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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

CharacterWorks, Inc. to present ‘Footloose’ at The Steward School July 25-27

July 25 2014 - CharacterWorks is a nonprofit, after-school youth theater program for students age 4-19, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., $13 to $17
CharacterWorks, Inc. will present “Footloose” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 25-27 at The Robins Theatre at Steward School, 11600 Gayton Rd. Tickets are $13 to $17. CharacterWorks is a nonprofit, after-school youth theater program for students age 4-19. For details, visit http://www.cworkstheater.org

Saxon Shoes to celebrate National Dance Day with free dance class

July 26 2014 - Short Pump Town Center location, 10 a.m., Free
Saturday, July 26 is National Dance Day and to celebrate Saxon Shoes is holding a free dance class at their Short Pump Town Center location at 10 a.m. National Dance Day was launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe as an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. This grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity.

In addition to promoting dance education and physical fitness, the event also is designed by Saxon to bring awareness to the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement.

The Go Red For Women initiative in Richmond will be highlighted by a luncheon on February 20, 2015 at the Downtown Richmond Marriott. The luncheon will feature the highly anticipated “what’s in her bag” purse auction, “heart” stories from survivors, health screenings and heart health information. To learn more about the luncheon or how to become involved with the movement locally, contact Lauren Schingh at 965-6522 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

More information about the local Dance Day events can be found on Saxon’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/saxonshoes or by calling 285-3473.

Tuckahoe Library to host the workshop ‘DIY Kitchen Cosmetics’

July 28 2014 - Registration is required, 2 p.m.,
Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr., will host the workshop “DIY Kitchen Cosmetics” at 2 p.m. Make your own moisturizing sugar scrub, tasty lip gloss and more using simple household ingredients. Registration is required. For details, call 290-9100 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org

Henrico Concert Band to perform at Dorey Park

July 28 2014 - Bring a blanket or lawn chair and spend a casual evening by the lake, 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. Admission is free. For details, call 501-5859.

Virginia Physicians for Women to offer a program for teen, preteen girls

July 29 2014 - Registration is required, 6 p.m., Free
Virginia Physicians for Women will offer a program for teen and preteen girls from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at VPFW’s Innsbrook office. There will be an open discussion about adolescent gynecology, including menstrual cycles and irregularities, breast growth, prevention of STDs, and even when to schedule that first GYN exam. The program is free and open to the community. Registration is required. For details, visit http://www.vpfw.com

Commonwealth Parenting to present ‘Fighters, Biters, Pushers & Smushers’

July 29 2014 - Children’s Museum of Richmond-Short Pump, 6:30 p.m., $30
Commonwealth Parenting will present “Fighters, Biters, Pushers & Smushers” for parents of toddlers from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Short Pump, 2200 Old Brick Rd. Cost is $30. For details, call 545-1272 or visit http://www.commonwealthparenting.org

Summer Movie Express continues at Regal VCC, Short Pump July 29-30

July 29 2014 - 'The Croods' (July 29) and 'Epic' (July 30), 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 “The Croods” on July 29 and “Epic” on July 30. 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

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

July 30 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.

Pull apart stuff you use every day and take a look inside at Gayton Library

July 30 2014 - For middle and high school students, 2 p.m.,
Pull apart stuff you use every day and take a look inside at 2 p.m. at Gayton Library, 10600 Gayton Rd. For middle and high school students. For details, call 290-9600 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org

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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


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.

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.

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