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JANUARY 13
The Heritage Music Series at Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courtouse Rd., will kick off the season with a fundraiser at 7 p.m. Three local bands – Unfinished Business, Homeward Bound and Tredegar Brass Band – have volunteered their talents to raise money for the monthly concert series held free at the tavern. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $15 for front row VIP seating. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. For details, call 537-5050 or visit http://www.hanovertavern.org .
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Contemporary bluegrass group The Grascals will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond. Tickets are $32. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
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The 2012 Acts of Faith festival will kick off with a preview at 7 p.m. at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre (formerly the Empire Theatre), 114 W. Broad St. The preview this year will be in memory of the late Helen Rolfe, a long-time member of Second Presbyterian Church, founder of the Acts of Faith festival. Participating theatres will talk about their selected plays and present brief scenes to give a taste of the upcoming festival. The event is free and open to the public. The festival runs through March 18. For details, visit http://www.theactsoffaith.org .
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ComedySportz Richmond, located in the Gold’s Gym Plaza at 8906-H W. Broad St., will host shows at 8 p.m. Jan. 13 and at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 14. Two teams, the Richmond Legends and the Virginia Hams, will face-off in an improv battle for laughs and points. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For details, call 266-9377 or visit http://www.cszrva.com .
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Romp n’ Roll will celebrate BabyPalooza through Jan. 15. All children, ages 3-18 months, and their grown-ups, are invited to try RNR’s baby and toddler classes and open gym for free at the Midlothian, Mechanicsville and West End (9677 W. Broad St.) locations. Space is limited. Call 420-4100 to register. Class times and descriptions are available at http://www.rompnroll.com .

JANUARY 14
Survivor Day, a regional initiative being hosted by six different localities in the Central Virginia region, will take place at the Henrico Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Rd. The program, designed to help citizens increase their awareness of disasters and hazards in the region, will help residents be better prepared by learning how to put together a disaster supply kit, learn how to be safe after a disaster and help develop a family communications plan. Henrico’s session will include presentations from the Henrico Office of Emergency Management, the Divisions of Police and Fire, the Henrico Health Department and the National Weather Service. Pre-registration for this free program is required and can be done online at http://www.survivorday.com For .details, call 501-7183 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere St., will host an Artifacts Roadshow from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Curator Jesse Smith will view military artifacts from the community and tell the associated stories. No monetary value will be given. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, call 786-2060 or visit http://www.vawarmemorial.org .
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ECPI University, with locations at 4305 Cox Rd. and 2809 Emerywood Pkwy., in Henrico, will host a Campus Discovery Day open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to see interactive demonstrations, tour the campuses, meet with faculty and staff and observe the hands-on learning environment. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.ecpi.edu .
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Dr. Mark Smith, executive director of the Brain Balance Achievement Center of Richmond, will conduct a seminar on the function of the brain in common childhood disorders such as ADHD and autism from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Good Foods Grocery, 1309 Gaskins Rd. The seminar will touch on the cause of brain based disorders, how to figure out what’s going on in a child’s brain, what to do and how it works. Admission is free. Seating is limited. To register, call 977-2747 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

JANUARY 15
Children ages 4-5 are invited to learn about icicles from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Three Lakes Nature Center, 400 Sausiluta Dr. The cost is $6. To register, call Bekky Monroe at 262-5055.


Community

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.

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.

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Entertainment

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.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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