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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

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

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

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.

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