Weekend Top 10
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 07/26/12
The Henrico Theatre Company will present the musical comedy “The Cocoanuts” at 8 p.m. July 27-28 and at 2:30 p.m. July 28-29 at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Brush up on your slap-stick because the Marx Brothers are back and infiltrating the Florida real estate boom circa 1920. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Reservations are required. For details, call Amy Perdue at 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.
Henrico native Brad Sharp will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Sharp grew up in Highland Springs and has experience on Broadway, TV and film and events such as the Emmys and the Oscars. He will perform many of his original compositions as well as some of the most requested covers. Tickets are $20 in advance for adults and $10 in advance for children ten and under. All tickets at the door are $25. For details, visit https://www.ticketriver.com/event/3862 .
St. Mary’s for Kids’ Movies on the Avenues continues with “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” at 8:30 p.m. The free outdoor movie will be shown at the Westhampton School’s playing fields, 5800 Patterson Ave. at Maple Avenue. Pre-movie fun with RVA Hoop House, food, beverages and kids’ activities begins at 7:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. For details, call 359-WELL.
The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host Feria de la Oportunidad from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Targeted to Richmond’s Latino communities but open to all, “Feria” offers employment opportunities, including the Henrico Police, networking and community resources, such as health information, nonprofit resources and state resources like the DMV. There will also be prize raffles, music, food and workshops and seminars throughout the day on various topics in Spanish such as health, business, education, family services and emergency awareness. Admission and parking are free. For details, call 378-4099 or visit http://www.feriajobfair.com.
DEON Intervention, Inc., a nonprofit organization designed to empower communities and young adults ages 10-22 in the areas of Drugs, Education, Obesity and Nutrition, will hold its first “Move with DEON” 3K at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd., from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be giveaways, vendors, food, children’s activities and more. Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for ages 13-17, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for children under five. For details, visit http://www.deonintervention.org .
In honor of National Dance Day, Saxon Shoes will hold a free dance class at 10 a.m. In addition to promoting dance education and physical fitness, Saxon's Dance Day event is designed to spread the word about one of Saxon's on-going community partners, the Central Virginia Chapter of the National MS Society. The event will serve as the kick off to the nomination period for their "Women on the Move" program. The class will be led by Saxon’s General Manager Kemel Patton, who has lived with MS since 1995. For details, call 285-3473 or visit http://www.facebook.com/saxonshoes .
The Taters will perform an all-ages show at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The Taters, who have been compared to the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and the Beatles, play a mix of roots-rock, power-pop, country and Americana. Admission is free but registration is required. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Spend a day on the farm at Children’s Museum of Richmond-Central, 2626 W. Broad St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make fun farm-themed projects and visit with a real live cow and baby calf, courtesy of SUDIA. The event is free with museum admission. For details, visit http://www.c-mor.org .
The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will host a free workshop on common food allergies from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the extension office of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Dr. The session will provide an overview of the eight major food allergens and explain how to read food labels and identify hidden allergens. Participants also will learn how to treat an allergic reaction with an EpiPen auto-injector and receive tips on managing food allergies at home, in schools and in child care centers. The workshop is free and open to the public. To register, call 786-4150 or visit http://www.co.henrico.va.us/extension .
The K95 Countryfest 2012, featuring country star Darius Rucker, will perform at 2 p.m. at the Snagajob Pavilion in Innsbrook, 4901 Lakebrook Rd. Colt Ford and Corey Smith also headline. For the second year, K95 will invite members of the US Army to CountryFest; new soldiers will be sworn in on stage. General admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the gate; children ten and under are free. For details, visit http://www.k95country.com/countryfest/
Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.
YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.
The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.
‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.
The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).
It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.
Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.
The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.
As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.
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