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VCU Medical Center to present the seminar ‘Simple Steps to Preventing Diabetes’

November 05 2014 - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 5:30 p.m., Free

Science Pub RVA to meet at Brookside Grille & Bar

November 05 2014 - Submit any brain-related questions in advance, 6:15 p.m., Free

Annual Innsbiz Expo planned at Innsbrook’s North Shore Commons Atrium

November 06 2014 - A one-of-a-kind opportunity to develop partnerships, network with Innsbrook businesses, 5 p.m., Free

UR Dept. of History to present ‘Overthrowing Robespierre, Ending Terror’

November 06 2014 - Guest speaker is 2014-15 Douglas Southall Freeman Professor, Colin Jones, 7:30 p.m., Free

Reynolds Community College to host ‘Around the World Through Books’ event

November 06 2014 - Book discussion will feature Kevin Powers' book 'The Yellow Bird', 7 p.m., Free

Virginia Society of Association Executives to hold monthly seminar, breakfast

November 06 2014 - Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump, 8:30 a.m.,

Southern Season to host a cookbook signing with Cathy Barrow

November 07 2014 - Her new book is the essential guide to year-round preserving, 4 p.m., Free

Reynolds Community College to host an ‘Around the World Through Movies’ event

November 07 2014 - Featuring the French film “The Intouchables”, 6 p.m., Free

‘Moonstruck’ to play at Henrico Theatre Nov. 7-8

November 07 2014 - Date night (dinner and movie) planned at 6 p.m. on Nov. 8, Times vary, $1 to $10

Twin Hickory Library to hold a used book sale Nov. 7-8

November 07 2014 - Children’s books will be sold on Saturday only, 9 a.m.,

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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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Weekend Top 10

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

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

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.

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