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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

Choose from a variety of crafts to make, take home at Varina Library

April 15 2014 - , 7:30 p.m.,
Choose from a variety of crafts to make and take home at 7:30 p.m. at Varina Library, 2001 Library Rd. For details, call 290-9800 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org

Explore the important role of animals in the Civil War at Dabbs House Museum

April 15 2014 - There will be stories and photographs, 10 a.m., Free
Explore the important role of animals in the Civil War from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. There will be stories and photographs. Ages 6-12. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com

Commonwealth Parenting to present workshop on establishing rules, boundaries

April 15 2014 - Children’s Museum of Richmond-Short Pump, 12 p.m., $25
Commonwealth Parenting will present “Establishing Rules, Boundaries and Consequences for Children 11-16 Years” from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Short Pump, 2200 Old Brick Rd. Discuss effective means of setting rules, boundaries and consequences while encouraging autonomy in your adolescent. Cost is $25. For details, call 545-1272 or visit http://www.commonwealthparenting.org

Richmond Apartment Owners’ ‘Think Tank’ group to meet at Piccadilly Café

April 15 2014 - The topic is 'Ideas for Maximizing Your Advertising', 12 p.m.,
The Richmond Apartment Owners’ “Think Tank” group will meet at 12 p.m. at Piccadilly Café, 8004 W. Broad St. The topic is Ideas for Maximizing Your Advertising. The Think Tank meets on the third Tuesday of each month and is free to attend. The meeting provides a casual setting where ideas, policies and procedures relating to the apartment industry are exchanged. For details, visit http://www.richmondapartmentowners.com

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

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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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