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
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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