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APRIL 6
Enjoy an evening of traditional country music with The Honky Tonk Experience at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage Performance Series, which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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The movie “The Odd Couple” will play at 7 p.m. April 6 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 7 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491.
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The 6th annual Move Ya Feet Dance Off will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Showplace Annex, 3002 Mechanicsville Tnpk. The dance competition and exhibition will showcase the talents of over 100 local youth. This year’s theme “Hip Hop has always been here…” will take music back to its original purpose – to tell great stories of urban culture and to inspire change. The competition will feature one-on-one dance battles, free style circles and youth groups that will showcase their performing arts skills. There will also be food, photos and more. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For details, call 431-6177 or visit http://www.culture4mykids.com .

APRIL 7
The 23rd annual Henrico 5K Run/Walk will be held at 9 a.m. rain or shine at the Shoppes at Innsbrook. Awards will be given to the top three overall males, females and finishers in each of the 13 age divisions. The event is sponsored by the Division of Recreation and Parks, in cooperation with the Innsbrook Owners Association and the Richmond Road Runners. Registration is $10 in advance and $15 on-site. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Johnny Lee Long and friends will perform a jazz concert from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Dumbarton Library, 6800 Staples Mill Rd. The concert, sponsored by the Friends of Dumbarton Library, is in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. For details, call 290-9400 x5 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
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Explore the important role of animals in the Civil War from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. Listen to stories and see photographs of the animals that joined soldiers and those who stayed behind at home. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Celebrate Easter weekend with Peter Rabbit from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 7-8 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. He will greet visitors and pose for photographs in the visitor’s center, central garden and conservatory. Also on Saturday: live bunnies in the children’s garden from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the Richmond Concert Band performs an interactive child-themed melody at the Bloemendaal House at 2 p.m. Guests can also enjoy the color, fragrance and beauty of Orchids Galore in the conservatory. All events included with museum admission. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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The annual spring petting farm is back from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 7-14 in the main plaza of Short Pump Town Center. Come visit baby chicks, bunnies, lambs, goats and more. Admission is free. The event is weather permitting and closed on Easter Sunday. For details, call 360-1700 or visit http://www.shortpumpmall.com .

APRIL 8
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.
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An All Henrico Reads book discussion will be held at Sandston Library, 23 E. Williamsburg Rd., at 6 p.m. for tweens and at 7 p.m. for adults. The 2012 All Henrico Reads author is Garth Stein. Adults will discuss “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” Tweens will discuss “Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog,” a special adaptation for young people. For details, call 290-9900 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org
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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