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Twin Hickory Park will host ‘April Showers: A Celebration of Spring’

April 18 2015 - Crafts, music, storytelling and games, as well as exhibits and activities led by Henrico Extension, 1 p.m., Free
Twin Hickory Park will host “April Showers: A Celebration of Spring” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Explore spring weather and the local flora and fauna. There will be crafts, music, storytelling and games, as well as exhibits and activities led by Henrico Extension. Crafts include a rain gauge for your garden, cork sailboats, and spring foliage door decor. Other exhibitors include Henrico County Public Library, Henrico County Public Schools, and Keep Henrico Beautiful. Admission is free. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Third annual Virginia Firefighter Games planned at Short Pump Town Center

April 18 2015 - Firefighting competition, equipment demos, emergency vehicles, play area and more, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Free
The third annual Virginia Firefighter Games will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Short Pump Town Center, in the parking lot between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Macy’s. The event will feature a firefighting competition, equipment demonstrations, more than 25 emergency vehicles, a children’s play area with inflatable games, live music and food. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.vafiregames.org

Support Prevent Child Abuse Virginia at the ‘Gold Festival on Broad’

April 19 2015 - Food, beer, live entertainment by Honky Tonk Heroes, vendors, children’s activities and more, 1 p.m., Free
Support Prevent Child Abuse Virginia at the Gold Festival on Broad from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Gold’s Gym Plaza at West Tower. Enjoy food, beer, live entertainment by Honky Tonk Heroes, vendors, children’s activities, educational classes, a fitness expo and more. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.goldsgymplaza.com

Third annual Spring Into The Arts Festival planned at Shady Grove UMC

April 25 2015 - Festival benefits The Center for Creative Arts, located on the Shady Grove UMC campus, 10 a.m., Free
The third annual Spring Into The Arts Festival at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 4825 Pouncey Tract Rd., will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival features the work of 26 of Richmond’s best artists including award-winning painters, unique hand-made jewelry, pottery, fused and stained glass, totes, hand-made candles and upcycled art. Kids can make their own art, as well. The festival benefits The Center for Creative Arts, located on the Shady Grove UMC campus. For details, visit http://www.center4creativearts.org

CASA Superhero 5K Race, Kids’ Run & Family Fun planned at St. Joseph’s Villa

April 25 2015 - Children 12 and under can participate in the kids’ race, 8 a.m.,
The 6th annual CASA Superhero 5K Race, Kids’ Run & Family Fun will start at 8 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Villa, 8000 Brook Rd. St. Joseph’s Villa offers a flat and fast 5K course, which accommodates all levels of expertise. Children 12 and under can participate in the kids’ race. There will also be entertainment and refreshments. For details, visit http://www.casarun.com

Chickahominy YMCA to celebrate YMCA Healthy Kids Day

April 25 2015 - Family group exercise classes, fun fitness activities, health screenings, nutrition and more, 10 a.m., Free
Chickahominy YMCA, 5401 Whiteside Rd. in Sandston, will celebrate YMCA Healthy Kids Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s theme is “Fitness is Fun.” There will be family group exercise classes, fun fitness activities, health screenings, nutrition education, healthy snack stations, games, prizes and more. Admission is free and open to the community. For details, call Lauren Reyes at 729-4604 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Community

Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

Fourth-annual Healy Gala planned


The Fourth Annual Healy Gala will be held Saturday, Apr. 11, at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The event was created to honor Michael Healy, a local businessman and community leader who died suddenly in June 2011, and to endow the Mike Healy Scholarship (through the Glen Allen Ruritan Club), which benefits students of Glen Allen High School.

Healy served as the chairman of Glen Allen Day for several years and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities and organizations. > Read more.

Ruritan Club holding Brunswick stew sale


The Richmond Battlefield Ruritan Club is holding a Brunswick stew sale, with orders accepted through March 13 and pick-up available March 14. The cost is $8 per quart.

Pick-up will be at noon, March 14, at the Richmond Heights Civic Center, 7440 Wilton Road in Varina.

To place an order, call Mike at (804) 795- 7327 or Jim at (804) 795-9116. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


There are several fun events this weekend taking place outside including the third annual Virginia Firefighter Games at Short Pump Town Center; Twin Hickory Park’s “April Showers: A Celebration of Spring” event; the Young Life Richmond West 5k in Innsbrook; and the Gold Festival on Broad which benefits Prevent Child Abuse Virginia. Fingers crossed for no rain! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


The University of Richmond will host its annual Global Family Concert this weekend – a free, family friendly concert featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances. Country music fans can head to The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen for “An Evening of Country” featuring The Honky Tonk Experience. Enjoy the spring weather at Meadow Farm for “Sheep to Shawl” or join the Henrico Hiking Club at James River Park. 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.

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