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Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story.

March 18
The Varina Woman’s Club will present “Adam’s Eve” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Rd. All proceeds are used to support philanthropic endeavors in the community such as scholarships for deserving Varina High School graduates. Tickets are $15 and include dinner. Another performance will be held March 19 at the same time. For details, call Lisa Lumpkin at 507-0120 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The Boilermaker Jazz Band will perform at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for seniors. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com.
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The first-ever Dancing with the Richmond Stars will be held at 7 p.m. at the VCU Singleton Center. NBC12 meteorologist Andrew Freiden will emcee and a panel of local celebrity judges will select the winning pair, all for the benefit of Children’s Hospital of Richmond. Tickets are $50 for the competition alone or $100, which will include an after-party at the Michaux House. For details, call 228-5827 or visit http://www.richmondstars.org.
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Local group the Upper East Side Big Band will perform at the Steward School, 11600 Gayton Rd., from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The entire family will enjoy a concert of jazz, swing and rock, including the band’s rendition of the Beatles’ album, “Abbey Road.” Tickets are $25. For details, call 565-2331 or visit http://www.stewardschool.org.
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The 20th annual Southern Women’s Show will take place at the Richmond Raceway Complex from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Women can shop for the latest styles in clothing, jewelry and handbags, watch a fashion show, enjoy a makeover, receive home décor tips, sample gourmet foods and more. Special guests include fitness expert Denise Austin, design expert Kathy Peterson and Johnathan Kayne of Project Runway Season 3. Tickets are $9 at the door for adults, $5 for youth ages 6-12 and children under six are free. Discounted advance tickets are available at Panera Bread locations. For details, call 849-0248 or visit http://www.southernwomensshow.com.

March 19
Southside Area Mother of Multiples (SAMOM) will hold their Everything for Kids Semi-Annual Sale at Manchester Middle School, 7401 Hull Street Rd., from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Featured items include gently used infant, children’s and maternity clothing, equipment, bedding, books, toys and more. Over 50 families are participating. The event will be held rain or shine. Only cash accepted. Strollers are not allowed. For details, visit http://www.samom.com.
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The Richmond SPCA’s 9th Annual Dog Jog and 5K Run will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Robins-Starr Humane Center, 2519 Hermitage Rd. A vendor fair will feature kids’ activities, canine tricks demonstrations, music, food and more. To sign up and learn more, visit http://www.richmondspca.org.
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As part of the county’s 400th anniversary, Henrico will sponsor a free Virginia Indian Cultural Program for all ages at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Indian artisans will display their pottery, beadwork, leatherwork and painting and discuss their work with the public. The Virginia Indian Intertribal Drum and Dancers will perform traditional and contemporary tribal dances and also discuss the significance of the regalia they wear and each dance they perform. For details, call 501-1611.
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One Voice Chorus will perform “Jubilee!” at 7 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 216 W. Leigh St. In honor of the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War and the end of slavery, more than 100 singers in the interracial community chorus will perform African-American spirituals and other songs by African-American composers, past and present. The audience is invited to a pre-concert conversation, “Harmony in Living Black and White,” at 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults; children 12 and under are free. For details, call 231-0324 or visit http://www.onevoicechorus.org.

March 20
The Weinstein JCC will host a Purim Carnival from 12:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. There will be carnival games, goodie bags, live music, arts and crafts, inflatables, clowns, food and more. Costume contests for youth and families will be held at 2 p.m. The Beth Ahabah Purim Shpiel will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. For details, call 285-6500 or visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org
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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