This Weekend’s Pump Picks: West End Comedy, Autism Society 5K & More

West End Comedy Live Improv Shows

weekend-eventsWest End Comedy welcomes the summer with shows at HATTheatre. Friday, May 27th at 7:30-8:45 p.m. is the all audiences show. The show opens with a performance from the winning high school troupe from the Thursday evening show, then WE Comedy offers an improv blitz similar to Whose Line is It Anyway featuring suggestions from the audience. The Saturday evening show is for mature audiences only! Tickets ate $5 each.

More information: Event listing | West End Comedy website

Autism Society of Virginia 5K Run/Walk

The ASCV 5K Run/Walk for Autism gets underway at 8:00 a.m. at the Innsbrook Pavilion. The event also includes entertainment, food and kids’ activities. Registration is $25 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Funds raised will stay in the Richmond Metro area and support autism research and support for families living with the disease.

More information: Event listing | ASCV website

Fly Fishing 101

The Orvis Company at Short Pump Town Center is hosting Fly Fishing classes. Learning to fly fish provides families and friends with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, relax and learn a challenging and fun new sports skill. Each class is complimentary and open to the public. Reservations are required for attendance and there is a fifteen student maximum per class. Each Fly Fishing 101 group attendee will receive a certificate for a free Trout Unlimited membership and a free membership in the Federation of Fly Fishing.

More information: Call 253-9000 or email

Memorial Day Weekend Blood Drive

Virginia Blood Services will have their bloodmobile at the main entrance of Short Pump Town Center on Saturday, near Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel from 11-5. Walk-ins are welcome! All donors will be entered into a raffle to win a prize valued up to $500 like an iPad, iPod touch, movie tickets and theme park packages. VBS says one in seven people will need blood when entering the hospital this summer. Make a difference this holiday weekend by helping to save lives and donate blood this Saturday!

More information: Event listing | Virginia Blood Services website

Downtown Short Pump is the first, best, and only source of news specific to the ShortPump area and the most read online-only news source in the Far West End. DowntownShort Pump combines original hyperlocal news stories, features, and an extensivecommunity events calendar with restaurant reviews, community information anda whole host of entertainment options, making it the go-to place for everything in Richmond’s Far West End. Use our restaurant, shopping, and community guides to findeverything from business lunch spots to family events to the best area nightlife.