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Weekend Top 10


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
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Tree seedling giveaway planned April 2-3


The Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District will sponsor a tree seedling giveaway on April 2 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on April 3 at Hermitage High School parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bare-root tree seedlings are available to Henrico County residents free of charge for the spring planting season.

The following seedling species will be available: apple, kousa dogwood, red maple, river birch, red osier dogwood, loblolly pine, sycamore, bald cypress, white dogwood and redbud. Quantities are limited and trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each participant is allowed up to 10 trees total, not to include more than five of the same species. > Read more.

State provides online directory of Bingo games


Wondering where to go to play Bingo? Wonder no more.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) recently launched an online directory of permitted bingo games played in Virginia. Listed by locality, more than 400 regular games are available across the state. The directory will be updated monthly and can be found on VDACS’ website at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/gaming/index.shtml.

“Many Virginia charities, including volunteer rescue squads, booster clubs and programs to feed the homeless, use proceeds from charitable gaming as a tool to support their missions, said Michael Menefee, program manager for VDACS’ Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. > Read more.

Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

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