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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.
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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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