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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).
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MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.

Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A hero is born

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.

Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.

At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.

Authentically Italian

Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.

In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)

For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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