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APRIL 6
Enjoy an evening of traditional country music with The Honky Tonk Experience at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage Performance Series, which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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The movie “The Odd Couple” will play at 7 p.m. April 6 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 7 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491.
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The 6th annual Move Ya Feet Dance Off will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Showplace Annex, 3002 Mechanicsville Tnpk. The dance competition and exhibition will showcase the talents of over 100 local youth. This year’s theme “Hip Hop has always been here…” will take music back to its original purpose – to tell great stories of urban culture and to inspire change. The competition will feature one-on-one dance battles, free style circles and youth groups that will showcase their performing arts skills. There will also be food, photos and more. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For details, call 431-6177 or visit http://www.culture4mykids.com .

APRIL 7
The 23rd annual Henrico 5K Run/Walk will be held at 9 a.m. rain or shine at the Shoppes at Innsbrook. Awards will be given to the top three overall males, females and finishers in each of the 13 age divisions. The event is sponsored by the Division of Recreation and Parks, in cooperation with the Innsbrook Owners Association and the Richmond Road Runners. Registration is $10 in advance and $15 on-site. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Johnny Lee Long and friends will perform a jazz concert from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Dumbarton Library, 6800 Staples Mill Rd. The concert, sponsored by the Friends of Dumbarton Library, is in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. For details, call 290-9400 x5 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
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Explore the important role of animals in the Civil War from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. Listen to stories and see photographs of the animals that joined soldiers and those who stayed behind at home. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Celebrate Easter weekend with Peter Rabbit from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 7-8 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. He will greet visitors and pose for photographs in the visitor’s center, central garden and conservatory. Also on Saturday: live bunnies in the children’s garden from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the Richmond Concert Band performs an interactive child-themed melody at the Bloemendaal House at 2 p.m. Guests can also enjoy the color, fragrance and beauty of Orchids Galore in the conservatory. All events included with museum admission. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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The annual spring petting farm is back from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 7-14 in the main plaza of Short Pump Town Center. Come visit baby chicks, bunnies, lambs, goats and more. Admission is free. The event is weather permitting and closed on Easter Sunday. For details, call 360-1700 or visit http://www.shortpumpmall.com .

APRIL 8
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.
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An All Henrico Reads book discussion will be held at Sandston Library, 23 E. Williamsburg Rd., at 6 p.m. for tweens and at 7 p.m. for adults. The 2012 All Henrico Reads author is Garth Stein. Adults will discuss “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” Tweens will discuss “Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog,” a special adaptation for young people. For details, call 290-9900 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

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.

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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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