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MARCH 8
Capitol Opera will perform “H.M.S. Pinafore” at 7:30 p.m. March 8-9 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Set aboard a British naval ship, the classic operetta has a maritime flavor with whimsical lyrics penned by W.S. Gilbert set to the music of Arthur Sullivan. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. For details, call 282-1659 or visit http://www.capopera.com .
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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present Black Grace, New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance company, at 7:30 p.m. in Alice Jepson Theatre. The company fuses traditional dance of the Pacific islands and contemporary dance in a form that is eloquent, elemental, athletic and spiritual. Guests are invited to stay for a post-show Q&A. Tickets are $40. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .

MARCH 9
The third annual Free to Breathe Richmond 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Memorial Walk, to benefit the National Lung Cancer Partnership, will take place at 9 a.m. in the Innsbrook Corporate Center, 4900 Cox Rd. Registration and check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $15 to $35. For details, visit http://www.freetobreathe.org/richmond .
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Contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music duo Dana and Susan Robinson will perform at 8 p.m. at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Glen Allen, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. Both play the guitar, banjo and fiddle.
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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One Voice Chorus will perform “Rise Up Singing” at 8 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Rd. The musical program features the full chorus, the One Voice Ensemble and soloists in a variety of musical genres, including classical, traditional spirituals and theater music, notably the finale of Les Miserables. For admission, a donation of $15 is requested; children 12 and under are free. For details, call 231-0324 or visit http://www.onevoicechorus.org .
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Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd., will hold a volunteer open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Meadow Farm is looking for volunteers ages 10 and up to conduct tours, work in the gift shop, demonstrate historic trades, agricultural and domestic activities and more. Students needing community service hours are welcome. No experience is necessary. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Learn about life at Lee’s headquarters from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. For 62 days in 1862, the Dabbs House was transformed into a Civil War headquarters when Gen. Robert E. Lee and his staff of seven arrived. Learn about daily life and Henrico’s role in Civil War history. Children’s activities, interpretive panels and tours will be offered. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Henrico County Division of Police will offer rabies shots for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Western Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Rd. The clinic will be on the first level of the parking deck adjacent to the administration building. Vaccination shots cost $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers. For details, call 727-8800.

MARCH 10
Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion Team XXL returns to Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd., at 4 p.m. This group of youthful, diverse, high-energy dancers combine pedestrian movement and rhythmic patterning into exciting and intricate choreography. Admission is free. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Hindu Center of Virginia, 6051 Springfield Rd., will present “Temple Traditions: Performing Arts from India to Bali” at 3 p.m. Bharatanatyam dancers from the Apsaras Arts Dance Group and Balinese dancers from the Indonesian Embassy in Washington will present a rare collaborative presentation of devotional and semi-sacred performance, reuniting traditions separated for millennia. Tickets are $8. For details, visit http://www.hinducenterofvirginia.org
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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Entertainment

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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