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DECEMBER 9
Active seniors are invited to socialize with friends while sharpening cognitive abilities at the Friday Night Fun Club from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hidden Creek Recreation Center, 2417 Brockway Ln. Enjoy games such as bid wisk, pinochle, spades, scrabble, checkers and more. Participants are welcome to bring their own board games and snacks. Admission is free. For details, call Aaron Reidmiller at 501-5137.
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“Scrooge” will play at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491.

DECEMBER 10
Fairfield Commons, 4869 Nine Mile Rd., will host the Great Teddy Bear Giveaway and holiday concert from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The first 200 children under age 10 will receive a free teddy bear. Entertainment will be provided by “Da Twins,” Bridgett Johnson and teen singing sensation Nyasia. Cavell Phillips will host the event. There will also be visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, games, cookies, prizes and a chance to win Christmas baskets. Admission is free. For details, call 222-4179 or visit http://www.myfairfieldcommons.com .
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Join Santa for pictures and a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Henrico Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Rd. Pancakes and pictures will be provided by the Henrico Division of Fire. Proceeds will benefit the Christmas Mother program. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The American Youth Harp Ensemble’s annual Holiday Harper’s Bazaar will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Rd. Admission is free and Bazaar proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club and St. Andrew’s School Harp Outreach Programs. The American Youth Harp Ensemble will also present its holiday concert “Harp! The Herald Angels Play!” at 3 p.m. with a special prelude at 2:30 p.m. featuring The Virginia Choristers. The concert will feature over 60 harpists and choristers, ages 8-18, performing holiday classics and new works. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. For details, call 837-9355 or visit http://www.harpensemble.org .
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Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will host Holiday on Parade: An Eastern Henrico Celebration starting at 12 p.m. at Hidden Creek Recreation Center, 2417 Brockway Ln. There will be crafts, Christmas cookies and other children’s activities until 2 p.m. Take a trip down memory lane from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Clarke-Palmore House, 904 McCoul St., which is decorated with vintage 1930-40s holiday decorations. There will also be refreshments and the opportunity to make a vintage holiday decoration to take home. There will also be tours, refreshments and children’s activities from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Armour House & Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Rd. The 1970 classic film “Scrooge” will play at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd., at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The day will conclude at 5 p.m. at the James River Parade of Lights at Osborne Park, 9530 Osborne Tnpk. Movie admission is $1; all other events are free. For details, visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Richmond Men’s Chorus and Richmond Women’s Chorus will present a joint concert celebrating the holidays titled “Harps of Gold” at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, 3601 Seminary Ave. Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece, “Ceremony of Carols,” accompanied by harp, will be the centerpiece of the Women’s Chorus program. Selections performed by the Men’s Chorus will include new arrangements of several well-known holiday carols plus the area premiere of the Hanukkah anthem, “Over the Skies of Yisrael.” Tickets are $10 to $20. For details, call 241-0446 or visit http://www.monumentcitymusic.org .

DECEMBER 11
Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd., will set up its annual Ornament Making Workshop for all ages from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can make their own Victorian ornament to take home or join an 1840 St. Nick as he reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Admission is free. For details, call Anna Truong at 501-2130.
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The Richmond Craft Mafia will present the 7th annual Handmade Holiday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Plant Zero, 0 E. 4th St. in Richmond’s Manchester District. Shoppers will find modern takes on traditional crafts like pottery and knitting, as well as fresh styles of jewelry, t-shirts, clothing, bath and body products, toys, art and more. For more information, including a list of crafters and designers, visit http://www.richmondhandmadeholiday.com .
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Sandston Baptist Church, 100 W. Williamsburg Rd., will present a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Music will be performed by the church’s praise team, handbell choir, MajeSticks, adult choir and various small ensembles. Portions of the Christmas story will be read. Admission is free. For details, call 737-2171 or visit http://www.sandstonbaptistchurch.com
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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