Weekend Top 10
Henrico Rec and Parks and Chesterfield Rec and Parks have teamed up once again to host the 16th annual Hummer of a Summer event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Rd. The picnic is open to survivors of brain injury and their families. An adult must accompany participants under age 18. Bring a side dish to share. Admission is free but registration is required. For details, call Kariayn Peach at 501-5135.
The movie “Finding Nemo” will be shown at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd., at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 6. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491.
Virginia’s sixth annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will take place Aug. 5-7. During this three-day period, eligible items will be exempt from Virginia sales tax. To be eligible, school supply items must be $20 or less and clothing and footwear must be $100 or less. There is no limit on the number of items you can purchase tax-free as long as each item qualifies. Lists of eligible items, along with guidelines and frequently asked questions for both consumers and retailers , can be viewed at http://www.tax.virginia.gov .
Bass Pro Shops’ 2011 Fall Hunting Classic begins today and runs through Aug. 21 at its store in Ashland, 11550 Lakeridge Pkwy. The 17-day event will feature a variety of free activities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. For a schedule of events, visit http://www.basspro.com/classic .
The Gone to the Birds Festival will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Shockoe Bottom, next to 17th Street Farmer’s Market. The festival began in 2008 when the City of Richmond and local bird enthusiasts and bird groups teamed up to create an urban experience that is unique in the United States – the migration of thousands of Purple Martins rushing to roost on the Bradford Pear trees next to the 17th Street Farmer’s Market . All ages are invited. For details, visit http://www.gonetothebirds.com .
The Richmond Kickers’ 4th annual Family Fest will begin at 4 p.m. at City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Ave. The Kickers will take on the Dayton Dutch Lions. There will be live music, games, inflatables, face painting, a petting zoo, concessions and more. Virginia Blood Services will also be onsite to collect donations. The pro game will start at 7 p.m. The first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive a special gift from Union First Market Bank and admission is just $10 for the whole family before 6 p.m. After 6 p.m. admission is $12 for adults and $7 for youth. For details, call 644-5425 or visit http://www.richmondkickers.com .
The 28th annual Carytown Watermelon Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along a one-mile stretch of W. Cary St. There will be 80 musicians playing at various locations throughout the festival, over 100 exhibitors and a large kids’ area with activities. Proceeds from watermelon sales will directly benefit the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.carytownrva.org/watermelon .
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.
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.
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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