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DEC. 7
Enjoy an evening of classical and holiday pops music featuring The Ranier Trio with soprano Leslie Mabe at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage series, now in its fourth year, which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Tickets are $12. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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The 1947 classic “Miracle on 34th Street” will play at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Seasonal singing and dancing will be held prior to the film. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.
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HATTheatre will present “Home for Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8, 4 p.m. Dec. 8 and at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9. The musical tells the story of a family who, having lost their husband and father, are celebrating their first Christmas without him. When the children happen upon the homeless Kate, they decide it would be a wonderful idea to invite her for Christmas dinner. Mom disagrees. The play contrasts the bustling commercialism of the holiday with the plight of the homeless. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for youth/students. For details, call 343-6364 or visit http://www.hattheatre.org .

DEC. 8
The Gayton Kirk, 11421 Gayton Rd., will present Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. In this one-person show, actor Ray Carver will play all the characters from Scrooge to the ghosts, to the whole Cratchit family, including Tiny Tim – over 30 different characters in all. The performance is “pay what you want” – audience members can name their ticket price. A nursery is available for children five and under. For details, call 741-5254 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The Richmond Men’s Chorus and Richmond Women’s Chorus will present “Great Joy” at 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and at 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, 3601 Seminary Ave. Each chorus will perform individually and also combine to present seasonal favorites. Advance general admission is $15 for adults ($20 at the door) and $10 for seniors and students ($15 at the door). All children 12 and under are free Dec. 9. For details, call 241-0446 or visit http://www.monumentcitymusic.org .

DEC. 9
The 27th annual Toys for Tots 5k will take place at 1 p.m. in The Shoppes at Innsbrook. The race fee is $10 or participants can donate a toy valued at $10. A series of kids’ runs will start at 12:15 p.m.; children are free but must be registered. On-site registration opens at 11 a.m. For details, visit http://www.rrrc.org/events/toys4tots2012 .
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Chabad of Virginia will host Chanukah on Ice, a community event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Skatenation Plus, 4350 Pouncey Tract Rd. There will be latkes, donuts, a giant ice menorah, arts and crafts, raffles, an arcade, skating and lazer tag. Skating is $10. Lazer tag is $5 with skate rental. A falafel and drink are $5. For details, call 740-2000 or visit http://www.chabadofva.org .
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Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd., will host its annual Ornament Making Workshop from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can make their own Victorian ornament and join an 1840 St. Nick as he reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Central Virginia Wind Symphony, comprised of high school musicians from Henrico and surrounding counties, will perform its annual Holiday Spectacular at 3 p.m. inside the food court at Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd. Kat Simons from Lite 98 radio will host and singers from Da Capo Virginia will perform as well. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.thewindsymphony.com .
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The North Airport Drive Civic Association will hold a tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at Fire Station #3, 1310 E. Washington St. in Highland Springs. For details, call Daniele Johnson at 212-7563.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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