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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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A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.

CCC seeks donations for food pantry

Commonwealth Catholic Charities is in desperate need of food donations for its community food pantry that serves the region’s low-income families, according to officials with the Henrico-based nonprofit.

After moving into its new location this past summer, the agency has dedicated a larger space for the pantry but the shelves are practically empty.

“As we head into the holidays and the weather turns colder, the need for food becomes even more critical, but unfortunately our cupboards are nearly bare,” said Jay Brown, the agency’s director for the division of housing services. “Donations of food will allow us help provide.” > Read more.

Hands-on duties

More than 1,000 volunteers from throughout the region gathered last month as part of HandsOn Greater Richmond to complete more than 60 projects.

The event is a program of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence.

In Henrico, a group of Target employees (pictured) undertook a project at Fairfield Middle School to help re-plant the school's community garden and paint the outdoor shelter. > Read more.

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A ‘Life’ well lived

Animated ‘Book of Life’ overcomes average storyline with extraordinary presentation, details
“Beauty is only skin deep” applies all too well to The Book of Life. An animated feature from first-time director Jorge R. Gutierrez, The Book of Life spins a classic love triangle – two childhood friends, Manolo (Diego Luna) and Joaquin (Channing Tatum) both in love with Maria (Zoe Saldana).

Maria, in all honesty, is a little more interested in Manolo’s musical charms, but her father wants her to marry the boastful and militaristic Joaquin. And when two gods, La Muerte and Xibalba (Kate de Castillo and Ron Perlman, respectively), turn this little love triangle into a wager (as gods often do), Manolo’s quest for true love will take him through life, death, immortality and the underworlds of Mexican folklore.

Now, back to the “beauty” part – because as far as the visuals go, The Book of Life is the most extraordinary animated film to hit theaters this year. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


The holiday season is underway and Lakeside Avenue has everything you need during its 10th annual Holly Jolly Christmas event! Shoppers will enjoy extended hours at several dozen shops and free trolley rides. Also this weekend, the 23rd annual Great American Indian Exposition & Pow-Wow. There will be over 200 American Indian dancers, singers, drummers, artists and crafters. In the mood for music? Check out The Gibson Brothers at UR and Susan Greenbaum at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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