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Home Building Association of Richmond’s 2011 Parade of Homes

The Home Building Association of Richmond’s 2011 Parade of Homes began Oct. 1, marking the 60th consecutive year of the event in the Richmond region. This year's event includes 52 new homes and two remodeled homes built by 28 member builders; more than half are decorated models.

The homes are located throughout the region, including in Henrico, Goochland, Hanover, King William, New Kent, Chesterfield, Powhatan, and the City of Richmond. The Parade of Homes showcases the latest in designs, construction techniques and materials, at prices ranging from the $170s to more than $900,000.

The scattered site new home show will be held Oct. 8-9 and 15-16, and the remodeled homes will be opened Oct. 15-16. Hours are from noon to 5 p.m., and admission is free.

The Parade of Homes Plan Book and http://www.RichmondParadeofHomes.com include detailed information about the event and the home entries, such as home designs, floor plans and descriptions, detailed directions to each home and a map. The magazine is free and available at local Martin’s and Kroger supermarkets, as well as at HBAR headquarters, 400 N. Ridge Road.

The 2011 award winners include the following subdivisions in Henrico:

High Performance Home category: Best Value award - First Richmond Associates for Vaughan Heights; Unfurnished Townhomes/Condominiums $350,000 to $450,000 category: Best Bath, Best Kitchen, Best Curb Appeal and Gold award – StyleCraft Homes for Three Notch Place; Unfurnished Single Family Detached Under $250,000 category: Best Kitchen, Best Curb Appeal and Gold award – First Richmond Associates for Vaughan Heights; Unfurnished Single Family Detached $550,000 to $600,000 category: Best Curb Appeal, Silver award – Southern Traditions for Westhampton Glen; Furnished Townhomes/Condominiums Under $200,000 category: Best Kitchen, Best Curb Appeal and Gold award – StyleCraft Homes for New Market Village; Furnished Townhomes/Condominiums $300,000 to $350,000 category: Best Bath, Best Kitchen, Best Curb Appeal and Gold award – Eagle Construction of VA, LLC for West Broad Village; and Silver award – Ryan Homes for West Broad Village; Furnished Single Family Detached $450,000 to $500,000 category: Silver award – StyleCraft Homes for Townsend; Furnished Single Family Detached $520,000 to $570,000 category: Best Kitchen, Best Curb Appeal and Gold award – Ryan Homes for Martin’s Ridge; and Furnished Single Family Detached Over $845,000 category: Best Curb Appeal and Gold award – Bel Arbor Builders, Inc. for McCabe’s Grant.


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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