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ComedySportz show to benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation

April 25 2014 - , 8 p.m., $15
The Virginia Hams will battle it out against the Richmond Legends in the sporting event of comedy, creating scenes, songs and games all based on audience suggestions. The show at ComedySportz, 8906-H W. Broad St., will begin at 8 p.m. One team will be going home bald and fans who have committed to raising money will stay after the show and shave their heads on stage to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Tickets are $15. For details, call 266-9377 or visit http://www.comedysportzrichmond.com

All ages invited to celebrate World Tai Chi Day at Deep Run Park

April 26 2014 - No previous experience necessary, 9:30 a.m., Free
All ages are invited to celebrate World Tai Chi Day from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy. The event features basic instruction in the Sun style for beginners and various demonstrations of other styles. No previous experience necessary. Admission is free. For details, call 501-5114 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com

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.

Fairfield meeting April 30 to spotlight community enhancement efforts

April 30 2014 - Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 7 p.m., Free
Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, April 30 to discuss small-area planning efforts in Henrico County and ways that residents can enhance their homes and communities. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Representatives of the departments of Planning and Community Revitalization will join Thornton for the discussion. A question-and-answer period will follow. For details, call (804) 501-4208.

Varina District meeting to highlight county budget, crime prevention in Varina

May 06 2014 - Dorey Park, 7 p.m., Free
Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold a Community Conversations meeting to discuss with residents Henrico County’s budget and crime prevention efforts in Varina. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6 at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road. Nelson will lead the discussion with County Manager John A. Vithoulkas and representatives of the Division of Police. For details about the Community Conversations meeting, call (804) 501-4208.

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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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