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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

West End Comedy to present a short-form improv show July 25-26

July 25 2014 - Audience members throw out suggestions and West End Comedy will act them out, 7:30 p.m., $5 to $7
West End Comedy will present a short-form improv show at 7:30 p.m. July 25-26. Similar to the TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” audience members throw out suggestions and West End Comedy will act them out. The July 25 show is G rated and appropriate for all ages; July 26 is for a mature audience. Tickets are $5 to $7. For details, visit http://www.wecomedy.com

Under the Stars Family Film Series to present ‘Despicable Me 2’

July 25 2014 - Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 8:30 p.m., Free
The Under the Stars Family Film Series will present “Despicable Me 2” at 8:30 p.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Bring a blanket or chair. Concessions will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For details, call 270-2161 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec

Virginia Blood Services to hold blood drive at Village Shopping Center

July 25 2014 - All walk-ins are welcome, 2 p.m., Free
Virginia Blood Services will hold a blood drive from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Village Shopping Center, Three Chopt Road and Patterson Avenue. All walk-ins are welcome and donors are encouraged to schedule their appointment by visiting http://www.vadonor.org and u,sing sponsor code HCEDH.

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

Alpha Theatre and Arts Company to present ‘Peter Pan’ July 25-26

July 25 2014 - Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville, ,
Alpha Theatre and Arts Company will present “Peter Pan” July 25-26 at Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville. For details, call Mimi Ellis at 266-5315 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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.

McShin Foundation’s tenth annual Pool Party planned July 26

July 26 2014 - Food, live music, raffle prizes and more, 1 p.m.,
The McShin Foundation’s tenth annual Pool Party will take place at 1 p.m. at the home of John and Kathy Rueger in Henrico. There will be food, live music, raffle prizes and more. For details, visit http://www.mcshin.org

Learn more about letterboxing at Walkerton Tavern

July 26 2014 - All ages, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Free
Learn more about letterboxing – part treasure hunt, art and exploration – from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd. All ages. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec

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

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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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