Henrico County VA

Latin Ballet of Va. to host El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Family Festival

November 01 2014 - The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 12 p.m., Free
The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Family Festival on Nov. 1 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Dress up in your Halloween costume and bring the whole family for Halloween fun, music, arts and crafts, dancing, sweets and treats, vendors, and exhibits. Also, enjoy live performances by the Latin Ballet and the Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.latinballet.com

Eastern Henrico Ruritan’s Fall Spaghetti Luncheon planned Nov. 2

November 02 2014 - Tickets available from any club member and at the door, 12 p.m., $4 to $8
The Eastern Henrico Ruritan’s Fall Spaghetti Luncheon will be held from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu includes spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and homemade dessert. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Tickets available from any club member and at the door.

17th annual Benefit Dinner for the Comboni Missionary Sisters planned Nov. 2

November 02 2014 - Jefferson Lakeside Country Club, 6 p.m.,
The 17th annual Benefit Dinner for the Comboni Missionary Sisters will be held at 6 p.m. at the Jefferson Lakeside Country Club, 1700 Lakeside Ave. The Comboni Missionary Sisters are celebrating 64 years of service in the Richmond area. Proceeds from the dinner will be for the Scholarship Endowment Fund for the Comboni Missionary Sisters education in the U.S. For details, call 741-2487.

UR Modlin Center for the Arts to present pianist Jonathan Biss, violinist Miriam Fried

November 02 2014 - Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music, 7:30 p.m., $18 to $36
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present pianist Jonathan Biss and violinist Miriam Fried at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. The evening’s program will include Brahms’ Sonata in A Major, Op. 100, Bartók’s Sonata No. 2, and Beethoven’s Sonata in G Major, Op. 96. Tickets are $18 to $36. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu

Virginia Opera to present “The Empress and the Nightingale” at Weinstein JCC

November 02 2014 - , 3 p.m., $5 to $30
Virginia Opera will present “The Empress and the Nightingale” at 3 p.m. at Weinstein JCC. This adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic of the same name is a children’s story of a small bird sharing her gift of song. With a cast of three performing original music, this opera vividly teaches the value of music performed live and how humans cannot control nature. Tickets are $5 to $30. For details, call 285-6500 or visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org

Virginia Credit Union to offer free seminar on identity theft at Tuckahoe Library

November 04 2014 - Registration required, 6:30 p.m., Free
Virginia Credit Union will offer a free seminar with tips for combating identity theft on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The seminar will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr. Participants will learn how to minimize their risk and what to do if they should ever become a victim. To register, visit http://www.vacu.org/Education_Resources/Seminars.aspx or call 323-6800.

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

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

November 05 2014 - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 5:30 p.m., Free
VCU Medical Center will present the seminar “Simple Steps to Preventing Diabetes” at 5:30 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Learn how to assess your risk for developing diabetes and simple ways to dramatically lower the chances of developing the disease. The seminar is free and open to the public. Register online at http://www.vcuhealth.org/seminars

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.

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

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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

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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