By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 01/25/13
Teens are invited to challenge their families in Xbox, checkers, chess, pool and Family Feud at Family Night Teen Challenge from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dorey Recreation Center, 7200 Dorey Park Dr. Teens must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free. For details, call 795-2334 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Center Season at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., will continue with The Rock & Roll Jubilee at 7 p.m. Jan. 25-26. Journey back to 1958 and be a part of the studio audience for the live broadcast on fictitious WJKS radio as it channels the spirits of founding fathers of rock n’ roll. The Jubilee includes 1950s period advertisements, skits and more. Tickets are $25. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
Commonwealth Parenting will host a Pajama Party from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Canterbury Community Nursery School, 601 N. Parham Rd. The whole family is invited to wear their favorite pajamas and enjoy pizza, cookies and storytime with Mr. Chris. There will be door prizes for parents and kids. Admission is $6 each; a family 4-pack is $20. For details, call 545-1272 or visit http://www.commonwealthparenting.org .
Dumbarton Library, 6800 Staples Mill Rd., will host the workshop “Couponing 101” at 10:30 a.m. Join Tiffany Cutts of “Young and Frugal in Virginia” as she gives advice on couponing and hosts a coupon swap. For details, call 290-9400 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
The Virginia Dance Festival will take place at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at James River High School, 3700 James River Rd. in Midlothian. The festival celebrates dance in all of its many forms including tap, hip hop, jazz, ballet, Irish, ballroom, musical theater, American Indian and more. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Tickets are $10 to $12 and can be purchased at the door. For details, visit http://www.virginiadancefestival.com .
First Things First will present an All Pro Dad Event from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Richmond Community Church, 11801 Nuckols Rd. The program will feature a simulcast with Tony Dungy, Tommy Bowden, Mark Merrill and more. Dungy will speak about his relationship with Christ and its impact on his life as a husband, father and coach. Kids will be guided through age-appropriate football drills designed for fathers to encourage and challenge their children. Cost is $10 per family. To register, call 288-3431 or visit http://www.firstthingsrichmond.org .
Commonwealth Parenting will present an anti-bullying workshop for parents, teachers and guidance counselors from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Canterbury Community Preschool, 601 N. Parham Rd. The workshop, “Teaching Empathy, Tolerance and Inclusion in the Middle School Years,” will discuss experiential activities that teach empathy and inclusion, practical and realistic ways to teach children how to respond when they find themselves the victims of bullying, cyber bullying and community resources will be shared. Cost is $30. For details, call 545-1272 or visit http://www.commonwealthparenting.org .
The Simon Kidgits Club will host its first event of 2013, the When I Grow Up event, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the JC Penney Court at Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd. This mini Career Day will allow children to explore various careers. The event is free for Kidgit members and $5 for nonmembers. For details, call 266-9000 or visit http://www.virginiacentercommons.com To b.ecome a Kidgits member, visit Guest Services or http://www.simonkidgitclub.com .
Kitchen Thyme, 7801 W. Broad St., will host an indoor winter market every Saturday through April from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be up to 15 local food vendors and artisans each week. For details, call 396-2665 or visit http://www.kitchenthymerva.com .
William Wisnom will perform an organ recital at 7:30 p.m. at River Road Church Baptist, 8000 River Rd. The performance is part of the E. Carl Freeman Concert Series. Wisnom is the current recipient of the E. Carl Freeman, Jr. Organ Scholarship at Johns Hopkins University. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.rrcb.org/concertseries
The Central Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted its annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser April 12 at Dorey Park in Varina. More than 20 teams of walkers raised money from individual donors by participating in the walk, and in total the event generated more than $26,000 in donations for the organization. > Read more.
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.
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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