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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.
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Tree seedling giveaway planned April 2-3


The Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District will sponsor a tree seedling giveaway on April 2 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on April 3 at Hermitage High School parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bare-root tree seedlings are available to Henrico County residents free of charge for the spring planting season.

The following seedling species will be available: apple, kousa dogwood, red maple, river birch, red osier dogwood, loblolly pine, sycamore, bald cypress, white dogwood and redbud. Quantities are limited and trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each participant is allowed up to 10 trees total, not to include more than five of the same species. > Read more.

State provides online directory of Bingo games


Wondering where to go to play Bingo? Wonder no more.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) recently launched an online directory of permitted bingo games played in Virginia. Listed by locality, more than 400 regular games are available across the state. The directory will be updated monthly and can be found on VDACS’ website at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/gaming/index.shtml.

“Many Virginia charities, including volunteer rescue squads, booster clubs and programs to feed the homeless, use proceeds from charitable gaming as a tool to support their missions, said Michael Menefee, program manager for VDACS’ Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. > Read more.

Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

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