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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

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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