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
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.
The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.
The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.
Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.
The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.
Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.
But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.
That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.
An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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