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Easter Bunny to visit Virginia Center Commons March 28 to April 19

March 28 2014 - Photo packages start at $24.99, Times vary,
The Easter Bunny arrives today in the JCPenney Court at Virginia Center Commons. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos daily through April 19. Photo packages start at $24.99. VCC’s annual Caring Bunny will be back April 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. allowing children with special needs to be welcomed into a photo environment designed to support their sensory, physical and developmental needs. For details, visit http://www.shopvirginiacentercommons.com To r.egister for Caring Bunny, visit http://www.vcccaringbunny.eventbrite.com

Celebrate spring break April 14-17 at Fairfield Library

April 14 2014 - Each day has a different theme, 2 p.m.,
Families are welcome to celebrate spring break at 2 p.m. April 14-17 at Fairfield Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave. Daily themes include Lego/block build (Monday), movie (Tuesday), games (Wednesday) and crafts (Thursday). For details, call 290-9300 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org

Virginia Credit Union to present Teen Money Camp April 14-18 at Tuckahoe Library

April 14 2014 - Participants must commit to the entire week, 1 p.m., Free
Virginia Credit Union will present Teen Money Camp from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. April 14-18 at Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr. Middle and high school students will learn how to manage money through hands-on learning activities, computer research time and group interaction. Topics include budgeting and credit, taxes, car buying, savings and inheritance. Participants must commit to the entire week. Registration is required. For details, call 290-9100 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org

Explore the important role of animals in the Civil War at Dabbs House Museum

April 15 2014 - There will be stories and photographs, 10 a.m., Free
Explore the important role of animals in the Civil War from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. There will be stories and photographs. Ages 6-12. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Three Lakes Nature Center April 15-18

April 15 2014 - , 11 a.m., Free
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Three Lakes Nature Center, 400 Sausiluta Dr., from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 15-18. Staff naturalists will provide information on birds, turtles, snakes and more throughout the week. Admission is free. For details, call 262-5055 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com

Ages 10-12 invited to Camp Day at Three Lakes Park

April 17 2014 - , 9 a.m., $20
Ages 10-12 are invited to Camp Day at Three Lakes Park, 400 Sausiluta Dr., from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This adventure-packed day during spring break will feature a canoe trip around the lake, practicing archery skills in the field, creating nature-inspired art and more. Cost is $20. For details, call 501-5147 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com

All ages invited to a Discovery Hunt at Walkerton Tavern

April 18 2014 - Discover animals and objects hiding in plain sight at the historic facility, 10 a.m., Free
All ages are invited to go on a Discovery Hunt from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd. Discover animals and objects hiding in plain sight at the historic facility. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com

Get a personal introduction to farm animals at Meadow Farm

April 18 2014 - , 1 p.m., Free
Join costumed guides as they offer a personal introduction to the turkeys, chickens, sheep, horses, cows and pigs from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com

Springfield Park Elementary School PTA to present Spring Carnival

April 25 2014 - Games, crafts, bounce houses, caricaturists, music and dance performances and more, 4 p.m., $10 to $30
Springfield Park Elementary School PTA’s Spring Carnival will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the school, 4301 Fort McHenry Pkwy. There will be games, crafts, bounce houses, caricaturists, music and dance performances, a silent auction, raffles, a cake walk and more. Wristband tickets available at the door are $10 with a maximum of $30 per family. For details, call 527-4630 or visit http://www.springerpta.com/carnival.html

Reptiles Alive! educational program to take place at Henrico Theatre

April 26 2014 - Program features a giant snake, alligator, tortoise, monitor lizard and more, 10:30 a.m.,
Reptiles Alive!, an exciting and educational introduction to all kinds of reptiles from all kinds of places, will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The program features a giant snake, alligator, tortoise, monitor lizard and more. Space is limited. Registration is required by calling 328-4491.


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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