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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

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Grab the kids and check out these fun family-friendly events taking place this weekend! Speed over to the Henrico Theatre for the film “Turbo” or watch “Dumbo” under the stars at Clarke-Palmore House Museum. Little ones can meet Thomas the Tank Engine at CMOR-Central or play at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” 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.

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