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University of Richmond to host Earth Day Global Sounds Concert

April 19 2014 - Featuring Richmond-based Balinese percussion ensemble Gamelan Raga Kusuma, 3 p.m., Free
Richmond-based Balinese percussion ensemble Gamelan Raga Kusuma will perform at 3 p.m. at the Earth Day Global Sounds Concert at the University of Richmond. This free, family-friendly concert features Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances by several music ensembles. After the concert, audience members will have an opportunity to see and interact with the instruments, including the gamelan and drums. For details, visit http://www.ragakusuma.org

Take a twilight canoe trip on Four Mile Creek

April 20 2014 - Meet at Deep Bottom Park, 5:30 p.m., $12
Enjoy a twilight canoe trip on Four Mile Creek, a quiet tributary of the James River, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Look for great blue herons, osprey, beaver, deer and bald eagles. The $12 fee covers basic instruction and all equipment. Meet at Deep Bottom Park, 9525 Deep Bottom Rd. For details, call 501-5147 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com

Mirror Mode, Highland Springs HS to present The Belle of the Ball April 21-23

April 21 2014 - Enrichment program of image and etiquette workshops for young ladies ages 13-18, 5 p.m., Free
Mirror Mode and Highland Springs High School will present The Belle of the Ball, an enrichment program of image and etiquette workshops for young ladies ages 13-18, from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. April 21-23 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. There will be speakers, workshops, giveaways and a free prom dress; participation in all three days is required. Workshops will empower young ladies on the importance of having good self-esteem, how to make a positive lasting impression and how to be young ladies. Registration is required. For details, visit http://www.mirrormode.org/belle_of_the_ball_2014

Greater Richmond Multiple Myeloma Support Group meets 3rd Monday of each month

April 21 2014 - Henrico Doctors’ Hospital Forest Campus, 7 p.m., Free
The Greater Richmond Multiple Myeloma Support Group meets the third Monday of each month (except July and August) from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital Forest Campus, 1620 Skipwith Rd. Patients, caregivers and friends share their knowledge and experiences and provide mutual support and encouragement. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Opportunity Toastmasters to meet at Shoney’s Restaurant

April 21 2014 - Meetings are held the first and third Mondays of each month, 7 p.m., Free
Opportunity Toastmasters will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Shoney’s Restaurant, 7101 Staples Mill Rd. Meetings are held the first and third Mondays of each month. For details, call David Robinson at 833-3351.

Sandston Rotary Club meets every Monday at Roma’s Restaurant

April 21 2014 - , 12:30 p.m., Free
The Sandston Rotary Club meets every Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Roma’s Restaurant, 325 E. Williamsburg Rd. For details, visit http://www.sandstonrotary.org

Seminar on ‘Surgical Treatment for Diabetic Neuropathy’ to be held at Lewis Ginter

April 22 2014 - Registration is recommended, 5:30 p.m., Free
The seminar “Surgical Treatment for Diabetic Neuropathy” will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Dr. Jonathan Isaacs, from the VCU Upper Extremity and Peripheral Nerve Center, will talk about a new surgical nerve decompression treatment option that may offer relief for patients with diabetic neuropathy. The seminar is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. For details, call 828-0123 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Explore wildlife along the James River on a 24-foot covered pontoon boat

April 23 2014 - Meet at Deep Bottom Park, 7 a.m. or 9:30 a.m., $45
Explore the abundant wildlife along the James River while slowly cruising on a 24-foot covered pontoon boat from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. or from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Meet at Deep Bottom Park, 9525 Deep Bottom Rd. Cost is $45. For details, call 501-5147 or visit http://www.discoverthejames.com

Shady Grove UMC to host food truck court on Wednesdays throughout summer

April 23 2014 - Bring chairs or blankets, 5:30 p.m.,
Shady Grove United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Pouncey Tract and Shady Grove roads, will host a food truck court from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Bring chairs or blankets. For details, visit http://www.shadygroveumc.net

Eleone Dance Theatre to perform at CACGA April 23-24

April 23 2014 - Diverse repertoire of works include modern, spiritual, rhythm and blues, African and more, Times vary, $10 to $20
Eleone Dance Theatre will perform at 7 p.m. April 23 and at 10 a.m. April 24 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The company has a diverse repertoire of works that are contemporary modern, spiritual, rhythm and blues, African and hip-hop in theme. Evening performance is $20 and the matinee is $10. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com

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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

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. 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.

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.

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