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NOV. 23
The Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., will kick off from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Celebrate this year's East Meets West theme with entertainment by the River City Taiko drummers and a show by the Jow Ga Kuen Lion Dance Team. GardenFest of Lights features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners and family activities. It runs nightly, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., through Jan. 7. Admission is $4 to $11. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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The Richmond Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant, located in the Short Pump Town Center, will host Don “DC” Curry at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Nov. 23, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Nov. 24 and at 7 p.m. Nov. 25. Curry has been the star of numerous stand-up comedy tours including the highly lauded “Royal Comedy Tour” of winter/spring 2010-11. He is also a skilled voice-over artist on hit TV shows like Boondocks. Admission is $20. For details, call 521-8900 or visit http://www.richmondfunnybone.com .
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South River Compounding Pharmacy, 3656 Mayland Ct. next to Cracker Barrel off Gaskins Rd., has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide a Black Friday shuttle and shop event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A cottage market will be on-site at the pharmacy with local craftsmen, artisans and culinary artists, all selling unique gifts you won’t find in stores. Customers will also be able to have their cars valet parked and receive shuttle service to and from Short Pump Town Center. Donations to BBBS are encouraged. For details, call 897-6447.
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Christian Youth Theatre will perform “Oliver,” an musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic “Oliver Twist,” at 3 p.m. Nov. 23-25, 7 p.m. Nov. 23-24 and at 11 a.m. Nov. 24 at The Steward School, 11600 Gayton Rd. Tickets are $15. For details, call 285-2987 or visit http://www.cytrichmond.org .
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Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Rd. in Glen Allen, will host its annual Christmas Open House from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 23-24. There will be classes, demonstrations, herbal tastings, a farm tour and products available for purchase. Lunch is available by reservation. Admission and parking are free. For details, call 262-7167 or visit http://www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com .
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Mystery Dinner Playhouse will perform “Here’s Killing You, Kid” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23-24 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 through Feb. 16, 2013. For details, call 649-CLUE or visit http://www.mysterydinner.com .
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The Richmond Chapter of USA Dance, a nonprofit national ballroom dance association, will be performing live ballroom dance exhibitions from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the first floor Sear’s entrance at Regency Square Mall. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Legendary Santa will come down the chimney for the first time this season at 9 a.m. at the Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2626 W. Broad St. Santa will be at CMOR until Christmas Eve. A visit with Santa is free and open to the public; photo packages are available for purchase. Hours vary. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.c-mor.org .

NOV. 24
Kitchen Thyme, 7801 W. Broad St., will host its first annual Holiday Vendor Fair at 10 a.m. There will be food vendors, Mary Kay, Thirty-One, Scentsy Fragrance, Premier Design and local photographers. For details, call 396-COOK.

NOV. 25
Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd., will again host Caring Santa for children with special needs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the JC Penney court. The photo environment will be set up to support the sensory, physical and developmental needs of the children. This private, after-hours event will feature no lines, no crowds and no music. To register, call 266-9002 or visit http://www.virginiacentercommons.com
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Tree seedling giveaway planned April 2-3


The Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District will sponsor a tree seedling giveaway on April 2 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on April 3 at Hermitage High School parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bare-root tree seedlings are available to Henrico County residents free of charge for the spring planting season.

The following seedling species will be available: apple, kousa dogwood, red maple, river birch, red osier dogwood, loblolly pine, sycamore, bald cypress, white dogwood and redbud. Quantities are limited and trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each participant is allowed up to 10 trees total, not to include more than five of the same species. > Read more.

State provides online directory of Bingo games


Wondering where to go to play Bingo? Wonder no more.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) recently launched an online directory of permitted bingo games played in Virginia. Listed by locality, more than 400 regular games are available across the state. The directory will be updated monthly and can be found on VDACS’ website at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/gaming/index.shtml.

“Many Virginia charities, including volunteer rescue squads, booster clubs and programs to feed the homeless, use proceeds from charitable gaming as a tool to support their missions, said Michael Menefee, program manager for VDACS’ Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. > Read more.

Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

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