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JULY 6
The movie “Kung Fu Panda” will play at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. July 6 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 7 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Middle School League and the Major League will face off at 8 p.m. at ComedySportz Improv Theatre, 8906 W. Broad St. in the Gold’s Gym Plaza. The teams will battle for laughs as they make up scenes, games and songs based off audience suggestions. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For details, call 266-9377 or visit http://www.comedysportzrichmond.com .
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Explore the mystery of pre-historic life at Discover the Dinosaurs, a unique hands-on exhibit of over 60 museum quality and animatronic dinosaurs, June 6-8 at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Discover the Dinosaurs features walk-through exhibits with scenes that engage visitors with sight, sound, motion, lighting, animatronics and fog, as well as dinosaurs that come to life with sound and movement controlled by guests. Admission also includes entrance to the dino dig, dino den, dino theater, dino coloring station and scavenger hunt. Other attractions require separate tickets. Admission is $15 for ages 12 and older and $10 for ages 2-11 and seniors; children under age two are free. For details, call 228-7500 or visit http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com .

JULY 7
Calvary United Methodist Church, 1637 Williamsburg Rd., will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For details, call 222-2891.
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Meet Sister Anita Maroun, L’Arche USA regional director, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Rd. L’Arche is a global community of faith that builds homes for persons with intellectual disabilities. Sr. Anita will share her reflections on L’Arche and how the Friends of L’Arche Central VA can bring the program here. Registration and a light breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. To register, call Marybeth Meacham at 273-9533 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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New Genesis – New Beginnings, in conjunction with Amen 820, will host a youth rally and day of prayer and praise from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fairfield Commons Mall, 4869 Nine Mile Rd. Speakers include Dr. Cavell Phillips of Amen 820, Minister Pierre Whitlow, George Bozeman and Oliver Wallmon. Performances by Grammy-nominated Brothers in Unity of Virginia, Melody Makers, Legacy and more. Admission is free. Donations will be presented to Dr. Phillips and Doc Christian of Amen 820. For details, call George Bozeman at 757-944-0209.
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A book signing for “See You at the Big One,” a newly released Henrico County Division of Fire historical book, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Costco, 1401 Mall Dr. in Chesterfield. The coffee table-style book contains a detailed history of the department dating back to the origins of Henrico County. The book includes major fires, apparatus, fire stations, chiefs, patches/badges and more complemented by over 750 photographs. The book is $42.50 and can be purchased at http://www.mtpublishing.com or by calling 888-263-4702.
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Youth ages 10+ are invited to make homemade doggie toys from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Armour House & Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Rd. Bring your favorite old stuffed animals and turn them into dog-safe toys. All supplies provided. Cost is $6. For details, call 343-3506 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .

JULY 8
Richmond Catholic Singles will hold its monthly membership meeting at 6:15 p.m., following the 5 p.m. mass, at St. Bridget’s Church, 6006 Three Chopt Rd. Find out more about RCS and help plan future events. RCS is open to single, divorced and widowed adults over age 21. For details, call Joe Selko at 364-1572 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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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. The program continues through Aug. 19. For details, call 225-2056 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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