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Northstar Academy to host Open Caboose event

November 04 2014 - Nine spots remain for the 2014-15 school year, 10:30 a.m., Free
Northstar Academy, located at 8055 Shrader Rd., will host an Open Caboose event from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nine spots remain for the 2014-15 school year. Northstar Academy is a unique and highly successful non-profit school serving children with disabilities in grades K-12. For details, call 747-1003 or visit http://www.northstaracademy.net

Science Pub RVA to meet at Brookside Grille & Bar

November 05 2014 - Submit any brain-related questions in advance, 6:15 p.m., Free
Science Pub RVA, an event that connects curious minds and creative scientists over a sip of some sort, will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 6:15 p.m. at Brookside Grille & Bar, 7515 Brook Rd. Mark Reimers, Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University, will speak on brain myths, mysteries and mindful facts. The event will be a completely question-generated discussion about whatever the public wants to know about brains. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions in advance via Twitter (@SciencePubRVA), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/SciencePubRVA) or an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Admission is free and open to the public. No background in science needed.

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
The University of Richmond's Department of History 2014-15 Douglas Southall Freeman Professor, Colin Jones, will present a lecture on “Overthrowing Robespierre, Ending Terror” at 7:30 p.m. in Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley room. Admission is free and open to the public. Jones, professor of history and leader in the field of French history between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, is in residence at Richmond this semester teaching a course called, “Modern France and the World.”

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
Reynolds Community College will host an “Around the World Through Movies” event with the French film “The Intouchables” at 6 p.m. on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Rd. This 2011 comedy-drama is based on the true story of an aristocrat who becomes a quadriplegic after a paragliding accident and hires a young immigrant man from the projects of Paris to become his caretaker. The event is free and open to the public, with pre- and post-movie discussion, light refreshments, and door prizes. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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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Weekend Top 10


It’s Halloween! Ghosts and goblins are everywhere…especially at Dorey Park’s Monster Mash and the annual Pumpkin Festival at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. But don’t let the fun stop on the 31st – the Latin Ballet of Virginia will present El Dia de los Muertos Family Festival on Nov. 1. And if you need a break from the candy, enjoy some classical music at the University of Richmond and the Weinstein JCC on Sunday. For all our top picks 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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