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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

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” 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.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend has something for everyone in your family – whether it’s improv comedy with ComedySportz or West End Comedy, or an inspirational concert from the Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company! Families will also enjoy music, games and crafts at Hidden Creek Park or reading to a therapy dog at Glen Allen Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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