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Little champions

The sixth-annual Henrico Little Feet Meet brought together preschool and elementary children with intellectual disabilities at the Douglas S. Freeman High School April 10 to compete in front of cheering student “buddies,” parents and teachers. The event is part of the Special Olympics Virginia school-based sports program. More than 800 athletes and buddies participated in this year’s Henrico event. > Read more.

Filipino Festival returns Aug. 9-10

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., will host the eighth annual Filipino Festival from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 9 and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 10.

Enjoy hallmark Filipino cuisine such as lumpia, pancit, adobo, lechon, halo-halo, maha-blanca and more. The cultural program is a fusion of dance, music, song, artwork and exhibits by local and regional Filipino talent. There will also be a children’s corner, health screenings, crafts, jewelry and other vendors. > Read more.

HCPS to host substitute bus driver job fair

Henrico County Public Schools will host a job fair to seek substitute bus drivers for the coming school year. On Wednesday, Aug. 7, members of Henrico County Public Schools’ Human Resources and Pupil Transportation departments will conduct preliminary interviews with interested candidates who would like to become substitute drivers. The position pays $12.04 an hour and would include filling-in on an as-needed basis for regular bus drivers who are absent for various reasons. The job fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road, in the Community Room. > Read more.

Back-to-School sales tax holiday returns Aug. 2-4

Virginia's back-to-school sales tax holiday begins on Friday, Aug. 2, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 4, offering shoppers the chance to buy a variety of items tax-free. Among the items that qualify: most articles of clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less each, and school or office supplies that cost $20 or less per item. There is no limit to the number of items you can purchase without paying the sales tax, provided each item meets the holiday restrictions. > Read more.

Henrico resident to lead War Memorial Foundation

Henrico resident Admiral John G. Hekman (USN, Ret.) recently was selected as executive director of the Virginia War Memorial Education Foundation.

A native of Ripon, Calif., Hekman was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy in 1962 after graduation from Calvin College. He served for 34 year in various posts throughout the world and is a veteran of the Cuban Missile Crises and the Vietnam War. > Read more.

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Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball

For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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