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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

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

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