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FEBRUARY 3
Enjoy an evening of bluegrass music with the Slack Family Band and the God Fearin’ Snake Handlers 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 “Top Hat” (1935) will play at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 4 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 Richmond Youth Peace Project will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the 7th annual Youth Educoncert, Generation Dream 2012. Shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Richmond Public Library’s main branch, 101 E. Franklin St., and for 2 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. The Friday show is being presented as part of First Fridays Artwalk; the Saturday performance is presented in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit “Race: Are We So Different?” which opened Jan. 28. Both concerts are free; museum admission is required on Feb. 4. For a list of youth performers and for more information, call 232-1002 or visit http://www.rpec.org .
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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., will present a special Valentine’s Day display until Feb. 29. A stroll through the climate-controlled Conservatory includes the chance to see daffodils, tulips and more. There is also a display featuring a new color scheme of pink and black foliage. The tropical wing showcases exotic, fragrant orchids. The garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for children ages 3-12. Members are free. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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This is the final weekend for Chamberlayne Actors Theatre’s production of “Almighty Bob.” A touching show about faith, it features Bob, a senior citizen living in an assisted living home. Bizarre things start to happen and the residents must find out if Bob is delusional or telling the truth. Performance times are 8 p.m. Feb. 3-4 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4-5. Tickets are $12 to $23. For details, call 262-9760 or visit http://www.cattheatre.com .

FEBRUARY 4
VCU Medical Center will present the CBS 6 Healthy Lifestyle Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Richmond Convention Center. The event will feature Dr. Oz’s fitness expert Stepp Stewart, yoga with “The Young and the Restless” star Judith Chapman and healthy cooking with celebrity chef Nathan Lyon. Participants can also sample healthy foods, receive free health screenings from VCU Medical Center and visit with multiple vendors. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.wtvr.com/expo .
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Richmond Parents Monthly’s 16th annual Camp & Education Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tuckahoe YMCA, 9211 Patterson Ave. Admission is free. For a list of fair participants, view http://www.richmondparents.com .
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Ringling Bros. Ambassador of Laughter, Christopher the Clown, will visit the Children’s Museum of Richmond in Short Pump from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. In addition to story time, Christopher the Clown will have giveaways and coupons for the upcoming Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show “Dragons” on Feb. 15-19. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.childrensmuseumofrichmond.org .
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The James River Film Society and the Sierra Club Falls of the James Group will join together to present the RVA Environmental Film Festival at the Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St. The event will showcase films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents on planet Earth. Festival passes are $15 and are available at Chop Suey Books (422-8066), Video Fan (353-7891) or at http://www.rvaenvironmentalfilmfest2012.eventbrite.com Indi.vidual tickets are $5 and are available at the door or through Eventbrite. For a complete schedule and film descriptions, call 562-2500 or visit http://www.rvaenvironmentalfilmfestival.com.

FEBRUARY 5
Sisters of the Yarn African American Quilters Guild will host an opening reception for its upcoming quilt exhibit “Each Quilt, A Story” from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Enjoy the art and craftsmanship of these beautiful quilts and learn about their history and culture from historical interpreters and the quilters themselves. Music will be provided by a local choir and light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. After the reception, the quilt exhibit will be displayed at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd., until Feb. 24. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .


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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