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APRIL 6
Enjoy an evening of traditional country music with The Honky Tonk Experience at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage Performance Series, which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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The movie “The Odd Couple” will play at 7 p.m. April 6 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 7 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491.
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The 6th annual Move Ya Feet Dance Off will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Showplace Annex, 3002 Mechanicsville Tnpk. The dance competition and exhibition will showcase the talents of over 100 local youth. This year’s theme “Hip Hop has always been here…” will take music back to its original purpose – to tell great stories of urban culture and to inspire change. The competition will feature one-on-one dance battles, free style circles and youth groups that will showcase their performing arts skills. There will also be food, photos and more. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For details, call 431-6177 or visit http://www.culture4mykids.com .

APRIL 7
The 23rd annual Henrico 5K Run/Walk will be held at 9 a.m. rain or shine at the Shoppes at Innsbrook. Awards will be given to the top three overall males, females and finishers in each of the 13 age divisions. The event is sponsored by the Division of Recreation and Parks, in cooperation with the Innsbrook Owners Association and the Richmond Road Runners. Registration is $10 in advance and $15 on-site. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Johnny Lee Long and friends will perform a jazz concert from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Dumbarton Library, 6800 Staples Mill Rd. The concert, sponsored by the Friends of Dumbarton Library, is in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. For details, call 290-9400 x5 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
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Explore the important role of animals in the Civil War from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. Listen to stories and see photographs of the animals that joined soldiers and those who stayed behind at home. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Celebrate Easter weekend with Peter Rabbit from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 7-8 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. He will greet visitors and pose for photographs in the visitor’s center, central garden and conservatory. Also on Saturday: live bunnies in the children’s garden from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the Richmond Concert Band performs an interactive child-themed melody at the Bloemendaal House at 2 p.m. Guests can also enjoy the color, fragrance and beauty of Orchids Galore in the conservatory. All events included with museum admission. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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The annual spring petting farm is back from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 7-14 in the main plaza of Short Pump Town Center. Come visit baby chicks, bunnies, lambs, goats and more. Admission is free. The event is weather permitting and closed on Easter Sunday. For details, call 360-1700 or visit http://www.shortpumpmall.com .

APRIL 8
Every Sunday the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center will be open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for family fun time with kids of all ages. The gym will be split in half with different sports each week on one half and a wide variety of games and activities like ping pong, billiards, air hockey and foosball on the other. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver provided on site. Admission is free. For details, call 225-2056.
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An All Henrico Reads book discussion will be held at Sandston Library, 23 E. Williamsburg Rd., at 6 p.m. for tweens and at 7 p.m. for adults. The 2012 All Henrico Reads author is Garth Stein. Adults will discuss “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” Tweens will discuss “Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog,” a special adaptation for young people. For details, call 290-9900 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org


Community

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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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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