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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


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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