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JANUARY 6
The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present its 11th anniversary performance of “The Legend of the Poinsettia” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6-7 and at 3 p.m. Jan. 7-8 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The performance is an interpretation of the Mexican legend representing Christmas in Latin America. It tells the story of a pure-hearted young girl who discovers the true spirit of giving. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children, students, seniors and military. For details, call 379-2555 or visit http://www.latinballet.com .
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The 1968 film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” will play at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491.
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This is the last weekend of Dominion GardenFest of Lights at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. GardenFest is a holiday tradition that features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. New this year are caroling on Tuesday nights, Peppermint Lane, a 250-foot tunnel of lights, whimsical fairy-house botanicals and more. GardenFest is a rain or shine event and runs nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Jan. 9. The Garden is closed Dec. 24-25. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under three; discounts available for Garden members. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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The Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia will perform “The Red Priest” at 7:30 p.m. each night Jan. 6-8 at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1000 Blanton Ave. The concert features Baroque music performed on period instruments. Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (60+) and $5 for students. For details, visit http://www.cmscva.org .
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Acoustic Image will perform at 8 p.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave. The five-member ensemble plays country, bluegrass, pop and jazz music. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For details, call 798-1702 or visit http://www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com .
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Mystery Dinner Playhouse will present “A Happy Holiday Whodunit,” a crazy Christmas caper set in Santa’s workshop, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6-7 at Crowne Plaza Hotel Richmond, 6531 W. Broad St. Audience members can solve the mystery while enjoying a four course dinner. Tickets are $43.95 and include dinner and show. For details, call 649-CLUE or visit http://www.mysterydinner.com .

JANUARY 7
Dr. Mark Smith, of Brain Balance Center Richmond, will speak from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Dumbarton Library, 6800 Staples Mill Rd. Smith will discuss functional disconnection syndrome and the research that led to the Brain Balance approach to autism, AD/HD, dyslexia and other neurobehavioral disorders. The event is free and open to the public. For details, call 977-2747.
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Junior Hockey League team The Richmond Generals will take on the Philadelphia Little Flyers for a two game divisional matchup at SkateNation Plus, 4350 Pouncey Tract Rd. Game times are 6 p.m. on Jan. 7 and 11:30 a.m. Jan. 8. For details, visit http://www.richmondgenerals.com .

JANUARY 8
The Second Sunday South of the James Concert Series at Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Rd., continues at 4 p.m. Church members and friends will present their annual recital; vocalists and instrumentalists will perform. Admission is free but a love offering will be taken. Refreshments will be served. For details, call 272-7514.
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The youth at Pioneer Baptist Church, 3140 Darbytown Rd., will host a potato and salad bar lunch after the worship service. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 10 and under. For details, call 795-1051.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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