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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

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


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.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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