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Weekend Top 10

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.


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Tree seedling giveaway planned April 2-3


The Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District will sponsor a tree seedling giveaway on April 2 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on April 3 at Hermitage High School parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bare-root tree seedlings are available to Henrico County residents free of charge for the spring planting season.

The following seedling species will be available: apple, kousa dogwood, red maple, river birch, red osier dogwood, loblolly pine, sycamore, bald cypress, white dogwood and redbud. Quantities are limited and trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each participant is allowed up to 10 trees total, not to include more than five of the same species. > Read more.

State provides online directory of Bingo games


Wondering where to go to play Bingo? Wonder no more.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) recently launched an online directory of permitted bingo games played in Virginia. Listed by locality, more than 400 regular games are available across the state. The directory will be updated monthly and can be found on VDACS’ website at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/gaming/index.shtml.

“Many Virginia charities, including volunteer rescue squads, booster clubs and programs to feed the homeless, use proceeds from charitable gaming as a tool to support their missions, said Michael Menefee, program manager for VDACS’ Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. > Read more.

Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

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