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OCTOBER 1
Henrico Humane Society’s 5th Annual Bark in the Park will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy. A 5K run will start at 9 a.m. and a 2K dog walk will start at 10:30 a.m. The registration fee for each is $25 and all proceeds benefit the Henrico Humane Society. Additional activities include music by acoustic group OminOtagO, a performance by Jonathan Austin, pet-related vendors, dog contests and adoptions, a petting zoo, moon walk and more. There is a nominal fee to enter the dog contests. For details, call 262-6634 or visit http://www.henricohumane.org .
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Celebrate Hispanic culture at the 9th Annual ¿Qué Pasa? Festival of Virginia from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. Hosted by the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the festival will feature live music and dancing, an international food festival, Hispanic artists and traditional artisans, educational games, the “Passport to Education” Pavilion and more. Spanish translators will be available for guided tours and IMAX films will have Spanish subtitles. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.quepasafestival.com .
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The Modlin Center for the Arts and the University of Richmond Museums will host a Family Arts Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be activity tables, art projects and food, as well as two performances by Justin Roberts and the Not So Ready for Naptime Players at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Camp Concert Hall. Tickets are required for the concerts and 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 Junior League of Richmond’s 6th Annual Touch a Truck event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. This unique, interactive event allows children to see, touch and explore their favorite big trucks and vehicles as well as to meet the personnel who protect, serve and build the Richmond community. Vehicles on display routinely include construction trucks, emergency responders, tractor trailers, utility trucks and helicopters. The event also features area mascots, special performances, snack bars, face painting, inflatables, games, crafts and vendors. Individual tickets are $5; VIP and Family Packs are $10 to $30 in advance only. VIP access is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. For details, call 643-4886 or visit http://www.jlrichmond.org .
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The Richmond area American Diabetes Association will host its annual 5K “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes” at 10 a.m. at Monument Avenue and St. Mary’s Hospital. This family- and pet-friendly event will feature a Wellness Village, Kid’s Zone and entertainment. Walkers who raise at least $25 will receive a complimentary lunch. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. For details and to register, call Elisabeth King at 225-8038 x3255 or visit http://www.diabetes.org/stepoutrichmond .
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Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave., will host the Warrior 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Tenth grade IB student Jack Montgomery has organized the event over the course of five months and gathered nearly 20 volunteers as part of his personal project. Proceeds will benefit the Warrior Athletic Booster Club. Students and their families, as well as the Henrico community, are invited. Registration will start at 8 a.m. For details, call 228-2700.
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The Gallmeyer Farms’ Fall Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1-2 at The Pumpkin Patch. There will be children’s activities, hay rides, farm animals, vendors, artisans, contests and pumpkin picking. Live music will be provided by Chauncie Jo, Trongone Band, John Arkestyn, Triple Stack Jack, Juniper Green, Brandon Hylton and Dividing Face. Admission is free. Gallmeyer Farms is located at 4506 Millers Lane. For details, visit http://www.gallmeyerfarms.com .
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The 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held at 10 a.m. in Markel Plaza in Innsbrook, 4600 Cox Rd. Participants can walk a one- or three-mile course, or whatever is comfortable. There are no entry fees but donations will be accepted. The event will be held rain or shine. Registration begins at 9 a.m. For details, call Sandy Grady at 967-2517 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

OCTOBER 2
C&F Bank and Lite98 will host the Short Pump Mile and Express Fun Run, Richmond’s largest timed youth road race, at 7:45 a.m. behind Short Pump Town Center near American Family Fitness. All participants will receive a race t-shirt, a medal and refreshments. Awards will be given to age group and overall winners. The School Participation Competition will award the top five schools with the most participants a total of $2,000 to be used for their physical education programs. Registration is $15 and includes a complimentary pre-race training program at American Family Fitness. For details, visit http://www.shortpumprace.com .
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The Virginia Boys and Girls Club Community Day will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, 8716 W. Broad St. This old-fashioned field day will be filled with crafts, food, pony rides, tethered balloon rides and more. Guests can also brush up on soccer skills with a demo from the Richmond Kickers. For details, visit http://www.boysandgirlshome.org .


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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