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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

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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