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JAN. 11
The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present “The Legend of the Poinsettia” at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 12 and at 3 p.m. Jan. 13 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The story is based on the Mexican legend of a pure hearted young girl who discovers the true spirit of giving. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, children, seniors and military. For details, call 356-3876 or visit http://www.latinballet.com.
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Old-time fiddler Bruce Molsky will perform at 8 p.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave. Molsky, a former engineer from the Bronx who didn’t begin a music career until he was 40, is described as a defining virtuoso of Appalachia’s timeless folk music traditions. Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door. For details, call 798-1702 or visit http://www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com .
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Mystery Dinner Playhouse’s show “Here’s Killing You, Kid” continues at 7:30 p.m. inside the Richmond Magnuson Grand Hotel, 6531 W. Broad St. Audience members will solve this 1940s detective spoof during a four course dinner. Tickets are $48. The show continues every Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through Feb. 16, 2013. For details, call 649-CLUE or visit http://www.mysterydinner.com .

JAN. 12
The Shady Grove Coffeehouse will continue its 12th season with Virginia-based roots duo The Honey Dewdrops at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish create a blend of new Americana and traditional folk music. They write all their own songs and use a handful of acoustic instruments. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; teens are admitted at half-price and children under 12 are free. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
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North Park Library, 8508 Franconia Rd., will offer free fun crafts for the whole family at 10:30 a.m. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
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The Pamunkey River Garden Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 8209 Shady Grove Rd. in Mechanicsville. Scott Martin will present a program on “Trimming/Shaping/Pruning Shrubs in the Asian Manner.” All are welcome. For details, call Susan Blankinship at 932-3451.
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A special screening of “Forks Over Knives” will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St. The film reveals that many of our most serious health problems can be prevented, and oftentimes reversed, simply by changing the way we eat. Admission is free; the Vegetarian Society of Richmond will accept donations. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/b9lr8jk .
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ECPI University will host a Career Discovery Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all Richmond campus locations. Attendees will have the opportunity to see interactive demonstrations, tour the campuses, meet with faculty and staff and more. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://www.ecpi.edu .
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Two Henrico libraries are offering story time for working parents and their children. Mother Goose Story Time, for children ages 6-24 months, will take place at 9:30 a.m. at Tuckahoe, 1901 Starling Dr., and Twin Hickory, 5001 Twin Hickory Rd. Family Story Time, with stories selected for ages 3-5, will begin at 10:30 a.m. at both libraries. Space is limited to 25 children per session. Doors close five minutes after story time begins. For details, call 290-9100 (Tuckahoe) or 290-9200 (Twin Hickory) or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .

JAN. 13
Author Michele Rolle will sign copies of her début memoir “Invisible Warrior” before and after morning services at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 4247 Creighton Rd. For details, call 643-4000.


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

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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