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JULY 6
The movie “Kung Fu Panda” will play at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. July 6 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 7 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Middle School League and the Major League will face off at 8 p.m. at ComedySportz Improv Theatre, 8906 W. Broad St. in the Gold’s Gym Plaza. The teams will battle for laughs as they make up scenes, games and songs based off audience suggestions. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For details, call 266-9377 or visit http://www.comedysportzrichmond.com .
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Explore the mystery of pre-historic life at Discover the Dinosaurs, a unique hands-on exhibit of over 60 museum quality and animatronic dinosaurs, June 6-8 at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Discover the Dinosaurs features walk-through exhibits with scenes that engage visitors with sight, sound, motion, lighting, animatronics and fog, as well as dinosaurs that come to life with sound and movement controlled by guests. Admission also includes entrance to the dino dig, dino den, dino theater, dino coloring station and scavenger hunt. Other attractions require separate tickets. Admission is $15 for ages 12 and older and $10 for ages 2-11 and seniors; children under age two are free. For details, call 228-7500 or visit http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com .

JULY 7
Calvary United Methodist Church, 1637 Williamsburg Rd., will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For details, call 222-2891.
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Meet Sister Anita Maroun, L’Arche USA regional director, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Rd. L’Arche is a global community of faith that builds homes for persons with intellectual disabilities. Sr. Anita will share her reflections on L’Arche and how the Friends of L’Arche Central VA can bring the program here. Registration and a light breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. To register, call Marybeth Meacham at 273-9533 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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New Genesis – New Beginnings, in conjunction with Amen 820, will host a youth rally and day of prayer and praise from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fairfield Commons Mall, 4869 Nine Mile Rd. Speakers include Dr. Cavell Phillips of Amen 820, Minister Pierre Whitlow, George Bozeman and Oliver Wallmon. Performances by Grammy-nominated Brothers in Unity of Virginia, Melody Makers, Legacy and more. Admission is free. Donations will be presented to Dr. Phillips and Doc Christian of Amen 820. For details, call George Bozeman at 757-944-0209.
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A book signing for “See You at the Big One,” a newly released Henrico County Division of Fire historical book, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Costco, 1401 Mall Dr. in Chesterfield. The coffee table-style book contains a detailed history of the department dating back to the origins of Henrico County. The book includes major fires, apparatus, fire stations, chiefs, patches/badges and more complemented by over 750 photographs. The book is $42.50 and can be purchased at http://www.mtpublishing.com or by calling 888-263-4702.
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Youth ages 10+ are invited to make homemade doggie toys from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Armour House & Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Rd. Bring your favorite old stuffed animals and turn them into dog-safe toys. All supplies provided. Cost is $6. For details, call 343-3506 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .

JULY 8
Richmond Catholic Singles will hold its monthly membership meeting at 6:15 p.m., following the 5 p.m. mass, at St. Bridget’s Church, 6006 Three Chopt Rd. Find out more about RCS and help plan future events. RCS is open to single, divorced and widowed adults over age 21. For details, call Joe Selko at 364-1572 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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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. The program continues through Aug. 19. For details, call 225-2056 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
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Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

Fourth-annual Healy Gala planned


The Fourth Annual Healy Gala will be held Saturday, Apr. 11, at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The event was created to honor Michael Healy, a local businessman and community leader who died suddenly in June 2011, and to endow the Mike Healy Scholarship (through the Glen Allen Ruritan Club), which benefits students of Glen Allen High School.

Healy served as the chairman of Glen Allen Day for several years and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities and organizations. > Read more.

Ruritan Club holding Brunswick stew sale


The Richmond Battlefield Ruritan Club is holding a Brunswick stew sale, with orders accepted through March 13 and pick-up available March 14. The cost is $8 per quart.

Pick-up will be at noon, March 14, at the Richmond Heights Civic Center, 7440 Wilton Road in Varina.

To place an order, call Mike at (804) 795- 7327 or Jim at (804) 795-9116. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

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