By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 05/24/12
The “Pinta” and the “Nina,” replicas of Columbus’ ships, will be open for tours at Rocketts Landing, 251 Rocketts Way, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 25-27. The ships tour together as a new and enhanced “sailing museum” for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the “caravel,” a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and other early explorers. Admission for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for students ages 5-16 and free for children under 4. The ships will leave Rocketts Landing June 3. For details, visit http://www.thenina.com .
The Professional Singles Association’s 50+ Meet n’ Greet Social Hour will start at 5:30 p.m. at Eurasia Café and Wine Bar, 1308 Gaskins Rd. Make new friends and enjoy happy hour specials on drinks and select appetizers from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For details, visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com .
All ages are invited to Family Game Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd. Enjoy backgammon, checkers, chess, cards, dominoes and other games. Outdoor games weather permitting. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Butterflies LIVE exhibit is back May 25 to October 14 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Visitors will be able to walk among hundreds of butterflies in the North Wing of the Conservatory. The exhibit will also feature special plantings to provide food for the butterflies, allowing visitors to get an up-close view of the showy tropical species. The exhibit is included with garden admission. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
Henley Street Theatre will present the Richmond premiere of “Yellowman” at 8 p.m. May 25-26 at the SPARC Center for the Performing Arts, 2106-A N. Hamilton St. The play is a coming-of-age drama, a family tragedy, a social critique and a moving love story that deals with racism, sexism, class prejudices and stereotypes. Talk-back sessions will follow each performance. Performances continue through June 16. Tickets are $17 to $27. For details, visit http://www.henleystreettheatre.org .
The Fourth Friday art show and reception featuring the art program at Henrico High School will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Art Works, 320 Hull St. Teacher Mary Scurlock guides her students through the many facets of art and the culmination of this work is the senior show at Art Works. The exhibit, located in the Jane Sandelin Gallery, continues through June 5. The event is free and open to the public. For details, call 291-1400 or visit http://www.artworksrichmond.com.
The 10th annual Autism Society of Central Virginia 5K Run/Walk will start at 8 a.m. at the Innsbrook Pavilion. There will also be refreshments, music, exhibitors and a Kids Fun Zone. All proceeds stay within the greater Richmond area; the 5K run/walk is the chapter’s primary fundraising event raising nearly $73,000 in 2011. Registration is $10 for children under age 10 and $25 for ages 11 and older. Registration is due by May 23. For details, visit http://www.ascv5k.com .
Guitarist and songwriter Tom Martin will perform at 8 p.m. at Congregation Or Ami, 9400 W. Huguenot Rd. Martin’s music is described as “Celtic Fusion.” He will talk about various traditional styles that have inspired his own work and will perform traditional songs, as well as his own compositions. This is Richmond Folk Music’s final concert of the season. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. For details, call 647-7856 or visit http://www.richmondfolkmusic.com .
The RVA Local Patronage Mob will be visiting Box Brown Imports, 518 N. 2nd St., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The mob visits local businesses on a scheduled day to give the business an extraordinary day of patronage. That business then gets to choose the next stop. Box Brown Imports was chosen by the owner of Umami Coffee & Tea, located in Henrico. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/RVALocalPatronageMob .
A Memorial Day weekend big band concert will take place on the front lawn of Christ Ascension Episcopal Church, 1704 W. Laburnum Ave., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Joe Enroughty And His Royal Virginians will perform big band favorites. An area in front of the bandstand will be set up for dancing; bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. The concert will benefit the Christ Ascension food pantry and guests are asked to donate non-perishable food items. Admission is free. For details, call 264-9474 or visit http://www.cachurch.net
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.
Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.
The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > 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.
Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.
A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”
The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.
The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.
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