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This weekend’s top picks in and around Henrico!
Comedian Guy Torry will be at the Richmond Funny Bone in Short Pump at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Aug. 29, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Aug. 30 and at 7 p.m. Aug. 31. Torry has been seen on Russell Simmons’ “Def Comedy Jam” on HBO, as well as feature films such as “Funny Money,” “The Last Stand,” “Slow Burn,” “Stuck on You” and “American History X.” Tickets are $15 to $17. For details, call 521-8900 or visit www.richmondfunnybone.com.
Join local authors at the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Central from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for book signings, special activities and crafts, special story times and more. Local Author Day is free with museum admission. For details, visit www.c-mor.org/author-day-cmor-central.
Historian, author and mystery writer, Mary Miley Theobald, will discuss her new book “The Impersonator” at 1 p.m. at Twin Hickory Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Rd. Theobald will share little-known facts about Prohibition, why the 1920s mark the real start of women’s liberation, and why it is the perfect decade in which to set a mystery. For details, call 290-9200 or visit www.henricolibrary.org.
Learn about the story of Tom and Pharoah from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. On Aug. 30, 1800, these slaves informed Meadow Farm’s Mosby Sheppard of a planned slave insurrection and secured their role in Meadow Farm and Virginia history. Admission is free. For details, visit www.henrico.us/rec.
The 4th annual Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour will stop at Sam’s Club at 9440 W. Broad Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Boasting a $500,000 prize purse, 25 local qualifying events, six regional finals and a national championship, held at the Sam’s Club headquarters in Bentonville, the national tour holds the title as the largest and richest barbecue series ever. Director will be Pitmaster Michael McDearman, author and owner of “Get Fired Up Foods.” Admission is free. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/kjlcvkf.
The University of Richmond Spider Football season kicks off at 6 p.m. with Bark in the Park – a chance to bring your dog with you to the stadium to watch the Spiders in action against Morehead State. Specific seating areas have been reserved for this event in Section 110-111 for dogs and their owners. Weather permitting, there will also be a pre-game parade as well as vendors located in the dog-friendly Sweet Frog Family Fun Zone behind the North End Zone. Waiver/release form must be signed. For details, visit www.richmondspiders.com/bark.
Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond, Inc. (NHSR), a nonprofit whose mission is to promote successful homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods, will host the 2014 Back2School Community Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be free school supplies, food and haircuts (please call for appointment), as well as children’s activities, games, music and more. Admission is free. For details, call 329-2500 or visit www.nhsofr.org.
Water Play at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Children’s Garden, will close its season Sept. 30 at 4:45 p.m. Water Play is operational, weather permitting, when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher. Don’t forget a towel and remember that swimming diapers are required for those not potty-trained. Water Play is free with Garden admission. For details, visit www.lewisginter.org.
The Taters will perform at 8 p.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave. The Taters play an eclectic mix of roots rock, pop, country, skiffle and Americana, a sound that’s been compared favorably to a mixture of Everlys, Orbison, Beatles, and Nick Lowe. Tickets are $10. For details, call 798-1702 or visit www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.
Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Rd. in Glen Allen, will present a “Growing Herbs & Fall Vegetables” class from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The class will discuss planning your gardening area from containers to raised beds to large scale, planting and arranging what goes where and when, as well as the best growing conditions and soil mixes. Cost is $15. Register in advance at www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com.