. This walking tour will trek over rugged terrain with long periods of standing and walking expected. No charge. For details, call 652-3411 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec

Local author Dr. Walter S. Griggs, Jr. to discuss Church Hill Tunnel collapse

September 29 2014 - Dumbarton Library, 7 p.m.,
Local author Dr. Walter S. Griggs, Jr. will discuss the collapse of the Church Hill Tunnel at 7 p.m. at Dumbarton Library, 6800 Staples Mill Rd. For details, call 290-9400 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org

Henrico Police to present a Gang Awareness Program Oct. 1-2

October 01 2014 - , 7 p.m., Free
Henrico Police will present a Gang Awareness Program from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Deep Run Recreation Center on Oct. 1 and at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center on Oct. 2. Topics to be discussed include the state code gang definition, why do kids join gangs, warning signs, what parents can do, available resources and more. Admission is free. For details, call Henrico Police Prevention Services at 501-4838.

Innsbrook After Hours to present the Eli Young Band, guest Erik Dylan

October 01 2014 - Snagajob Innsbrook Pavilion, 6:30 p.m., $15 to $20
Innsbrook After Hours will present the Eli Young Band, with guest Erik Dylan, at 6:30 p.m. at the Snagajob Innsbrook Pavilion. Gates open at 5 p.m. General admission is $15 to $20. For details, visit http://www.innsbrookafterhours.com

Working professionals invited to ‘Brown Bag Fitness’ at Echo Lake Park

October 01 2014 - The series continues through November, 12 p.m., Free
Working professionals are invited to break away from the office and stretch their legs at Brown Bag Fitness from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Echo Lake Park, 5701 Springfield Rd. Bring a bagged lunch to a series of sessions on healthy living and learn some fitness tips and exercises that you can use at home or at the office. The series continues through November. No charge. For details, call 501-5121 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec

HCPS Superintendent Dr. Patrick Kinlaw to speak at Henrico Business Council

October 01 2014 - Reynolds Community College, 7:15 a.m.,
The Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber will hold its monthly networking breakfast on Oct. 1 at 7:15 a.m. at Reynolds Community College, 1651 E. Parham Rd. The council will hear from Dr. Patrick Kinlaw, superintendent of Henrico County Public Schools. Dr. Kinlaw will share the facts, figures and stories about the state of county schools, unveil new initiatives and address issues the Henrico Business Council has identified as important to its members, including workforce development, public-private partnerships, community support, the school budget and accreditation.

Shepherd’s Center to begin its Open University four-week fall lecture series

October 01 2014 - St. Mary Catholic Church, 12:30 p.m., Free
The Shepherd’s Center will begin its Open University four-week fall lecture series “Lunch and Life” at 12:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. Bill Lohmann, columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, will present “Back Roads of Virginia.” A brown bag lunch precedes at noon with dessert and beverages provided. The series is free. For details, call 355-7282 or visit http://www.tscor.org

Modlin Center for the Arts at UR to present the Alonzo King LINES Ballet

October 01 2014 - Stay after for a post-show Q&A session with the performers, 7:30 p.m., $19 to $38
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present the Alonzo King LINES Ballet at 7:30 p.m. at Alice Jepson Theatre. Under the direction of Alonzo King, the company’s founder, Alonzo King LINES Ballet has brought a variety of new and expressive languages to the stage since 1982. Stay after for a post-show Q&A session with the performers. Tickets are $19 to $38. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu

Henrico County Community Author Showcase to feature Vivian Stevenson

October 02 2014 - Tuckahoe Library, 7 p.m., Free
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. Vivian Stevenson will share her book “Inner Peace, An Obtainable Goal” at Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr. A panel of writers from the Sisters in Crime writing group will also be present. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/authorshowcase

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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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