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Weekend Top 10


FEB. 22
The Friends of the Tuckahoe Area Library will host a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22-23 at the library, 1901 Starling Dr. Choose from a large selection of books at bargain prices. For details, call 290-9100 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .

FEB. 23
Tour Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd., and learn more about the role African Americans played in the history of the historic building from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Go on four, separate 15-minute tours that include the Dabbs’ Family Slaves, Robert E. Lee’s slave-Perry Parks, Battle of New Market Height’s and African Americans at the almshouse. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The fourth annual Richmond Bluegrass Marathon Jam will take place from noon to midnight at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Twenty regional bluegrass bands including Jackass Flats, Slack Family Band, River City Band, The Green Boys and East Afton will perform. Admission is free but attendees are encouraged to make donations to the Richmond Fisher House. Barbecue and beverages will be available throughout the day. For details, visit http://www.rvabluegrassjam.com .
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The Henrico Humane Society will hold its 14th annual Pet Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Showplace, 3000 Mechnicsville Tnpk. There will be obedience demonstrations, dog adoptions, puppy races, contests and more. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 2-12. This is HHS’s largest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds will be used to cover expenses, including medical, for the animals in HHS’s care. For details, call 262-6634 or visit http://www.henricohumane.org .
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The Simon Kidgits Club at Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd., will host its free annual Book Blast event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sears Court. There will be special readings, games and giveaways, as well as a special appearance by Curious George. Kidgit members will receive a free library gift tote. For details, call 266-9000 or visit http://www.virginiacentercommons.com .
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Virtuoso fiddle and banjo duo Alan Jabbour and Ken Perlman will perform at 8 p.m. at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Glen Allen, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. Jabbour and Perlman will present a concert of Appalachian tunes, featuring most prominently the music Jabbour learned in the 1960s from his mentor, West Virginia fiddler Henry Reed. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The Coffeehouse is family-friendly, smoke and alcohol free. For details, visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com.
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In honor of Heart Month, HCA Virginia will present Day of Dance from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 13 locations throughout the area including all American Family Fitness Centers, ACAC Short Pump and Rigby’s Jig Dance Studio. The event will feature heart-healthy dance activities, free health screenings and the opportunity to talk with a doctor or nurse about health concerns. Admission is free and open to the community. For details, call 320-DOCS or visit http://www.women.hcavirginia.com .
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The 2013 Handbags for Hope event, benefiting Safe Harbor, will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Richmond Country Club, 12950 Patterson Ave. There will be live and silent auctions of new and gently used handbags from top designers. Tickets are $50 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets. For details, visit http://www.h4hrva.com .

FEB. 24
Le Hot Club will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Le Hot Club’s music is based on the style made famous by legendary Django Reinhardt and Le Hotclub de Paris in the 1930s. Admission is free. Call 328-4491 for reservations.
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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present the Shanghai Quartet with Paul Neubauer (viola) at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. The Shanghai Quartet’s style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire. Neubauer’s performance will include the Brahms Quintet in G Major, op. 111. Guests are invited to stay for a post-show Q&A. Tickets are $34. 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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Weekend Top 10


It’s Halloween! Ghosts and goblins are everywhere…especially at Dorey Park’s Monster Mash and the annual Pumpkin Festival at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. But don’t let the fun stop on the 31st – the Latin Ballet of Virginia will present El Dia de los Muertos Family Festival on Nov. 1. And if you need a break from the candy, enjoy some classical music at the University of Richmond and the Weinstein JCC on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

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