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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

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. 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.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

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