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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to host ‘Goblins and Gourds’

October 26 2014 - Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, pumpkin painting, seasonal food tasting and more, 1 p.m., $8 to $12

Three Lakes Park to host Pumpkin Palooza - registration required

October 26 2014 - Pumpkin decorating, fall crafting, cider and roasted marshmallows, spooky tales and more, 4 p.m., Free

Fetch a Cure’s fourth annual ‘Mutt Strutt’ planned at Deep Run Park on Oct. 26

October 26 2014 - One-mile walk with furry friends to raise awareness about pet cancer, 1 p.m., $20 to $30

Children’s movie ‘ParaNorman’ to play at Henrico Theatre

October 28 2014 - Zombies will perform the famous Thriller dance before the movie, 7 p.m., $1

Henrico County Special Education Advisory Committee to meet at Brookland MS

October 28 2014 - Lisa A. Bennett, an attorney with the JustChildren Program, will speak, 6:30 p.m., Free

North Park Library to host ‘Scare-O-Thon: Escape from Undead Island’

October 29 2014 - For middle and high school students, 6:30 p.m., Free

Tweens invited to listen to scary stories read aloud around the campfire

October 29 2014 - Fairfield Library, 6:30 p.m., Free

Colin James named UR Dept. of History 2014-15 Douglas Southall Freeman Professor

October 30 2014 - He will present a lecture on “Smiling Before, During, and After the Terror”, 7:30 p.m., Free

Support Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) at the Spook-tacular Estate Sale Oct. 30 to Nov. 1

October 30 2014 - Located at 105 Culpeper Road, 10 a.m.,

SCAN to convene fall symposium ‘The Death of Innocence’ at St. Mary’s Hospital

October 30 2014 - Register by by Oct. 23, 1 p.m.,

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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

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


For our Top 10 calendar events this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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