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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

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

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