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Innsbrook Saves the Earth Week to host festival, annual lake cleanup April 24-25

April 24 2014 - , Times vary,
Innsbrook Saves the Earth Week will present the Go Green Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 24. Receive a free Chick-fil-A sandwich coupon for donating to Goodwill; pledge to give 60 minutes of your time to help the environment with Keep Virginia Beautiful; and enjoy food trucks and a Farmer’s Market with Relay Foods, in-season crops, homemade soaps and lotions, GrowRVA and more. Innsbrook will host the 8th annual lake clean up from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 25. Gather with coworkers and neighboring businesses and clean up the lakes found in Innsbrook. Boats and kayaks will be brought in. For details, visit http://www.innsbrook.com

River City Band to perform at Henrico Theatre

April 25 2014 - Reservations are required, 7 p.m., Free
River City Band will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Admission is free. Reservations are required. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com

The Four Freshmen to perform at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen

April 25 2014 - The Four Freshmen was one of the top vocal groups in the 1950s, 7 p.m., $32
The Four Freshmen will perform at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The Four Freshmen was one of the top vocal groups in the 1950s and formed the bridge between the '40s ensembles like Mel-Tones and the harmony-based rock & roll bands such as the Beach Boys, Spanky & Our Gang and the Manhattan Transfer. Tickets are $32. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com

Henrico Community Services to show how to use a fire extinguisher at YMCA

April 25 2014 - Hot Spot events and activities are open to the community for ages 55+, 9 a.m., Free
Jon Reinmuth, from Henrico Community Services, will show how to use a fire extinguisher from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the pavilion at Chickahominy YMCA, 5401 Whiteside Rd. Hot Spot events and activities are open to the community for active older adults age 55 and older. For details, call 737-9622 or visit http://www.chickahominyymca.org

Man Church meets every Friday morning at Joey’s Hot Dogs in Innsbrook

April 25 2014 - A White Hot Ministries program, 7:15 a.m., Free
Man Church, a White Hot Ministries program, meets every Friday morning from 7:15 a.m. to 8 a.m. at Joey’s Hot Dogs in The Shoppes at Innsbrook. Man Church helps men be leaders of a Christian household, as well as provides an opportunity for men to worship with other men as they work toward strengthening their relationships with God. For details, call 912-6263 or visit http://www.godstrongmen.org/programs/man-church

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

Beyond Barbie 2014: Touchy Topics continues at Crossroads Art Center

April 25 2014 - Topic tonight is 'A Powwow about Polarization – How Words Can Unite and Divide Us', 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 “A Powwow about Polarization – How Words Can Unite and Divide Us.” Tickets are $10. For details, visit http://www.beyondbarbie.info

Registration ends today for 2014 Henrico Citizens Academy beginning May 1

April 25 2014 - Five-week class held on Wednesdays at a different location each week, , Free
Registration ends today for the 2014 Henrico Citizens Academy, a five-week class beginning May 1 designed to give residents a comprehensive look at county operations and services. Classes will be led by Henrico officials and staff and will be held at a different county facility each week. The free program will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays. To register, call 501-4370 or visit http://www.connect.henricorecandparks.com

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

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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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