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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

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

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

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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

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.

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.

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