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West Broad Village’s ice rink opens for the winter season this Friday in Short Pump

Lace up your skates–this fun family holiday traditions kicks off again for the season November 10th!

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If you’re looking for some good, old-fashioned family fun over the holidays, there’s plenty to be had at West Broad Village. The shopping center in Short Pump is opening its ice rink, The Rink at West Broad Village, for the season this Friday evening.

The facility will offer public skating every day throughout the winter as well as rental skate for those who don’t have their own pair.

This year, the rink is also offering ice skating lessons for kids and adults alike for $20 apiece; $150 for eight. You can sign up and pre-pay online.

Skating will be offered November 10th through January 28th of 2018. Learn more and see the full season’s schedule right here.

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Enjoy free admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden through January 19th

Explore the January blooms – both indoors and out – at Lewis Ginter for free until January 19th.

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There is plenty to see at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in January, as the warm and cozy conservatory beckons with aromatic orchids, passion flowers, and other tropical plants. Outdoor blooms are even more treasured because they are unexpected.

Garden admission is free through January 19th, from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. The Garden Café and Robins Tea House are closed during this time, but the rest of the property remains open.

See Lewis Ginter’s January blooms page for other highlights of winter interest and blooms.

See the Lewis Ginter website for more information.

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Tickets on sale today to VMFA’s “Hopper Hotel Experience,” allowing guests to stay at museum overnight

As part of the exhibition Edward Hopper and the American Hotel, opening Oct. 26, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will recreate Western Motel—one of Edward Hopper’s best-known paintings—as a three-dimensional motel space. The “Hopper Hotel Experience” affords visitors the opportunity to book a night in this room-size replica of Western Motel.

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A first-ever chance to stay overnight at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts goes on sale today.

As part of the exhibition, Edward Hopper and the American Hotel, opening Oct. 26, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will recreate Western Motel—one of Edward Hopper’s best-known paintings—as a three-dimensional motel space. The “Hopper Hotel Experience” affords visitors the opportunity to book a night in this room-size replica of Western Motel.

The room is located near the painting that inspired its creation, along with other works by one of America’s most celebrated artists. Some of the “Hopper Hotel Experience” packages include dinner at VMFA’s fine dining restaurant, Amuse; a guided tour led by the curator; an exhibition catalog; and miniature golf at the newly opened Hotel Greene among other features. This is the first time that VMFA has recreated a work of art as a three-dimensional space and made it available to stay in overnight.

Tickets will be on sale starting today, September 11th, at 10:00 AM. Visit vmfa.museum/hopper-hotel-experience for additional details and reservations.

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Henrico Extension Bug Bizarre to be held September 14th in Deep Run Recreation Center

The Henrico Extension Bug Bizarre, a free community festival celebrating the joy and excitement of entomology, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 in the Deep Run Recreation Center, 9900 Ridgefield Parkway.

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Deep Run Park will soon be filled with all sorts of pests. But it’s not an infestation – it’s a festival.

The Henrico Extension Bug Bizarre, a free community festival celebrating the joy and excitement of entomology, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 in the Deep Run Recreation Center, 9900 Ridgefield Parkway.

The event is open to the public and will feature live insect displays and children’s activities. Exhibits will show tobacco hornworms in all stages of life as well as parasitic wasps, several species of roaches, bees, beetles, house spiders, and other insects from the Kester Lab at Virginia Commonwealth University. They also will feature a honey-making beehive and a butterfly station, with live caterpillars and native butterflies.

In addition, Madagascar hissing cockroaches will be on display and will participate in “Roach Races.” The Virginia Department of Forestry will provide information on urban forest pests, including the emerald ash borer, which was recently confirmed to be in Henrico County.

The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will distribute seeds to grow milkweed, which can help attract monarch butterflies.

The Bug Bizarre will be hosted by the Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Henrico Extension Master Gardeners and other community partners.

For more information, call (804) 501-5160 or go to henrico.us/extension.

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