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This weekend’s top picks in and around Henrico!

JAN 17
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, located at 1800 Lakeside Ave., will offer free admission through Jan. 19. Friendly staff will be available to answer questions and highlight things to see during your visit. There are outside winter blooms, as well as many blooms inside the Conservatory. Please note that the Garden Café, Robins Tea House and Garden Shop will be closed. For details, visit

The Filipino American Community of RVA will present a benefit concert at 6:45 p.m. at St. Michael’s Church, located at 4491 Springfield Rd. All proceeds earmarked for Philippine Red Cross and Bantay Bata to help villages devastated by historic, super typhoon Haiyan. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call Rumy at 245-0377 or email

A silent auction benefiting Henrico CASA will be held during Crossroads Art Center’s artist reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Featured artists include Sally Lawson, Tuckahoe Artists Association Group Show and Sue Stuller's Student Show; the exhibit runs through March 10. Music will be provided by Andy Vaughan & the Driveline, as well as The Quiet Step Ensemble. There will also be food trucks and a magic show. Admission is free. Crossroads Art Center is located at 2016 Staples Mill Rd. For details, visit

Henrico-based Arena Racing USA, featuring half-scale stock cars racing around a high-banked race track inside the Richmond Coliseum, will start at 7 p.m. Jan. 17-18 as part of its Double Header Weekend. There will be music, spectator contests, T-shirt cannons and prizes. Driver meet and greet begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 17 is First Responders Night – police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel can purchase a general admission ticket for $6 by showing their official photo ID. Jan. 18 is Armed Services Night – all military personnel can purchase a general admission ticket for $6 by showing their official photo ID. For details, call 835-5211 or visit

JAN 18
Midlothian resident A.G. Alabaster will be available to sign copies of her book “Shaken Not Forsaken” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Short Pump, 11640 W. Broad St. For details, call 877-727-0697 or email Michelle Whitman at

The Center Season at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., will present We Are Artists at 7 p.m. Enjoy fresh, collaborative, contemporary and classical dance under the direction and choreography of local, professional dancers Blake Roeder and Autumn Proctor. Tickets are $20. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit

Volunteers are needed most every Saturday weather-permitting for the cleanup and restoration of Evergreen Cemetery, an abandoned cemetery that straddles the Henrico-Richmond line in the east end. For details, call John Shuck at 728-9475 or email

JAN 19
The Organization of Chinese Americans and Chinese Schools will present the 2014 Richmond Lunar New Year Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Celebrate the Year of the Horse with a parade with Lion and Dragon dances around noon, cultural performances and displays, vendors, children’s activities and more. Admission is free. For details, visit

The Richmond Jewish Food Festival will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19-20 at the Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Ave. Enjoy Jewish food, music and culture. Food can be pre-ordered and picked up in the new drive-thru. To read descriptions of the food, find schedules for live music and more, call 288-7953 or visit

Style Weekly and will present the Mind + Body Meetup from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump. Chat with local health, wellness, nutrition, beauty, fitness and self-improvement experts from places such as Hot House Yoga, ACAC, Zacharias Ganey Health Institute, Aura Spa and more. There will be exhibitors, demonstrations, giveaways and mini-seminars. Admission is free, with a suggested canned food donation for the Central Virginia Food Bank. For details, visit Members

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