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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
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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.

‘Fresh Start’ offered for single moms

The Fresh Start For Single Mothers and Their Children Community Outreach Project will host “Necessary Ingredients” on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 12 and continuing through May 7, at Velocity Church, 3300 Church Road in Henrico. Dinner and childcare will be provided free of charge.

The program is designed as a fun and uplifting event for single mothers that is designed to provide support, new friendships, encouragement and motivation. Each event will include weekly prizes and giveaways. > 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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