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NOV. 2
Mystery Dinner Playhouse’s new show “Here’s Killing You, Kid” will open at 7:30 p.m. inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 6531 W. Broad St. Audience members will solve this 1940s detective spoof during a four course dinner. Tickets are $48. The show continues every Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through Feb. 16, 2013. For details, call 649-CLUE or visit http://www.mysterydinner.com .
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The Professional Singles Association’s 50+ Singles Happy Hour will take place at 5 p.m. at Bar Louis in Short Pump Town Center. Look for the friendly group in the front left bar area. For details, call Sue at 536-1695 or visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com .
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The University of Richmond will host the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2-3 and also at 11 a.m. Nov. 3 in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. 3P is celebrating its 12th year of bringing new electroacoustic music and experimental video to Richmond. UR’s eighth blackbird and new music flutist Camilla Hoitenga will perform. Admission is free. For details, call 289-8277 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., will host UkeFest Virginia, a celebration of the four string dynamo, Nov. 2-3. The Festival features wall to wall music, from serious concerts to informal jams, workshops, and open mic performances, as well as artisans and vendors; all designed to present the wide range of fun available from this unique and mesmerizing instrument. The event kicks off Friday as Ashland resident Thomas Wakefield and The Aloha Boys perform at 7 p.m. UkeFest admission includes a UkeFest Unlimited Access Package for $65 (all concerts and three workshops) or individual tickets which are $12 for concerts and $10 for workshops. There is also a free festival area. For details, visit http://www.ukefestva.com .
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The movie “The Candidate” will play at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.

NOV. 3
The Lakeside Rescue 5K, to benefit the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad, will begin at 9 a.m. at 2007 Timberlake Ave. The LVRS provides emergency medical services to the community free of charge. Richmond Road Runners will facilitate the race and timing. There will also be music, various food venues and businesses. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 on race day. Children 12 and under are free. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/lakesiderescue .
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The Shady Grove Coffeehouse will continue its 12th season with legendary folk duo Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; teens are admitted at half-price and children under 12 are free. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
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Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd., is offering Make-It and Take-It projects on Saturdays through Dec. 15. Each Saturday participants will be able to make a different handmade gift, perfect for the holidays. Make a piece of jewelry with Kym Owens from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $15 to $18. For details, call 278-8950 or visit http://www.crossroadsartcenter.com .
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The first annual Girl Power 2 Cure 5K run, in honor of Anna Cate who is fighting Rett Syndrome, will take place at 8 a.m. in the Snagajob Pavilion in Innsbrook, 4901 Lakebrook Dr. Rett Syndrome is a neurological disorder diagnosed almost exclusively in young girls. Registration is $25 for adults, $20 for children age 12 and under and $35 for one adult/child team. Strollers and wheelchairs welcome. For details, visit http://www.innsbrook.com or http://www.girlpower2cure.org.

NOV. 4
The second annual Family Arts Day Celebration at the University of Richmond will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This art-centered family event will feature free arts-centered activities including the exhibitions in the Harnett Museum of Art, hands-on art activities in the Booth Lobby and Modlin Courtyard, entertainment, refreshments and more. At 3 p.m. eighth blackbird will perform in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. Admission is free; the eighth blackbird concert is $15. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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