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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

MADD walk raises more than $26,000

The Central Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted its annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser April 12 at Dorey Park in Varina. More than 20 teams of walkers raised money from individual donors by participating in the walk, and in total the event generated more than $26,000 in donations for the organization. > Read more.

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

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