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JUNE 29
Groovin in the Garden 2012 continues with Brandi Carlile with The Lumineers at 6 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Tickets are $25. All ages welcome; children under age 10 are free. All shows are held rain or shine. For details, visit http://www.groovininthegarden.net .
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The Rinard Family will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The concert features beloved hymns, original creations and favorites from “Amazing Grace” and “This is the Day” to “Folsom County Prison” and “Crazy.” Admission is free but reservations are required. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Youth ages 6-12 are invited to Generation Z Games from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. There will be basketball, air hockey, ping-pong, Xbox Kinect, PS3 and more. Admission is free. For details, call 225-2056 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Varina Branch of C&F Bank, 2651 New Market Rd., will host a Customer Appreciation/Fourth of July Celebration from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be free hotdogs, funnel cakes and snow cones, as well as children’s activities and a prize wheel. For details, call 795-7000.
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“Game Show Murders,” a new presentation by the Mystery Dinner Playhouse, opens today and will run through Oct. 13 inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 6531 W. Broad St. Audience members solve this uproarious game show mystery during a four course dinner. Shows are every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $48. For details, call 649-CLUE or visit http://www.mysterydinner.com .

JUNE 30
Doug Church, the ‘True Voice of Elvis,’ will perform at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The ‘Viva Las Vegas’ style concert will feature Joey Pucci and the American Longboards Band and a lineup of Elvis’ greatest work. Tickets are $29. For details, visit http://www.dougchurchusa.com For .tickets, call 856-673-6223.
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Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd., will present “A Journey Through Gospel Music” from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The concert features The Village of Faith Choir, Minister of Music Jason Baxtor and Director of Drama Valerie Davis. Tickets are $10. For details, call 537-5050 or visit http://www.hanovertavern.org .
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Ezibu Muntu African Dance will perform its spring concert at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The performance encompasses African culture, values, traditions and the cultural arts. For details, call 319-6084 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd., will host the Summer Family Fun Carnival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. near the mall entrance to Sears. Beat the heat with a variety of indoor activities including a bounce house, balloon animals and face painting, games and prizes, popcorn, cotton candy and more. The event is free for Kidgits members and $5 for nonmembers. For details, visit http://www.simon.com/kidgits or http://www.facebook.com/virginiacentercommons.
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The third annual Parham Parade and Festival will begin at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church on Lansdown Road. The parade will wind through the community and end at Parham Road Baptist Church. This year’s parade will feature the 392nd Army Band, as well as the Henrico County Concert Band who will perform at 3 p.m. Other featured activities include family games such as soccer, basketball, kickball and volleyball, a waterslide, dunk tank vehicles, a silent auction and a ceremony honoring military and veterans. For details, visit http://www.parhamparade.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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