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FEB. 8
The Diggity Dudes, who play hip music for hip kids and their equally hip parents, will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. There will be interactive skits, audience participation and lighthearted comedy. Admission is free. Call 328-4491 for reservations.

FEB. 9
The Virginia Folk Music Association and The McShin Foundation will present the third annual Bluegrass Concert and Benefit from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church, 2300 Dumbarton Rd. Participating bands include Copper Ridge, Heavy Duty, Willis River, Homeward Bound, Old Dogs New Tricks, Mill Run and East of Afton. There will also be food, drinks, a cornhole tournament and kids’ crafts. Admission is $10. For details, visit http://www.mcshin.org .
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The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will meet at 10 a.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. An exhibit by photographer Jackie Bailey Labovtiz, a specialist in Virginia wild flowers, will be in the Garden Library. The program is free and open to the public. The Chapter will hold a short business meeting after the presentation. Membership in the Pocahontas Chapter is open to anyone who joins the Virginia Native Plant Society. For details, visit http://www.pocahontaschapter-vnps.org .
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Italian bluegrass guitar virtuoso Beppe Gambetta will perform at 8 p.m. at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Glen Allen, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. The Coffeehouse is family-friendly, smoke and alcohol free. For details, visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com.
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All ages are invited to the program “Let There Be Light” from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Before electricity there were candles; learn the many ways houses were lit in the mid-19th century. Help dip candles in the farmhouse. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.
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Historian Emmanuel Dabney will present a lecture on education, emancipation and race in antebellum Richmond from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Dorey Recreation Center, 7200 Dorey Park Dr. The focus of his presentation will be on Silas Omohundro, a white slave trader in pre-Civil War Richmond and his third wife, Corinna, and their children were legally his human property. For ages 12 and older. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Pamunkey River Garden Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 8209 Shady Grove Rd. in Mechanicsville. The program will be “The Honeybee in Your Garden” by Kim Singas. All are welcome. For details, call Susan Blankinship at 932-3451.
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The Greater Richmond Branch of the American Association of University Women will present guest speaker Chuck Epes, of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, at 10:30 a.m. at the Kroger Training Center, 2235 Staples Mill Rd. Epes will focus on the state of the Bay, as well as current and upcoming regulations that may help or hinder, and how to get involved. There will be time for questions and input. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.aauwbonairva.org .
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Several local organizations will partner to present the third annual RVA Environmental Film Festival Feb. 9-10 at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. The two-day event will showcase local and national films selected to raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, the nation and the planet. Films begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 9 and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Admission is free and open to the public. For a schedule, and to view descriptions of the films, visit http://www.rvaenvironmentalfilmfestival.com .

FEB. 10
All ages are invited to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington at a Black History Month Celebration from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Academy at Virginia Randolph, 2204 Mountain Rd. There will be musical selections by the One Voice Chorus, an inspirational portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and highlighted accomplishments of the legendary African-American educator, Miss Virginia Estelle Randolph, performed by local talents Tony Cosby and Vivian Graves. Admission is free. For details, call Heather Grubb at 501-5808 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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