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MAY 11
The Modlin Center for the Arts will present Compagnia T.P.O.’s “Farfalle” at 7:30 p.m. May 11 and at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. May 12 in Cousins Studio Theatre at the University of Richmond. The technological centerpiece of “Farfalle” (Butterflies) is the CCC or “children’s cheering carpet,” a special sensor-covered mat, which interacts with dancers and the audience in real, enchanted time. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 0-12. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu.
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The Henrico Theatre Company will perform “See How They Run” at 8 p.m. May 11-12 and at 2:30 p.m. May 13 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. The production continues through May 20. 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 12
The Ultimate Recycling Sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Millhiser Gymnasium at the University of Richmond. The sale features reusable student discards including small refrigerators, microwaves, electronics, furniture, clothing, shoes, housewares, kitchen items, holiday décor, office supplies, books, linens and more. Proceeds benefit UR Green and Falls of the James Group, Sierra Club. For details, call 562-2500.
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The 34th annual Virginia Senior Games will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Springs Rd. Watch senior athletes compete in basketball, track and field and more. There will also be inflatables, face painting and games for children, local wellness vendors and free health screenings. Admission is free. For details, call 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The County of Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will host KidFest, a day in the park that’s tailored just for kids, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy. Enjoy games, arts and crafts, information booths and listen to the acoustic sounds of local band Juniper Green. Kids can also participate in ZumbAtomic, an interactive dance fitness program led by Tamara Schwerin of Young Audiences of Virginia. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Henrico County Division of Police will hold a rabies clinic for dogs and cats from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Vaccination shots cost $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Dog licenses will also be available. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be held in carriers. For details, call 727-8801.
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Broken Bread Ministries will host a car wash from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Farmer’s Foods, 50 S. Airport Dr. in Highland Springs. Funds raised will support youth attending BBM’s annual youth retreat. For details, call 502-5729.
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The Virginia Renaissance Faire will open for its 11th year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12-13 at Lake Anna Winery, 5621 Courthouse Rd. The faire continues for five weekends with each weekend featuring a different theme. There will be period costumes, shopping, music, hands-on historical crafts and re-enactments, archery, jousting displays, children’s activities, food, drinks and more. Admission is $9 for adults and free for children ages five and below. For details, call 703-508-5036 or visit http://www.varf.org .

MAY 13
In honor of Mother’s Day, learn about Mrs. Sheppard from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Mrs. Sheppard was a mother of eight and head of the household at Meadow Farm in 1860. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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All ages are invited to an Old-fashioned Ice Cream Social from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Clarke-Palmore House Museum, 904 McCoul St. Enjoy Bruster’s ice cream, tour the historic house and play old-fashioned games while listening to period music. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3411 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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