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NOV. 30
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present a holiday concert with Dailey & Vincent at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. This bluegrass duo, featuring Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, joined forces in 2007. A post-show reception will follow in the Booth Lobby. Tickets are $36. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
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Gayton Baptist Church, 13501 N. Gayton Rd., will present Jazz Nativity, three evenings of classy jazz featuring David Esleck, at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 and at 4 p.m. Dec. 1-2. Proceeds from Jazz Nativity, now in its fourth year, will benefit Feed My Starving Children. Gourmet coffee and desserts will be available. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for kids 11 and younger. For details and to reserve tickets, visit http://www.gaytonchurch.org .
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The Henrico Theatre Company will present the opening night of “A Christmas Story” at 8 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. All of the elements from the beloved motion picture are here in this joyous celebration of childhood. The production continues through Dec. 16. All performances are at 8 p.m. except for Sunday matinees, which begin at 2:30 p.m. An additional matinee will be held Dec. 15. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Reservations are required. For details, call 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .

DEC. 1
The Shady Grove Coffeehouse will continue its 12th season with folk singer Mary McCaslin at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. Her music ranges from ballads of the old west to her haunting renditions of pop standards and rock classics such as the Beatles’ “Things We Said Today” and the Supremes’ “My World is Empty.” Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; teens are admitted at half-price and children under 12 are free. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
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The annual Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration will begin at noon at the historic Courtney Road Service Station, 3401 Mountain Rd. Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd., will hold an open house from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The 14th annual Tree Lighting at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. There will be holiday music, a toasty bonfire, hot chocolate, cookies and Santa, who will make his arrival via fire truck to light the 60-foot cedar tree. The event will conclude with holiday lantern tours from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Meadow Farm, 3400 Mountain Rd. All events are free. For details, visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.
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The debut bout of RAWFL (Richmond Arm Wrestling for Ladies), an arm wrestling league that combines philanthropy with theatricality and good old badassery, will take place at 7 p.m. at Balliceaux, 203 N. Lombardy St. Admission is $8 and includes a handful of RAWFL bucks for “betting.” Proceeds benefit Studio Two Three and Henrico-based Safe Harbor. The phenomenon of theatrical ladies arm wrestling started in Charlottesville in 2008 and has now spread to 18 cities. For more information, visit http://www.clawusa.org For .information on the inaugural bout, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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My Manakin Market’s Holiday Market will take place in an enclosed Marquee tent from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 68 Broad Street Rd. in Manakin Sabot, five minutes west of Short Pump. This family- and dog-friendly farmers market will feature handmade artisan crafts and gifts, seasonal vegetables, meats and cheeses, baked goods, local wine, wine tastings and more. There will also be live music, free kids’ activities and Santa will visit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For details, visit http://www.mymanakinmarket.com .

DEC. 2
Bring your furry friends to take a picture with Santa from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the JC Penney court at Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd. All animals must be on a leash or in a cage. For details, call 266-9002 or visit http://www.virginiacentercommons.com.
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The LAMB’s Basket Food Pantry will host a community open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate its new location at 8419 Oakview Ave. For details, call 565-8007 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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“Deck the Halls,” a benefit for Henrico-based Hilliard House, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pine Grove Farm, 12438 Elmont Rd. in Ashland. Make your very own wreaths and swags from fresh-cut greenery, enjoy fresh cocoa, home-made goodies and music by Susan Greenbaum. A shuttle will run from Henry Clay School and The Center to the farm. Entry donation is $30 for adults, $10 for children ages 5-12 and free for kids four and under. For details, call 798-9131 or visit http://www.hilliardhouse.org
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

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