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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

Bon Secours to host ‘Support Your Girls’ at Short Pump Town Center

October 02 2014 - Wine and food tastings at participating Short Pump restaurants, 6 p.m., $25
Bon Secours Richmond Health System will host “Support Your Girls,” a Cancer Care Fund fundraiser, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Short Pump Town Center. Enjoy wine and food tastings at participating Short Pump restaurants, and discounts from participating retailers. Luminaries will be lit in honor of a loved one affected by breast cancer. Prizes include a $500 Short Pump Town Center gift card, a Schwarzchild ring and a stay at the Hyatt House. Tickets are $25. For details, visit https://www.bsvaf.org/supportyourgirls

Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society to meet at Lewis Ginter

October 02 2014 - Artist Emily Herr will describe her most recent mural, Secret Garden Sunroom, 7 p.m., Free
The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Artist Emily Herr will describe her most recent mural, Secret Garden Sunroom. The program is free and open to the public. A short business meeting will follow the presentation. For details, visit http://www.pocahontaschapter-vnps.org

UR Dept. of Theatre and Dance to present ‘Clybourne Park’ Oct. 2-5

October 02 2014 - A spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry's 'A Raisin in the Sun', Times vary, $8 to $15
The University of Richmond Department of Theatre and Dance will present “Clybourne Park” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-4 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 5 in Cousins Studio Theatre. A spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry's “A Raisin in the Sun,” this cutting-edge satire takes a stab at race and landed property in an imaginary Chicago community. Tickets are $8 to $15. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu

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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

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

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.

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