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FEBRUARY 3
Enjoy an evening of bluegrass music with the Slack Family Band and the God Fearin’ Snake Handlers at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage Performance Series, which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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The movie “Top Hat” (1935) will play at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491.
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The Richmond Youth Peace Project will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the 7th annual Youth Educoncert, Generation Dream 2012. Shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Richmond Public Library’s main branch, 101 E. Franklin St., and for 2 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. The Friday show is being presented as part of First Fridays Artwalk; the Saturday performance is presented in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit “Race: Are We So Different?” which opened Jan. 28. Both concerts are free; museum admission is required on Feb. 4. For a list of youth performers and for more information, call 232-1002 or visit http://www.rpec.org .
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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., will present a special Valentine’s Day display until Feb. 29. A stroll through the climate-controlled Conservatory includes the chance to see daffodils, tulips and more. There is also a display featuring a new color scheme of pink and black foliage. The tropical wing showcases exotic, fragrant orchids. The garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for children ages 3-12. Members are free. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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This is the final weekend for Chamberlayne Actors Theatre’s production of “Almighty Bob.” A touching show about faith, it features Bob, a senior citizen living in an assisted living home. Bizarre things start to happen and the residents must find out if Bob is delusional or telling the truth. Performance times are 8 p.m. Feb. 3-4 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4-5. Tickets are $12 to $23. For details, call 262-9760 or visit http://www.cattheatre.com .

FEBRUARY 4
VCU Medical Center will present the CBS 6 Healthy Lifestyle Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Richmond Convention Center. The event will feature Dr. Oz’s fitness expert Stepp Stewart, yoga with “The Young and the Restless” star Judith Chapman and healthy cooking with celebrity chef Nathan Lyon. Participants can also sample healthy foods, receive free health screenings from VCU Medical Center and visit with multiple vendors. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.wtvr.com/expo .
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Richmond Parents Monthly’s 16th annual Camp & Education Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tuckahoe YMCA, 9211 Patterson Ave. Admission is free. For a list of fair participants, view http://www.richmondparents.com .
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Ringling Bros. Ambassador of Laughter, Christopher the Clown, will visit the Children’s Museum of Richmond in Short Pump from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. In addition to story time, Christopher the Clown will have giveaways and coupons for the upcoming Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show “Dragons” on Feb. 15-19. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.childrensmuseumofrichmond.org .
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The James River Film Society and the Sierra Club Falls of the James Group will join together to present the RVA Environmental Film Festival at the Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St. The event will showcase films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents on planet Earth. Festival passes are $15 and are available at Chop Suey Books (422-8066), Video Fan (353-7891) or at http://www.rvaenvironmentalfilmfest2012.eventbrite.com Indi.vidual tickets are $5 and are available at the door or through Eventbrite. For a complete schedule and film descriptions, call 562-2500 or visit http://www.rvaenvironmentalfilmfestival.com.

FEBRUARY 5
Sisters of the Yarn African American Quilters Guild will host an opening reception for its upcoming quilt exhibit “Each Quilt, A Story” from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Enjoy the art and craftsmanship of these beautiful quilts and learn about their history and culture from historical interpreters and the quilters themselves. Music will be provided by a local choir and light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. After the reception, the quilt exhibit will be displayed at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd., until Feb. 24. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

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.

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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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