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AUGUST 3
Thursdaenite Players, a local faith-based theater guild, will perform Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3-4 at Christ Presbyterian Church, 2508 Dickens Rd. “Eurydice” is a re-telling of the Greek myth of Orpheus’ descent into Hades to rescue his bride. Admission is free but donations are accepted. Pre-show music will begin at 7 p.m. For details, call 264-3396 or visit http://tinyurl.com/crco9zb .
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The Tuckahoe Square Dance Club will host its second annual open house from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the West End Community Center, 8102 Ridge Rd. Meet new people and learn simple square dance steps. All ages welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For details, call Jim or Joy Dilworth at 795-5485 or visit http://www.tuckahoesquaredanceclub.com .
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The film “How to Train Your Dragon” will play at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 3 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 4 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 Henrico Teen Theatre Company will present “Stories Under the Big Top” at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily Aug. 3-4 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The ringmaster and players will perform a variety of well-known tales such as The Lion and the Mouse, Monkey See Monkey Do and The Magic Fish. Admission is free but reservations are required. For details, call Amy Perdue at 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .

AUGUST 4
The Simon Kidgits Club at Virginia Center Commons Mall will host a Back to School party from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Say farewell to summer and hello to a great school year by shopping tax free all weekend long. There will also be games, giveaways, discounts, a fashion show and more. Children will also get a first look at ROXX, the newest collectible head-to-head, competitive game by Imperial Toy.The first 100 Kidgit members will receive a Back to School pack. Admission is free. Annual membership to the Kidgit Club is $5. For details, call 266-9002 or visit http://www.facebook.com/virginiacentercommons .
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A special event to celebrate memories of the “old” John Marshall High School, formerly located in Richmond at Eight and Marshall Streets, will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. All who lived the experience of JM from 1909-1960 are invited to participate in the gathering which is sponsored by The Friends of Old Jayem. Listen to the JM Cadet Alumni Band and dance to the 50s music of Don Wade and Freddie C’s Happy Days Band. Cost is $30. For details, call Bill Chambers at 908-1216 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Grab a blanket and enjoy the movie “Little Rascals” under the stars at 8:30 p.m. at Armour House & Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Rd. Concessions will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Native Richmond musician Thornton Cline will host a free workshop, concert and book signing of his newly released book “Practice Personalities” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble – Libbie Place, 5501 W. Broad St. The award winning songwriter and author will present a workshop to area music teachers, musicians and area music enthusiasts on effective and efficient ways to practice any musical instrument based on their personality. For details, call Susan Oliver at Roaring Brook Productions at 615-944-8082.
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PBS favorite Mr. Steve will bring his award-winning songs and clever stories to the Children’s Museum of Richmond Central, 2626 W. Broad St., with performances at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. A meet-and-greet will be held after each show, which is free with museum admission. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.c-mor.org.
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Jim Smith, an Elvis tribute artist, will perform The Ladies and The King, a tribute show to Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison and Elvis, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. General admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For tickets, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com For .show information, visit http://www.jimksmith.com
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RAMPS receives $8k grant


RAMPS (Ramp Access Made Possible by Students) recently received an $8,000 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 75 grants totaling more than $600,137 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers.

RAMPS, an organization founded by then-Henrico County high school students to build ramps for local low-income residents who need them, will use the grant to purchase modular wheelchair ramp supplies. These supplies will be used by local high school RAMPS clubs, who provide volunteers to build the ramps. > Read more.

Henrico man to compete in Liberty Mutual Invitational National Finals

Henrico resident Larry Loving, Jr., will compete with three other locals – Thomas Scribner (Richmond), Roscoe McGhee (Midlothian) and Larry Loving (Richmond) in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals at TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Feb. 26-Mar. 1. The foursome qualified for the national golf tournament by winning the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational, held at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Md. on June 11. That event supported the RiteCare Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

In total, 240 amateur golfers will compete in Florida. > Read more.

Henrico PAL recognizes supporters, HSHS athlete


The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) held its Sixth Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 5 at The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, celebrating accomplishments of 2014 and recognizing outstanding contributions to the organization. Henrico County Juvenile Domestic Court Judge Denis Soden served as master of ceremonies and former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams served as keynote speaker. 

Among the 2014 honorees were Richmond International Raceway (Significant Supporter), Richmond Strikers Soccer Club (Significant Supporter), Henrico County Schools-Pupil Transportation (Summer Camp Supporter), Bruce Richardson, Jr. (Youth of the Year), Sandra Williams (Volunteer of the Year), Thomas Williams (Employee of the Year), Mikki Pleasants (Board Member of the Year), and Michelle Sheehan (Police Officer of the Year).   > Read more.

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Entertainment

Travinia brings contemporary elegance to Willow Lawn


It was another win for Willow Lawn when Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened there six months ago, nestled in the heart of the re-made shopping center. The contemporary American Italian restaurant boasts 13 locations up and down the East Coast, with the Henrico location opening in August.

In the same week, I hit up Travinia twice, once for lunch and once for a late dinner. At lunchtime on a weekday, I was overwhelmed by the smell of garlic and by the number of working professionals in nice suits on their lunch breaks. When we first walked in, I was concerned our meal would be a little too pricey based on the décor – it’s a really nice place. Luckily, the menu has a variety of options for every budget. > Read more.

Soak up the fun

‘SpongeBob’ movie energizes with wit, laughter

There’s a ton of sugar in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Literal sugar, as SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) inhale their own weight in cotton candy and eat ice cream, one scoop per mouthful.

At one point we burrow into the brain of our boxy yellow hero and discover the inner workings of his brain: googly-eyed cakes and candies that giggle and sing. All of which is extremely appropriate for a film like Sponge Out of Water. Because not only is the movie sweet (the “awwww” kind of sweet), but it’s the equivalent of a 30-candy bar sugar rush, zipping between ideas like a sponge on rocket skates.

The story under all this is really not that complicated. SpongeBob flips burgers at the Krusty Krab. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


With this last round of snow still fresh on the ground, the best way to start the weekend may be at Southern Season for their weekly wine-tasting program, Fridays Uncorked. Families with cabin fever will enjoy the Richmond Kids Expo, taking place tomorrow at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Some date night options include the Rock & Roll Jubilee at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, HATTheatre’s production of “The Whale” and National Theatre Live’s “Treasure Island” at the University of Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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