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DECEMBER 31
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s New Year’s Eve Family Frolic will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. There will be family activities with live entertainment and crafts. GardenFest of Lights will continue from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Museum admission required. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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The Children’s Museum of Richmond-Short Pump, 2200 Old Brick Rd. in West Broad Village, will host a New Year’s Eve Bash for children and their families from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be games and giveaways and a “countdown to noon” celebration with a special juice box toast. All event activities are included in museum admission; general admission is $8. CMOR will close at 2 p.m. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.c-mor.org .
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ComedySportz Improv Theatre will present two New Year’s Eve shows at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. The earlier show is designed for the younger family and will include a milk toast with Twinkies at 9 p.m. The later show will have a champagne toast at midnight. Both shows include party hats and noisemakers. Tickets are $15 to $22. For details, call 266-9377 or visit http://www.cszrva.com .
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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Richmond Folk Music Society, featuring Deb Clinton and friends, at 8 p.m. at Congregation Or Ami, 9400 Huguenot Rd. There will be assorted tunes from the golden years of the American and Yiddish theater, along with old favorites from The Great American Songbook. The concert-only price is $15 in advance and $18 at the door and includes dessert and coffee at intermission. Dinner and concert are $28. Reservations for dinner are needed by Dec. 26. For details, visit http://www.richmondfolkmusic.com .
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GayRVA.com’s A-List New Year’s Eve Party will begin at 10 p.m. at Aloft Richmond West, 3939 Duckling Dr. in West Broad Village. DJ Ease and Dead Fame will provide entertainment. A $25 ticket includes a dessert and champagne toast. A VIP package is available for those who wish to stay overnight in the hotel. The cost is $150 for two and includes an open bar from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and complimentary breakfast on New Year’s Day. Space is limited; tickets will not be available at the door. For details, visit http://www.gayrva.com/nye.
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Theatre IV’s production of “A Year with Frog and Toad” ends today. The story follows two great friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad, through four fun-filled seasons. Along the way they learn life lessons including a most important one about friendship and rejoicing in the attributes that make each of us different and special. The show lasts approximately two hours with an intermission and is recommended for ages four and older. Performances are held at Barksdale Theatre, located at 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. at the Shops at Willow Lawn. Tickets are $18 to $24. For a complete performance schedule or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.theatreivrichmond.org .
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Radio Disney will host a “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. There will be a special countdown to noon balloon drop with an apple juice toast, music, games and prizes. Guests can also experience the Anthem Get Active Get Fit Dance Party and see the premiere of the IMAX film “Born to be Wild.” Noon Year’s Eve is included with museum admission; IMAX is additional. For details, call 864-1400 or visit http://www.smv.org or http://www.radiodisney.com.
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Ring in the New Year with comedian Owen Benjamin at 10 p.m. at Richmond Funny Bone, located in the Short Pump Town Center. Admission is $50 and includes chocolate covered strawberries, assorted cheesecakes and chocolates, a souvenir champagne flute, party favors and a midnight champagne toast. All seating is first-come, first-serve. For details, call 521-8900 or visit http://www.richmondfunnybone.com .
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Party band Flashback will hold its second annual New Year’s Eve party at 8 p.m. at The Place at Innsbrook, 4036 Cox Rd. Admission is $225 per couple and includes live music and dancing, heavy hors d’oeurves with a variety of food stations, two drinks and a champagne toast at midnight, a cash bar and party favors. Hotel reservations are available at the Hilton Garden Inn; cost is $295 per couple and includes breakfast on New Year’s Day. For details, call 346-2100 or visit http://www.flashbackrva.com .
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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump at 8 p.m. KOS (formerly Kings of Swing) will perform and guests can enjoy a casino night with black jack, poker and craps, a dance party with DJ Dwight in the Junior Ballroom, heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts, a champagne toast, party favors and prizes. Admission is $195 per couple; packages are available that include hotel room and dinner. For details, call 364-3600 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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

Restaurant watch

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

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.

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