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NOVEMBER 25
Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Rd. in Glen Allen, will hold its Christmas Open House at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 25-26. Enjoy a farm tour, hot spiced apple cider and a holiday cooking class all for free. Lunch and afternoon tea are available by reservation. For details, visit http://www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com .
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“My Fair Lady” opens at 8 p.m. at the Empire Theatre, 114 W. Broad St., and continues through Jan. 8, 2012. The story is about Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons in order to pass as a proper lady. The musical’s 1956 Broadway production starred Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews. Tickets are $48 for adults, $45 for seniors and $24 for students. For a complete performance schedule and to purchase tickets, call 282-2620 or visit http://www.barksdalerichmond.org.
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The 34th annual Model Railroad Show will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25-26 and from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. Watch model trains travel through miniature cities, towns and detailed landscapes and explore the science behind model railroading. The film “The Polar Express” will be playing in the IMAX Dome until Dec. 31. General admission is $11; members are free. For details, visit http://www.smv.org .
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Celebrate the 75th anniversary of a Richmond tradition – the Legendary Santa will come down the chimney daily starting Nov. 25 and continuing through Christmas Eve at the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Central, 2626 W. Broad St. Santa will be accompanied by the Snow Queen and his comical elf. Guests will be able to visit Santa Land, ride the Polar Train and take pictures with Santa. Times vary daily. A visit with Legendary Santa is free to the public. Picture sets vary in price; no purchase is necessary. A Polar Train ride is $1. For details, call the Santa Hotline at 474-7009 or visit http://www.c-mor.org .
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Dominion GardenFest of Lights opens at 5 p.m. at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. GardenFest is a holiday tradition that features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. New this year are caroling on Tuesday nights, Peppermint Lane, a 250-foot tunnel of lights, whimsical fairy-house botanicals and more. GardenFest is a rain or shine event and runs nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Jan. 9. The Garden is closed Dec. 24-25. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under three; discounts available for Garden members. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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ComedySportz is back with a brand new theatre, located in the Gold’s Gym Plaza at West Tower, 8906 W. Broad St. The family-friendly shows pit two teams against each other in an improv battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs. The show starts at 8 p.m. Nov. 25 and at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 26. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For details, call 266-9377 or visit http://www.cszrva.com .
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Richmond native and comedian Micah “Bam-bamm” White will perform at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Nov. 25-26 and at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant in the Short Pump Town Center. White has performed with top comedians such as D.L. Hugely, Bob Saget, Bernie Mac, Eddie Griffin and Pablo Francisco. In 1998 he won the regional Def Comedy Jam competition beating out 23 comedians in Virginia Beach. Tickets are $15 for Friday-Saturday shows and $12 for the Sunday show. For details, call 521-8900 or visit http://www.richmondfunnybone.com .
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“The Zulu Patrol: Mission Weather,” an exhibit based on the popular PBS children’s television show, continues through Dec. 31 at the Children’s Museum of Richmond’s Short Pump location in West Broad Village. Five multicolored, interactive stations designed for children ages 3-8 present early learners with key science concepts as they explore what weather is, how it works, what affects it and how it affects us. Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $8. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.c-mor.org .

NOVEMBER 26
The Virginia Historical Society’s HistoryMobile will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at VHS, 428 N. Boulevard. An interactive museum on wheels, the HistoryMobile is a 53-foot expandable tractor-trailer organized by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission. The HistoryMobile will be parked in front of the VHS building and society staff involved with the creation will be available to answer questions. For details, call 358-4901 or visit http://www.vahistorical.org .

NOVEMBER 27
Wilton House Museum, 215 S. Wilton Rd., will host its annual Holiday Open House from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be family-friendly games, snacks and warm cider, performances by the Barefoot Puppet Theatre and a host of vendors for early holiday shopping. Admission is free; donations welcomed. For details, call 282-5936 x4 or visit http://www.wiltonhousemuseum.org .


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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