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MARCH 16
Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd.; will host an open house and artist reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitors will learn from the artists what inspires them to create their works of art as they stroll through the 20,000 square foot facility. Quiet Steps Ensemble will provide entertainment and the cash bar benefits Network of Enterprising Women (NEW). Admission is free. For details, call 278-8950 or visit http://www.crossroadsartcenter.com .
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College improv teams from across Virginia and beyond will gather in Henrico for two nights of competitive improvisational comedy, March 16-17 at ComedySportz Improv Theatre, 8906-H W. Broad St. Eight teams were chosen for the inaugural competition: George Mason University (Mason Improv Association), J. Sargeant Reynolds (The JSR Not-Quite-Ready-For-A-Four-Year-Institution Players), Old Dominion University (DaMinions), University of Maryland-College Park (Erasable Inc.), University of Miami (Miami Boot Squad), University of North Carolina (Improv-A-Nation), University of Richmond (Subject to Change) and Virginia Commonwealth University (Rambling Ramblers). March 16 will feature all of the Elite Eight colleges battling it out over the course of two shows – 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. The winners of Friday's matches will move on to the Final Four competition March 17 at 7 p.m. and then the victors of those matches will meet in the championship round immediately following at 9:30 p.m. The champion will walk away with the very first ever Humorous Cup. Tickets for all shows are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Reservations are suggested. For details, call 266-9377 or visit http://www.comedysportzrichmond.com/madness.php .
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The work of artists and craftsmen with disabilities from across Virginia will be showcased at the 9th annual Arts & Crafts Show and Sale from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 16 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17 at Resources for Independent Living (RIL), 4009 Fitzhugh Ave. Works on display will include paintings, jewelry, pottery, weavings, drawings, woodcarvings, candles and more. RIL serves people in central Virginia, including Henrico County. Admission is free. For details, call 353-6503.
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The Latin Ballet invites all ages to experience “Le Petite Prince” at 7:30 p.m. March 16-17 and at 3 p.m. March 17-18 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The performance is an interpretation of the poetic and philosophic story by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children, students and seniors. For details, call 379-2555 or visit http://www.latinballet.com .
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The University of Richmond’s Media Resource Center and the Office of International Education will sponsor an international film series throughout the spring in the Ukrop Auditorium, a new 225-seat facility in the Robins School of Business. The film “The Human Resources Manager,” a 2011 film from Israel, will play at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 16 and at 7:30 p.m. March 18. All films in the series are shown in the original language with English subtitles. Admission is free and open to the public. Parking is limited; to obtain a guest parking pass, call 289-8703 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For details, visit http://library.richmond.edu/mrc/international-film-series.html .

MARCH 17
The Sacred Harp Shape Note Singers will perform from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Shape note singing is worship music sung without accompaniment. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Preschoolers ages 4-5 are invited to a St. Patrick’s Day parade from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd. Create masks, hats and musical instruments to use in the parade. Cost is $6. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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One Voice Chorus will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a performance of “Handel’s Messiah” at 7 p.m. at River Road Church Baptist, 8000 River Rd. The chorus consists of more than 100 singers, a full orchestra and professional soloists. Bill Cooper, vice president for diversity and inclusion at the Federal Bank of Richmond, will give a pre-concert conversation titled “Harmony in Living Black and White” at 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults; children 12 and younger are free. For details, call 231-0324 or visit http://www.onevoicechorus.org .
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The 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Capital Ale House in Innsbrook will begin at noon. A new Irish menu for 2012 will be available, as well as over 10 different Irish and Scottish Ales on tap and at least 10 more in the bottle. The celebration will take place in the restaurant and in the Innsbrook Shoppes Courtyard within a 3,500 square feet heated tent. Entertainment will be provided by Uisce Beatha, The Havers, The Atkinsons and St. Andrews Legion Pipe & Drums. For details, visit http://www.capitalalehouse.com .
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The Richmond Area Mothers of Multiples (RAMOM) Spring Yard Sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Chickahominy Middle School, 9450 Atlee Station Rd. Over 50 sellers will be offering gently-used clothing (preemie to tween and maternity, car seats, cribs, bedding, high chairs, baby swings, strollers, potty chairs, booster seats, toys, books and DVDs, outdoor play equipment and more. No strollers are admitted in the selling area. Admission is free and only cash is accepted for sales. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.ramom.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

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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.

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