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Weekend Top 10


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
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Tree seedling giveaway planned April 2-3


The Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District will sponsor a tree seedling giveaway on April 2 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on April 3 at Hermitage High School parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bare-root tree seedlings are available to Henrico County residents free of charge for the spring planting season.

The following seedling species will be available: apple, kousa dogwood, red maple, river birch, red osier dogwood, loblolly pine, sycamore, bald cypress, white dogwood and redbud. Quantities are limited and trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each participant is allowed up to 10 trees total, not to include more than five of the same species. > Read more.

State provides online directory of Bingo games


Wondering where to go to play Bingo? Wonder no more.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) recently launched an online directory of permitted bingo games played in Virginia. Listed by locality, more than 400 regular games are available across the state. The directory will be updated monthly and can be found on VDACS’ website at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/gaming/index.shtml.

“Many Virginia charities, including volunteer rescue squads, booster clubs and programs to feed the homeless, use proceeds from charitable gaming as a tool to support their missions, said Michael Menefee, program manager for VDACS’ Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. > Read more.

Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

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