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NOV. 9
Deep Run High School, 4801 Twin Hickory Rd., will present “Hairspray, The Musical” at 7 p.m. Nov. 9-10. Set in 1962 Baltimore, Md., the musical focuses on contemporary themes of inclusion and acceptance set to upbeat music with energetic dancing. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. For details, call Sheryl Gibson at 364-8000 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Nearly three dozen Lakeside Avenue merchants will host the eighth annual Holly Jolly Christmas event Nov. 9-10. Shoppers will be able to take free trolley rides to and from shops along the avenue from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10. Participating shops will stay open late, and many will offer special deals for holiday shoppers. All participating businesses also will have special containers to collect donations for the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad, the event's beneficiary. On Nov. 10, Nutzy, the Richmond Flying Squirrels' mascot, will appear at the Lakeside Farmers' market from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and an antique car display will be held at the site of the Lakeside Community Christmas Tree, between Hilliard Road and Dumbarton Road. There also will be a "food truck court" at the Rescue Squad lot Nov. 10 with a variety of food options and live music. For details, visit http://www.lakesideavenue.net .
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The University of Richmond continues its fall International Film Series with “Elena” at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium. “Elena” is a gripping modern twist on the classic noir thriller. 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 .

NOV. 10
Celebrate what makes Virginia special at Taste The Local, being held from noon to 7 p.m. at West Broad Village, 2005 Liesfield Pkwy. in Short Pump. Taste The Local features area restaurants, local bands, vendors and 10 of Virginia’s finest breweries. All proceeds benefit Fetch A Cure. Well-behaved, leased dogs are welcome. Admission is free. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/tastelocal .
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The Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia - Central Virginia Chapter will host Epilepsy Awareness Day, an educational opportunity for persons and families living with epilepsy, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Continental breakfast and lunch are provided and help with transportation and childcare is available. Admission is free. For details, call 751-1505 or visit http://www.epilepsyvirginia.org .
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Circle Center Adult Day Services, 4900 W. Marshall St., will host Art for All Ages from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. A silent auction of affordable works of art from local artists will benefit frail or functionally impaired older adults and their caregivers. There will also be desserts, wine, music and raffles. Admission is $25. For details, call 355-5717 or visit http://www.circlecenterads.org .
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New Castle Productions, featuring local actors ages 5-60, will present “Man of Honor” at 1 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. “Man of Honor” tells the story of Second Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper, the first African American to graduate from West Point and become an officer in the US Army. He received this honor in 1877 and within only four years, he was falsely accused and put on trial for a crime he did not commit. Tickets are $10 to $25. For details, visit http://www.newcastle-koaproductions.com .
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Ages 11-13 are invited to a workshop on the basic techniques of archery from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Deep Run Recreation Center, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy. Compound bows will be used and the course will be taught according to NASP specifications. A session for seniors age 50+ will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and a session for ages 14-17 will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Equipment is provided. Appropriate for beginners. Cost is $6. For details, call 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.
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Boys ages 13-17 and an accompanying adult are invited to the Boys-to-Men Forum from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. The forum will address issues such as loyalty, honesty, friendship, education, sports and the impact of their actions. Admission is free. For details, call 225-2056 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.

NOV. 11
If you have ever wondered how historically accurate Hollywood movies are, come watch 1951’s “Red Badge of Courage” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. A discussion highlighting the major historic themes, including fear, courage and Civil War soldier experiences will follow the film. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.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

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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