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NOV. 2
Mystery Dinner Playhouse’s new show “Here’s Killing You, Kid” will open at 7:30 p.m. inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 6531 W. Broad St. Audience members will solve this 1940s detective spoof during a four course dinner. Tickets are $48. The show continues every Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through Feb. 16, 2013. For details, call 649-CLUE or visit http://www.mysterydinner.com .
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The Professional Singles Association’s 50+ Singles Happy Hour will take place at 5 p.m. at Bar Louis in Short Pump Town Center. Look for the friendly group in the front left bar area. For details, call Sue at 536-1695 or visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com .
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The University of Richmond will host the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2-3 and also at 11 a.m. Nov. 3 in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. 3P is celebrating its 12th year of bringing new electroacoustic music and experimental video to Richmond. UR’s eighth blackbird and new music flutist Camilla Hoitenga will perform. Admission is free. For details, call 289-8277 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., will host UkeFest Virginia, a celebration of the four string dynamo, Nov. 2-3. The Festival features wall to wall music, from serious concerts to informal jams, workshops, and open mic performances, as well as artisans and vendors; all designed to present the wide range of fun available from this unique and mesmerizing instrument. The event kicks off Friday as Ashland resident Thomas Wakefield and The Aloha Boys perform at 7 p.m. UkeFest admission includes a UkeFest Unlimited Access Package for $65 (all concerts and three workshops) or individual tickets which are $12 for concerts and $10 for workshops. There is also a free festival area. For details, visit http://www.ukefestva.com .
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The movie “The Candidate” will play at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 3 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.

NOV. 3
The Lakeside Rescue 5K, to benefit the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad, will begin at 9 a.m. at 2007 Timberlake Ave. The LVRS provides emergency medical services to the community free of charge. Richmond Road Runners will facilitate the race and timing. There will also be music, various food venues and businesses. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 on race day. Children 12 and under are free. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/lakesiderescue .
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The Shady Grove Coffeehouse will continue its 12th season with legendary folk duo Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; teens are admitted at half-price and children under 12 are free. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
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Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd., is offering Make-It and Take-It projects on Saturdays through Dec. 15. Each Saturday participants will be able to make a different handmade gift, perfect for the holidays. Make a piece of jewelry with Kym Owens from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $15 to $18. For details, call 278-8950 or visit http://www.crossroadsartcenter.com .
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The first annual Girl Power 2 Cure 5K run, in honor of Anna Cate who is fighting Rett Syndrome, will take place at 8 a.m. in the Snagajob Pavilion in Innsbrook, 4901 Lakebrook Dr. Rett Syndrome is a neurological disorder diagnosed almost exclusively in young girls. Registration is $25 for adults, $20 for children age 12 and under and $35 for one adult/child team. Strollers and wheelchairs welcome. For details, visit http://www.innsbrook.com or http://www.girlpower2cure.org.

NOV. 4
The second annual Family Arts Day Celebration at the University of Richmond will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This art-centered family event will feature free arts-centered activities including the exhibitions in the Harnett Museum of Art, hands-on art activities in the Booth Lobby and Modlin Courtyard, entertainment, refreshments and more. At 3 p.m. eighth blackbird will perform in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. Admission is free; the eighth blackbird concert is $15. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu
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Community

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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