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FEBRUARY 24
The Moon Rats, a hip, new blue-country-rock-grass orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The group is from Charlottesville and features Jim Davies, Elizabeth Davies (no relation), Mike Hott, Mark Phelan, Aaron Spring and Bubba Beasley. Admission is free. For details, call 328-4491.
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The once-in-a-lifetime U.K. National Gallery exhibit “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan” brings together the largest ever number of da Vinci’s paintings. Captured live at the gallery on the eve of the exhibition opening, “LEONARDO LIVE” offers an unprecedented opportunity for audiences worldwide to experience these da Vinci works. The presentation will provide a high-definition walk-through of the landmark exhibition, in-depth commentary about featured pieces in the exhibit and extra content. “LEONARDO LIVE” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond. Tickets are $10 to $14.50. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
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All ages are invited to Family Game Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd. Enjoy backgammon, checkers, chess, cards, dominoes and other games. Outdoor games weather permitting. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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A Sweetheart Ball for mothers and sons, ages 3-5, will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Rd. Enjoy a light dinner and dancing. Admission is $7.50. For details, call Janice Parker at 501-5809 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Virginia Orchid Society will present its 2012 annual Orchid Show & Sale, “Orchids, Jewels of the Jungle,” at Strange’s Florist and Greenhouse, 12111 W. Broad St. A preview gala party will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday. All of the displays will be judged earlier in the day and the awards will available to view. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $5. The show and sale will continue Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. with all day classes about orchid care and vendors offering homegrown and exotic orchids and orchid art. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.vaorchidsociety.com.
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A Kids Layne consignor sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday at 8935 Patterson Ave. The sale features new and nearly new discounted boutique clothing (sizes 0-14), toys, furniture and accessories. A portion of sales will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Foundation and unsold items will be donated to the Children’s Museum of Richmond. For details, call 986-4255 or visit http://www.kidslayne.com.
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Henrico Theatre Company will present three one-act plays featuring the winners of the annual HTC Playwriting Competition at 8 p.m. Feb. 24-25 and at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25-26 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The winning titles are “Four and Twenty Wretched Dates,” A State of Being Normal” and “#4 Three Gables Run.” Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Reservations are required. For details, call Amy Perdue at 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.

FEBRUARY 25
The 4th annual Race to Protect Children, to benefit Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN), will be held in West Broad Village in Short Pump. The Kids 1-Mile Run will start at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk will start at 9 a.m. Awards will be given. After the race, Dave & Buster’s will host a family festival. Advance registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children; adult registration the day of the race is $30. For details, visit http://www.grscan.com .
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The 3rd annual Bluegrass Marathon Jam, benefitting the Richmond Fisher House at McGuire Veteran’s Medical Center, will be held from noon to midnight at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The 12-hour jam will feature bands Copper Ridge, Cary Street Ramblers, East of Afton, Slack Family Bluegrass, Highway 249, Some Assembly Required, River City Band and Willis River Band. Attendees are invited to bring their own instruments for jam sessions. Admission is free but donations are accepted. The Richmond Fisher House houses family members of hospitalized soldiers so they can remain close to their loved ones. For details, visit http://www.rvabluegrassjam.com .
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The Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church, 11421 Gayton Rd., will present “Mark Twain’s Civil War” at 7 p.m. A completely Richmond-created show based on Twain’s writings and speeches he gave to veterans groups, the play deals with issues of war, loyalties and faith. The one-night-only performance will be followed by a panel discussion with the director and local Civil War experts. The play is presented as part of The Acts of Faith Festival. Admission is “pay what you wish” and anything over $10 will be donated to The Acts of Faith. For details, call 741-5254 or visit http://www.thegaytonkirk.org .


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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