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JAN. 18
The Chamberlayne Actors Theatre (CAT) will present its supernatural romantic comedy “The 13th of Paris” at 8 p.m. Jan. 18-19 at the CAT Playhouse, 319 N. Wilkinson Rd. The show follows Vincent, who takes a spontaneous trip from his life in Chicago to the 13th arrondissement of Paris, carrying only a suitcase filled with the surprising love letters of his late grandparents. Tickets are $18. The production continues through Feb. 3. For details, call 262-9760 or visit http://www.cattheatre.com .
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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present the Mark Morris Dance Group at 7:30 p.m. in Alice Jepson Theatre. The group will present an evening of repertory pieces including “Festival Dance,” “A Wooden Tree” and “Grand Duo.” A Q&A session with members of the group will follow the show. Admission is $40. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
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Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd., will host an Art Opening and Reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. During the Artwalk, visitors will learn from the artists what inspires them to create their works of art as they stroll through the 25,000 square foot facility. There will also be an “Art in Action” auction to benefit Henrico CASA. For details, visit http://www.crossroadsartcenter.com .

JAN. 19
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present an encore presentation of National Theatre Live’s production of “The Magistrate” at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. Academy Award nominee and Tony Award-winner John Lithgow takes the title role in Arthur Wing Pinero’s uproarious Victorian farce. NT Live brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to movie theatres around the world. Tickets are $12 to $14. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
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Families are invited to the Snow Days Festival at the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Central, 2626 W. Broad St. The winner of the fourth annual Snow Queen scholarship will be crowned at 11 a.m. Winter activities include a make-a-flake station and other snowy art projects, face painting, special frozen treats and playing in the snow in the CMoR backyard (weather permitting). Festival is free with museum admission. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.c-mor.org .
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Synergy Yoga Studio, 11000 Three Chopt Rd., will celebrate its 12th anniversary beginning at 11:30 a.m. There will be free yoga classes, anniversary specials, free mini massages, refreshments and more. Space is limited. To register, call 747-YOGA or visit http://www.synergyyogastudio.com .
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Henricus Historical Park will recognize Medal of Honor recipient 2nd Lt. Walter Thorn, 116th United States Colored Troops, for his heroic efforts in the Battle of Trent’s Reach in January 1865. Featured activities include living history demonstrations of the daily lives of soldiers and women who supported the sick and wounded; an exhibition highlighting Civil War artifacts found at Henricus; one-hour lectures beginning at 11 a.m.; tours and more. Admission is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12. Tours are additional. For details, call 748-1611 or visit http://www.henricus.org .
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All Henrico parents and students looking for financial aid help are encouraged to attend an information session facilitated by GRASP (Great Aspirations Scholarship Program). Workers from GRASP will help parents and students completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Participants must bring paperwork with them including social security cards, drivers licenses, W-2 forms, income tax returns, current bank statements and mortgage information. The 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. session will be held at the Richmond Public Main Library, 101 E. Franklin St. To schedule an hour-long appointment and learn of all the required documentation needed, call 527-7708. A second session will be held Feb. 16.

JAN. 20
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond, Corbian Arts and Light Wire Theatre will present “The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare” at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Alice Jepson Theatre. Electroluminescent puppetry serves as the medium in presenting these two classic fables. Dazzling visuals, poignant choreography and creative use of music make the show ideal for children from kindergarten to fourth grade. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
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The second annual Disco Ball, a benefit for the Richmond Men’s Chorus and the Richmond Women’s Chorus, will take place at 6 p.m. at NU NightClub, 2729 W. Broad St. There will be a live auction, a drag show, raffles, performances by Vada Kaye, Michelle Livigne and Millenium Snow and more. General admission is $20. For details, call 396-2222 or visit http://www.nunightclub.com


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


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

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.

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