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APRIL 13
The Network of Enterprising Women will host its 4th annual “Bucks 4 Boobs” fundraising event, to benefit Susan G. Komen-Central VA, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Willow Oaks Country Club. The event features Nashville recording artist and Virginia native Colton James. There will also be a BBQ dinner, games and a silent auction. The event is open to the public. Admission is $30. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/Bucks4Boobs .
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The Richmond Men’s Chorus will perform “ExtrABBAganza” at 8 p.m. April 13 and at 4 p.m. April 15 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. ABBA, one of the most influential groups on the international pop music scene, has been popularized in the movies and Broadway productions of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Mama Mia! Tickets are $10 to $15 in advance and $15 to $20 at the door. For details, call 241-0446 or visit http://www.monumentcitymusic.org .
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Barksdale Theatre’s production of “Scorched Earth – A World Premiere” opens today and runs through May 20 at Barksdale’s Willow Lawn location, 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. Best-selling author and Richmond native David L. Robbins has adapted his suspense-filled, compassionate thriller for the stage. A rural Virginia community is torn apart when the tiny body of a stillborn, mixed-race baby is exhumed from the graveyard, and the neighboring church is burned to the ground. The presentation contains some profanity and is suggested for ages 14 and older. Tickets are $38 for adults, $35 for seniors and $19 for students. For details, call 282-2620 or visit http://www.barksdalerichmond.org.
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A presentation of “She Stoops to Conquer” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond. “She Stoops to Conquer” celebrates chaos, courtship and the dysfunctional family. The presentation is part of the groundbreaking series National Theatre Live (NT Live), which brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to movie theatres around the world. The Modlin Center for the Arts began broadcasting NT Live in October 2011. Tickets are $10 to $14.50. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .

APRIL 14
It’s sheep shearing time at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd., from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. All ages are invited to watch the process and learn more about the rare breed Gulf Coast Native sheep. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) will host a special recycling and shred ID theft event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Virginia Center Commons Mall, 10101 Brook Rd., and at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 4247 Creighton Rd. Items accepted include televisions, computers, printers, scanners, copiers, fax machines, telephones and cell phones, VCRs and camcorders, stereos, microwaves and more. A $7 fee is charged to recycle all TVs but other electronic devices will be collected for free. Residents can also bring up to two boxes or three paper bags of personal information to be shred for free. For more information regarding the shredding, call 501-4838. For recycling, call 340-0900 or visit http://www.cvwma.com .
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The Henrico Spring Pickleball Tournament will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Games will be played indoors on a hardwood surface. Competition will follow a double-elimination format in four categories and will adhere to the rules set forth by the USAPA. Refreshments will be provided. For details, call 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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“An Unforgettable Disaster: The Sinking of RMS Titanic” will take place at 2 p.m. at Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr. In commemoration of the centenary of the Titanic disaster, Dr. Nicole Sackley of the University of Richmond will speak on its place in cultural memory. The 1955 film based on Walter Lord’s best-selling book about that night will be shown. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tuckahoe Library. For details, call 290-9100 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .

APRIL 15
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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RVA Fashion Week will kick-off at 2 p.m. in the main plaza at Short Pump Town Center. The show will present spring and summer trends that will transition from every day to evening looks. Urban and city trends mixed with classic and sophisticated looks will be brought together by retailers from Short Pump Town Center. The event is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://www.rvafashionweek.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

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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