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Weekend Top 10


FEB. 15
Gaye Adegbalola, a solo performer and part of the group Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women, will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Adegbalola is a mother, a Blues Music Award winner and a former Virginia State Teacher of the Year. Much of her solo material is topical, addressing social issues and also finding humor in the pain of one’s daily struggles. Admission is free. Call 328-4491 for reservations.
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The University of Richmond will host the fifth annual Connecting Women of Color Conference from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The conference is for area college students to exchange information through interaction with each other and a variety of speakers. Keynote speaker will be Sabrina Squire, news anchor for WWBT NBC-12. Squire will discuss “Loving Our Authentic Selves,” the conference’s theme. Panel discussions, seminars and a networking reception will follow. To register, call Charm Bullard at 289-8470.
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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., will present Orchids Galore! daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 31. Orchids in colors across the spectrum will be in the Conservatory. Learn more about the role of color in plants and how it supports all life on Earth. Weekends will feature different themes, as well as family activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Orchids Galore! is free with garden admission. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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The 25th annual Richmond Boat Show will be at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 16 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 17. There will be boats on display from 18 dealers, exhibits and experts on hand to give information and answer questions about marinas, financing, insurance, boat maintenance and repair and boating safety. Tickets are $9 ($7 if purchased online) and free for children 16 and under. For details, visit http://www.richmondracewaycomplex.com .

FEB. 16
Savor a variety of decadent chocolates for a natural mood boost at “Chocolate Cravings” from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 16-17 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Try free samples of chocolates made by Henrico chocolatier Cathy Churcher. Inside the Conservatory, grind cocoa beans using a mortar and pestle and learn more about the cacao plant. All chocolate items in the Garden Shop will be 10 percent off. Free with garden admission. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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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 .
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The Visual Arts Center of Richmond will present a workshop for teens on how to take better digital photos from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Fairfield Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave. Admission is free. Register online at http://www.henricolibrary.org .
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How Big is Your Heart will host a Sweetheart Dance and Silent Auction at 7 p.m. at Glen Allen Community Center, 10800 Brookley Rd. There will be music, dancing, food and drinks. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For details, visit http://www.howbig.org/2013-sweetheart-dance-and-silent-auction .

FEB. 17
Theatre IV will present “Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad” at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. Admission is free. Call 328-4491 for reservations.
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Wedding planner Erika Darden will present a LUXE Wedding Workshop for brides and aspiring wedding planners from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Westin Richmond, 6631 W. Broad St. Registration includes a LUXE wedding glam bag, raffle ticket, lunch and materials. Cost is $199. For details, visit http://www.erikadarden.com
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

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