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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).

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

University of Richmond to host Earth Day Global Sounds Concert

April 19 2014 - Featuring Richmond-based Balinese percussion ensemble Gamelan Raga Kusuma, 3 p.m., Free
Richmond-based Balinese percussion ensemble Gamelan Raga Kusuma will perform at 3 p.m. at the Earth Day Global Sounds Concert at the University of Richmond. This free, family-friendly concert features Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances by several music ensembles. After the concert, audience members will have an opportunity to see and interact with the instruments, including the gamelan and drums. For details, visit http://www.ragakusuma.org

Shady Grove UMC to host food truck court on Wednesdays throughout summer

April 23 2014 - Bring chairs or blankets, 5:30 p.m.,
Shady Grove United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Pouncey Tract and Shady Grove roads, will host a food truck court from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Bring chairs or blankets. For details, visit http://www.shadygroveumc.net

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

Reptiles Alive! educational program to take place at Henrico Theatre

April 26 2014 - Program features a giant snake, alligator, tortoise, monitor lizard and more, 10:30 a.m.,
Reptiles Alive!, an exciting and educational introduction to all kinds of reptiles from all kinds of places, will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The program features a giant snake, alligator, tortoise, monitor lizard and more. Space is limited. Registration is required by calling 328-4491.


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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