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JUNE 8
Parents are invited to assist their children ages 2-6 with maneuvering through cones as they steer their power wheels on a special road. The green light starts at 5 p.m. at Dorey Recreation Center, 2999 Darbytown Rd. Bring your own power wheels and meet in the parking lot. Admission is free. For details, call 795-2334 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Active seniors ages 50+ are invited to the Friday Night Fun Club from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hidden Creek Recreation Center, 2417 Brockway Ln. Socialize with friends while playing your favorite card and board games. The club meets the second Friday of each month. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite game and snack. Admission is free. For details, call Aaron Reidmiller at 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Professional Singles Association’s 50+ Meet n’ Greet Social Hour will start at 5:30 p.m. at Halligan’s Bar and Grill, 2451 Old Brick Rd., in Short Pump. For details, call Sue at 536-1695 or visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com .

JUNE 9
The James River Advisory Council, in cooperation with the James River Association, will sponsor the 13th annual James River Regional Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at various spots along the river. Volunteers may select sites between Lynchburg and Charles City County, including Osborne Park and Boat Landing in Varina. Volunteers will pick up trash and recyclable materials along shoreline areas and trails, while paddlers and power-boaters will collect floating trash and access shoreline trash that is difficult to reach by foot. To register to participate, visit http://www.jrac-va.org.
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Family Palooza will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the tracks at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. Activities include free health screenings, face painting and glitter tattoos, juggling and magic with Jonathan Austin, games, music, sports with the UR Spiders and Kickers and a mascot dance-off featuring Nutzy, Kickeroo, the Richmond Spider and more. Admission is free. For details, call 320-DOCS or visit http://www.women.hcavirginia.com .
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The American Youth Harp Ensemble will present “Classical Jam” at 4 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Rd. The concert will feature over 70 harpists and singers, ages 7-18, performing music from classical to jazz, Bach to the Beatles, as arranged specifically for the ensemble. The Virginia Choristers will give a special prelude at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. For details, call 837-9355 or visit http://www.harpensemble.org .
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The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program will host a Boots @ H.O.M.E. Military Ministry event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pilgrim Journey Baptist Church, 7204 Bethlehem Rd. There will be presentations, information and resources, a Q&A period and light refreshments. The event is free and open to all veterans, active duty personnel and family members. For details, call Jackie Thompson at 937-1952 or visit http://www.wearevirginiaveterans.org .

JUNE 10
Commemorate the 150th anniversary of Stuart’s Ride around McClellan’s Federal Army from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. This meeting between Generals Lee and Stuart led up to the Seven Days Battles. There will be period music, children’s activities, Civil War re-enactors, tours and more. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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First Things First, in collaboration with the Richmond Kickers and the Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership, will host “Celebrate Fatherhood” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ukrop Park and the new Collegiate School Aquatics Center. In addition to swimming pool fun, there will be field games, bounce houses, food vendors and the “Fastest Dad in Richmond” contests (both swimming and running). The event is free. For details, visit http://www.firstthingsrichmond.org .
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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present National Theatre Live’s “Frankenstein” at 2 p.m. June 10 and at 7 p.m. June 11 in Camp Concert Hall. This new production, based on the novel by Mary Shelley, features Johnny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch; Miller and Cumberbatch alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature in two electrifying broadcasts. The groundbreaking series National Theatre Live brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to movie theatres around the world. Admission is $14.50 for adults and $12.50 for seniors. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu
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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