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FEBRUARY 10
Henrico Theatre Company will present three one-act plays featuring the winners of the annual HTC Playwriting Competition from Feb. 10-26 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The winning titles are “Four and Twenty Wretched Dates,” A State of Being Normal” and “#4 Three Gables Run.” Performance times are 8 p.m. except for Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. An additional performance will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Admission to the One-Act Showcase is free. For a complete performance schedule, call Amy Perdue at 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.
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The 27th annual Richmond Camping RV Expo will be held from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Dave Solberg, RV expert and author of “The RV Handbook” will present seminars throughout the weekend on topics such as RV buying, driving and towing, as well as a Handyman Series on refrigerators and generators. Admission is $9 for adults and free for ages 16 and below. For details, call 800-441-0013 or visit http://www.agievents.com.

FEBRUARY 11
Learn the many ways houses were lit in the mid-19th century from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Find out how many candles you would need for a year and help make a few for Meadow Farm’s supply. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130.
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Youth ages 6-12 are invited to be building explorers at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd., from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Learn mystifying facts about the tavern. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898.
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The 2nd annual Bluegrass Invitational Concert and Benefit will be held from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church, 2300 Dumbarton Rd. Featured artists include Code Blue, Milford Station, Copper Ridge, One Lane Bridge, Old Dogs – New Tricks and Homeward Bound. The event is hosted by the Virginia Folk Music Association and the McShin Foundation. Tickets are $10. For details, call 249-1845 or visit http://www.mcshin.org .
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Members of the Richmond Men’s Chorus and Richmond Women’s Chorus will present the Valentine’s Cabaret at 8 p.m. at Richmond Triangle Players Theatre, 1300 Altamont Ave. The concert will feature solos, duets and ensembles from members of the choruses singing Broadway, pop, standards and country hits. Tickets are $15. An additional performance will be on Feb. 12. For details, call 346-8113 or visit http://www.rtriangle.org .
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Episcopal Singles will host their second annual Meet and Greet for singles of any denomination in the Richmond area from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Parish Hall of Historic St. John's Church on Church Hill. Episcopal singles, laity and clergy, Diocese of Virginia and Diocese of Southern Virginia, are especially encouraged to attend. For details, email Karla Hunt at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The Shady Grove Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church at 11105 Cauthorne Rd. in Glen Allen, will continue its 11th season with a concert by legendary folk singer-songwriter Bill Staines at 8 p.m. Staines has 26 recordings to his credit including “All God’s Critters,” “The Roseville Fair,” “Child of Mine” and “River.” Admission is $12 in advance and $15 at the door; children 12 and under are free and teens 13-18 are admitted at half price. Proceeds benefit UUCC. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
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Chick-fil-A at Short Pump Crossing, 3380 Pump Rd., will host a Daddy Daughter Date Night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The evening will feature reserved seating, a chocolate fountain, photo and activities. Seating times are at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Reservations are required. For details, call 364-0200 or visit http://www.cfaspc.com .

FEBRUARY 12
Legendary American folksinger Arlo Guthrie will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond. He will share timeless stories and unforgettable classic songs as he carries on the Guthrie family legacy. Tickets are $40. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu


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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