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Weekend Top 10


MAY 4
Ron Moody and the Centaurs will perform at 7 p.m. at Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. The outdoor concert will feature savory BBQ, grilled foods, pasta salad and drink specials available for purchase, as well as a silent auction. Proceeds from Harmony in Hanover support Hanover Tavern as a historic, educational, community and cultural resource center. Tickets are $10 and children under 10 are free. For details, call 537-5050 or visit http://www.hanovertavern.org .
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Enjoy an evening of blues music with Darryl Ellyson and Laura Baron 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 Henrico Theatre Company will perform “See How They Run” May 4-20 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The farce by Philip King tells the story of two American actors, two maids and four clergymen. All shows begin at 8 p.m. except for Sunday matinees which are at 2:30 p.m. An additional performance will be on Saturday, May 19 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. For details, call Amy Perdue at 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .

MAY 5
The Asian American Society of Central Virginia will host the 15th annual Asian American Celebration “East Meets West: Celebrating Asian American Friendship” from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. Third St. The event will feature a variety of ethnic Asian foods, cultural exhibits, entertainment, unique vendors, children’s activities and a parade, workshops and more. Admission is free. For details, call 245-4974 or visit http://www.aasocv.org .
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Mark Nizer will present an all-ages 3D Juggling Show at 2 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Nizer combines original comedy, unique wit, world class juggling, movement and music into one stunning show. 3D glasses will be provided. Tickets are $12.50 and $10.50 for seniors. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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Gallmeyer Farms will host its 8th annual Strawberry Fields Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3622 Darbytown Ct. in Varina. The event features fresh local strawberries and other spring vegetables, live local music, crafts vendors and local businesses, hay and pony rides, food and more. Coolers, chairs and dogs are welcome. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.gallmeyerfarms.com .
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Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd., will hold its spring festival from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be live music and dance performances, crafts, games, face painting, tours, food and more. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Karl Hepler will open for The Whitetop Mountaineers at 8 p.m. at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church at 11105 Cauthorne Rd. The show features country singing, up-tempo old time fiddle, clawhammer banjo, bluegrass mandolin and guitar instrumentals, as well as high energy Appalachian dancing. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; teens are admitted at half price and ages 12 and under are free. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
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Any eighth grader at Fairfield Middle School, 5121 Nine Mile Rd., who passes all SOLs will get to go to Kings Dominion. To raise money, the school is hosting Super Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day will kick-off with a community yard sale and will also include a car wash, basketball tournament, a cake walk and international bake sale, tailgating, a talent show, live music and more. The event is open to the public. For details, call 328-4020.

MAY 6
Joe Enroughty & His Royal Virginians will perform at 7 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Admission is free but registration is required. For details, call 328-4491.
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Community

RAMPS receives $8k grant


RAMPS (Ramp Access Made Possible by Students) recently received an $8,000 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 75 grants totaling more than $600,137 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers.

RAMPS, an organization founded by then-Henrico County high school students to build ramps for local low-income residents who need them, will use the grant to purchase modular wheelchair ramp supplies. These supplies will be used by local high school RAMPS clubs, who provide volunteers to build the ramps. > Read more.

Henrico man to compete in Liberty Mutual Invitational National Finals

Henrico resident Larry Loving, Jr., will compete with three other locals – Thomas Scribner (Richmond), Roscoe McGhee (Midlothian) and Larry Loving (Richmond) in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals at TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Feb. 26-Mar. 1. The foursome qualified for the national golf tournament by winning the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational, held at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Md. on June 11. That event supported the RiteCare Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

In total, 240 amateur golfers will compete in Florida. > Read more.

Henrico PAL recognizes supporters, HSHS athlete


The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) held its Sixth Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 5 at The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, celebrating accomplishments of 2014 and recognizing outstanding contributions to the organization. Henrico County Juvenile Domestic Court Judge Denis Soden served as master of ceremonies and former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams served as keynote speaker. 

Among the 2014 honorees were Richmond International Raceway (Significant Supporter), Richmond Strikers Soccer Club (Significant Supporter), Henrico County Schools-Pupil Transportation (Summer Camp Supporter), Bruce Richardson, Jr. (Youth of the Year), Sandra Williams (Volunteer of the Year), Thomas Williams (Employee of the Year), Mikki Pleasants (Board Member of the Year), and Michelle Sheehan (Police Officer of the Year).   > Read more.

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Entertainment

Travinia brings contemporary elegance to Willow Lawn


It was another win for Willow Lawn when Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened there six months ago, nestled in the heart of the re-made shopping center. The contemporary American Italian restaurant boasts 13 locations up and down the East Coast, with the Henrico location opening in August.

In the same week, I hit up Travinia twice, once for lunch and once for a late dinner. At lunchtime on a weekday, I was overwhelmed by the smell of garlic and by the number of working professionals in nice suits on their lunch breaks. When we first walked in, I was concerned our meal would be a little too pricey based on the décor – it’s a really nice place. Luckily, the menu has a variety of options for every budget. > Read more.

Soak up the fun

‘SpongeBob’ movie energizes with wit, laughter

There’s a ton of sugar in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Literal sugar, as SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) inhale their own weight in cotton candy and eat ice cream, one scoop per mouthful.

At one point we burrow into the brain of our boxy yellow hero and discover the inner workings of his brain: googly-eyed cakes and candies that giggle and sing. All of which is extremely appropriate for a film like Sponge Out of Water. Because not only is the movie sweet (the “awwww” kind of sweet), but it’s the equivalent of a 30-candy bar sugar rush, zipping between ideas like a sponge on rocket skates.

The story under all this is really not that complicated. SpongeBob flips burgers at the Krusty Krab. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


With this last round of snow still fresh on the ground, the best way to start the weekend may be at Southern Season for their weekly wine-tasting program, Fridays Uncorked. Families with cabin fever will enjoy the Richmond Kids Expo, taking place tomorrow at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Some date night options include the Rock & Roll Jubilee at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, HATTheatre’s production of “The Whale” and National Theatre Live’s “Treasure Island” at the University of Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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