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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
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MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.

Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A hero is born

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.

Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.

At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.

Authentically Italian

Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.

In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)

For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.

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