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DEC. 21
Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd., will hold a Virginia Blood Services blood drive from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 21 and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 22-23. Donors may visit the Fountain Court, near Burlington, to participate and be entered for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree. For details, call 266-9002 or visit http://www.vablood.org .
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The movie “Polar Express” 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 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.
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The tenth annual “Miracle of Christmas” live at the Metro Richmond Zoo will take place at 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 21-23 at the zoo, 8300 Beaver Bridge Rd. This 15-minute pageant is a live rendition of the Christmas story, presented against a period backdrop with cast members re-enacting events. Animals from the zoo are featured in the program. New this year, a Spanish program will be held Dec. 23 at 9 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For details, call 739-5666.
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Comic and Hampton Roads-native Bo Dacious will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Richmond Funny Bone Comedy Club, 11800 W. Broad St. in Short Pump Town Center. An 18-year comedy veteran of stage and radio, Dacious has shared the stage with Dave Chappelle, Cedric the Entertainer, Monique and Mike Epps and is currently one of D.L. Hughley’s opening acts. Tickets are $15. For details, call 521-8900 or visit http://www.richmondfunnybone.com .

DEC. 22
Theatre IV on Tour will present “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. This area-exclusive musical, written by Bruce Miller, expresses a father’s love and the mysteries of Christmas. Admission is $10. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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Trinity United Methodist Church, 903 Forest Ave., will host the first annual Manger Build from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The $20 fee provides you a pre-cut manger ready for assembly; just bring a hammer. For details, call 288-6057 or visit http://www.trinityumc.net .
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The Sounds of the Season concert series at Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd., will conclude with Dance Masters who will perform from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the food court. Admission is free. For details, call 266-9002 or visit http://www.virginiacentercommons.com .
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The youth at Pioneer Baptist Church, 3140 Darbytown Rd. in Varina, will present the Christmas musical “Code Red” at 7 p.m. Dec. 22-23. The performance is trimmed with comedy and wrapped in a message for all ages. For details, call 795-1051.

DEC. 23
Pianist Michael Mercatante, Jr. will perform “A Very Keyboard Christmas” at 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 9155 Hungary Rd. He will bring beloved carols to life in various styles, ranging from classical, to jazz and ragtime. Admission is free. A nursery will be available for children infant through third grade. For details, call 270-7613 or visit http://www.gsumcrva.org .
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Children ages 6-12 are invited to enjoy a day at West Broad Village with Sweet Spot, All Fired Up and Spirited Art beginning at 1 p.m. Participants will start their afternoon at Sweet Spot where they will create their own gingerbread house. The day will continue at All Fired Up where they will paint a ceramic snowman and conclude at Spirited Art where they can make their own ornaments. Cost is $60. To register, call 360-5909 or visit http://www.myspiritedart.com
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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