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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
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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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