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JANUARY 6
The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present its 11th anniversary performance of “The Legend of the Poinsettia” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6-7 and at 3 p.m. Jan. 7-8 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The performance is an interpretation of the Mexican legend representing Christmas in Latin America. It tells the story of a pure-hearted young girl who discovers the true spirit of giving. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children, students, seniors and military. For details, call 379-2555 or visit http://www.latinballet.com .
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The 1968 film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” will play at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491.
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This is the last weekend of Dominion GardenFest of Lights at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. GardenFest is a holiday tradition that features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. New this year are caroling on Tuesday nights, Peppermint Lane, a 250-foot tunnel of lights, whimsical fairy-house botanicals and more. GardenFest is a rain or shine event and runs nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Jan. 9. The Garden is closed Dec. 24-25. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under three; discounts available for Garden members. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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The Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia will perform “The Red Priest” at 7:30 p.m. each night Jan. 6-8 at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1000 Blanton Ave. The concert features Baroque music performed on period instruments. Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (60+) and $5 for students. For details, visit http://www.cmscva.org .
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Acoustic Image will perform at 8 p.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave. The five-member ensemble plays country, bluegrass, pop and jazz music. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For details, call 798-1702 or visit http://www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com .
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Mystery Dinner Playhouse will present “A Happy Holiday Whodunit,” a crazy Christmas caper set in Santa’s workshop, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6-7 at Crowne Plaza Hotel Richmond, 6531 W. Broad St. Audience members can solve the mystery while enjoying a four course dinner. Tickets are $43.95 and include dinner and show. For details, call 649-CLUE or visit http://www.mysterydinner.com .

JANUARY 7
Dr. Mark Smith, of Brain Balance Center Richmond, will speak from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Dumbarton Library, 6800 Staples Mill Rd. Smith will discuss functional disconnection syndrome and the research that led to the Brain Balance approach to autism, AD/HD, dyslexia and other neurobehavioral disorders. The event is free and open to the public. For details, call 977-2747.
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Junior Hockey League team The Richmond Generals will take on the Philadelphia Little Flyers for a two game divisional matchup at SkateNation Plus, 4350 Pouncey Tract Rd. Game times are 6 p.m. on Jan. 7 and 11:30 a.m. Jan. 8. For details, visit http://www.richmondgenerals.com .

JANUARY 8
The Second Sunday South of the James Concert Series at Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Rd., continues at 4 p.m. Church members and friends will present their annual recital; vocalists and instrumentalists will perform. Admission is free but a love offering will be taken. Refreshments will be served. For details, call 272-7514.
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The youth at Pioneer Baptist Church, 3140 Darbytown Rd., will host a potato and salad bar lunch after the worship service. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 10 and under. For details, call 795-1051.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

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