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Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story.

April 15
Innsbrook’s 5th Annual Lake Clean-up Day will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will collect trash surrounding all three lakes at Innsbrook. Volunteers will also receive a brown bag lunch and a certificate of appreciation signed by the Governor. To register, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

April 16
The Henrico East Rotary Club will host its 2nd Annual Rockin’ the Raceway charity event from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent County. This year’s goal is to purchase a new pool lift for wheelchair patrons at the Chickahominy YMCA. This lift will also be used by persons that need physical therapy and seniors working to regain flexibility and mobility. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the event. There will be food and beverages for sale along with music and other activities. For details, call 795-2644 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The Henrico County NAACP Annual Prayer Breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Quioccasin Baptist Church, 9011 Quioccasin Rd. The theme will be “Steadfast and Unmovable” and Rev. Deborah Ann Simmons will be the keynote speaker. Ticket donations are $17 for adults and $14 for youth ten and under. For tickets, call 740-5222 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Winn’s Baptist Church, 12320 Winn’s Church Rd. in Glen Allen, will host a free Easter Egg Hunt from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. rain or shine. There will be a petting zoo, free pony rides, games and prizes, food and crafts as well as the Captain and Skibo Magic Show. For details, call 798-5512 or visit http://www.winnsbc.org.
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Celebrate Earth Day and Henrico County’s 400th Anniversary from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Three Lakes Park, 400 Sausiluta Dr. Live music will be provided by rock and pop-music duo, OminOtagO, and the Tucker High School jazz band. Activities and entertainment will include educational booths and displays, recycling games, arts and crafts, face painting and more. The Wildlife Center of Virginia will be onsite with live animals and the Three Lakes Nature Center will feature hands-on activities. There is no rain date. The event is free. For details, call Jeannie Murray at 501-5121.
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All ages are invited to see Tap Team Two and Company present “Reflections: Emotions in Motion, Rhythms in Rhymes, Spirits in Bodies, Dancing in Time” at 7:30 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The concert incorporates tap dance, original word poetry and artwork by visual artists Bob Burden, Sr. and Yvonne Sampson. The show is free but reservations are required. For details, call Amy Perdue at 501-5859.
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Henrico Police and Henrico Division of Solid Waste and Recycling will conduct a document shredding and electronics recycling event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Virginia Center Commons Mall, 10101 Brook Rd. Citizens will be able to have personal information securely shred for free on site by Shred-it. Additionally, citizens will be able to responsibly dispose of unwanted electronics such as computers, printers, scanners, copiers, VCRs, camcorders, stereos and more. Television sets can be recycled for $7 per set. For details, call 340-0900 (electronics) or 501-4838 (document shredding).
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A coalition of local organizations will sponsor a showing of “9500 Liberty” at 12 p.m. at the Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St. The documentary film by Annabel Park and Eric Byler documents the recent battles over immigrant policy in Prince William County in northern Virginia. The showing will be followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session on immigration and immigrants’ rights issues. A donation of $2 is requested. For more information on the film, visit http://www.9500liberty.com For i.nformation about the screening, call Jesse Senechal at 274-8720 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Richmond National Battlefield Park, the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and Future of Richmond’s Past will host a city-wide event marketing the 150th anniversary of Virginia’s decision to secede from the Union. Special programs exploring this event will include guided walking and bus tours, cannon firing, period music, a marketplace, and children’s games, exhibits and artifact washing. Venues include Historic Tredegar, the Richmond Slave Trail, Belle Isle, Shockoe Bottom’s Lumpkins’ Jail and Main Street Station and the Maggie Walker National Historic Site in Jackson Ward. These free events will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a schedule, visit http://www.futureofrichmondspast.org.

April 17
Romp n’ Roll Mechanicsville will host a Spirit Party for Cystic Fibrosis from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Open gym admission is $7, with $4 going to CF. Also, 10% of any class registrations or Birthday Bash bookings made during the party will go to CF. A blood drive, sponsored by neighboring Chanello’s Pizza, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details, call 730-2060 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Community

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Grab the kids and check out these fun family-friendly events taking place this weekend! Speed over to the Henrico Theatre for the film “Turbo” or watch “Dumbo” under the stars at Clarke-Palmore House Museum. Little ones can meet Thomas the Tank Engine at CMOR-Central or play at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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