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Henrico Theatre Company to present ‘Pump Boys and Dinettes’ July 11-27

July 11 2014 - The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, Times vary, $8 to $10
The Henrico Theatre Company will present “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” a musical comedy, July 11-27 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Evening performances begin at 8 p.m. while matinees start at 2:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Tickets are $8 to $10. For details, call 501-5859 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec

‘Toast to RVA Day’ at Toast New American Gastropub to benefit Safe Harbor

July 21 2014 - The featured local charity will receive 10% of all the food sales from that day, 11 a.m.,
Toast New American Gastropub, 7007 Three Chopt Rd., will host Toast to RVA Day every Monday from 11 a.m. to midnight where the featured local charity will receive 10% of all the food sales from that day. This week’s charity is Greater Richmond SCAN. Take out included. For details, visit http://www.toastrva.com/events

2014 Summer Movie Express continues at Regal VCC, Short Pump July 22-23

July 22 2014 - 'Kung Fu Panda 2' (July 22) and 'Madagascar 3' (July 23), 10 a.m., $1
The 2014 Summer Movie Express continues at Regal Virginia Center Stadium 20 and Regal Short Pump Stadium 14. The films this week are “Kung Fu Panda 2” on July 22 and “Madagascar 3” on July 23. 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

Innsbrook After Hours to present John Hiatt, Robert Cray at Innsbrook Pavilion

July 23 2014 - , 6 p.m., $15
Innsbrook After Hours will present John Hiatt and Robert Cray at 6 p.m. at the Snagajob Innsbrook Pavilion. Gates open at 5 p.m. General admission is $15. For details, visit http://www.innsbrookafterhours.com

Richmond SCORE to present ‘Pricing Products & Services for Small/Med Businesses’

July 23 2014 - Stratford University, 6 p.m., $25
Richmond SCORE will present the workshop “Pricing Products & Services for Small/Med Businesses” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Stratford University, 11104 W. Broad St. Join a local profit improvement expert and small business coach to learn and take-away practical tips and tools you can use immediately to improve your pricing and profitability. Cost is $25. For details, visit http://www.richmond.score.org/localworkshops

Extension Office to present babysitting workshop at Sandston Library July 23, 25

July 23 2014 - Participants must attend both days, 3 p.m.,
The Henrico County Extension Office will present a two-day babysitting workshop at 3 p.m. July 23 and 25 at Sandston Library, 23 E. Williamsburg Rd. Participants must attend both days. Register online at http://www.henricolibrary.org or call 290-9900.

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

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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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