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FEBRUARY 17
The 24th annual Richmond Boat Show will be at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 18 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19. Boats on display from 18 dealers include runabouts, saltwater fishing boats, ski boats, pontoon boats, deck boats, jet boats, PWCs, motor yachts and bass boats. Additional exhibits include boat lifts, floating docks, marine electronics, water sports and safety equipment. Experts will be on hand to give information and answer questions about marinas, financing, insurance, boat maintenance and repair and boating safety. Tickets are $9 for adults and free for children ages 16 and under. Parking is free. For details, call 425-6556 or visit http://www.gsevents.com/boat-shows.cfm.
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A Good Natured Riot, a folk-funk ensemble with a jazzy soul, will perform at 8 p.m. at Ashland Coffee and Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave. The band of five acoustic musicians performs with a variety of musical instruments – from guitars and fiddles to dobro and even a washboard. Tickets are $8 at the door. For details, call 798-1702 or visit http://www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com .

FEBRUARY 18
Learn about the hidden history of African Americans during the Civil War from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. Explore the lives of enslaved blacks before and during the Civil War, such as the contributions of the United States Colored Troops on Henrico soil to the Union war effort. Also discover the Reconstruction-era struggle of African Americans and Henrico County’s attempts to assist them. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Join St. Mary’s Hospital for a day dedicated to heart health from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby. There will be free health screenings, cooking demos and giveaways. For details, call 359-WELL or visit http://www.goodforyourheart.com .
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Children ages 4-6 are invited to explore the world of Legos from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The Armour House & Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Rd. Children are welcome to bring a Lego project to show the class. Admission is $6. For details, call 343-3506 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Handbags for Hope will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. This annual event raises funds for Safe Harbor, a nonprofit organization that provides support, shelter, educational programs and advocacy for victims of domestic violence. The event features live and silent handbag auctions, networking with local prominent women, entertainment, hors d’ourves and wine. Tickets are $25. For details, visit http://www.h4hrva.com .
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Henrico Humane Society will hold its 13th annual Pet Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Showplace, 3000 Mechanicsville Tnpk. Expo activities include obedience demonstrations, a dog agility course, adoptions, puppy races, a petting zoo, contests and more. All proceeds benefit HHS. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 2-12. For a complete list of contest categories and program events, visit http://www.henricohumane.org For .details or to volunteer for the event, call 262-6634.
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A family dance and silent auction to benefit CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 4825 Pouncey Tract Rd. The event will feature live music by Offering, family-friendly food and drinks, kids’ crafts, a silent auction and raffle. Richmond Photographics will offer optional family portraits for a nominal donation to CJSTUF. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Space is limited. For details, visit http://www.cjstuf.org .
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Jewish Family Theatre will present “Conversations with my Father” at the Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18, 22, 23 and 25 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. For details, call 285-6500 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

FEBRUARY 19
A “U2charist” communion service featuring the music of rock band U2 will be held at 7 p.m. at Three Chopt Presbyterian Church, 9315 Three Chopt Rd. The service, which will include live and recorded U2 music, is free and open to the public. An offering will be collected to benefit Bread for Life, a relief and development organization that addresses spiritual and physical hunger in Africa, as well as the Central Virginia Food Bank. For details, call 270-5452 or visit http://www.tcpresbyterian.org .
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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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Weekend Top 10


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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