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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

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.

Henricus Historical Park to host Publick Day Sept. 20

Henricus Historical Park will commemorate its anniversary during Publick Day, a signature annual event that celebrates the establishment of the second successful English settlement in the New World. In September 1611, Sir Thomas Dale, along with soldiers, tradesmen and farmers, ventured from Jamestown to create the Citie of Henricus. Leaders of Henricus developed the first English hospital, chartered the first college in North America, established tobacco as the first cash crop in Virginia, and created a place where Pocahontas lived and met John Rolfe.

Publick Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle. > Read more.

Commonwealth Parenting, CMoR-Short Pump to present 6-part parenting forum series

As part of its 30th anniversary year and partnership with the Children's Museum of Richmond, Commonwealth Parenting will present a six-part RVA Parents Forum Series to address some of the toughest issues confronting parents.

Parenting experts and family educators will tackle topics ranging from bullying to alcohol, sex to divorce, and technology and stress. Parents will learn how to identify potential problems.

"We're excited about bringing this much-needed forum series to parents in central Virginia. Through our valuable partnership with Commonwealth Parenting, we can have a deeper impact in the community through parent and caregiver education," said Karen Coltrane, president and CEO of the Children's Museum of Richmond. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Extras sought for AMC’s ‘TURN’

Paid extras are being sought to appear in the AMC television series TURN: Washington's Spies, which will begin filming its second season in the Richmond area at the end of September and continue through February.

No experience is required, but producers say that extras must have flexible availability, reliable transportation and a positive attitude.

Arvold Casting is holding an open call on Sunday, Sept. 21 and is seeking men, women and children who are Caucasian, African American and Native American, with thin to average builds and who can realistically portray people living in Revolutionary War times. Long hair is a plus but not a must. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


For our Top 10 calendar events this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Check out these three B’s in Henrico this weekend: books, bluegrass and “Born Yesterday.” Other activities to participate in – and feel good about – are the 15th annual James River Regional Cleanup and the 5th annual Richmond Out of the Darkness Community Walk. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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