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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

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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