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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

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Grab the kids and check out these fun family-friendly events taking place this weekend! Speed over to the Henrico Theatre for the film “Turbo” or watch “Dumbo” under the stars at Clarke-Palmore House Museum. Little ones can meet Thomas the Tank Engine at CMOR-Central or play at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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The Alzheimer’s Association will present the program “Know the 10 Signs” from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Chickahominy YMCA, 5401 Whiteside Rd. Advance registration is required by calling 804-967-2580. Full text

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