By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 06/28/12
Groovin in the Garden 2012 continues with Brandi Carlile with The Lumineers at 6 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Tickets are $25. All ages welcome; children under age 10 are free. All shows are held rain or shine. For details, visit http://www.groovininthegarden.net .
The Rinard Family will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The concert features beloved hymns, original creations and favorites from “Amazing Grace” and “This is the Day” to “Folsom County Prison” and “Crazy.” Admission is free but reservations are required. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Youth ages 6-12 are invited to Generation Z Games from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. There will be basketball, air hockey, ping-pong, Xbox Kinect, PS3 and more. Admission is free. For details, call 225-2056 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Varina Branch of C&F Bank, 2651 New Market Rd., will host a Customer Appreciation/Fourth of July Celebration from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be free hotdogs, funnel cakes and snow cones, as well as children’s activities and a prize wheel. For details, call 795-7000.
“Game Show Murders,” a new presentation by the Mystery Dinner Playhouse, opens today and will run through Oct. 13 inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 6531 W. Broad St. Audience members solve this uproarious game show mystery during a four course dinner. Shows are every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $48. For details, call 649-CLUE or visit http://www.mysterydinner.com .
Doug Church, the ‘True Voice of Elvis,’ will perform at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The ‘Viva Las Vegas’ style concert will feature Joey Pucci and the American Longboards Band and a lineup of Elvis’ greatest work. Tickets are $29. For details, visit http://www.dougchurchusa.com For .tickets, call 856-673-6223.
Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd., will present “A Journey Through Gospel Music” from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The concert features The Village of Faith Choir, Minister of Music Jason Baxtor and Director of Drama Valerie Davis. Tickets are $10. For details, call 537-5050 or visit http://www.hanovertavern.org .
Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd., will host the Summer Family Fun Carnival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. near the mall entrance to Sears. Beat the heat with a variety of indoor activities including a bounce house, balloon animals and face painting, games and prizes, popcorn, cotton candy and more. The event is free for Kidgits members and $5 for nonmembers. For details, visit http://www.simon.com/kidgits or http://www.facebook.com/virginiacentercommons.
The third annual Parham Parade and Festival will begin at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church on Lansdown Road. The parade will wind through the community and end at Parham Road Baptist Church. This year’s parade will feature the 392nd Army Band, as well as the Henrico County Concert Band who will perform at 3 p.m. Other featured activities include family games such as soccer, basketball, kickball and volleyball, a waterslide, dunk tank vehicles, a silent auction and a ceremony honoring military and veterans. For details, visit http://www.parhamparade.com
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.
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.
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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