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MARCH 16
Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd.; will host an open house and artist reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitors will learn from the artists what inspires them to create their works of art as they stroll through the 20,000 square foot facility. Quiet Steps Ensemble will provide entertainment and the cash bar benefits Network of Enterprising Women (NEW). Admission is free. For details, call 278-8950 or visit http://www.crossroadsartcenter.com .
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College improv teams from across Virginia and beyond will gather in Henrico for two nights of competitive improvisational comedy, March 16-17 at ComedySportz Improv Theatre, 8906-H W. Broad St. Eight teams were chosen for the inaugural competition: George Mason University (Mason Improv Association), J. Sargeant Reynolds (The JSR Not-Quite-Ready-For-A-Four-Year-Institution Players), Old Dominion University (DaMinions), University of Maryland-College Park (Erasable Inc.), University of Miami (Miami Boot Squad), University of North Carolina (Improv-A-Nation), University of Richmond (Subject to Change) and Virginia Commonwealth University (Rambling Ramblers). March 16 will feature all of the Elite Eight colleges battling it out over the course of two shows – 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. The winners of Friday's matches will move on to the Final Four competition March 17 at 7 p.m. and then the victors of those matches will meet in the championship round immediately following at 9:30 p.m. The champion will walk away with the very first ever Humorous Cup. Tickets for all shows are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Reservations are suggested. For details, call 266-9377 or visit http://www.comedysportzrichmond.com/madness.php .
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The work of artists and craftsmen with disabilities from across Virginia will be showcased at the 9th annual Arts & Crafts Show and Sale from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 16 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17 at Resources for Independent Living (RIL), 4009 Fitzhugh Ave. Works on display will include paintings, jewelry, pottery, weavings, drawings, woodcarvings, candles and more. RIL serves people in central Virginia, including Henrico County. Admission is free. For details, call 353-6503.
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The Latin Ballet invites all ages to experience “Le Petite Prince” at 7:30 p.m. March 16-17 and at 3 p.m. March 17-18 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The performance is an interpretation of the poetic and philosophic story by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children, students and seniors. For details, call 379-2555 or visit http://www.latinballet.com .
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The University of Richmond’s Media Resource Center and the Office of International Education will sponsor an international film series throughout the spring in the Ukrop Auditorium, a new 225-seat facility in the Robins School of Business. The film “The Human Resources Manager,” a 2011 film from Israel, will play at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 16 and at 7:30 p.m. March 18. All films in the series are shown in the original language with English subtitles. Admission is free and open to the public. Parking is limited; to obtain a guest parking pass, call 289-8703 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For details, visit http://library.richmond.edu/mrc/international-film-series.html .

MARCH 17
The Sacred Harp Shape Note Singers will perform from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Shape note singing is worship music sung without accompaniment. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Preschoolers ages 4-5 are invited to a St. Patrick’s Day parade from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd. Create masks, hats and musical instruments to use in the parade. Cost is $6. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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One Voice Chorus will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a performance of “Handel’s Messiah” at 7 p.m. at River Road Church Baptist, 8000 River Rd. The chorus consists of more than 100 singers, a full orchestra and professional soloists. Bill Cooper, vice president for diversity and inclusion at the Federal Bank of Richmond, will give a pre-concert conversation titled “Harmony in Living Black and White” at 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults; children 12 and younger are free. For details, call 231-0324 or visit http://www.onevoicechorus.org .
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The 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Capital Ale House in Innsbrook will begin at noon. A new Irish menu for 2012 will be available, as well as over 10 different Irish and Scottish Ales on tap and at least 10 more in the bottle. The celebration will take place in the restaurant and in the Innsbrook Shoppes Courtyard within a 3,500 square feet heated tent. Entertainment will be provided by Uisce Beatha, The Havers, The Atkinsons and St. Andrews Legion Pipe & Drums. For details, visit http://www.capitalalehouse.com .
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The Richmond Area Mothers of Multiples (RAMOM) Spring Yard Sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Chickahominy Middle School, 9450 Atlee Station Rd. Over 50 sellers will be offering gently-used clothing (preemie to tween and maternity, car seats, cribs, bedding, high chairs, baby swings, strollers, potty chairs, booster seats, toys, books and DVDs, outdoor play equipment and more. No strollers are admitted in the selling area. Admission is free and only cash is accepted for sales. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.ramom.org .
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MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.

Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A hero is born

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.

Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.

At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.

Authentically Italian

Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.

In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)

For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.

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