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MARCH 30
The 6th annual 2012 Boomer Ball will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Hotel John Marshall, 101 N. Fifth St. Disco will be the theme and disco attire is welcome. Enjoy live music from The Janitors who will play a wide assortment of hits from 60s soul, 70s funk, country, classic rock and top 40s. There will also be a cocktail buffet from Homemades by Suzanne, live and silent auctions, a cash bar and more. Tickets are $60 per person and include one drink. Proceeds benefit Circle Center Adult Day Services. For details, visit http://www.boomerball.org .
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West End Comedy will host an all-ages show at 7:30 p.m. March 30 and a mature show at 7:30 p.m. March 31 at HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Dr. An improv jam with audience participation will follow the March 31 show from 9:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $5. For details, visit http://www.wecomedy.com .
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The 20th Spring Market of The Bizarre Bazaar will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 30-31 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1 at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Two exhibition buildings will feature unique gifts, gourmet foods, boutiques, fine artists and crafters, decorative accessories for the home and garden and more. Tickets are $7 for adults and $1.50 for children ages 2-12. For details, call 673-7017 or visit http://www.thebizarrebazaar.com .

MARCH 31
Learn how Henricoans did their spring cleaning in the 1860s from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Discover the implements used long ago to keep houses free of dirt and bugs. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Sikh Association of Central Virginia (SACVI) will host the 10th annual “Festival of Punjab” or “Punjab Mela” from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cultural Center of India in Chester, Va. The event will feature music, dancing, arts and crafts and exotic Indian food, as well as the Bhangra (Dance) Competition, where 10 university dance teams from Virginia, Maryland and DC will be competing for prizes. Admission and parking are free. For details, call 398-9056 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Twin Hickory Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Rd., will hold a book sale to benefit Friends of the Twin Hickory Area Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a wide variety of books at bargain prices. For details, call 290-9200 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
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The Richmond Folk Music Society will present New York City folksingers Steve Suffet and Anne Price at 8 p.m. at Congregation Or Ami, 9400 Huguenot Rd. The duo will perform “Woody Rediscovered,” a tribute to Woody Guthrie. Among his many hits include “This Land is Your Land,” “The Plane Wreck at Los Gatos Canyon” and “The Do Re Me.” Admission is $12. For details, call 647-7856 or visit http://www.richmondfolkmusic.com .
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Now in its fifth year, the Lakeside Farmers’ Market will open for its regular season from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the outdoor pavilion located at 6110 Lakeside Ave. Vendors offer local, seasonal farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, eggs, baked goods, tea, cut flowers, bedding plants, herbs, preserves, fudge, chocolate, handmade crafts and more. Hours of operation for the market, open April through December, is 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays. For details, visit http://www.lakesidefarmersmarket.net .

APRIL 1
The Richmond Triangle Players will present the central Virginia premiere of “bare,” a pop opera, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the RTP Theatre, 1300 Altamont Ave. The story focuses on two gay high school students and their struggles at their private, Catholic boarding school. “bare” will be presented as a concert reading. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. A special brunch bar menu will be available at the early show. At 9 p.m. the Ghost Light After Party returns with the friendliest cabaret show in town. Special guests include Robyn O’Neil, Robert Throckmorton and Joseph Papa. No pre-arrangement is necessary; if you have a song to sing, bring it! Tickets are $5. For details, visit http://www.rtriangle.org .
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Every Sunday the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center will be open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for family fun time with kids of all ages. The gym will be split in half with different sports each week on one half and a wide variety of games and activities like ping pong, billiards, air hockey and foosball on the other. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver provided on site. Admission is free. For details, call 225-2056 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.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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