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Lakeside businesses to host ‘Ladies’ Night Out’ July 22

Lakeside businesses will host their bi-annual "Ladies' Night Out" customer appreciation event on Friday, July 22, beginning at 5 p.m.

Shoppers will be able to enjoy visiting a number of unique shops along Lakeside Avenue, each featuring special discounts, promotions or giveaways.



"Ladies' Night Out is a unique opportunity for the Lakeside Avenue businesses to give back and say thank you to their customers who support them all throughout the year," said Lakeside Business Association (LBA) President Tony Turner, who also is the co-owner of vintage-style home and garden store and tea shop Feathernesters on Lakeside Avenue. "It also provides a special evening of shopping when the shops are usually closed, which many of the patrons really appreciate!"

Participating shops include consignment and home decor shops; bookstores; food establishments; and others.

"Our customers mark their calendars for this special evening," said LBA Vice President Betty Lewis Smith, the owner of Embellish, a specialty home decor and gift shop on Lakeside Avenue. "This is our chance to show our appreciation to our customers with a special night of special treats."


Participating businesses include: Chocolate Cravings; Church Mouse Books; Consignment Connection; Eclectic Stuff; Embellish; Ex Libris Books; Feathernesters Tea Room; Keep Good Company; Kids Grow; McAdoos' Vintage Thrift; My Closet - Your Treasures; Pass It On!; Robin's Nest Antiques; Save Recess! Toys and Games; Umami Coffee and Tea; Vintage Glass and Pottery; and Whispers of Time.

The event will occur again next February.

For details about Lakeside businesses, visit http://www.lakesideavenue.net/page4.html or the LBA's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lakeside-Business-Association/357619567622


Community

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.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Grab the kids and check out these fun family-friendly events taking place this weekend! Speed over to the Henrico Theatre for the film “Turbo” or watch “Dumbo” under the stars at Clarke-Palmore House Museum. Little ones can meet Thomas the Tank Engine at CMOR-Central or play at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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