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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.
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MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.

Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.

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The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A hero is born

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.

Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.

At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.

Authentically Italian

Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.

In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)

For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.

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