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Gayton Crossing to host 17th annual Pumpkin Festival Trick or Treat Night

October 31 2014 - A costume parade with fire truck will begin at 5:15 p.m., 5 p.m., Free
The 17th annual Pumpkin Festival Trick or Treat Night will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. A costume parade with fire truck will begin at 5:15 p.m. Meet, greet and be entertained by Nutzy, Shrine Klowns and demonstrations from Master Yi’s Taekwondo. Trick-or-treat from Gayton Crossing merchants. For details, visit http://www.gaytoncrossing.com

Trick-or-Treat inside Regency Square Mall

October 31 2014 - , 5 p.m., Free
Trick-or-Treat inside Regency Square Mall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For details, call 740-7467 or visit http://www.shopregencysqmall.com

Virginia Center Commons to host Kidgits Spooktacular, mall-wide trick or treating

October 31 2014 - , 6 p.m.,
Virginia Center Commons invites all little ghouls, goblins and boo’tiful princesses to the Kidgits Spooktacular from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the food court. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/VirginiaCenterCommons

‘2014 Saxon Shoes for the Needy’ campaign kicks off this weekend

November 01 2014 - Guests who donate this weekend will receive 10% off regular price merchandise, 10 a.m., Free
The 2014 Saxon Shoes for the Needy event kicks off this weekend at Saxon Shoes in Short Pump Town Center from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 2. Guests who donate new and gently-used shoes will receive 10% off regular price merchandise this weekend. There will also be music, giveaways and more.

Donations will be accepted through Dec. 24. Take a selfie with your shoe donation and post it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the text “My Saxon Shoes for the Needy Selfie” and be entered into a weekly drawing to win a $25 Saxon gift card. Winners are chosen every Thursday at noon at http://www.facebook.com/saxonshoes
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For more information, visit http://www.saxonshoes.com

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
The annual Innsbiz Expo, a one-of-a-kind opportunity to develop strategic partnerships and network with your Innsbrook business neighbors, will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the North Shore Commons Atrium, 4951 Lake Brook Dr. Attendees can stroll through the event at their own pace while enjoying light-fare appetizers and beverages. For details, visit http://www.innsbrook.com

Virginia Society of Association Executives to hold monthly seminar, breakfast

November 06 2014 - Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump, 8:30 a.m.,
The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold its monthly seminar and breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump, 12042 W. Broad St. The guest speaker is Jeff Ukrop. To register, call 747-4971 or visit http://www.vsae.org

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

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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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