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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

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

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

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

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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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