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JAN. 18
The Chamberlayne Actors Theatre (CAT) will present its supernatural romantic comedy “The 13th of Paris” at 8 p.m. Jan. 18-19 at the CAT Playhouse, 319 N. Wilkinson Rd. The show follows Vincent, who takes a spontaneous trip from his life in Chicago to the 13th arrondissement of Paris, carrying only a suitcase filled with the surprising love letters of his late grandparents. Tickets are $18. The production continues through Feb. 3. For details, call 262-9760 or visit http://www.cattheatre.com .
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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present the Mark Morris Dance Group at 7:30 p.m. in Alice Jepson Theatre. The group will present an evening of repertory pieces including “Festival Dance,” “A Wooden Tree” and “Grand Duo.” A Q&A session with members of the group will follow the show. Admission is $40. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
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Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd., will host an Art Opening and Reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. During the Artwalk, visitors will learn from the artists what inspires them to create their works of art as they stroll through the 25,000 square foot facility. There will also be an “Art in Action” auction to benefit Henrico CASA. For details, visit http://www.crossroadsartcenter.com .

JAN. 19
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present an encore presentation of National Theatre Live’s production of “The Magistrate” at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. Academy Award nominee and Tony Award-winner John Lithgow takes the title role in Arthur Wing Pinero’s uproarious Victorian farce. NT Live brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to movie theatres around the world. Tickets are $12 to $14. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
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Families are invited to the Snow Days Festival at the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Central, 2626 W. Broad St. The winner of the fourth annual Snow Queen scholarship will be crowned at 11 a.m. Winter activities include a make-a-flake station and other snowy art projects, face painting, special frozen treats and playing in the snow in the CMoR backyard (weather permitting). Festival is free with museum admission. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.c-mor.org .
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Synergy Yoga Studio, 11000 Three Chopt Rd., will celebrate its 12th anniversary beginning at 11:30 a.m. There will be free yoga classes, anniversary specials, free mini massages, refreshments and more. Space is limited. To register, call 747-YOGA or visit http://www.synergyyogastudio.com .
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Henricus Historical Park will recognize Medal of Honor recipient 2nd Lt. Walter Thorn, 116th United States Colored Troops, for his heroic efforts in the Battle of Trent’s Reach in January 1865. Featured activities include living history demonstrations of the daily lives of soldiers and women who supported the sick and wounded; an exhibition highlighting Civil War artifacts found at Henricus; one-hour lectures beginning at 11 a.m.; tours and more. Admission is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12. Tours are additional. For details, call 748-1611 or visit http://www.henricus.org .
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All Henrico parents and students looking for financial aid help are encouraged to attend an information session facilitated by GRASP (Great Aspirations Scholarship Program). Workers from GRASP will help parents and students completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Participants must bring paperwork with them including social security cards, drivers licenses, W-2 forms, income tax returns, current bank statements and mortgage information. The 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. session will be held at the Richmond Public Main Library, 101 E. Franklin St. To schedule an hour-long appointment and learn of all the required documentation needed, call 527-7708. A second session will be held Feb. 16.

JAN. 20
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond, Corbian Arts and Light Wire Theatre will present “The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare” at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Alice Jepson Theatre. Electroluminescent puppetry serves as the medium in presenting these two classic fables. Dazzling visuals, poignant choreography and creative use of music make the show ideal for children from kindergarten to fourth grade. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
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The second annual Disco Ball, a benefit for the Richmond Men’s Chorus and the Richmond Women’s Chorus, will take place at 6 p.m. at NU NightClub, 2729 W. Broad St. There will be a live auction, a drag show, raffles, performances by Vada Kaye, Michelle Livigne and Millenium Snow and more. General admission is $20. For details, call 396-2222 or visit http://www.nunightclub.com
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RAMPS receives $8k grant


RAMPS (Ramp Access Made Possible by Students) recently received an $8,000 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 75 grants totaling more than $600,137 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers.

RAMPS, an organization founded by then-Henrico County high school students to build ramps for local low-income residents who need them, will use the grant to purchase modular wheelchair ramp supplies. These supplies will be used by local high school RAMPS clubs, who provide volunteers to build the ramps. > Read more.

Henrico man to compete in Liberty Mutual Invitational National Finals

Henrico resident Larry Loving, Jr., will compete with three other locals – Thomas Scribner (Richmond), Roscoe McGhee (Midlothian) and Larry Loving (Richmond) in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals at TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Feb. 26-Mar. 1. The foursome qualified for the national golf tournament by winning the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational, held at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Md. on June 11. That event supported the RiteCare Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

In total, 240 amateur golfers will compete in Florida. > Read more.

Henrico PAL recognizes supporters, HSHS athlete


The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) held its Sixth Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 5 at The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, celebrating accomplishments of 2014 and recognizing outstanding contributions to the organization. Henrico County Juvenile Domestic Court Judge Denis Soden served as master of ceremonies and former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams served as keynote speaker. 

Among the 2014 honorees were Richmond International Raceway (Significant Supporter), Richmond Strikers Soccer Club (Significant Supporter), Henrico County Schools-Pupil Transportation (Summer Camp Supporter), Bruce Richardson, Jr. (Youth of the Year), Sandra Williams (Volunteer of the Year), Thomas Williams (Employee of the Year), Mikki Pleasants (Board Member of the Year), and Michelle Sheehan (Police Officer of the Year).   > Read more.

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Entertainment

Travinia brings contemporary elegance to Willow Lawn


It was another win for Willow Lawn when Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened there six months ago, nestled in the heart of the re-made shopping center. The contemporary American Italian restaurant boasts 13 locations up and down the East Coast, with the Henrico location opening in August.

In the same week, I hit up Travinia twice, once for lunch and once for a late dinner. At lunchtime on a weekday, I was overwhelmed by the smell of garlic and by the number of working professionals in nice suits on their lunch breaks. When we first walked in, I was concerned our meal would be a little too pricey based on the décor – it’s a really nice place. Luckily, the menu has a variety of options for every budget. > Read more.

Soak up the fun

‘SpongeBob’ movie energizes with wit, laughter

There’s a ton of sugar in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Literal sugar, as SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) inhale their own weight in cotton candy and eat ice cream, one scoop per mouthful.

At one point we burrow into the brain of our boxy yellow hero and discover the inner workings of his brain: googly-eyed cakes and candies that giggle and sing. All of which is extremely appropriate for a film like Sponge Out of Water. Because not only is the movie sweet (the “awwww” kind of sweet), but it’s the equivalent of a 30-candy bar sugar rush, zipping between ideas like a sponge on rocket skates.

The story under all this is really not that complicated. SpongeBob flips burgers at the Krusty Krab. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


With this last round of snow still fresh on the ground, the best way to start the weekend may be at Southern Season for their weekly wine-tasting program, Fridays Uncorked. Families with cabin fever will enjoy the Richmond Kids Expo, taking place tomorrow at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Some date night options include the Rock & Roll Jubilee at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, HATTheatre’s production of “The Whale” and National Theatre Live’s “Treasure Island” at the University of Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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