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Weekend Top 10


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

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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