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DECEMBER 31
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s New Year’s Eve Family Frolic will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. There will be family activities with live entertainment and crafts. GardenFest of Lights will continue from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Museum admission required. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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The Children’s Museum of Richmond-Short Pump, 2200 Old Brick Rd. in West Broad Village, will host a New Year’s Eve Bash for children and their families from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be games and giveaways and a “countdown to noon” celebration with a special juice box toast. All event activities are included in museum admission; general admission is $8. CMOR will close at 2 p.m. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.c-mor.org .
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ComedySportz Improv Theatre will present two New Year’s Eve shows at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. The earlier show is designed for the younger family and will include a milk toast with Twinkies at 9 p.m. The later show will have a champagne toast at midnight. Both shows include party hats and noisemakers. Tickets are $15 to $22. For details, call 266-9377 or visit http://www.cszrva.com .
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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Richmond Folk Music Society, featuring Deb Clinton and friends, at 8 p.m. at Congregation Or Ami, 9400 Huguenot Rd. There will be assorted tunes from the golden years of the American and Yiddish theater, along with old favorites from The Great American Songbook. The concert-only price is $15 in advance and $18 at the door and includes dessert and coffee at intermission. Dinner and concert are $28. Reservations for dinner are needed by Dec. 26. For details, visit http://www.richmondfolkmusic.com .
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GayRVA.com’s A-List New Year’s Eve Party will begin at 10 p.m. at Aloft Richmond West, 3939 Duckling Dr. in West Broad Village. DJ Ease and Dead Fame will provide entertainment. A $25 ticket includes a dessert and champagne toast. A VIP package is available for those who wish to stay overnight in the hotel. The cost is $150 for two and includes an open bar from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and complimentary breakfast on New Year’s Day. Space is limited; tickets will not be available at the door. For details, visit http://www.gayrva.com/nye.
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Theatre IV’s production of “A Year with Frog and Toad” ends today. The story follows two great friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad, through four fun-filled seasons. Along the way they learn life lessons including a most important one about friendship and rejoicing in the attributes that make each of us different and special. The show lasts approximately two hours with an intermission and is recommended for ages four and older. Performances are held at Barksdale Theatre, located at 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. at the Shops at Willow Lawn. Tickets are $18 to $24. For a complete performance schedule or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.theatreivrichmond.org .
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Radio Disney will host a “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. There will be a special countdown to noon balloon drop with an apple juice toast, music, games and prizes. Guests can also experience the Anthem Get Active Get Fit Dance Party and see the premiere of the IMAX film “Born to be Wild.” Noon Year’s Eve is included with museum admission; IMAX is additional. For details, call 864-1400 or visit http://www.smv.org or http://www.radiodisney.com.
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Ring in the New Year with comedian Owen Benjamin at 10 p.m. at Richmond Funny Bone, located in the Short Pump Town Center. Admission is $50 and includes chocolate covered strawberries, assorted cheesecakes and chocolates, a souvenir champagne flute, party favors and a midnight champagne toast. All seating is first-come, first-serve. For details, call 521-8900 or visit http://www.richmondfunnybone.com .
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Party band Flashback will hold its second annual New Year’s Eve party at 8 p.m. at The Place at Innsbrook, 4036 Cox Rd. Admission is $225 per couple and includes live music and dancing, heavy hors d’oeurves with a variety of food stations, two drinks and a champagne toast at midnight, a cash bar and party favors. Hotel reservations are available at the Hilton Garden Inn; cost is $295 per couple and includes breakfast on New Year’s Day. For details, call 346-2100 or visit http://www.flashbackrva.com .
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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump at 8 p.m. KOS (formerly Kings of Swing) will perform and guests can enjoy a casino night with black jack, poker and craps, a dance party with DJ Dwight in the Junior Ballroom, heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts, a champagne toast, party favors and prizes. Admission is $195 per couple; packages are available that include hotel room and dinner. For details, call 364-3600 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

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.

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