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FEB. 22
The Friends of the Tuckahoe Area Library will host a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22-23 at the library, 1901 Starling Dr. Choose from a large selection of books at bargain prices. For details, call 290-9100 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .

FEB. 23
Tour Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd., and learn more about the role African Americans played in the history of the historic building from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Go on four, separate 15-minute tours that include the Dabbs’ Family Slaves, Robert E. Lee’s slave-Perry Parks, Battle of New Market Height’s and African Americans at the almshouse. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The fourth annual Richmond Bluegrass Marathon Jam will take place from noon to midnight at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Twenty regional bluegrass bands including Jackass Flats, Slack Family Band, River City Band, The Green Boys and East Afton will perform. Admission is free but attendees are encouraged to make donations to the Richmond Fisher House. Barbecue and beverages will be available throughout the day. For details, visit http://www.rvabluegrassjam.com .
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The Henrico Humane Society will hold its 14th annual Pet Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Showplace, 3000 Mechnicsville Tnpk. There will be obedience demonstrations, dog adoptions, puppy races, contests and more. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 2-12. This is HHS’s largest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds will be used to cover expenses, including medical, for the animals in HHS’s care. For details, call 262-6634 or visit http://www.henricohumane.org .
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The Simon Kidgits Club at Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd., will host its free annual Book Blast event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sears Court. There will be special readings, games and giveaways, as well as a special appearance by Curious George. Kidgit members will receive a free library gift tote. For details, call 266-9000 or visit http://www.virginiacentercommons.com .
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Virtuoso fiddle and banjo duo Alan Jabbour and Ken Perlman will perform at 8 p.m. at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Glen Allen, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. Jabbour and Perlman will present a concert of Appalachian tunes, featuring most prominently the music Jabbour learned in the 1960s from his mentor, West Virginia fiddler Henry Reed. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The Coffeehouse is family-friendly, smoke and alcohol free. For details, visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com.
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In honor of Heart Month, HCA Virginia will present Day of Dance from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 13 locations throughout the area including all American Family Fitness Centers, ACAC Short Pump and Rigby’s Jig Dance Studio. The event will feature heart-healthy dance activities, free health screenings and the opportunity to talk with a doctor or nurse about health concerns. Admission is free and open to the community. For details, call 320-DOCS or visit http://www.women.hcavirginia.com .
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The 2013 Handbags for Hope event, benefiting Safe Harbor, will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Richmond Country Club, 12950 Patterson Ave. There will be live and silent auctions of new and gently used handbags from top designers. Tickets are $50 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets. For details, visit http://www.h4hrva.com .

FEB. 24
Le Hot Club will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Le Hot Club’s music is based on the style made famous by legendary Django Reinhardt and Le Hotclub de Paris in the 1930s. Admission is free. Call 328-4491 for reservations.
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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present the Shanghai Quartet with Paul Neubauer (viola) at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. The Shanghai Quartet’s style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire. Neubauer’s performance will include the Brahms Quintet in G Major, op. 111. Guests are invited to stay for a post-show Q&A. Tickets are $34. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu
Community

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.

Author, child abuse survivor to speak at Henrico event

To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.

Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

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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