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Weekend Top 10


JUNE 1
Enjoy an evening of bluegrass music with Johnson County Sheriffs Band and the Cary Street Ramblers at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage Performance Series, which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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Freedom House will host a fundraising event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Allianz Global Assistance, 2805 N. Parham Rd. The Empty Bowls Benefit is a grassroots effort by artists and craftspeople across the country to support feeding programs for the hungry in their communities. For $20, attendees will select a donated bowl and enjoy an ice cream bar along with hotdogs, chips and drinks. For details, call Christy Ellis at 233-4064 x209 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The film “Are We There Yet?” will play at 7 p.m. June 1 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 2 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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The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present “Tobias, the King of the Dolphins” at 7 p.m. June 1 and at 2 p.m. June 2-3 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. This Colombian legend is of an old fisherman whose wish of becoming a young boy again, comes true. After his long journey through life, he is able to live beneath the ocean as Capitan of the dolphins forever. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. For details, call 379-2555 or visit http://www.latinballet.com .

JUNE 2
The 17th annual Varina Community Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd. There will be live performances throughout the day, as well as children’s activities, a petting zoo, face painting, a moonwalk and more. Admission is free. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, 5801 Bremo Rd., will host Cancer Survivor’s Day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This free event honors anyone who has ever been touched by a cancer diagnosis. There will be music by The Lawrence Olds Quartet, massages and more. For details, call 285-2011.
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Flavor Beer, Wine & Food Festival will be held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the SnagAJob Pavilion in Innsbrook, 4901 Lakebrook Dr. A $25 sampling package comes with 30 sampling tickets and a commemorative mug. A walk-around ticket for $10 includes admission to Flavor and a commemorative mug. A VIP package is also available. For details, visit http://www.flavorrichmond.com .

JUNE 3
The Mountain Road Art and Exhibit Show will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at various historical sites along Mountain Road in Glen Allen. Walkerton Tavern will host the opening reception for the Art of Recovery exhibit. Other unique exhibits will be displayed at the Virginia Randolph Museum, The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and Meadow Farm Museum. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Join Dabbs House historians as they recount the aftermath of the Battle of Seven Pines from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Seven Pines National Cemetery, 400 E. Williamsburg Rd. Hear about the families, homes and land that made up the battle ground in which the town of Sandston now sits. A ceremony to honor those who lost their lives during the battle will follow. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409.
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James River Ringers will perform their spring concert at 4 p.m. at the Church of the Epiphany Episcopal, 8000 Hermitage Rd. Enjoy classics like Toccata and Nocturne in C Minor, as well as pop chart toppers like Lady Gaga's "Just Dance.” Special guest is guitarist David Atkins. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door; children ages eight and under are free. For details, call 357-9810 or visit http://www.jamesriverringers.org
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Tree seedling giveaway planned April 2-3


The Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District will sponsor a tree seedling giveaway on April 2 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on April 3 at Hermitage High School parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bare-root tree seedlings are available to Henrico County residents free of charge for the spring planting season.

The following seedling species will be available: apple, kousa dogwood, red maple, river birch, red osier dogwood, loblolly pine, sycamore, bald cypress, white dogwood and redbud. Quantities are limited and trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each participant is allowed up to 10 trees total, not to include more than five of the same species. > Read more.

State provides online directory of Bingo games


Wondering where to go to play Bingo? Wonder no more.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) recently launched an online directory of permitted bingo games played in Virginia. Listed by locality, more than 400 regular games are available across the state. The directory will be updated monthly and can be found on VDACS’ website at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/gaming/index.shtml.

“Many Virginia charities, including volunteer rescue squads, booster clubs and programs to feed the homeless, use proceeds from charitable gaming as a tool to support their missions, said Michael Menefee, program manager for VDACS’ Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. > Read more.

Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

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