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This weekend’s top picks in and around Henrico!
Capitol Opera Richmond will open its 2016 season with “Le Opera Noli Me Tangere,” a story of love, betrayal and revenge, Sept. 30 through Oct. 16 at the Henrico Theatre. Tickets are $25. For details, visit www.capitoloperarichmond.com.
Gallmeyer Farms will host its annual Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1-2 at The Pumpkin Patch, 4506 Millers Ln. Pick-your-own and pre-picked pumpkins, as well as fresh fall vegetables, will be available. There will be live music, a straw bale maze, spooky hayride, bounce house, pony rides, food, craft vendors and more. Coolers, chairs and picnics welcome. No pets. Admission and parking are free. For details, visit www.gallmeyerfarms.com.
The Fairfield Ruritan Club will host a barbecue chicken dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Antioch School Community Center, 5650 Elko Rd. in Sandston. The dinner includes half a barbecue chicken, potatoes, beans, bread, a beverage and dessert for $9 for adults. Meals for children 12 and younger are $5. Eat-in or take-out. Proceeds benefit the club and will be used to assist members of the community.
Henrico Humane Society and Henrico Recreation and Parks will present the ninth annual Bark in the Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy. A 2K walk begins at 10:45 a.m. Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for kids age 6-12 and free for kids under six and dogs. All proceeds from the dog walk benefit HHS. Additional activities include a blessing of the animals, trick demonstrations by AJ’s K9’s, a parade of animals, dog contests, vendor fair, live music, pet adoptions, food and more. For details, visit www.henricohumane.org/event/bark-in-the-park.
The Junior League of Richmond will present its 11th annual Touch a Truck event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway. This unique and interactive event allows children to see, touch and safely explore their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery, as well as to meet the personnel who protect, serve, and build the Richmond community. Vehicles on display include tractors, backhoes, emergency responders, utility trucks, and a helicopter. There will also be entertainment, food trucks, games, area mascots and more. Rain or shine. For details, visit www.richmondtouchatruck.org.
Elliott Yamin will perform at 8 p.m. at The Tin Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Rd. Yamin returns with his fourth album, “As Time Goes By,” a genre-bending collection of emotive originals highlighted by his soulful and evocative voice. Yamin launched his recording career following his appearance on American Idol Season 5 as the top three finalist. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. For details, call 447-8189 or visit www.tinpanrva.com.
Henrico County will offer a free home maintenance workshop from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the former Dumbarton Library at 6800 Staples Mill Rd. The topic will be “Weatherization and Maintenance” and will teach attendees about seasonal activities, such as cleaning gutters, washing siding and maintaining heating systems. It also will address how to take care of major appliances and prevent dangerous situations. There will be hands-on demonstrations, exhibits and light refreshments. For details, call 501-7640 or visit www.henrico.us/revit.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will celebrate Rose Fest from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rose Garden. Walk through winding paths of 1,800 roses and enjoy music and other activities. The Latin Ballet of Virginia will perform at 12:15 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Children can make paper roses in the Children’s Garden. Rose Fest is included with Garden admission which is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors 55+ and $8 for children 3-12. For details, visit www.lewisginter.org.
Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy., will host an “Introduction to Healing Touch” workshop from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Healing touch is a form of energy where practitioners use their hands to support physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Cost is $10. To register, call 741-5267 or visit www.glenmoreyoga.com.
Party on the Avenues, a street festival celebrating the shopping, food and charm of the Libbie/Grove/Patterson Avenues area of Henrico, will take place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the intersection of Patterson and Libbie Avenues (Libbie Avenue will be closed from Patterson to Guthrie). There will be local food, craft beer, live music and a Kids Zone with jugglers, face painting, moon bounces, games and more. Admission is free. For details, visit www.partyontheavenues.com.
NOVA of Virginia Aquatics will present the 8th annual C&F Bank/Mix 98.1 Short Pump Mile and Express Fun Run. The race will be held behind Short Pump Town Center near American Family Fitness, with the first heat starting at 7:30 a.m. This is Richmond’s largest timed youth road race. All participants will receive a race t-shirt, medal and refreshments. Awards will be given to age group and overall winners. The School Participation Competition, sponsored by Pediatric Dentistry of Virginia, will award the top five schools with the most participants a total of $2,000 to be used for their physical education programs. Cost is $15. For details, visit www.shortpumprace.com.