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OCT. 26
The Bifocals Players, shows starring actors age 55 and older, will present “No Deposit, No Return” at 2 p.m. at Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. The show is written and directed by local playwright Jay Morehouse. A final performance will be held Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. All ages are welcome. For details, call 282-2620 or visit http://www.va-rep.org/seniors.html .
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The Craftsmen’s Classic Art & Craft Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28. The show features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across the nation. There is something for every style, taste and budget with items from the most traditional to the most contemporary. Admission is $8 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under six. Admission is good for all three days. For details, call 336-282-5550 or visit http://tinyurl.com/yka9tno .
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The University of Richmond continues its fall International Film Series with “Amador” at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in Jepson Hall, Room 118, and at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium. All films in the series are shown in their original languages with English subtitles. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/urfilm .

OCT. 27
The Richmond Out of the Darkness Community Walk, a fundraising walk supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy. The walk aims to raise money for prevention and awareness and to offer hope to the millions of people that battle depression, bipolar illness, addiction and other mental illness. More than 200 similar walks are being held nationwide through December and are expected to raise more than $7.5 million for suicide prevention efforts. For details, call Vicki Conley at 918-0869 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For more information on the nationwide effort, visit http://www.outofthedarkness.org .
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Eastern Henrico FISH will host a benefit concert at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Lee Baptist Church, 2727 Charles City Rd. Churchyard Grass and other local talents will perform. FISH is a nonprofit organization supported by local churches dedicated to providing assistance to families in Eastern Henrico who have short term emergencies. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/EasternHenricoFISHInc .
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The Center Season at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen continues with “The Return” at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. This Beatles tribute band will take the audience on a journey back to the 1960s, a time when the Fab Four dominated the music charts. Tickets are $35. CACGA is located at 2880 Mountain Rd. For details, visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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Henrico County will host the grand re-opening of Elko Community Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Built in 1924 the center was the meeting place for the Windsor Club of Elko. During World War II the Elko community gained some historical significance when the U.S. military converted part of the Elko Tract into a decoy airfield in an effort to secure Byrd Airport. Take a tour of the newly renovated facility and listen to the tunes of Churchyard Grass. The center is located at 6216 White Oak Rd. in Sandston. For details, call Rachel Lindsey at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Team Absolute, a local “modern custom” automotive club, will host the first annual Kids Come First Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of Quaker Steak & Lube, 8000 W. Broad St. There will be 60 trophies and specialty awards presented. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Entertainment will include a stunt rider, cornhole tournament, live DJ, raffles and more. Funds raised will support the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.kidscomefirstcarshow.com.
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The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present “Volver” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Based on the real life of the former treasurer of the U.S. Anna Cabral, this dance theatre work reflects “Chicano” identity and its culture. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, children, seniors and military personnel. For details, visit http://www.latinballet.com .

OCT. 28
FETCH a Cure will present the second annual Mutt Strutt from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy. Funds raised will help families seeking cancer treatment for their pets and to further FETCH a Cure’s awareness and education programs. Registration is $25 for individual, $20 per team member and $30 the day of the event. For details, call 525-2193 or visit http://www.fetchacure.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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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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