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Cultural Arts Center announces winter/spring class schedule


The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen has opened registration for its winter/spring classes, which include topics such as culinary arts for kids, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students.

"We are very proud of the breadth and depth of our instructional programs," said Arts Center President K Alferio. "Whether you're eight or 80, a novice painter or an expert photographer, we've got something for you."

CAT Theatre to present “Murder at the Sock Hop”


CAT Theatre will present Murder at the Sock Hop, an original, interactive murder mystery in which guests help solve the crime, Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

It's the happiest night of the football season. The CATS have won their homecoming game and are ready to gather in the high school gym to celebrate and crown the homecoming queen. But just when guests think the crepe paper streamers couldn't be more magical or the punch be more punchier something sinister strikes and there's a dead body on the dance floor.

“It’s a dance, it’s theater, and it’s a great bit of fun," Director Mike Fletcher said. "Guests get to participate in character and help figure out who dunnit.”

The Volunteers of the United States Army Field Band to perform Oct. 15


Henrico County Recreation and Parks is hosting a concert by The Volunteers of the United States Army Field Band on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Henrico Theatre, 305 East Nine Mile Road in Highland Springs. This free concert will be held at 7 p.m. and will feature Soldier-Musicians from the U.S. Army Field Band.

Since its inception in 1981, The Volunteers has been telling the Army story through rock, pop, country, and patriotic music. Its members have performed for millions of listeners in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Kuwait, and Iraq. This group tours more than 100 days each year, bringing a powerful message of patriotism and support to communities large and small.

Elliott Yamin to perform Friday at The Tin Pan


Henrico native Elliott Yamin will return to the county Friday to perform at The Tin Pan on Quioccasin Road.

Yamin, one of the most renowned singers to compete on the TV show American Idol, has been getting back to his roots lately. He has made a habit of going back to Idol during top three weeks (he finished third during the fifth season of Idol).

With his third album, Let’s Get to What’s Real, his first release from Purpose Music Group/eOne, he is getting back to “making real music with real musician and real instruments.”

Tuckahoe Artists Association to be featured at Cultural Arts Center


October’s Fine Arts Exhibit at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, by members of the Tuckahoe Artists Association, will be on display Oct. 1-31. Mediums from the group’s professional and aspiring artists will be featured. The exhibit is free and open to the public.CACGA is located at 2880 Mountain Road. For details, visit http://www.artsglenallen.com.

‘CAT Chats’ coming to CAT Theatre


CAT Theatre and Bifocals at CAT are launching a daytime informational series called CAT Chat, to be held on the second Thursday of each month at the theatre, 319 N. Wilkinson Road. Beginning at 1:30 p.m. the one-hour program will feature discussions about upcoming shows and other topics of interest to theater patrons. Each session will be followed by a short Bifocals at CAT Readers Theater play. Sessions are free and open to the public; concessions will be available for a small charge.

‘Exhibition III’ to open at CACGA Sept. 17

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will host a free grand opening of "Exploration III" Sept. 17 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Gumenick Family Gallery. The exhibit, by artist Vinnie Gonzalez, will be on display at the center through Nov. 15.

Gonzalez, who works with a unique process layering metallic and pearlescent paint and powders to create texture and tactile surfaces commanded by light, will be in attendance to meet guests. Wine and other refreshments will be available. The Cultural Arts Center is located at 2880 Mountain Road in Glen Allen.

‘Uncanny Valley’ coming to HATTheatre


5th Wall Theatre will present “Uncanny Valley” by Thomas Gibbons at HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Dr., Sept. 10 through Oct. 3. Starring award-winning actors Jacqueline Jones and Alexander Sapp, and directed by Morrie Piersol. Talkbacks will follow select performances.

CAT Theatre announces cast for ‘Thanks Mitch’


Bifocals at CAT’s first show for CAT’s 52nd season is Thanks Mitch by Pat Walker. Thanks Mitch will play at CAT Theatre on Monday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. and on Friday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. The production will also tour the Richmond area.

Mitch and his wife, Verna, are at their niece’s wedding when Mitch has had all the celebrating he can take. Verna settles him and his crossword puzzle book into an easy chair in the room next to the reception and promises to check on him later. Then one wedding guest after another comes into the room agonizing over a personal problem. Mitch keeps doing his crossword puzzle and somehow ends up saving the day.

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Each month, the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter conducts support group meetings to provide the community with an opportunity to meet for mutual support and to exchange coping skills. A group for caregivers will meet at 10 a.m. at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 11220 Nuckols Rd. in Glen Allen. For details, call 967-2580. Full text

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