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Erik Estrada to appear at Glen Allen church screening of ‘Finding Faith’

Erik Estrada

Glen Allen Baptist Church will screen a new faith- and family-friendly film on Jan. 26, in addition to hosting stars of the film, including Erik Estrada.

Estrada is best known for his role as Ponch in the television series, ChiPs. Since playing that role, he has appeared in a long list of movies, television shows, and reality programs. Estrada is also the national celebrity spokesman for the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, the creators of the film Finding Faith.

Finding Faith is a full-length narrative motion picture that tells the true story of a family's struggles to find and rescue 14-year-old ‘Faith,’ who accidently falls victim to an online predator. The film, based entirely on true events and observations from experts, highlights Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force efforts to rescue children from predators – often just in time to save children from great harm. The film is designed to inform parents, educators and concerned citizens of the ways children are targeted, and to caution that even the most closely-knit families or most guarded parents have difficulty stopping predators who have perfected their trade.

The screening at Glen Allen Baptist Church is part of a national awareness tour conducted by Estrada and the film’s creator and executive director of the Safe Surfin’ Foundation to raise awareness about the issue. Parents concerned about their elementary-aged child learning to use search engines or about their high school student's
growing dependency on social networking sites will find the information in the film especially valuable.

The screening will take place at 5 p.m. Jan. 26 in the church sanctuary at 3028 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. For details about the film, visit http://www.FindingFaithFilm.com


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

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.

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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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