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MARCH 9
Howl with laughter as two zany guys play two crazy girls in the comedy “The Queen of Bingo” at 7 p.m. March 9-10 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Join "Sis and Babe" as they explore the worlds of Bingo, family ties, diet crazes, widowhood, hot flashes and winning. The audience joins in the fun during the "Middle Bird Special" - a real Bingo game where one lucky audience member wins a free 10 pound frozen turkey. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for seniors 65 and older. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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The National Alliance on Mental Illness Central Virginia Chapter will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Ave. Joanne Ellis will speak on career support systems for the disabled. The meeting is free and open to the public. For details, call 285-1749 or visit http://www.namicentralvirginia.org .

MARCH 10
The second annual Free to Breathe® 5K Run/Walk will take place in the Innsbrook Corporate Center, 4900 Cox Rd. All proceeds help support the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s vital research, education and awareness programs. Mail-in registration ends March 5 and online registration closes March 7. Registration fees are $10 to $35. Registration the day of the event begins at 7 a.m. and the Kids’ Fun Run starts at 9 a.m. The one mile memorial walk will then begin at 9:10 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk at 9:20 a.m. For details, visit http://www.freetobreathe.org .
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Join the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia for the Walk For Wishes 5K at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd., beginning at 9 a.m. Both runners and walkers are welcome and children are invited to participate in the one mile Kids’ Fun Run. There will be family-friendly entertainment throughout the day. Funds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and their mission to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. For details, call 217-9474 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The 2nd annual HOPE 5K and Endorphin Fitness Kids’ Mile will be held at Hope Church, 12445 Patterson Ave., where registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The run will start at 8:30 a.m. at the West Creek entrance. The Kids’ Fun Run and family activities will follow at Hope Church. Registration is $10 to $45. Child care is provided for all registrants. All proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters and Family Lifeline. For details, visit http://www.hopecentral.com/5k .
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Innsbrook’s St. Patty’s Palooza will take place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the SnagAJob Pavilion, 4951 Lake Brook Dr. Old and young, male and female will sit side-by-side and face the clippers as part of the worldwide effort “Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids’ Cancer,” an event benefiting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The Palooza also features a beer garden, crafters, vendors, Irish music and dancing, face painting, children’s games and activities, live radio remotes and more. Rain date is Sunday, March 11. For details, call Kevin Smith at 306-9843 or visit http://www.innsbrook.com .
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A volunteer open house will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Ages 10 and older are needed to conduct tours, work in the gift shop, demonstrate historical trades, agricultural and domestic activities and more. Students needing community service hours are welcome. No experience is necessary. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Dr., will present “Jewtopia” at 8 p.m. March 10 and at 2 p.m. March 11. The show is a boy-meets-girl story that battles stereotypes of faith with comedy and heart. “Jewtopia” is a part of The Acts of Faith Festival. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for youth under age 18. Reservations are required. The show continues March 16-18. For details, call 343-6364 or visit http://www.hattheatre.org .
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Poplar Springs Baptist Church, 5270 Charles City Rd., will show the film “Courageous” at 7 p.m. The movie is about four law enforcement officers who are tackling with fatherhood and faith. For details, call 795-1238 or visit http://www.poplarspringsbc.com .

MARCH 11
Experience the sounds of Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven Gospel Singers, The Richmond Boys Choir and One Voice Ensemble at 2 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Admission is $10. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com
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

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.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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