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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

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

All ages invited to a Discovery Hunt at Walkerton Tavern

April 18 2014 - Discover animals and objects hiding in plain sight at the historic facility, 10 a.m., Free
All ages are invited to go on a Discovery Hunt from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd. Discover animals and objects hiding in plain sight at the historic facility. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com

Get a personal introduction to farm animals at Meadow Farm

April 18 2014 - , 1 p.m., Free
Join costumed guides as they offer a personal introduction to the turkeys, chickens, sheep, horses, cows and pigs from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com

UR to host annual Spider spring game, inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt

April 19 2014 - , 12:30 p.m., Free
The University of Richmond’s annual Spider spring game will be played at Robins Stadium at 1 p.m. Admission is free. The inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt, open to children 13 and under, will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the Milhiser Green. There will be candy and prizes. Before, during and after the spring game, fans can partake in games, interactive inflatables, face painting and Easter bag-making on Lessing Plaza at the Family Fun Zone. To register, email your child’s first and last name and age to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Joseph Bryan Park Nature Program to highlight birds

April 19 2014 - Nature Center, 10:30 a.m.,
The Joseph Bryan Park Nature Program will highlight birds from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Nature Center. For details and to register, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Riverside Outfitters to present workshop on recreational tree climbing

April 19 2014 - Deep Run Park, 10 a.m., $20
For the young and the young of heart, recreational tree climbing is one of the fastest growing sports around. Professional arborists from Riverside Outfitters will present a program for ages eight and older from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy. Cost is $20. For details, call 501-5147 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com

Learn the secrets of Walkerton Tavern

April 19 2014 - Find out what happens to a marble on the floor and practice building a wall, 10 a.m., Free
Learn the secrets of Walkerton Tavern in a fun, hands-on program from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Find out what happens to a marble on the floor and practice building a wall. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com

Volunteers needed on Saturdays for cleanup, restoration of Evergreen Cemetery

April 19 2014 - , Times vary,
Volunteers are needed most every Saturday weather-permitting for the cleanup and restoration of Evergreen Cemetery, which straddles the Henrico-Richmond line in the east end. For details, call John Shuck at 728-9475 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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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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