Henrico County VA

Eastern Henrico Rec. Center to host ‘Generation Z Games – Halloween!’

October 24 2014 - Wear your costume and participate in a costume contest and dance to the monster mash, 6 p.m., Free
Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave., will host Generation Z Games – Halloween! for ages 6-12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wear your costume and participate in a costume contest and dance to the monster mash. Space is limited to the first 50 children. Admission is free. For details, call 290-0305 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec

West End Teen Advisory Board to host annual Halloween Fair at Gayton Library

October 25 2014 - Games, crafts, face painting and storytelling, 3 p.m.,
The West End Teen Advisory Board will host their annual Halloween Fair for children from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Gayton Library, 10600 Gayton Rd. There will be games, crafts, face painting and storytelling. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is free. For details, call 290-9600 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org

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
North Park Library, 8508 Franconia Rd., will host Scare-O-Thon: Escape from Undead Island at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of interactive games, terrifying treats and prizes. For middle and high school students. For details, call 290-9700 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org

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

October 29 2014 - Fairfield Library, 6:30 p.m., Free
Tweens are invited to listen to scary stories read aloud around the campfire at 6:30 p.m. at Fairfield Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave. A snack will be provided. Bring a flashlight. For details, call 290-9300 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org

Sandston Library to host a Scarecrow Party for ages 3-9

October 30 2014 - Celebrate scarecrows through stories, songs and a craft, 3:30 p.m., Free
Sandston Library, 23 E. Williamsburg Rd., will host a Scarecrow Party for ages 3-9 at 3:30 p.m. Celebrate scarecrows through stories, songs and a craft. Come dressed as a scarecrow. For details, call 290-9900 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org

Tweens, teens invited to ‘Dance Like a Zombie’ at Twin Hickory Library

October 30 2014 - Registration is required, 6:30 p.m., Free
Tweens and teens are invited to “Dance Like a Zombie” at 6:30 p.m. at Twin Hickory Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Rd. Come dressed as your favorite zombie, ghoul or ghost and learn the Thriller Zombie Dance. Part of HCPL’s Geek the Library campaign. Registration is required. For details, call 290-9200 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org

Hunton Community Center to present ‘Spooktacular Sensations’ for ages 3-5

October 31 2014 - , 10 a.m., Free
Hunton Community Center, 11690 Old Washington Hwy., will present Spooktacular Sensations for ages 3-5 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Journey through the amazing world of hearing, seeing, tasting, touching and smelling through hands-on activities. Admission is free. For details, call 501-5135 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec

Dorey Rec Center to transform into mad science lab for this year’s ‘Monster Mash’

October 31 2014 - , 6 p.m., Free
Dorey Recreation Center, 2999 Darbytown Rd., will transform into a mad science lab with Frankenstein and Igor at this year’s Monster Mash from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Watch science come to life with performances by Mad Science of Central VA, feel your way through the creepy crafty “Sensational Laboratory” and take a trip to the Haunted Trail. Admission is free. For details, call 270-2161 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec

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

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.

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.

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