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Aug. 5
Henrico Rec and Parks and Chesterfield Rec and Parks have teamed up once again to host the 16th annual Hummer of a Summer event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Rd. The picnic is open to survivors of brain injury and their families. An adult must accompany participants under age 18. Bring a side dish to share. Admission is free but registration is required. For details, call Kariayn Peach at 501-5135.
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Tuckahoe Square Dance Club will offer a free introduction to square dancing during its open house from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the West End Community Center, 8102 Ridge Rd. Singles and children ages 12 and older are invited. For details, call Chris at 426-6995 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The movie “Finding Nemo” will be shown at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd., at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 6. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491.
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Virginia’s sixth annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will take place Aug. 5-7. During this three-day period, eligible items will be exempt from Virginia sales tax. To be eligible, school supply items must be $20 or less and clothing and footwear must be $100 or less. There is no limit on the number of items you can purchase tax-free as long as each item qualifies. Lists of eligible items, along with guidelines and frequently asked questions for both consumers and retailers , can be viewed at http://www.tax.virginia.gov .
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Bass Pro Shops’ 2011 Fall Hunting Classic begins today and runs through Aug. 21 at its store in Ashland, 11550 Lakeridge Pkwy. The 17-day event will feature a variety of free activities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. For a schedule of events, visit http://www.basspro.com/classic .

Aug. 6
The Vegetarian Society of Richmond will meet at 5 p.m. for a potluck dinner and program with Rob Murphy at Friends Meeting House, 4500 Kensington Ave. Murphy, a certified raw chef, teacher and coach, will discuss making summer raw dishes. He is the organizer of the Richmond Raw and Living Foods Meetup Group. Please bring a place setting, beverage and a dish to share with recipe; vegan is preferred. For details, call 344-4356 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The Gone to the Birds Festival will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Shockoe Bottom, next to 17th Street Farmer’s Market. The festival began in 2008 when the City of Richmond and local bird enthusiasts and bird groups teamed up to create an urban experience that is unique in the United States – the migration of thousands of Purple Martins rushing to roost on the Bradford Pear trees next to the 17th Street Farmer’s Market . All ages are invited. For details, visit http://www.gonetothebirds.com .
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The Richmond Kickers’ 4th annual Family Fest will begin at 4 p.m. at City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Ave. The Kickers will take on the Dayton Dutch Lions. There will be live music, games, inflatables, face painting, a petting zoo, concessions and more. Virginia Blood Services will also be onsite to collect donations. The pro game will start at 7 p.m. The first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive a special gift from Union First Market Bank and admission is just $10 for the whole family before 6 p.m. After 6 p.m. admission is $12 for adults and $7 for youth. For details, call 644-5425 or visit http://www.richmondkickers.com .

Aug. 7
The 28th annual Carytown Watermelon Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along a one-mile stretch of W. Cary St. There will be 80 musicians playing at various locations throughout the festival, over 100 exhibitors and a large kids’ area with activities. Proceeds from watermelon sales will directly benefit the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.carytownrva.org/watermelon .
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The Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association will host its 3rd annual Freshman Send-off Picnic celebrating the VT Class of 2015 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Robious Landing Park, 3800 James River Rd. Meeting incoming freshmen and mingle with VT ambassadors and alumni while enjoying music, food and more. To register, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Include name, high school and number of attendees.



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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