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MARCH 15
The Henrico County Adventure Series will continue with Jeff Reynolds at 7:30 p.m. at the Henrico County Administration Board Room, 4301 E. Parham Rd. Reynolds, who has over 32 years of climbing experience, will present “Expedition Mountaineering: The Facts and Fiction of Climbing Mt. Everest.” The program is free and open to the community. For details, call 501-5147 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association will host its fifth annual Career Fair from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Richmond Center, 2810 N. Parham Rd. Over 50 companies will be recruiting for professional employment opportunities as well as internships for college students. The event is free to alumni, students and the public. Pre-registration is recommended but not mandatory and walk-in job seekers are welcomed. For details, visit http://www.richmondhokies.org/careerfair/jobseeker .
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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present the Russian National Ballet’s “The Sleeping Beauty” at 7:30 p.m. in Alice Jepson Theatre. Direct from Moscow, Russia, the company of 50 is led by Elena Radchenko. Tickets are $40. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .

MARCH 16
The West End location of Learning Rx will host The Amazing Brain, a day of free brain-related lectures, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr. Topics include human brain development, sports related injuries and effects on the brain, healthy brain foods, rehabilitation of brain related injuries and art and creativity to overcome trauma. The lectures are part of Brain Awareness Week. For details, call Ed Lawrence at 612-9959 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Soundworks Chorus, a diverse group of top-notch male singers, will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Without using instruments or fancy effects, the men will sing music that ranges from serious to silly to sacred. Admission is free. For details, call 328-4491.
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Innsbrook’s St. Patty’s Palooza will take place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Snagajob Pavilion, 4951 Lakebrook Dr. This family-friendly community-wide Irish festival supports the life-saving efforts of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation – watch heads get shaved for charity! Live music will be provided by St. Andrews Legend, Docs of Rock, the simma downs and Rosie Soul and the Rock and Roll Cowboys. There will also be food, beverages, Irish dance demos and kids’ activities. For details, visit http://www.innsbrook.com .
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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present traditional Irish ensemble Danú at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, a pre-show reception will begin at 6 p.m. in the Booth Lobby. Tickets are $36. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu.
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The Sacred Harp Shape Note Singers will perform from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Members will introduce shape note singing, worship music sung without accompaniment, to the public. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .

MARCH 17
Henrico County’s Paws in the Park event will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Dorey Dog Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd. Activities include agility trainer demo, pet education, a St. Patrick’s Day Parade and a bonnet contest for dogs. Children will enjoy face painting, making handmade toys and visiting with the fire department. Admission is free. For details, call 795-2334 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Capital Ale House in Innsbrook will host the 11th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration inside the restaurant and in the Innsbrook Shoppes Courtyard within a 3,500 square foot heated tent. The menu includes traditional Irish fare as well as over 10 different Irish and Scottish Ales on tap. Entertainment will be provided by Uisce Beatha, The Donnybrooks and the St. Andrews Legion Pipe & Drums. For details, call 780-ALES or visit http://www.capitalalehouse.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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Entertainment

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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Fairmount United Methodist Church will host their annual Yard Sale and Baked Goods from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds support church missions. For details, call 737-5416. Full text

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