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APRIL 21
The K-Cettes Craft and Bake Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Columbian Center, 2324 Pump Rd. Proceeds will benefit Friends of L’Arche Central Virginia, a faith-based community for persons with intellectual disabilities and their families. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) will host a Mentor Day Carnival from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Genworth Campus, 6620 W. Broad St. There will be an opportunity to learn more about Henrico PAL and its mentoring program and the chance to register, if individuals want to mentor or need a mentor. In addition to food, games and prizes, there will be an appearance by the Lady Raiders from the Richmond Raiders Professional Indoor Football team and information regarding voter registration. The event is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine. For details, visit http://www.henricopal.org .
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The Shady Grove Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church at 11105 Cauthorne Rd., will continue its 11th season with award-winning Bluegrass band Molasses Creek at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door; teens are admitted at half price and children 12 and under are free. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
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The Modlin Center for the Arts will present comedian and author Paula Poundstone at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond. Poundstone, known for appearing on stage with a stool, microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, she is also a panelist on NPR’s ‘oddly informative’ weekly news quiz program “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” Tickets are $40. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
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YMCA of Greater Richmond and Goodwill will host an electronics recycling event during business hours at all greater Richmond locations including Chickahominy, John Rolfe, North Richmond, Shady Grove and Tuckahoe branches in Henrico. Organizers hope to collect 15 tons of unwanted electronics including personal computers, keyboards, mice, monitors, printers and scanners. For details, call 521-4913 or visit http://www.ymcarichmond.org/goodwill .
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Little Sisters of the Poor will host the 4th annual French Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Home, 1503 Michaels Rd. There will be French desserts, chocolates, bread and wine and for the first time, there will be a Parisian Marketplace offering a variety of unique vendors. There will also be live entertainment by local artists and fun-filled games and activities for children. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. All proceeds benefit Little Sisters of the Poor. For details, call 288-6245 or visit http://www.lspfrenchfoodfestival.com .
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Henrico’s Earth Day Celebration will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Three Lakes Park, 400 Sausiluta Dr. Activities and entertainment will include educational booths and displays, recycling games, the Henrico County Bookmobile, arts and crafts promoting litter pick-up, face painting and more. There is no rain date. Admission is free. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Be The Match will host the Be The One® Richmond run/walk at 7 a.m. at North Shore Commons, 4901 Lake Brook Dr. in Innsbrook. The fundraiser gives patients with leukemia, lymphoma and 70 other life-threatening diseases a second chance at life and highlights the need for unrelated marrow donors. The event includes a 5K, 1K Fun Run and Tot Trot. Registration is $10 to $35. For details, visit http://www.betheonerun.org/richmond .
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Fairfield Middle School, 5121 Nine Mile Rd., will host a teen forum on “Prevention of Underage Drinking” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be youth sessions, an adult workshop, a step team performance and breakfast will be provided. A drunk driving goggle demonstration by Henrico Police will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot. For details, email Michael L. Harris at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.toosmart2start.com .

APRIL 22
The Modlin Center for the Arts will present Béla Fleck and the Original Flecktones at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond. The group recently released their first new album in 20 years, Rocket Science. Tickets are $36. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu
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

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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