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MARCH 23
Henrico County’s Division of Recreation and Parks will end its Adventure Series with “An Evening with Mountainfilm” from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Each year, Mountainfilm celebrates cultures unique to mountain communities with an international rendezvous of legendary mountaineers, environmentalists, filmmakers, authors, scientists and artists. Admission is free. For details, call Dee Donnelly at 501-5147 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers will host its 2012 Conference and Resource Fair March 23-24 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Featured speakers include: math educator and author Ed Zaccaro; award-winning storyteller, author and champion liar Bill Lepp; and Brave Writer language arts curriculum author Julie Bogart. Along with a comprehensive session lineup, beginning at 8:30 a.m. March 24, participants can also shop the exhibition hall and enjoy panel discussions, storytelling, a puppet show, ice cream social, a cryogenics show and more. All prospective, new and long-term homeschoolers are welcome. For details, call 866-513-6173 or visit http://www.vahomeschoolers.org/conference/2012 .
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Richmond and Tri-Cities will present its annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2012 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 23 and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 24 at AMF Sunset Lanes, 6540 W. Broad St. The public is invited to form teams of five and raise a minimum of $500 to support BBBS. For details, visit http://www.bigbrobigsis.com/bfks2012 .
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Arena Racing USA will present the FeedMore 200 at 6:30 p.m. at the Richmond Coliseum, 601 E. Leigh St. The FeedMore 200 is a family-friendly night designed to “Pack the Track and Stack the Shelves.” Race attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods to help feed hungry neighbors through the Central Virginia Food Bank, the Community Kitchen and Meals on Wheels. Those who donate will receive a voucher for one free ticket to a future race. Admission is $12 to $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for children 12 and under. For details, visit http://www.feedmore.org or http://www.arenaracingusa.com.

MARCH 24
The 9th annual Kids Walk for Kids, supporting coordinators2inc, will be held rain or shine at 8:30 a.m. at Benedictine College Preparatory, 304 N. Sheppard St. Funds will support the services of coordinators2inc and their program that recruits and prepares parents to adopt children waiting in the Virginia foster care system, as well as supporting children by preparing them for the move from temporary home to a permanent, forever family. Registration is $25 for adults; children are free. Games and prizes will follow the walk. For details, visit http://www.c2adopt.org .
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The Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion Team XXL and the School of Richmond Ballet Ensemble will perform at 2 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Team XXL combines pedestrian movement and rhythmic patterning. The SRB Ensemble is an elite group of upper level students. Admission is free. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The 10th annual Dog Jog and 5K Run, benefiting the Richmond SPCA, will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Robins-Starr Humane Center, 2519 Hermitage Rd. A vendor fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an awards ceremony will take place at noon. There will also be a Pets and Kids Fun Zone, food, music, a Pet Wellness Tent and a raffle. Registration fees are $35 to $65. For details, call 521-1318 or visit http://www.richmondspca.org/race .
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Licensed Veterinary Technician Oriana Scislowicz will present a workshop on good dog and cat nutrition at 2 p.m. at Sandston Library, 23 E. Williamsburg Rd. Learn about ingredients, allergies, animal obesity, prescription diets, picky eaters and more. For details, call 290-9900 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
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The 3rd annual 5K Run to Rebuild Richmond will take place at 9 a.m. at River Road United Methodist Church, 8800 River Rd. Proceeds benefit Rebuilding Together Richmond, a nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable housing and revitalize communities by providing free rehabilitation and critical repairs to the homes of low-income Richmonders. Registration is $25. For details, call Michelle McLees at 519-1909 or visit http://www.riverroadumc.org/2012runtorebuildrichmond5k .
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Elko Middle School, 5901 Elko Rd., will host a community bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “The Funky Outdoor Market” will consist of local art and fun for the whole family. For details, call 328-4110.
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

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.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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