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Lewis Ginter to host “Making Beauty Sustainable: The Charles F. Gillette Forum” Oct. 23-24

October 23 2014 - Registration required, 5:30 p.m.,
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., will host “Making Beauty Sustainable: The Charles F. Gillette Forum” from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 and from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Oct. 24. The program examines how the principles of ecological design create a network of sustainable, ecological, and regenerative landscapes. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/lww2no4

Latin Ballet of Va. to present ‘Sol & Luna’ Oct. 23-26 at CACGA

October 23 2014 - , Times vary, $15 to $20
The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present “Sol & Luna” Oct. 23-26 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The company is joined by world-renowned flamenco dancer and choreographer Francisco Mesa, as well as special guest artist Frances Wessels from Richmond. Tickets are $15 to $20. For details, visit http://www.latinballet.com

Hermitage High School Class of 1969 to hold reunion the weekend of Oct. 24-26

October 24 2014 - , Times vary, Costs vary
Hermitage High School Class of 1969 will hold its reunion the weekend of Oct. 24-26. Activities include the Hermitage Homecoming football game on Friday; dinner and dance at Jefferson Lakeside Country Club on Saturday; and brunch at the country club on Sunday. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Trinity Lutheran Church to host chamber music concert

October 24 2014 - A reception will follow, 8 p.m., Free
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2315 N. Parham Rd., will host a chamber music concert at 8 p.m. featuring Richmond Symphony musicians Ellen Cockerham and Jason McComb, guitarist Andrew McEvoy, and pianist Daniel Stipe. A reception will follow. Children are welcome. Admission is free. For details, http://www.trinityrichmond.net

St. Joseph’s Villa to host 2nd annual Trick-or-Trot 5K to benefit Brook Road Academy

October 25 2014 - Costume contest, live music, prizes and more, 8 a.m., $15 to $30
St. Joseph’s Villa, 8000 Brook Rd., will host the second annual Trick-or-Trot 5K to benefit Brook Road Academy from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be Halloween-themed fun for all ages including a costume contest, live music, prizes and more. Registration is $15 to $30. For details, visit http://www.trick-or-trot.com

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

Innsbrook’s ‘Great Pumpkin Palooza’ to take place in North Shore Commons lawn

October 25 2014 - Great Pumpkin Race 5K, Punkin' Dunkin', costume contests, live music and more, 10 a.m., Free
Innsbrook’s Great Pumpkin Palooza will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Shore Commons lawn, 4951 Lake Brook Dr. There will be costume contests, bouncy houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, a straw bale maze, live music, vendors and the annual Punkin’ Dunkin’ into Lake Rooty. The Great Pumpkin Race 5K, to benefit John Rolfe YMCA and other charities, begins at 9:30 a.m. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.innsbrook.com

Children’s Museum of Richmond – Short Pump to host a Spooky Party

October 25 2014 - Meet and greet with Princess Sophia the 1st, costume parade and more, 10 a.m.,
The Children’s Museum of Richmond – Short Pump will host a Spooky Party from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet and greet with Princess Sophia the 1st, take part in a costume parade, spooky story time, a jack-o-lantern scavenger hunt drawing, games, crafts and more. All activities are free with museum admission. For details, visit http://www.c-mor.org

Join Highland Springs Fire Station #3 in the dedication of their new fire engine

October 25 2014 - Take a tour of the firehouse and meet your local firefighters and paramedics, 10 a.m., Free
Join Highland Springs Fire Station #3 in the dedication of their new fire engine from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1310 E. Washington St. Take a tour of your neighborhood fire house and meet your local firefighters and paramedics. There will also be a mini health fair with information and free screenings, and food. All are welcome.

Sisters in Crime Central Va. Chapter to present “Plotting the Cozy Mystery”

October 25 2014 - Register by Oct. 24, 11 a.m.,
Sisters in Crime Central Virginia Chapter will present “Plotting the Cozy Mystery” with author Carolyn Greene from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr. The meeting is free and open to the public. All participants are invited to a “Dutch treat” lunch at a local restaurant following the presentation. Register by Oct. 24 to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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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

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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