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This weekend’s top picks in and around Henrico!

AUG 26
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will host a Happy Hour art class for adults from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. “Wine and Legos” with Brian Korte from Brickworkz will show you the creative process and guide you in designing a Lego mosaic of your own. Enjoy light refreshments and wine while creating a Lego masterpiece that you can take home. Cost is $85. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit www.artsglenallen.com.

James River Cellars Winery, 11008 Washington Hwy. in Glen Allen, will host Fridays on the Patio from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There will be live music from The Ransom Notes and food trucks including fresh gelato and chocolate covered bacon, courtesy of De Rochonnet Delights Chocolatier. Family- and pet-friendly. General admission is $5. Tasting tickets, including souvenir glass, are $10. Children under age 16 are free. For details, visit www.jamesrivercellars.com.

AUG 27
American country music legend, Lee Greenwood, is slated to headline the Old Dominion Barn Dance for two big shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre. Joining Greenwood are the Old Dominion Barn Dance cast, led by producer/performer Donna Meade (Donna Dean Stevens), Lynne Carnes, Tony Jackson, Danny Menzies and the Barn Burners, Cal Newman, comedian Lee Blasingame and the Peanut City Cloggers. This show’s special guests are teen fiddle sensation, Maggie Bostain, and award-winning bluegrass band, John Grigsby and County Line. Greenwood has been performing and recording since 1962 and released more than twenty major-label albums and has charted more than 35 singles on the Billboard country music charts. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at www.olddominionbarndance.com or by calling 1-866-710-8942.

In an effort to prevent the potential spread of Zika virus, Henrico County is hosting "Fight-the-Bite TODAY," a free event designed to help citizens learn how to prevent mosquito bites and reduce Asian tiger mosquito populations, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fairfield Middle School, 5121 Nine Mile Road. Citizens are invited to stop by during the event to pick up free EPA-registered insect repellent, while supplies last. Educational materials and tools will be available, and various community partners and emergency preparedness agencies also will be present. Live demonstrations and Pick-a-Day to Fight-the-Bite interactive sessions will provide residents the resources to prevent mosquito bites. For details, visit www.henrico.us/calendar/fight-bite-today or call 501-4276.

Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Rd. in Glen Allen, will offer a free farm tour from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. This walking tour includes farm history, a stop by the bee hives and seeing the greenhouses that produce over 300,000 USDA Certified Organic herb and vegetable plants each year. Each adult will receive a free ice cream upon completion. This is an outdoor tour; dress accordingly. No registration is required. For details, call 262-7167 or visit www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com.

West Broad Village concludes its Rock and Roll Summer concert series from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at “The Pad” next to Aloft Hotel. Country group Harley Boone will perform. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit www.shopwestbroadvillage.com.

The 14th annual Seafood Splash is back at Hadad’s Lake, 7900 Osborne Tnpk., from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy all you can eat crabs, fish, chicken and more. Featuring Richmond’s own J. Baxter & The Sauce Band and the area’s best DJs including Sir RJ, Lonnie B and Drake. Bring your own lawn chairs, tents and tables. Rain or shine. Tickets are $25 to $45. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/seafoodsplash2016.

The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will find and document native plants present and blooming at this time of year in Echo Lake Park on Saturday, Aug. 27. This free event is open to the public. The group will meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot located at 5701 Springfield Rd., just off Staples Mill Road at I-295 in Glen Allen. The park is a wonderfully preserved example of a traditional passive recreational area from the 1930s transformed into a municipal park with a variety of dry, rolling, oak-hickory woods, sunny openings, trailside borders, fencerows, a near-pristine, shaded, trail-bordered shoreline, bushy thickets, and wetlands and long-time fishing lake. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes or boots, bring water and snacks, and insect and sun protection. A notepad to record plants observed, and standard pictorial ID guides are ideally suited for this event. For more information, contact Trip Leader Robert Wright at 571-228-8144 or robertwright_1@hotmail.com.

The Richmond Gun Show will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 27 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Richmond Raceway Complex. There will be over 800 tables in two buildings. Admission is $10. Children under age 12 are free. For details, visit www.showmastersgunshows.com.

AUG 28
The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will continue its Sunday Strolls at Dorey Park at 4 p.m. These twice-monthly walks are an opportunity to observe the seasonal changes in the park’s interesting and diverse native plant communities. Anyone with an interest in the native landscape is welcome, from novice to expert. Contact Trip Leader Leslie Allanson at leleorr4@gmail.com or 248-1578 to register and get details on where to meet.

 

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