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MARCH 30
The 6th annual 2012 Boomer Ball will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Hotel John Marshall, 101 N. Fifth St. Disco will be the theme and disco attire is welcome. Enjoy live music from The Janitors who will play a wide assortment of hits from 60s soul, 70s funk, country, classic rock and top 40s. There will also be a cocktail buffet from Homemades by Suzanne, live and silent auctions, a cash bar and more. Tickets are $60 per person and include one drink. Proceeds benefit Circle Center Adult Day Services. For details, visit http://www.boomerball.org .
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West End Comedy will host an all-ages show at 7:30 p.m. March 30 and a mature show at 7:30 p.m. March 31 at HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Dr. An improv jam with audience participation will follow the March 31 show from 9:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $5. For details, visit http://www.wecomedy.com .
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The 20th Spring Market of The Bizarre Bazaar will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 30-31 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1 at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Two exhibition buildings will feature unique gifts, gourmet foods, boutiques, fine artists and crafters, decorative accessories for the home and garden and more. Tickets are $7 for adults and $1.50 for children ages 2-12. For details, call 673-7017 or visit http://www.thebizarrebazaar.com .

MARCH 31
Learn how Henricoans did their spring cleaning in the 1860s from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Discover the implements used long ago to keep houses free of dirt and bugs. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Sikh Association of Central Virginia (SACVI) will host the 10th annual “Festival of Punjab” or “Punjab Mela” from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cultural Center of India in Chester, Va. The event will feature music, dancing, arts and crafts and exotic Indian food, as well as the Bhangra (Dance) Competition, where 10 university dance teams from Virginia, Maryland and DC will be competing for prizes. Admission and parking are free. For details, call 398-9056 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Twin Hickory Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Rd., will hold a book sale to benefit Friends of the Twin Hickory Area Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a wide variety of books at bargain prices. For details, call 290-9200 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
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The Richmond Folk Music Society will present New York City folksingers Steve Suffet and Anne Price at 8 p.m. at Congregation Or Ami, 9400 Huguenot Rd. The duo will perform “Woody Rediscovered,” a tribute to Woody Guthrie. Among his many hits include “This Land is Your Land,” “The Plane Wreck at Los Gatos Canyon” and “The Do Re Me.” Admission is $12. For details, call 647-7856 or visit http://www.richmondfolkmusic.com .
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Now in its fifth year, the Lakeside Farmers’ Market will open for its regular season from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the outdoor pavilion located at 6110 Lakeside Ave. Vendors offer local, seasonal farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, eggs, baked goods, tea, cut flowers, bedding plants, herbs, preserves, fudge, chocolate, handmade crafts and more. Hours of operation for the market, open April through December, is 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays. For details, visit http://www.lakesidefarmersmarket.net .

APRIL 1
The Richmond Triangle Players will present the central Virginia premiere of “bare,” a pop opera, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the RTP Theatre, 1300 Altamont Ave. The story focuses on two gay high school students and their struggles at their private, Catholic boarding school. “bare” will be presented as a concert reading. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. A special brunch bar menu will be available at the early show. At 9 p.m. the Ghost Light After Party returns with the friendliest cabaret show in town. Special guests include Robyn O’Neil, Robert Throckmorton and Joseph Papa. No pre-arrangement is necessary; if you have a song to sing, bring it! Tickets are $5. For details, visit http://www.rtriangle.org .
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Every Sunday the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center will be open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for family fun time with kids of all ages. The gym will be split in half with different sports each week on one half and a wide variety of games and activities like ping pong, billiards, air hockey and foosball on the other. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver provided on site. Admission is free. For details, call 225-2056 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
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Tree seedling giveaway planned April 2-3


The Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District will sponsor a tree seedling giveaway on April 2 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on April 3 at Hermitage High School parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bare-root tree seedlings are available to Henrico County residents free of charge for the spring planting season.

The following seedling species will be available: apple, kousa dogwood, red maple, river birch, red osier dogwood, loblolly pine, sycamore, bald cypress, white dogwood and redbud. Quantities are limited and trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each participant is allowed up to 10 trees total, not to include more than five of the same species. > Read more.

State provides online directory of Bingo games


Wondering where to go to play Bingo? Wonder no more.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) recently launched an online directory of permitted bingo games played in Virginia. Listed by locality, more than 400 regular games are available across the state. The directory will be updated monthly and can be found on VDACS’ website at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/gaming/index.shtml.

“Many Virginia charities, including volunteer rescue squads, booster clubs and programs to feed the homeless, use proceeds from charitable gaming as a tool to support their missions, said Michael Menefee, program manager for VDACS’ Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. > Read more.

Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

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