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FEBRUARY 17
The 24th annual Richmond Boat Show will be at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 18 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19. Boats on display from 18 dealers include runabouts, saltwater fishing boats, ski boats, pontoon boats, deck boats, jet boats, PWCs, motor yachts and bass boats. Additional exhibits include boat lifts, floating docks, marine electronics, water sports and safety equipment. Experts will be on hand to give information and answer questions about marinas, financing, insurance, boat maintenance and repair and boating safety. Tickets are $9 for adults and free for children ages 16 and under. Parking is free. For details, call 425-6556 or visit http://www.gsevents.com/boat-shows.cfm.
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A Good Natured Riot, a folk-funk ensemble with a jazzy soul, will perform at 8 p.m. at Ashland Coffee and Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave. The band of five acoustic musicians performs with a variety of musical instruments – from guitars and fiddles to dobro and even a washboard. Tickets are $8 at the door. For details, call 798-1702 or visit http://www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com .

FEBRUARY 18
Learn about the hidden history of African Americans during the Civil War from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. Explore the lives of enslaved blacks before and during the Civil War, such as the contributions of the United States Colored Troops on Henrico soil to the Union war effort. Also discover the Reconstruction-era struggle of African Americans and Henrico County’s attempts to assist them. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Join St. Mary’s Hospital for a day dedicated to heart health from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby. There will be free health screenings, cooking demos and giveaways. For details, call 359-WELL or visit http://www.goodforyourheart.com .
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Children ages 4-6 are invited to explore the world of Legos from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The Armour House & Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Rd. Children are welcome to bring a Lego project to show the class. Admission is $6. For details, call 343-3506 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Handbags for Hope will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. This annual event raises funds for Safe Harbor, a nonprofit organization that provides support, shelter, educational programs and advocacy for victims of domestic violence. The event features live and silent handbag auctions, networking with local prominent women, entertainment, hors d’ourves and wine. Tickets are $25. For details, visit http://www.h4hrva.com .
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Henrico Humane Society will hold its 13th annual Pet Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Showplace, 3000 Mechanicsville Tnpk. Expo activities include obedience demonstrations, a dog agility course, adoptions, puppy races, a petting zoo, contests and more. All proceeds benefit HHS. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 2-12. For a complete list of contest categories and program events, visit http://www.henricohumane.org For .details or to volunteer for the event, call 262-6634.
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A family dance and silent auction to benefit CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 4825 Pouncey Tract Rd. The event will feature live music by Offering, family-friendly food and drinks, kids’ crafts, a silent auction and raffle. Richmond Photographics will offer optional family portraits for a nominal donation to CJSTUF. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Space is limited. For details, visit http://www.cjstuf.org .
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Jewish Family Theatre will present “Conversations with my Father” at the Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18, 22, 23 and 25 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. For details, call 285-6500 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

FEBRUARY 19
A “U2charist” communion service featuring the music of rock band U2 will be held at 7 p.m. at Three Chopt Presbyterian Church, 9315 Three Chopt Rd. The service, which will include live and recorded U2 music, is free and open to the public. An offering will be collected to benefit Bread for Life, a relief and development organization that addresses spiritual and physical hunger in Africa, as well as the Central Virginia Food Bank. For details, call 270-5452 or visit http://www.tcpresbyterian.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

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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