By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 11/22/12
The Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., will kick off from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Celebrate this year's East Meets West theme with entertainment by the River City Taiko drummers and a show by the Jow Ga Kuen Lion Dance Team. GardenFest of Lights features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners and family activities. It runs nightly, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., through Jan. 7. Admission is $4 to $11. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
The Richmond Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant, located in the Short Pump Town Center, will host Don “DC” Curry at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Nov. 23, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Nov. 24 and at 7 p.m. Nov. 25. Curry has been the star of numerous stand-up comedy tours including the highly lauded “Royal Comedy Tour” of winter/spring 2010-11. He is also a skilled voice-over artist on hit TV shows like Boondocks. Admission is $20. For details, call 521-8900 or visit http://www.richmondfunnybone.com .
South River Compounding Pharmacy, 3656 Mayland Ct. next to Cracker Barrel off Gaskins Rd., has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide a Black Friday shuttle and shop event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A cottage market will be on-site at the pharmacy with local craftsmen, artisans and culinary artists, all selling unique gifts you won’t find in stores. Customers will also be able to have their cars valet parked and receive shuttle service to and from Short Pump Town Center. Donations to BBBS are encouraged. For details, call 897-6447.
Christian Youth Theatre will perform “Oliver,” an musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic “Oliver Twist,” at 3 p.m. Nov. 23-25, 7 p.m. Nov. 23-24 and at 11 a.m. Nov. 24 at The Steward School, 11600 Gayton Rd. Tickets are $15. For details, call 285-2987 or visit http://www.cytrichmond.org .
Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Rd. in Glen Allen, will host its annual Christmas Open House from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 23-24. There will be classes, demonstrations, herbal tastings, a farm tour and products available for purchase. Lunch is available by reservation. Admission and parking are free. For details, call 262-7167 or visit http://www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com .
Mystery Dinner Playhouse will perform “Here’s Killing You, Kid” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23-24 inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 6531 W. Broad St. Audience members will solve this 1940s detective spoof during a four course dinner. Tickets are $48. The show continues every Friday-Saturday through Feb. 16, 2013. For details, call 649-CLUE or visit http://www.mysterydinner.com .
Legendary Santa will come down the chimney for the first time this season at 9 a.m. at the Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2626 W. Broad St. Santa will be at CMOR until Christmas Eve. A visit with Santa is free and open to the public; photo packages are available for purchase. Hours vary. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.c-mor.org .
Kitchen Thyme, 7801 W. Broad St., will host its first annual Holiday Vendor Fair at 10 a.m. There will be food vendors, Mary Kay, Thirty-One, Scentsy Fragrance, Premier Design and local photographers. For details, call 396-COOK.
Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd., will again host Caring Santa for children with special needs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the JC Penney court. The photo environment will be set up to support the sensory, physical and developmental needs of the children. This private, after-hours event will feature no lines, no crowds and no music. To register, call 266-9002 or visit http://www.virginiacentercommons.com
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.
The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.
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.
Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.
But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.
That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > 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.
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