By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 06/07/12
Parents are invited to assist their children ages 2-6 with maneuvering through cones as they steer their power wheels on a special road. The green light starts at 5 p.m. at Dorey Recreation Center, 2999 Darbytown Rd. Bring your own power wheels and meet in the parking lot. Admission is free. For details, call 795-2334 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Active seniors ages 50+ are invited to the Friday Night Fun Club from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hidden Creek Recreation Center, 2417 Brockway Ln. Socialize with friends while playing your favorite card and board games. The club meets the second Friday of each month. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite game and snack. Admission is free. For details, call Aaron Reidmiller at 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Professional Singles Association’s 50+ Meet n’ Greet Social Hour will start at 5:30 p.m. at Halligan’s Bar and Grill, 2451 Old Brick Rd., in Short Pump. For details, call Sue at 536-1695 or visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com .
The James River Advisory Council, in cooperation with the James River Association, will sponsor the 13th annual James River Regional Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at various spots along the river. Volunteers may select sites between Lynchburg and Charles City County, including Osborne Park and Boat Landing in Varina. Volunteers will pick up trash and recyclable materials along shoreline areas and trails, while paddlers and power-boaters will collect floating trash and access shoreline trash that is difficult to reach by foot. To register to participate, visit http://www.jrac-va.org.
Family Palooza will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the tracks at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. Activities include free health screenings, face painting and glitter tattoos, juggling and magic with Jonathan Austin, games, music, sports with the UR Spiders and Kickers and a mascot dance-off featuring Nutzy, Kickeroo, the Richmond Spider and more. Admission is free. For details, call 320-DOCS or visit http://www.women.hcavirginia.com .
The American Youth Harp Ensemble will present “Classical Jam” at 4 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Rd. The concert will feature over 70 harpists and singers, ages 7-18, performing music from classical to jazz, Bach to the Beatles, as arranged specifically for the ensemble. The Virginia Choristers will give a special prelude at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. For details, call 837-9355 or visit http://www.harpensemble.org .
The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program will host a Boots @ H.O.M.E. Military Ministry event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pilgrim Journey Baptist Church, 7204 Bethlehem Rd. There will be presentations, information and resources, a Q&A period and light refreshments. The event is free and open to all veterans, active duty personnel and family members. For details, call Jackie Thompson at 937-1952 or visit http://www.wearevirginiaveterans.org .
Commemorate the 150th anniversary of Stuart’s Ride around McClellan’s Federal Army from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. This meeting between Generals Lee and Stuart led up to the Seven Days Battles. There will be period music, children’s activities, Civil War re-enactors, tours and more. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
First Things First, in collaboration with the Richmond Kickers and the Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership, will host “Celebrate Fatherhood” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ukrop Park and the new Collegiate School Aquatics Center. In addition to swimming pool fun, there will be field games, bounce houses, food vendors and the “Fastest Dad in Richmond” contests (both swimming and running). The event is free. For details, visit http://www.firstthingsrichmond.org .
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present National Theatre Live’s “Frankenstein” at 2 p.m. June 10 and at 7 p.m. June 11 in Camp Concert Hall. This new production, based on the novel by Mary Shelley, features Johnny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch; Miller and Cumberbatch alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature in two electrifying broadcasts. The groundbreaking series National Theatre Live brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to movie theatres around the world. Admission is $14.50 for adults and $12.50 for seniors. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu
The Central Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted its annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser April 12 at Dorey Park in Varina. More than 20 teams of walkers raised money from individual donors by participating in the walk, and in total the event generated more than $26,000 in donations for the organization. > Read more.
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.
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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