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Weekend Top 10


OCTOBER 21
Highland Springs United Methodist Church, 22 N. Holly Ave., will host a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The menu includes homemade spaghetti, salad, homemade desserts and drinks. Adults are $7 and children are $3.50. Dinner is available for eat-in or take-out. For details, call 737-1503.
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The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present a weekend of Hispanic heritage Oct. 21-23 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. El Dia de los Muertos Festival, a family-focused event, will be held Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The “Day of the Dead” is a celebration of one of the most traditional Mexican festivities and embraces the cycle of life. There will be music, arts and crafts, food, vendors, dancing, art exhibits and more. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Admission is free. The Latin Ballet of Virginia will also perform “MACONDO” at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21-22 and at 3 p.m. on Oct. 23. “MACONDO” is a performing arts interpretation based on the novel “Cien Anos de Soledad” (One Hundred Years of Solitude) written by Hispanic Literature Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children, students, seniors and military. For details, call 379-2555 or visit http://www.latinballet.com .

OCTOBER 22
The 1st Annual Richmond Children’s Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. There will be hands-on activities for children of all ages, a market place full of unique gift ideas, a pumpkin patch, live music, local vendors, a food court and picnic area and more. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN). For details, call 363-8780 or visit http://www.boutiqueaffair.com .
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Richmond’s Heart Walk, a fundraiser for life-saving cardiovascular research and community education programs in Central Virginia, will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Snagajob.com Pavilion in Innsbrook. There will be activities for the entire family; pets on a leash are welcome. For details, visit http://www.heartwalk.org .
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The Highland Springs Women’s Club will host a Fashion Show and Luncheon at Confederate Hills Recreation Center, 302 Lee Ave. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for Highland Springs High School. Tickets are $15. For details, call June Johnson at 737-6445.
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The 22nd annual Short Pump Ruritan Club Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Short Pump Middle School, 4701 Pouncey Tract Rd. A variety of arts and crafts will be for sale, as well as food. Admission is free. For details, call 360-2371.
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Enjoy the acoustic/folk/fusion group Ambrose Dilemma at 7 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The group is fronted by Tim Ambrose of the Rinard Family. Admission is free. For details, call 328-4491.
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Henrico County Division of Police will join forces with Mooers Volvo of Richmond and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to present Traffic Safety Day on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mooers Volvo, 7211 W. Broad St. Henrico Police will conduct driver safety demonstrations, child safety seat inspections and senior driver safety classes throughout the day, as well as distribute teen driver safety information. In addition, Mooers Volvo will offer free vehicle safety checks, car washes and safe braking demonstrations. The event will also feature information from MADD about teen driving, including the dangers of texting while driving and the effects of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Henrico Police will also demonstrate to teens and adults the effects of DUI using fatal vision goggles. Other offerings include free food, prizes, a moon bounce and face and pumpkin painting. For details, call Lt. Tony Gordon at 328-2573 x2252 or Kirby Fields at 755-6666 x125.
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CARE, Cat Adoption Rescue Efforts, Inc., a local nonprofit dedicated to the rescue of homeless cats, kittens and other animals, will host a large yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lakeside Professional Office Park, located at the corner of Lakeside Avenue and Hermitage Road. The event will be held rain or shine. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

OCTOBER 23
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., will host Goblins and Gourds on Oct. 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Children’s Garden. The harvest celebration features live music, pumpkin decorating, costumes and more. Admission is free for garden members and $7 to $11 for nonmembers. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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

Weekend Top 10


It’s Halloween! Ghosts and goblins are everywhere…especially at Dorey Park’s Monster Mash and the annual Pumpkin Festival at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. But don’t let the fun stop on the 31st – the Latin Ballet of Virginia will present El Dia de los Muertos Family Festival on Nov. 1. And if you need a break from the candy, enjoy some classical music at the University of Richmond and the Weinstein JCC on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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.

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