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JULY 13
St. Mary’s for Kids’ Movies on the Avenues continues with “Kung Fu Panda” at 8:30 p.m. The free outdoor movie will be shown at the Westhampton School’s playing fields, 5800 Patterson Ave. at Maple Avenue. Pre-movie fun with juggler Jonathan Austin, food, beverages and kids’ activities begins at 7:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. For details, call 359-WELL.
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The Friday Night Fun Club for ages 50+ will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hidden Creek Recreation Center, 2417 Brockway Ln. Socialize with friends while playing card and board games. Admission is free. For details, call Aaron Reidmiller at 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The Henrico Theatre Company will present the musical comedy “The Cocoanuts” July 13-29 at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Brush up on your slap-stick because the Marx Brothers are back and infiltrating the Florida real estate boom circa 1920. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for Sunday matinees, which begin at 2:30 p.m. An additional performance will be at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Reservations are required. For details, call Amy Perdue at 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .

JULY 14
The Jammin’ on the James Concert Series continues from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wilton House Museum, 215 S. Wilton Rd. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy family-friendly music from the Susan Greenbaum Band. There will also be tours of Wilton and face painting, games and crafts for the kids. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Rain or shine. For details, call 282-5936 x4 or visit http://www.wiltonhousemuseum.org.
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Henricus Historical Park, located at 251 Henricus Park Rd. in Chester, will present a Civil War Living History Day featuring the Bermuda Hundred Campaign from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Living historians will relive the summer of 1864 at Dutch Gap by demonstrating infantry weapons and tactics, combat engineering and fortifications, cannon drills and the life of civilian women during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. Admission is free for Henricus Foundation Patrons, $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12. For details, visit http://www.henricus.org .
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Grab a blanket and enjoy the movie “Dumbo” under the stars at 8:30 p.m. at Clarke-Palmore House Museum, 904 McCoul St. Concessions will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Innsbrook After Hours will present The Machine Performs Pink Floyd, Limelight (a Rush tribute band) and Little Ozzy at the Snagajob Pavilion. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the gate. For details, visit http://www.innsbrookafterhours.com .
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Culture4MyKids, Inc. will sponsor a monthly African dance/workout class beginning July 14 and continuing the first Saturday of each month at Project Yoga, 6517 Dickens Pl. African dancing and drumming has been known for centuries for its power to bring family, friends and communities closer. The African Aerobics, or “Afrobics,” class will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. The traditional West African Dance Class will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Classes are suitable for all experience levels and ages. Advance registration is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Proceeds to benefit Taaluma Youth Dance and Drum Company. For details, call 410-1075 or visit http://www.culture4mykids.com .
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The annual Hanover Tomato Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pole Green Park, 8996 Pole Green Park Ln. in Mechanicsville. There will be over 200 arts, crafts and unique vendors along with a variety of entertainment, food and free activities for children of all ages. The event is free and open to the public. Rain or shine. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/mymam5 .

JULY 15
The Armour House & Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Rd., will host an Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be Bruster’s ice cream, tours, old-fashioned games and live music. Admission is free. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 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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