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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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MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.

Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A hero is born

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.

Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.

At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.

Authentically Italian

Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.

In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)

For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.

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