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DEC. 21
Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd., will hold a Virginia Blood Services blood drive from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 21 and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 22-23. Donors may visit the Fountain Court, near Burlington, to participate and be entered for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree. For details, call 266-9002 or visit http://www.vablood.org .
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The movie “Polar Express” will play at 7 p.m. 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.
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The tenth annual “Miracle of Christmas” live at the Metro Richmond Zoo will take place at 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 21-23 at the zoo, 8300 Beaver Bridge Rd. This 15-minute pageant is a live rendition of the Christmas story, presented against a period backdrop with cast members re-enacting events. Animals from the zoo are featured in the program. New this year, a Spanish program will be held Dec. 23 at 9 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For details, call 739-5666.
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Comic and Hampton Roads-native Bo Dacious will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Richmond Funny Bone Comedy Club, 11800 W. Broad St. in Short Pump Town Center. An 18-year comedy veteran of stage and radio, Dacious has shared the stage with Dave Chappelle, Cedric the Entertainer, Monique and Mike Epps and is currently one of D.L. Hughley’s opening acts. Tickets are $15. For details, call 521-8900 or visit http://www.richmondfunnybone.com .

DEC. 22
Theatre IV on Tour will present “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. This area-exclusive musical, written by Bruce Miller, expresses a father’s love and the mysteries of Christmas. Admission is $10. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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Trinity United Methodist Church, 903 Forest Ave., will host the first annual Manger Build from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The $20 fee provides you a pre-cut manger ready for assembly; just bring a hammer. For details, call 288-6057 or visit http://www.trinityumc.net .
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The Sounds of the Season concert series at Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd., will conclude with Dance Masters who will perform from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the food court. Admission is free. For details, call 266-9002 or visit http://www.virginiacentercommons.com .
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The youth at Pioneer Baptist Church, 3140 Darbytown Rd. in Varina, will present the Christmas musical “Code Red” at 7 p.m. Dec. 22-23. The performance is trimmed with comedy and wrapped in a message for all ages. For details, call 795-1051.

DEC. 23
Pianist Michael Mercatante, Jr. will perform “A Very Keyboard Christmas” at 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 9155 Hungary Rd. He will bring beloved carols to life in various styles, ranging from classical, to jazz and ragtime. Admission is free. A nursery will be available for children infant through third grade. For details, call 270-7613 or visit http://www.gsumcrva.org .
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Children ages 6-12 are invited to enjoy a day at West Broad Village with Sweet Spot, All Fired Up and Spirited Art beginning at 1 p.m. Participants will start their afternoon at Sweet Spot where they will create their own gingerbread house. The day will continue at All Fired Up where they will paint a ceramic snowman and conclude at Spirited Art where they can make their own ornaments. Cost is $60. To register, call 360-5909 or visit http://www.myspiritedart.com


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

US Army Field Band to perform in Henrico Aug. 3

The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.

Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.

The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

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