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DEC. 28
The Rinard Family will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The group will perform hymns, original creations and favorites from “Amazing Grace” to “Crazy.” Admission is free but reservations are required. For details, call 328-4491.
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The Professional Singles Association will host its last happy hour event of the year at 5 p.m. in the front lounge at Bar Louie in Short Pump, 11788 W. Broad St. Get a jump start on your New Year’s celebrations. Happy hour prices are good from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For details, visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com .
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Breathe Again Magazine will present “Essentials for Aspiring Christian Writers” at 7:30 p.m. at Agape International Ministries, 8001 Staples Mill Rd. Venus Mason Theus, author of “Brown Paper Bag,” will lead the workshop and discuss authorpreneurship, the three-step writing method, how to find time to write, self-publishing, marketing and more. Cost is $20. To register, call 757-404-1582 or visit http://www.breatheagainmagazine.org .
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“Illumina – Festival of Trees” continues at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Curator Yvonne Hopkins presents a festive display of Christmas trees, each with its own special theme from Purple Passion to Dolphin Tale. “Illumina” continues through Jan. 3. Call for hours. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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The Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., continues nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 7. GardenFest features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains and more. Admission is $4 to $11. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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This is the final weekend for the Children’s Theatre of Virginia’s production of “Madeline’s Christmas” at Virginia Repertory Theatre’s Willow Lawn location. This festive holiday musical features such charming songs as “Achoo!,” “Abracadabra,” and “Bonnie Annee.” Performance times are 7 p.m. Dec. 28, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 29 and 2 p.m. Dec. 30. Admission is $14 to $22. For details, visit http://va-rep.org/show_madelines_christmas.html.
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Mystery Dinner Playhouse will perform its new show “Here’s Killing You, Kid” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-15 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 .

DEC. 29
Swift Creek Mill Theatre’s production run of “I Love a Piano” ends today. The show celebrates the music and lyrics of one of America’s greatest and most prolific writers, Irving Berlin. Evening performances are at 8 p.m. and matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. Theatre-only admission is $35; buffet and theatre is $50. Swift Creek Mill is located at 17401 Jefferson Davis Hwy. For details, call 748-5203 or visit http://www.swiftcreekmill.com .
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The Hot Seats will perform at 8 p.m. at Ashland Coffee and Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave. Their original music combines the virtuosic soloing and tightness of bluegrass, the band-driven rhythm of old time, the jerky bounce of ragtime, and the swagger of good old rock and roll. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. All ages welcome. For details, call 798-1702 or visit http://www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com .

DEC. 30
Bring the family to Spirited Art Richmond, 4029 Whittall Way, for Sunday Family Day at 1 p.m. Paint a floral abstract on an 11x14” canvas. Bring food and non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy. All ages welcome. Cost is $25. To register, call 360-5909.
Community

Author, child abuse survivor to speak at Henrico event

To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.

Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

Dragon boats invade the James

Hundreds of spectators filled the banks of the James River to watch two dozen teams of competitors in the Walgreen’s Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival at Rocketts Landing Aug. 2. The event included a number of races, as well as several cultural performances. The sport is billed as the fastest growing water sport in the world.(Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen) > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Planes’ sequel crashes

‘Fire and Rescue’ proves too predictable, boring

Planes: Fire and Rescue opens with a dedication to the hero firefighters of the world. It’s an admirable notion, and it makes sense, given that this is a film about planes that fight fires.

But here it might be a little out of place, as Planes: Fire and Rescue has a few things on its mind besides supporting the men and women who routinely throw themselves into burning buildings.

Like money. Lots and lots of money – into the 11-figures-and-counting range. In case you weren’t aware, 2006’s Cars was the biggest moneymaker Disney had in decades – not because of how much green the film printed at the box office, but because a combination of toys, games and snack foods stamped with the Cars seal of approval routinely pulls in tens of billions of dollars per year. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend in Henrico, you can learn about fall herbs or mad science. Enjoy some laughs from West End Comedy or Three-Penny Theatre’s production of “The Rivah Home Companion.” For music lovers, Jennifer Nettles is in concert tonight and the fifth annual GWAR-B-Q takes place tomorrow at Hadad’s Lake. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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