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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
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Community

RAMPS receives $8k grant


RAMPS (Ramp Access Made Possible by Students) recently received an $8,000 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 75 grants totaling more than $600,137 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers.

RAMPS, an organization founded by then-Henrico County high school students to build ramps for local low-income residents who need them, will use the grant to purchase modular wheelchair ramp supplies. These supplies will be used by local high school RAMPS clubs, who provide volunteers to build the ramps. > Read more.

Henrico man to compete in Liberty Mutual Invitational National Finals

Henrico resident Larry Loving, Jr., will compete with three other locals – Thomas Scribner (Richmond), Roscoe McGhee (Midlothian) and Larry Loving (Richmond) in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals at TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Feb. 26-Mar. 1. The foursome qualified for the national golf tournament by winning the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational, held at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Md. on June 11. That event supported the RiteCare Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

In total, 240 amateur golfers will compete in Florida. > Read more.

Henrico PAL recognizes supporters, HSHS athlete


The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) held its Sixth Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 5 at The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, celebrating accomplishments of 2014 and recognizing outstanding contributions to the organization. Henrico County Juvenile Domestic Court Judge Denis Soden served as master of ceremonies and former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams served as keynote speaker. 

Among the 2014 honorees were Richmond International Raceway (Significant Supporter), Richmond Strikers Soccer Club (Significant Supporter), Henrico County Schools-Pupil Transportation (Summer Camp Supporter), Bruce Richardson, Jr. (Youth of the Year), Sandra Williams (Volunteer of the Year), Thomas Williams (Employee of the Year), Mikki Pleasants (Board Member of the Year), and Michelle Sheehan (Police Officer of the Year).   > Read more.

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Entertainment

Travinia brings contemporary elegance to Willow Lawn


It was another win for Willow Lawn when Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened there six months ago, nestled in the heart of the re-made shopping center. The contemporary American Italian restaurant boasts 13 locations up and down the East Coast, with the Henrico location opening in August.

In the same week, I hit up Travinia twice, once for lunch and once for a late dinner. At lunchtime on a weekday, I was overwhelmed by the smell of garlic and by the number of working professionals in nice suits on their lunch breaks. When we first walked in, I was concerned our meal would be a little too pricey based on the décor – it’s a really nice place. Luckily, the menu has a variety of options for every budget. > Read more.

Soak up the fun

‘SpongeBob’ movie energizes with wit, laughter

There’s a ton of sugar in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Literal sugar, as SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) inhale their own weight in cotton candy and eat ice cream, one scoop per mouthful.

At one point we burrow into the brain of our boxy yellow hero and discover the inner workings of his brain: googly-eyed cakes and candies that giggle and sing. All of which is extremely appropriate for a film like Sponge Out of Water. Because not only is the movie sweet (the “awwww” kind of sweet), but it’s the equivalent of a 30-candy bar sugar rush, zipping between ideas like a sponge on rocket skates.

The story under all this is really not that complicated. SpongeBob flips burgers at the Krusty Krab. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


With this last round of snow still fresh on the ground, the best way to start the weekend may be at Southern Season for their weekly wine-tasting program, Fridays Uncorked. Families with cabin fever will enjoy the Richmond Kids Expo, taking place tomorrow at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Some date night options include the Rock & Roll Jubilee at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, HATTheatre’s production of “The Whale” and National Theatre Live’s “Treasure Island” at the University of Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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