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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

Watch ‘The Amazing Spider Man’ at Glen Allen Library

April 16 2014 - Snacks will be provided, 1:30 p.m.,
If you’re going to see The Amazing Spider Man 2 in May, come watch the first movie in this superhero series at 1:30 p.m. at Glen Allen Library, 10501 Staples Mill Rd. A ticket to Spider Man 2 will be given away; wear something Marvel Comics-related and get an extra entry into the contest. Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by Friends of the Glen Allen Branch Library. For details, call 290-9500 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org

Meadow Farm Museum to host the program ‘No Batteries Required’

April 16 2014 - Enjoy 19th-century leisure activities, 1 p.m., Free
Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd., will host the program “No Batteries Required” from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Trundle hoops, walk on stilts and indulge in other 19th-century leisure activities. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com

Registration ends April 17 for parenting class at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church

April 17 2014 - Six-week parenting class begins Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Free
St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 10627 Patterson Ave., will offer a six-week parenting class beginning April 23. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The sessions will consist of DVD presentations followed by small group discussions. On-site childcare will be available. Workbooks for participants will be provided. The program is free. Register by April 17 by calling 740-2101 or visit http://www.stbartsrichmond.org

Several historic sites normally only open for appointments will be welcoming visitors

April 17 2014 - , 1 p.m., Free
Several historic sites that are normally only open for appointments will be welcoming visitors from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The sites are: Historic Deep Run Schoolhouse, 3417 Pump Rd.; Historic Springfield School, 4747 Pouncey Tract Rd.; Courtney Road Service Station, 3401 Mountain Rd.; and Clarke-Palmore House Museum, 904 McCoul St. This is an excellent time for the public to visit and also an opportunity for Henrico County fifth graders to explore sites on their Discover Henrico History passes. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com

Commonwealth Parenting to present workshop on ‘Terrific Twos and Thrilling Threes’

April 17 2014 - Children’s Museum of Richmond-Short Pump, 6 p.m., $30
Commonwealth Parenting will present “Terrific Twos and Thrilling Threes” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Short Pump, 2200 Old Brick Rd. Topics include how to handle preschool independence and behavior, picky eaters, when to move out of the crib, potty training and more. Bring questions. Cost is $30. For details, call 545-1272 or visit http://www.commonwealthparenting.org

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

Needle’s Eye Ministry luncheon series continues at The Place at Innsbrook

April 17 2014 - Speaker is Bank of America’s Lee Mitchell, Jr., 12 p.m.,
The Needle’s Eye Ministry luncheon series continues from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. at The Place at Innsbrook. Bank of America’s Lee Mitchell, Jr. will speak on “What would it Take God to Get Your Attention?” For Mitchell, it took three painful losses before “he got it.” First time guests are free. For details, call 358-1283.

Shady Grove UMC to present a Good Friday Tenebrae Service

April 18 2014 - A series of dramatic readings and special music is presented, 7:30 p.m.,
Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 4825 Pouncey Tract Rd. in Glen Allen, will present a Good Friday Tenebrae Service at 7:30 p.m. The distinctive ceremony of Tenebrae (Latin for “shadows” or “darkness”) is the gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of dramatic readings and special music is presented. For details, visit http://www.shadygroveumc.net/LentandHolyWeek

Beyond Barbie 2014: Touchy Topics continues at Crossroads Art Center

April 18 2014 - The topic tonight is 'Beyond 50 - Sex, Juice and Joy', 7 p.m., $10
Beyond Barbie 2014: Touchy Topics continues at 7 p.m. at Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd. Beyond Barbie is a performance series that began in 2011 in conjunction with Susan Singer’s provocative art show Not Barbie, a series of paintings of female nudes of every size, shape, age and race. The topic tonight is “Beyond 50 - Sex, Juice and Joy.” Tickets are $10. For details, visit http://www.beyondbarbie.info

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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

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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