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The following students recently were inducted into the James Madison University’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society for business students: Jingxiong Wu, of Henrico; and Laura Mason and Austin Highfill, of Glen Allen. To be eligible for membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, students must be a junior or senior and rank in the upper 10 percent of their respective class.

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Safe Harbor has named Susan Thweatt the honoree for the 2012 Beacon of Hope Award. Thweatt is a long-standing volunteer with the agency serving in the emergency and transitional housing programs, on the organization’s Board of Directors, on fundraising teams, and, most recently, as the chief designer and decorator for the agency’s transitional houses. Safe Harbor will also be honoring George Drumwright, one of the agency's founding Board members, for his years of service to the agency. The Beacon of Hope was created in 2007 to recognize an outstanding individual or agency in the Henrico community that has been instrumental in empowering survivors of sexual and domestic violence and/or promoting healthy relationships for all.

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Local Avon Representative Diane K. Hooker has completed the ELITE (Educating Leaders In Transformational Excellence) professional development certification hosted by the Direct Selling Woman's Alliance. As a reward, Hooker attended a three-day all-expense-paid graduation celebration in Orlando, Fla. along with 75 other Representatives who completed the curriculum through Avon's AUL Academy. Hooker is a member of the inaugural class of Avon's AUL Academy which is an educational curriculum designed to enhance their independent businesses, advance title promotion and accelerate earnings levels.

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Ford Torney, of Henrico, has been selected to play the mysterious man for the University of Mary Washington production of “Into the Woods” Nov. 1-18. Torney is the son of Maureen and Chris Torney, of Henrico, and is a 2011 graduate of Mills E. Godwin High School. A sophomore majoring in international affairs, Torney has been a member of the Student Senate. In addition, he is a Washington Guide and a member of the Association of Residence Halls. “Into the Woods” is a musical about a childless baker and his wife, who would do anything in order to have a child. Tickets are $20 to $24. For more information, call 540-654-1111 or visit http://www.umw.tix.com


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

Weekend Top 10


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.

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.

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