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APRIL 13
The Network of Enterprising Women will host its 4th annual “Bucks 4 Boobs” fundraising event, to benefit Susan G. Komen-Central VA, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Willow Oaks Country Club. The event features Nashville recording artist and Virginia native Colton James. There will also be a BBQ dinner, games and a silent auction. The event is open to the public. Admission is $30. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/Bucks4Boobs .
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The Richmond Men’s Chorus will perform “ExtrABBAganza” at 8 p.m. April 13 and at 4 p.m. April 15 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. ABBA, one of the most influential groups on the international pop music scene, has been popularized in the movies and Broadway productions of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Mama Mia! Tickets are $10 to $15 in advance and $15 to $20 at the door. For details, call 241-0446 or visit http://www.monumentcitymusic.org .
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Barksdale Theatre’s production of “Scorched Earth – A World Premiere” opens today and runs through May 20 at Barksdale’s Willow Lawn location, 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. Best-selling author and Richmond native David L. Robbins has adapted his suspense-filled, compassionate thriller for the stage. A rural Virginia community is torn apart when the tiny body of a stillborn, mixed-race baby is exhumed from the graveyard, and the neighboring church is burned to the ground. The presentation contains some profanity and is suggested for ages 14 and older. Tickets are $38 for adults, $35 for seniors and $19 for students. For details, call 282-2620 or visit http://www.barksdalerichmond.org.
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A presentation of “She Stoops to Conquer” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond. “She Stoops to Conquer” celebrates chaos, courtship and the dysfunctional family. The presentation is part of the groundbreaking series National Theatre Live (NT Live), which brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to movie theatres around the world. The Modlin Center for the Arts began broadcasting NT Live in October 2011. Tickets are $10 to $14.50. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .

APRIL 14
It’s sheep shearing time at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd., from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. All ages are invited to watch the process and learn more about the rare breed Gulf Coast Native sheep. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) will host a special recycling and shred ID theft event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Virginia Center Commons Mall, 10101 Brook Rd., and at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 4247 Creighton Rd. Items accepted include televisions, computers, printers, scanners, copiers, fax machines, telephones and cell phones, VCRs and camcorders, stereos, microwaves and more. A $7 fee is charged to recycle all TVs but other electronic devices will be collected for free. Residents can also bring up to two boxes or three paper bags of personal information to be shred for free. For more information regarding the shredding, call 501-4838. For recycling, call 340-0900 or visit http://www.cvwma.com .
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The Henrico Spring Pickleball Tournament will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Games will be played indoors on a hardwood surface. Competition will follow a double-elimination format in four categories and will adhere to the rules set forth by the USAPA. Refreshments will be provided. For details, call 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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“An Unforgettable Disaster: The Sinking of RMS Titanic” will take place at 2 p.m. at Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr. In commemoration of the centenary of the Titanic disaster, Dr. Nicole Sackley of the University of Richmond will speak on its place in cultural memory. The 1955 film based on Walter Lord’s best-selling book about that night will be shown. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tuckahoe Library. For details, call 290-9100 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .

APRIL 15
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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RVA Fashion Week will kick-off at 2 p.m. in the main plaza at Short Pump Town Center. The show will present spring and summer trends that will transition from every day to evening looks. Urban and city trends mixed with classic and sophisticated looks will be brought together by retailers from Short Pump Town Center. The event is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://www.rvafashionweek.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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