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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

Colin James named UR Dept. of History 2014-15 Douglas Southall Freeman Professor

October 30 2014 - He will present a lecture on “Smiling Before, During, and After the Terror”, 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 “Smiling Before, During, and After the 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.”

Support Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) at the Spook-tacular Estate Sale Oct. 30 to Nov. 1

October 30 2014 - Located at 105 Culpeper Road, 10 a.m.,
Support Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) at the Spook-tacular Estate Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 at 105 Culpeper Rd. Shop for gently-used furniture, lamps, artwork, rugs, clothing, accessories, handbags, kitchen items, shoes and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SCAN. For details, call Kristen Read at 257-7226 x106.

SCAN to convene fall symposium ‘The Death of Innocence’ at St. Mary’s Hospital

October 30 2014 - Register by by Oct. 23, 1 p.m.,
SCAN in collaboration with community partners will convene a fall symposium, “The Death of Innocence,” at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital. This symposium will raise awareness on the warning signs of child abuse and factors that increase the risk of abuse. Following the presentation, a panel representing public health, social services and attachment parenting will share information and respond to questions about recognizing risk factors and responding proactively. To register, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Oct. 23.

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

UR Modlin Center to stream encore broadcasts of National Theatre Live’s “Frankenstein”

October 31 2014 - Jonny Lee Miller, Benedict Cumberbatch alternate roles as Victor Frankenstein, his creation, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., $7 to $14
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will stream encore broadcasts of National Theatre Live’s “Frankenstein” at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. The show features Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. NT Live brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to movie theatres around the world. Tickets are $7 to $14. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu

Sandston Baptist Church to host annual Fall Festival

October 31 2014 - There will be food, games, Trunk or Treat and more, 6 p.m.,
Sandston Baptist Church’s annual Fall Festival will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be food, games, Trunk or Treat and more. For details, visit http://www.sandstonbaptist.org

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

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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

Weekend Top 10


For our Top 10 calendar events 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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