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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

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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