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DECEMBER 16
West End Comedy will celebrate the holidays with an all-ages show on Dec. 16 and a mature show on Dec. 17 at HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Dr. Shows are in an improv format similar to “Whose Line is it Anyway” and feature suggestions from the audience and on-stage participation. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. Audience members wearing a tacky holiday sweater will receive a complimentary ticket to a future West End Comedy show at HATT. Tickets are $5. For details, call 496-1714 or visit http://www.wecomedy.com .
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“A Disney Christmas Gift,” a film comprising of six cartoon shorts, and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will play at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491.
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ComedySportz Improv Theatre’s 1st annual Improv Festivus will be held at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. on Dec. 16 and at 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 17. Teams and troupes from near and far will be joining ComedySportz including Richmond Comedy Coalition and West End Comedy. Tickets are $5 to $12. ComedySportz’s new theatre is located at 8906-H W. Broad St. For details, call 266-9377 or visit http://www.cszrva.com .
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Dominion GardenFest of Lights continues at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. GardenFest is a holiday tradition that features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. New this year are caroling on Tuesday nights, Peppermint Lane, a 250-foot tunnel of lights, whimsical fairy-house botanicals and more. GardenFest is a rain or shine event and runs nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Jan. 9. The Garden is closed Dec. 24-25. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under three; discounts available for Garden members. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org.
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James River Art League’s exhibit “Art Beyond Words” will continue to be on display at Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr., until Dec. 29. Featured artists include Maryanne Evans, Anne Twisdale, Elizabeth Hood, Anne Sampson and Mike Steele. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday. For details, visit http://www.jamesriverartleague.com .

DECEMBER 17
Theatre IV on Tour will perform the Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Tickets are $10. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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Fairfield Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., will host a Lego & Duplo Day for the whole family at 3 p.m. Build and create with blocks. Donations are welcomed. For details, call 290-9300 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
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The Richmond Renaissance Singers, a premier a cappella early music ensemble, will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a Christmas concert from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Christ Ascension Episcopal Church, 1704 W. Laburnum Ave. The eight-member group specializes in early sacred and secular music and also performs music by more contemporary composers. The Christmas program will include works by Josquin des Pres, Palestrina, Praetorious, Poulenc, Rutter, and Simpson among others. Admission is free but donations are accepted. For details, call 285-5331.
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The band Monkey Fist will play at Sharky’s in Innsbrook, 4032 Cox Rd., at 9 p.m. Monkey Fist is a cover band featuring 80s, grunge and classic rock. Admission is free. For details, call 273-1888 or visit http://www.sharkysinnsbrook.net .

DECEMBER 18
Enjoy stories and songs from Kim Weitkamp at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Her humor will touch the heart and tickle the funny bone of all ages. Admission is free but registration is required. For details, call 328-4491.


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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