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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
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MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.

Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.

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The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A hero is born

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.

Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.

At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.

Authentically Italian

Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.

In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)

For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.

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