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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

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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