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DECEMBER 26
Dedicated to the notion that science is everywhere, the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., will be highlighting the laws of physics, thermodynamics and nutrition through the much maligned holiday pastry — the fruitcake – during Fruitcake Science, held daily Dec. 26-30. Fruitcake Science is included with museum admission. Tickets are $10 for ages 4-12 and 60+, $11 for ages 13-59 and free for SMV members. For details, call 864-1400 or visit http://www.smv.org .

DECEMBER 28
Richmond Volleyball Club (RVC) will host its 2nd annual Light Up the Night Gala and Raffle Fundraiser from 7 p.m. to midnight at 2921 Byrdhill Rd. There will be an open bar, hors d’ oeuvres, live music by the Jangling Reinharts and a chance to win cash and prizes. Admission for two is $100. Proceeds will support RVC’s youth programs, capital improvements and organizational goals. For details, call 358-1018 or visit http://www.rvc.net .
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Dumbarton Library, 6800 Staples Mill Rd., will host a Gingerbread Party for families at 2 p.m. Decorate a gingerbread house and see a puppet show based on the delicious story of “The Gingerbread Man.” For details, call 290-9400 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .

DECEMBER 29
The Harlem Globetrotters will bring their 2012 World Tour to the Richmond Coliseum at 7 p.m. The show will feature rookies Paul “Tiny” Sturgess, the world’s tallest pro basketball player at 7’6, Jonte “Too Tall” Hall, the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5’2, and Fatima “TNT” Maddox, the team’s first female player since 1993. The new Globetrotters will also feature the top three finishers from the 2011 College Slam Dunk Contest. Tickets start at $17. For details, call 745-3000 or visit http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com .
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Dumbarton Library, 6800 Staples Mill Rd., will host an End of Year party at 7 p.m. Look back on the best and worst of 2011 with a trivia contest, top 10 lists, games and more. For details, call 290-9400 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .

DECEMBER 31
GayRVA.com’s A-List New Year’s Eve Party will begin at 10 p.m. at Aloft Richmond West, 3939 Duckling Dr. in West Broad Village. DJ Ease and Dead Fame will provide entertainment. A $25 ticket includes a dessert and champagne toast. A VIP package is available for those who wish to stay overnight in the hotel. The cost is $150 for two and includes an open bar from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and complimentary breakfast on New Year’s Day. Space is limited; tickets will not be available at the door. For details, visit http://www.gayrva.com/nye .
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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s New Year’s Eve Family Frolic will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. There will be family activities with live entertainment and crafts. GardenFest of Lights will continue from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Museum admission required. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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The Children’s Museum of Richmond-Short Pump, 2200 Old Brick Rd. in West Broad Village, will host a New Year’s Eve Bash for children and their families from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be games and giveaways and a “countdown to noon” celebration with a special juice box toast. All event activities are included in museum admission; general admission is $8. CMOR will close at 2 p.m. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.c-mor.org .
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ComedySportz Improv Theatre will present two New Year’s Eve shows at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. The earlier show is designed for the younger family and will include a milk toast with Twinkies at 9 p.m. The later show will have a champagne toast at midnight. Both shows include party hats and noisemakers. Tickets are $15 to $22. For details, call 266-9377 or visit http://www.cszrva.com .
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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Richmond Folk Music Society, featuring Deb Clinton and friends, at 8 p.m. at Congregation Or Ami, 9400 Huguenot Rd. There will be assorted tunes from the golden years of the American and Yiddish theater, along with old favorites from The Great American Songbook. The concert-only price is $15 in advance and $18 at the door and includes dessert and coffee at intermission. Dinner and concert are $28. Reservations for dinner are needed by Dec. 26. For details, visit http://www.richmondfolkmusic.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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