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Virginia Repertory Theatre to present ‘Santa’s Christmas Miracle’ Nov. 28 to Dec. 28

November 28 2014 - The performance is one hour and suggested for ages four and up, Times vary, Costs vary
The Virginia Repertory Theatre will present “Santa’s Christmas Miracle” Nov. 28 to Dec. 28 at the Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn. This musical comedy is set in Broken-Bone, Montana on Dec. 24, 1883, where the sheriff has outlawed Christmas. The story emphasizes love and the holiday spirit to the accompaniment of foot-stompin’ country and western music. The performance is one hour and suggested for ages four and up. For tickets and a schedule, visit http://www.va-rep.org

Lewis Ginter to present the Dominion GardenFest of Lights Nov. 28 through Jan. 12

November 28 2014 - This year’s theme is 'A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden', 5 p.m., $8 to $12
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will present the Dominion GardenFest of Lights nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 28 to Jan. 12 (closed Dec. 24-25). This holiday tradition features more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. Admission is $8 to $12. For details, visit http://www.lewisginter.org

Regency Square Mall to host indoor lights display ‘Winter Wonderland’ through Dec. 30

December 19 2014 - Features a Christmas town, polar bears, Santa's workshop and a reading room with Santa's elf, , $5
Regency Square Mall will host the new Winter Wonderland, an indoor holiday display of lights. The walk-through display is intended for kids and families and features a Christmas town, polar bears, Santa's workshop and a reading room with Santa's elf. Admission is $5; children age two and under are free. For details, visit http://www.shopregencysqmall.com/events

American Red Cross to hold blood drive at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital Forest

December 26 2014 - Eligible donors with all blood types are needed, 11 a.m.,
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital Forest Campus, 1602 Skipwith Rd. All those who attempt to donate blood through Jan. 4, 2015, will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. Eligible donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with type O negative, A negative or B negative. For details, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit http://www.redcrossblood.org

Southern Season to present the class ‘New Year’s Day Buffet’

December 27 2014 - Staff will lead you through preparations to make a classic New Year’s feast, 1 p.m., $35
Southern Season, 2250 Staples Mill Rd., will present the class “New Year’s Day Buffet” at 1 p.m. Staff will lead you through preparations to make a classic New Year’s feast. Menu includes roasted red pepper and bean dip, Hoppin John Salad, chipotle glazed ham, cornbread cakes and caramel brownies. Cost is $35. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/lwjty3t

The Beacon Theatre to present Delbert McClinton

December 27 2014 - , 6 p.m., Prices vary
The Beacon Theatre, 401 N. Main Street in Hopewell, will present Delbert McClinton. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at http://www.thebeacontheatreva.com or by phone at 804-446-3457.

Deep Run, Eastern Henrico Rec Centers to hold ‘Decemburrr Day Camp’ Dec. 29-31

December 29 2014 - Ages 8-12, 8:30 a.m., $30
Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks will host the Decemburrr Day Camp for ages 8-12 from Dec. 29-31 at Deep Run Recreation Center and Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. Kids will enjoy jam-packed days of sports, games, fitness, crafts and more from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Cost is $30. To register, call 290-0305 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Teens invited to participate in a Teen Food Challenge at Twin Hickory Library

December 29 2014 - Registration is required, 10 a.m.,
Teens are invited to participate in a Teen Food Challenge at 10 a.m. at Twin Hickory Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Rd. Be a member of one of three teams whose challenge is to develop a recipe and prepare the dish within 40 minutes – with ingredients that will be revealed at the competition. Registration is required. For details, call 290-9200 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org

Sandston Rotary Club meets every Monday at Roma’s Restaurant

December 29 2014 - , 12:30 p.m., Free
The Sandston Rotary Club meets every Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Roma’s Restaurant, 325 E. Williamsburg Rd. For details, visit http://www.sandstonrotary.org

Passion Academy to offer week-long ‘Frozen’ camp for boys, girls

December 29 2014 - Two sessions offered featuring “Frozen” themed music, dance, drama, and arts and crafts, 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., $195
Passion Academy, an Arts Academy for Music and Dance located at 3921 Deep Rock Rd. in Glen Allen, will offer a week-long “Frozen” camp for boys and girls featuring “Frozen” themed music, dance, drama, and arts and crafts. Two sessions are offered – 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both sessions will conclude with the musical and dance performance, “A Very Frozen Christmas.” Cost is $195 per camper. For details, visit http://www.passionacademy.net/frozen-winter-camp/

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Community

MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.

Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A gift that should stop giving

‘Jingle All the Way 2’ is expectedly flawed
Was anyone asking for an extra-large helping of Larry the Cable Guy this Christmas? If so, you can thank Santa Claus for Jingle All the Way 2.

If not, you can be like the rest of us and curse Santa for his folly in creating such a film. Santa, we neither wanted nor needed this.

A follow-up to the much-derided 1996 Christmas film Jingle All the Way, Jingle All the Way 2 isn’t so much a sequel as it is an odd kind of remake, offering a few original twists on the original’s dad-vs-dad holiday showdown, but also copying large chunks of the original without alteration. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Several holiday performances take place this weekend in Henrico including “It’s a Wonderful Life” and Theatre IV on Tour’s “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” – both at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale will perform Vivaldi’s “Gloria” at River Road Church, Baptist and the Virginia Repertory Theatre will present “Santa’s Christmas Miracle” at the Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn. A fun annual tradition, now in its 14th year, will be at SkateNation Plus in Short Pump – Chabad of Virginia’s Chanukah on Ice. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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