Henrico fifth-grader seeks regional spelling bee title
Henrico seventh-grader Aditya Kannoth will seek his first regional spelling bee title when he makes his fifth consecutive appearance in the event March 9 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. Kannoth, a student at Moody Middle School, finished second in last year's event. He has won five straight Henrico County spelling bees.
Thirty students will represent school divisions from across the region as they compete for the title. Each speller has already won a series of bees (classroom, grade level, school, division) in order to advance to the regional bee. Spellers range in age from seven to 14. The youngest competitor is Nicole Frye, a seven-year-old second-grade student representing Dinwiddie County.
Kannoth is one of just four returning competitors from last year's event.
The 39th annual Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee will begin at 1 p.m. The winner of the event will represent Central Virginia at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md., in May. In addition to an all-expenses paid trip to the national bee, the regional bee winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship from the Times-Dispatch.
The Central Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted its annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser April 12 at Dorey Park in Varina. More than 20 teams of walkers raised money from individual donors by participating in the walk, and in total the event generated more than $26,000 in donations for the organization. > Read more.
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.
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.
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.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘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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