Weekend Top 10
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 04/19/12
The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) will host a Mentor Day Carnival from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Genworth Campus, 6620 W. Broad St. There will be an opportunity to learn more about Henrico PAL and its mentoring program and the chance to register, if individuals want to mentor or need a mentor. In addition to food, games and prizes, there will be an appearance by the Lady Raiders from the Richmond Raiders Professional Indoor Football team and information regarding voter registration. The event is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine. For details, visit http://www.henricopal.org .
The Shady Grove Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church at 11105 Cauthorne Rd., will continue its 11th season with award-winning Bluegrass band Molasses Creek at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door; teens are admitted at half price and children 12 and under are free. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
The Modlin Center for the Arts will present comedian and author Paula Poundstone at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond. Poundstone, known for appearing on stage with a stool, microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, she is also a panelist on NPR’s ‘oddly informative’ weekly news quiz program “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” Tickets are $40. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
YMCA of Greater Richmond and Goodwill will host an electronics recycling event during business hours at all greater Richmond locations including Chickahominy, John Rolfe, North Richmond, Shady Grove and Tuckahoe branches in Henrico. Organizers hope to collect 15 tons of unwanted electronics including personal computers, keyboards, mice, monitors, printers and scanners. For details, call 521-4913 or visit http://www.ymcarichmond.org/goodwill .
Little Sisters of the Poor will host the 4th annual French Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Home, 1503 Michaels Rd. There will be French desserts, chocolates, bread and wine and for the first time, there will be a Parisian Marketplace offering a variety of unique vendors. There will also be live entertainment by local artists and fun-filled games and activities for children. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. All proceeds benefit Little Sisters of the Poor. For details, call 288-6245 or visit http://www.lspfrenchfoodfestival.com .
Henrico’s Earth Day Celebration will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Three Lakes Park, 400 Sausiluta Dr. Activities and entertainment will include educational booths and displays, recycling games, the Henrico County Bookmobile, arts and crafts promoting litter pick-up, face painting and more. There is no rain date. Admission is free. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Be The Match will host the Be The One® Richmond run/walk at 7 a.m. at North Shore Commons, 4901 Lake Brook Dr. in Innsbrook. The fundraiser gives patients with leukemia, lymphoma and 70 other life-threatening diseases a second chance at life and highlights the need for unrelated marrow donors. The event includes a 5K, 1K Fun Run and Tot Trot. Registration is $10 to $35. For details, visit http://www.betheonerun.org/richmond .
The Modlin Center for the Arts will present Béla Fleck and the Original Flecktones at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond. The group recently released their first new album in 20 years, Rocket Science. Tickets are $36. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.
Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.
Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.
Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.
The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.
Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.
At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.
Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.
In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)
For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.
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