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Weekend Top 10


JAN. 25
Teens are invited to challenge their families in Xbox, checkers, chess, pool and Family Feud at Family Night Teen Challenge from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dorey Recreation Center, 7200 Dorey Park Dr. Teens must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free. For details, call 795-2334 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Center Season at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., will continue with The Rock & Roll Jubilee at 7 p.m. Jan. 25-26. Journey back to 1958 and be a part of the studio audience for the live broadcast on fictitious WJKS radio as it channels the spirits of founding fathers of rock n’ roll. The Jubilee includes 1950s period advertisements, skits and more. Tickets are $25. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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Commonwealth Parenting will host a Pajama Party from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Canterbury Community Nursery School, 601 N. Parham Rd. The whole family is invited to wear their favorite pajamas and enjoy pizza, cookies and storytime with Mr. Chris. There will be door prizes for parents and kids. Admission is $6 each; a family 4-pack is $20. For details, call 545-1272 or visit http://www.commonwealthparenting.org .

JAN. 26
Dumbarton Library, 6800 Staples Mill Rd., will host the workshop “Couponing 101” at 10:30 a.m. Join Tiffany Cutts of “Young and Frugal in Virginia” as she gives advice on couponing and hosts a coupon swap. For details, call 290-9400 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
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The Virginia Dance Festival will take place at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at James River High School, 3700 James River Rd. in Midlothian. The festival celebrates dance in all of its many forms including tap, hip hop, jazz, ballet, Irish, ballroom, musical theater, American Indian and more. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Tickets are $10 to $12 and can be purchased at the door. For details, visit http://www.virginiadancefestival.com .
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First Things First will present an All Pro Dad Event from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Richmond Community Church, 11801 Nuckols Rd. The program will feature a simulcast with Tony Dungy, Tommy Bowden, Mark Merrill and more. Dungy will speak about his relationship with Christ and its impact on his life as a husband, father and coach. Kids will be guided through age-appropriate football drills designed for fathers to encourage and challenge their children. Cost is $10 per family. To register, call 288-3431 or visit http://www.firstthingsrichmond.org .
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Commonwealth Parenting will present an anti-bullying workshop for parents, teachers and guidance counselors from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Canterbury Community Preschool, 601 N. Parham Rd. The workshop, “Teaching Empathy, Tolerance and Inclusion in the Middle School Years,” will discuss experiential activities that teach empathy and inclusion, practical and realistic ways to teach children how to respond when they find themselves the victims of bullying, cyber bullying and community resources will be shared. Cost is $30. For details, call 545-1272 or visit http://www.commonwealthparenting.org .
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The Simon Kidgits Club will host its first event of 2013, the When I Grow Up event, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the JC Penney Court at Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd. This mini Career Day will allow children to explore various careers. The event is free for Kidgit members and $5 for nonmembers. For details, call 266-9000 or visit http://www.virginiacentercommons.com To b.ecome a Kidgits member, visit Guest Services or http://www.simonkidgitclub.com .
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Kitchen Thyme, 7801 W. Broad St., will host an indoor winter market every Saturday through April from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be up to 15 local food vendors and artisans each week. For details, call 396-2665 or visit http://www.kitchenthymerva.com .

JAN. 27
William Wisnom will perform an organ recital at 7:30 p.m. at River Road Church Baptist, 8000 River Rd. The performance is part of the E. Carl Freeman Concert Series. Wisnom is the current recipient of the E. Carl Freeman, Jr. Organ Scholarship at Johns Hopkins University. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.rrcb.org/concertseries
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Your trees, please

With a nod to Arbor Day, Citizen seeks photos, descriptions of significant Henrico trees

Do you have a favorite tree in Henrico?

Do you know of a tree with an interesting story?

Do you live near an especially large, old, or otherwise unusual tree – or do you pass by one that has always intrigued you?

Arbor Day 2015 (April 24) was last week, and though the Citizen has published stories about a few special trees over the years (see sidebar) we know that our readers can lead us to more. > Read more.

Henrico’s most famous tree


Henrico's most famous tree, known as the Surrender Tree, still stood for more than a century near the intersection of Osborne Turnpike and New Market Road -- until June 2012.

It was in the shade of that tree on April 3, 1865, that Richmond mayor Joseph Mayo met Major Atherton Stevens and troops from the 4th Massachusetts Cavalry and handed over a note surrendering the city to Federal troops. Evacuation had already begun. > Read more.

ARC event raises $75k for ICDS program


The Greater Richmond ARC's annual Ladybug Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on April 11 netted $75,165 to benefit its Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS) program.

About 350 guests sampled fine West Coast wines and craft beer from Midnight Brewery at Richmond Raceway Complex's Torque Club, along with food from local eateries. Carytown Cupcakes provided dessert. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Henrico HS student selected as student playwright for ‘New Voices for Theater’ program


A Henrico High School student was one of eight students from Virginia selected as a 2015 student playwright as part of the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community's 26th annual New Voices for the Theater Festival of New Works, which will be held July 10-11 at VCU.

Elaina Riddell of the Center for the Arts at Henrico HS will join the other students and bring her original one-act play to life on stage at the event. In total, 150 plays were submitted to SPARC. Riddell and the other winners will work closely with New York City-based professional playwright Bruce Ward for the event. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


In the mood for some spring shopping? Eastern Henrico FISH will hold their semi-annual yard sale this weekend – funds raised assist at-risk families in Eastern Henrico County. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will hold a spring plant sale which is among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. Put on your detective hat and find out “whodunnit” at the movie “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” and “The Case of the Dead Flamingo Dancer,” presented by the Henrico Theatre Company May 1-17. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


It’s that time of year – charity races are popping up everywhere! On Saturday, St. Joseph’s Villa will be the site of the sixth annual CASA Superhero Run and the fifth annual Richmond Free to Breathe Run/Walk will be held in Innsbrook. Also in Innsbrook, the 2015 Richmond Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis will take place on Sunday. If you’re more into relaxation than exercise, check out Wine for Cure’s Dogwood Wine Festival or the Troubadours Community Theatre Group’s production of “West Side Story” at the Henrico Theatre. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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