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A taste of France, in Henrico

At last year’s French Food Festival, (left to right) Cheryl Towner, Karyn Cumming, Sister Joseph Marie and “Chef Paul” Elbling were among the festival-goers celebrating France and its cuisine and culture.
Does spring weather bring on a craving to visit with friends at an outdoor cafe as you listen to music, sip wine and nibble French baguettes?

If so, then mark your calendar for April 21 and the Fourth Annual Little Sisters of the Poor French Food Festival.

Featuring French foods, breads, desserts, and chocolate, the festival will also provide live entertainment and a number of children's activities and games. For shoppers, a Parisian Marketplace and boutique area will offer French cookbooks, preserves and other French merchandise.

New this year, the event will boast a Cajun Corner featuring chef Sean Murphy of Lady N’Awlins. And as always, world-renowned chef Paul Elbling will oversee the food at the festival, which is prepared and cooked with the help of a dozen volunteers from the Knights of Columbus.

During last year's event, Chef Paul and his wife, Marie, the founders and former owners of La Petite France, marked their 45th wedding anniversary. Among the guests who congratulated and visited with the Elblings were Cheryl Towner and her daughter, Karyn Cumming, then a Holman Middle School French student (pictured above).

Admission is free, but suggested donations of $2 are appreciated to help defray event costs. All proceeds from the event will benefit the elderly poor who are cared for by the Little Sisters of the Poor at St. Joseph's Home.

For more than 138 years, The Little Sisters of the Poor have provided a home and loving care for Virginia’s elderly poor. In recent years, the rising costs associated with providing geriatric residential care and meeting state and federal licensing guidelines has made it increasingly difficult for the Little Sisters to cover their operating costs, let alone keep up with repairs and maintenance on an aging building.

In 2009, volunteers joined forces with Paul and Marie Elbling to create the festival and raise funds.

The festival will be held April 21 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the grounds of St. Joseph's at 1503 Michael Road. Free parking with convenient access to the festival will be located at the Forest Office Park next door. For information, visit
http://www.lspfrenchfoodfestival.com or call 288-6245.


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

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.

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.

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