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Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story.

April 15
Innsbrook’s 5th Annual Lake Clean-up Day will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will collect trash surrounding all three lakes at Innsbrook. Volunteers will also receive a brown bag lunch and a certificate of appreciation signed by the Governor. To register, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

April 16
The Henrico East Rotary Club will host its 2nd Annual Rockin’ the Raceway charity event from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent County. This year’s goal is to purchase a new pool lift for wheelchair patrons at the Chickahominy YMCA. This lift will also be used by persons that need physical therapy and seniors working to regain flexibility and mobility. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the event. There will be food and beverages for sale along with music and other activities. For details, call 795-2644 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The Henrico County NAACP Annual Prayer Breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Quioccasin Baptist Church, 9011 Quioccasin Rd. The theme will be “Steadfast and Unmovable” and Rev. Deborah Ann Simmons will be the keynote speaker. Ticket donations are $17 for adults and $14 for youth ten and under. For tickets, call 740-5222 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Winn’s Baptist Church, 12320 Winn’s Church Rd. in Glen Allen, will host a free Easter Egg Hunt from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. rain or shine. There will be a petting zoo, free pony rides, games and prizes, food and crafts as well as the Captain and Skibo Magic Show. For details, call 798-5512 or visit http://www.winnsbc.org.
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Celebrate Earth Day and Henrico County’s 400th Anniversary from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Three Lakes Park, 400 Sausiluta Dr. Live music will be provided by rock and pop-music duo, OminOtagO, and the Tucker High School jazz band. Activities and entertainment will include educational booths and displays, recycling games, arts and crafts, face painting and more. The Wildlife Center of Virginia will be onsite with live animals and the Three Lakes Nature Center will feature hands-on activities. There is no rain date. The event is free. For details, call Jeannie Murray at 501-5121.
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All ages are invited to see Tap Team Two and Company present “Reflections: Emotions in Motion, Rhythms in Rhymes, Spirits in Bodies, Dancing in Time” at 7:30 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The concert incorporates tap dance, original word poetry and artwork by visual artists Bob Burden, Sr. and Yvonne Sampson. The show is free but reservations are required. For details, call Amy Perdue at 501-5859.
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Henrico Police and Henrico Division of Solid Waste and Recycling will conduct a document shredding and electronics recycling event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Virginia Center Commons Mall, 10101 Brook Rd. Citizens will be able to have personal information securely shred for free on site by Shred-it. Additionally, citizens will be able to responsibly dispose of unwanted electronics such as computers, printers, scanners, copiers, VCRs, camcorders, stereos and more. Television sets can be recycled for $7 per set. For details, call 340-0900 (electronics) or 501-4838 (document shredding).
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A coalition of local organizations will sponsor a showing of “9500 Liberty” at 12 p.m. at the Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St. The documentary film by Annabel Park and Eric Byler documents the recent battles over immigrant policy in Prince William County in northern Virginia. The showing will be followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session on immigration and immigrants’ rights issues. A donation of $2 is requested. For more information on the film, visit http://www.9500liberty.com For i.nformation about the screening, call Jesse Senechal at 274-8720 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Richmond National Battlefield Park, the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and Future of Richmond’s Past will host a city-wide event marketing the 150th anniversary of Virginia’s decision to secede from the Union. Special programs exploring this event will include guided walking and bus tours, cannon firing, period music, a marketplace, and children’s games, exhibits and artifact washing. Venues include Historic Tredegar, the Richmond Slave Trail, Belle Isle, Shockoe Bottom’s Lumpkins’ Jail and Main Street Station and the Maggie Walker National Historic Site in Jackson Ward. These free events will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a schedule, visit http://www.futureofrichmondspast.org.

April 17
Romp n’ Roll Mechanicsville will host a Spirit Party for Cystic Fibrosis from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Open gym admission is $7, with $4 going to CF. Also, 10% of any class registrations or Birthday Bash bookings made during the party will go to CF. A blood drive, sponsored by neighboring Chanello’s Pizza, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details, call 730-2060 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Community

MADD walk raises more than $26,000

The Central Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted its annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser April 12 at Dorey Park in Varina. More than 20 teams of walkers raised money from individual donors by participating in the walk, and in total the event generated more than $26,000 in donations for the organization. > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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.

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