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JAN. 25
Teens are invited to challenge their families in Xbox, checkers, chess, pool and Family Feud at Family Night Teen Challenge from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dorey Recreation Center, 7200 Dorey Park Dr. Teens must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free. For details, call 795-2334 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Center Season at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., will continue with The Rock & Roll Jubilee at 7 p.m. Jan. 25-26. Journey back to 1958 and be a part of the studio audience for the live broadcast on fictitious WJKS radio as it channels the spirits of founding fathers of rock n’ roll. The Jubilee includes 1950s period advertisements, skits and more. Tickets are $25. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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Commonwealth Parenting will host a Pajama Party from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Canterbury Community Nursery School, 601 N. Parham Rd. The whole family is invited to wear their favorite pajamas and enjoy pizza, cookies and storytime with Mr. Chris. There will be door prizes for parents and kids. Admission is $6 each; a family 4-pack is $20. For details, call 545-1272 or visit http://www.commonwealthparenting.org .

JAN. 26
Dumbarton Library, 6800 Staples Mill Rd., will host the workshop “Couponing 101” at 10:30 a.m. Join Tiffany Cutts of “Young and Frugal in Virginia” as she gives advice on couponing and hosts a coupon swap. For details, call 290-9400 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
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The Virginia Dance Festival will take place at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at James River High School, 3700 James River Rd. in Midlothian. The festival celebrates dance in all of its many forms including tap, hip hop, jazz, ballet, Irish, ballroom, musical theater, American Indian and more. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Tickets are $10 to $12 and can be purchased at the door. For details, visit http://www.virginiadancefestival.com .
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First Things First will present an All Pro Dad Event from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Richmond Community Church, 11801 Nuckols Rd. The program will feature a simulcast with Tony Dungy, Tommy Bowden, Mark Merrill and more. Dungy will speak about his relationship with Christ and its impact on his life as a husband, father and coach. Kids will be guided through age-appropriate football drills designed for fathers to encourage and challenge their children. Cost is $10 per family. To register, call 288-3431 or visit http://www.firstthingsrichmond.org .
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Commonwealth Parenting will present an anti-bullying workshop for parents, teachers and guidance counselors from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Canterbury Community Preschool, 601 N. Parham Rd. The workshop, “Teaching Empathy, Tolerance and Inclusion in the Middle School Years,” will discuss experiential activities that teach empathy and inclusion, practical and realistic ways to teach children how to respond when they find themselves the victims of bullying, cyber bullying and community resources will be shared. Cost is $30. For details, call 545-1272 or visit http://www.commonwealthparenting.org .
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The Simon Kidgits Club will host its first event of 2013, the When I Grow Up event, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the JC Penney Court at Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd. This mini Career Day will allow children to explore various careers. The event is free for Kidgit members and $5 for nonmembers. For details, call 266-9000 or visit http://www.virginiacentercommons.com To b.ecome a Kidgits member, visit Guest Services or http://www.simonkidgitclub.com .
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Kitchen Thyme, 7801 W. Broad St., will host an indoor winter market every Saturday through April from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be up to 15 local food vendors and artisans each week. For details, call 396-2665 or visit http://www.kitchenthymerva.com .

JAN. 27
William Wisnom will perform an organ recital at 7:30 p.m. at River Road Church Baptist, 8000 River Rd. The performance is part of the E. Carl Freeman Concert Series. Wisnom is the current recipient of the E. Carl Freeman, Jr. Organ Scholarship at Johns Hopkins University. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.rrcb.org/concertseries


Community

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.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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