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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
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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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Weekend Top 10


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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