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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

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

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.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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