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FEBRUARY 10
Henrico Theatre Company will present three one-act plays featuring the winners of the annual HTC Playwriting Competition from Feb. 10-26 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The winning titles are “Four and Twenty Wretched Dates,” A State of Being Normal” and “#4 Three Gables Run.” Performance times are 8 p.m. except for Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. An additional performance will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Admission to the One-Act Showcase is free. For a complete performance schedule, call Amy Perdue at 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.
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The 27th annual Richmond Camping RV Expo will be held from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Dave Solberg, RV expert and author of “The RV Handbook” will present seminars throughout the weekend on topics such as RV buying, driving and towing, as well as a Handyman Series on refrigerators and generators. Admission is $9 for adults and free for ages 16 and below. For details, call 800-441-0013 or visit http://www.agievents.com.

FEBRUARY 11
Learn the many ways houses were lit in the mid-19th century from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Find out how many candles you would need for a year and help make a few for Meadow Farm’s supply. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130.
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Youth ages 6-12 are invited to be building explorers at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd., from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Learn mystifying facts about the tavern. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898.
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The 2nd annual Bluegrass Invitational Concert and Benefit will be held from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church, 2300 Dumbarton Rd. Featured artists include Code Blue, Milford Station, Copper Ridge, One Lane Bridge, Old Dogs – New Tricks and Homeward Bound. The event is hosted by the Virginia Folk Music Association and the McShin Foundation. Tickets are $10. For details, call 249-1845 or visit http://www.mcshin.org .
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Members of the Richmond Men’s Chorus and Richmond Women’s Chorus will present the Valentine’s Cabaret at 8 p.m. at Richmond Triangle Players Theatre, 1300 Altamont Ave. The concert will feature solos, duets and ensembles from members of the choruses singing Broadway, pop, standards and country hits. Tickets are $15. An additional performance will be on Feb. 12. For details, call 346-8113 or visit http://www.rtriangle.org .
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Episcopal Singles will host their second annual Meet and Greet for singles of any denomination in the Richmond area from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Parish Hall of Historic St. John's Church on Church Hill. Episcopal singles, laity and clergy, Diocese of Virginia and Diocese of Southern Virginia, are especially encouraged to attend. For details, email Karla Hunt at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The Shady Grove Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church at 11105 Cauthorne Rd. in Glen Allen, will continue its 11th season with a concert by legendary folk singer-songwriter Bill Staines at 8 p.m. Staines has 26 recordings to his credit including “All God’s Critters,” “The Roseville Fair,” “Child of Mine” and “River.” Admission is $12 in advance and $15 at the door; children 12 and under are free and teens 13-18 are admitted at half price. Proceeds benefit UUCC. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
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Chick-fil-A at Short Pump Crossing, 3380 Pump Rd., will host a Daddy Daughter Date Night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The evening will feature reserved seating, a chocolate fountain, photo and activities. Seating times are at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Reservations are required. For details, call 364-0200 or visit http://www.cfaspc.com .

FEBRUARY 12
Legendary American folksinger Arlo Guthrie will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond. He will share timeless stories and unforgettable classic songs as he carries on the Guthrie family legacy. Tickets are $40. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu
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

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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