Weekend Top 10
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 07/20/12
Join the County of Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks for an evening of Water Safety Fun from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Osborne Park, 9530 Osborne Tnpk. Watch live demonstrations by Henrico County Division of Fire’s Search, Rescue and Dive Team, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Children can enjoy a water fun area, games and educational exhibits. Concessions will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.henricorecandparks.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, dominos and other games. Outdoor games weather-permitting. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Avett Brothers will perform at Innsbrook After Hours in the Snagajob Pavilion in Innsbrook. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate. For details, visit http://www.innsbrookafterhours.com .
Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd., will hold its July Open House and Artist Reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitors will learn from the artists what inspires them to create their works of art as they stroll through the 20,000-square-foot facility. Featured artists include Irene J. Perry and artists participating in the Adele Castillo and Friends Show as well as local artists in the show “Celebrate India,” the Yearly Members Show and July’s All Media Show. Quiet Step Ensemble will provide live music. Children will enjoy magic by the Richmond Magic Club and face painting by Katherine Thompson. The exhibit runs through Sept. 10. Admission is free. For details, call 278-8950 or visit http://www.crossroadsartcenter.com .
The Professional Singles Association will host a 50+ Singles Meet n’ Greet at 5 p.m. at Skilligalee Restaurant, 5416 Glenside Dr. The group will meet in the downstairs bar area. Guests interested in staying for dinner can access a coupon for ten percent off at http://www.skilligalee.com For .details, call Sue at 536-1695 or visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com .
Culture4MyKids, Inc. will sponsor a Body, Mind, Fitness Expo from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Project Yoga, 6517 Dickens Pl. Experts will conduct workshops in the areas of natural health and hair care, Soulsa and African aerobics, healthy eating and stress relief. Proceeds to benefit Taaluma Youth Dance and Drum company. Admission is $15 to $60. For details, call Traci Johnson at 517-5376 or visit http://bit.ly/MK1wAw .
The Charlie Daniels Band will perform at Innsbrook After Hours in the Snagajob Pavilion in Innsbrook. Gates open at 6 p.m. General admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. For details, visit http://www.innsbrookafterhours.com .
Richmond-based band Offering, Short Pump Town Center and 98.9 Liberty will host Christmas in July from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the mall. The day-long event features Christmas concerts from local bands, as well as Christmas in July sales, food and drink samples from Town Center merchants, children’s activities and more. Donations will be accepted for the Central Virginia Food Bank. For details, visit http://www.shortpumpmall.com .
The Drive to Feed the Hungry Open Car Show will be held from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Kroger, 9351 Atlee Rd. The event features door prizes, trophies, peer judging, music and more. The show is open to all makes and models; registration is $10 to $15. Rain date is July 29. Admission is free for spectators and donations will be accepted for the food bank. For details, call 569-8240 or visit http://tinyurl.com/7lgfpdx
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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