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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
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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