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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
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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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