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FEB. 1
In order to raise Alzheimer’s awareness, J.R. Tucker High School will be the first high school in the country to host a “We Back Pat” basketball game in support of the Pat Summitt Foundation. Pat Summitt is the former head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers, and was diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. After her diagnosis, she decided to start the Pat Summitt foundation to promote Alzheimer’s awareness. Tucker will play Thomas Jefferson at 6 p.m. (girls varsity basketball) and 7:30 p.m. (boys varsity basketball) at the school, 2910 N. Parham Rd. The first 100 people will receive a “We Back Pat” t-shirt. For details, call 527-4611.
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Enjoy an evening of jazz and blues featuring The Desiree Roots Trio at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage series, now in its fourth year, which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Tickets are $12. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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JAMinc kicks off 2013 with artist Jim Avett, father of The Avett Brothers, at 7:30 p.m. at In Your Ear, Studio A, 1813 E. Broad St. Guitarist Ray Morton and fiddler Ali Parker will accompany Avett. The format is house concert style which is two sets with a break in between. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For details, visit http://www.jaminc.org .
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The film “Driving Miss Daisy” will play at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 2 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 .

FEB. 2
Bon Secours for Women will provide free health screenings and giveaways from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at all Richmond-area Macy’s stores, including locations at Short Pump Town Center, Regency Square Mall and Virginia Center Commons. The screenings are to promote heart health awareness and prevention during February. For details, call 965-6505 or visit http://www.bonsecoursforwomen.com .
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The HARPS Foundation will present Ellen McDaniel-Weissler in her one woman show, featuring songs from Broadway’s most beloved musicals, at 3 p.m. at the Dominion Innsbrook Campus Theater, 5000 Dominion Blvd. Tickets are $10 to $15. All proceeds will benefit the American Youth Harp Ensemble. For details, call 837-9355 or visit http://www.harpensemble.org .
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The Weinstein JCC will present the JCC Forum with Peter Greenberg “Israel: The Royal Tour” at 7:30 p.m. In a challenging and intense, five-day shooting schedule, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Greenberg explore both Israelas, venturing into locations not in the guidebooks or brochures that hold special meaning to the Prime Minister, and yet are entirely accessible to the audience. Tickets are $35. For details, visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org .
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To commemorate Black History Month in February, the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site will present “Matinees with Miss Maggie,” a free film and lecture series that will explore African American life in Richmond and Virginia and the tragedies, triumphs, strength and courage of those who struggled for equality. Films will take place every Saturday in February at 1 p.m. at 600 N. 2nd St. The first film is “Our Inspiration: The Story of Maggie Lena Walker” and will be presented by two of the 34 black college students arrested for sitting at a lunch counter at Thalhimer’s on Feb. 22, 1960. The group became known as the “Richmond 34” and their actions led to the desegregation of downtown Richmond. For details, call 771-2017 or visit http://www.nps.gov/mawa .

FEB. 3
Pianist Richard Becker will perform his annual spring recital at 3 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. Becker’s repertoire will include works by Schumann, Chopin and Liszt. Admission is free and no tickets are required. For details, call 289-8277 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The exhibit “Designed to Perfection: Mark Catesby’s Natural History” at Wilton House Museum, 215 S. Wilton Rd., ends today. Wilton commemorates the 300th anniversary of Catesby’s arrival in Virginia in 1712 with an exhibition featuring nearly 50 etchings from this seminal work along with prints by other notable naturalists of England and North America. For hours of operation and admission fees, call 282-5936 or visit http://www.wiltonhousemuseum.org
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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