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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
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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