By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 01/31/13
In order to raise Alzheimer’s awareness, J.R. Tucker High School will be the first high school in the country to host a “We Back Pat” basketball game in support of the Pat Summitt Foundation. Pat Summitt is the former head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers, and was diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. After her diagnosis, she decided to start the Pat Summitt foundation to promote Alzheimer’s awareness. Tucker will play Thomas Jefferson at 6 p.m. (girls varsity basketball) and 7:30 p.m. (boys varsity basketball) at the school, 2910 N. Parham Rd. The first 100 people will receive a “We Back Pat” t-shirt. For details, call 527-4611.
Enjoy an evening of jazz and blues featuring The Desiree Roots Trio at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage series, now in its fourth year, which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Tickets are $12. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
JAMinc kicks off 2013 with artist Jim Avett, father of The Avett Brothers, at 7:30 p.m. at In Your Ear, Studio A, 1813 E. Broad St. Guitarist Ray Morton and fiddler Ali Parker will accompany Avett. The format is house concert style which is two sets with a break in between. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For details, visit http://www.jaminc.org .
The film “Driving Miss Daisy” will play at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Bon Secours for Women will provide free health screenings and giveaways from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at all Richmond-area Macy’s stores, including locations at Short Pump Town Center, Regency Square Mall and Virginia Center Commons. The screenings are to promote heart health awareness and prevention during February. For details, call 965-6505 or visit http://www.bonsecoursforwomen.com .
The HARPS Foundation will present Ellen McDaniel-Weissler in her one woman show, featuring songs from Broadway’s most beloved musicals, at 3 p.m. at the Dominion Innsbrook Campus Theater, 5000 Dominion Blvd. Tickets are $10 to $15. All proceeds will benefit the American Youth Harp Ensemble. For details, call 837-9355 or visit http://www.harpensemble.org .
The Weinstein JCC will present the JCC Forum with Peter Greenberg “Israel: The Royal Tour” at 7:30 p.m. In a challenging and intense, five-day shooting schedule, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Greenberg explore both Israelas, venturing into locations not in the guidebooks or brochures that hold special meaning to the Prime Minister, and yet are entirely accessible to the audience. Tickets are $35. For details, visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org .
To commemorate Black History Month in February, the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site will present “Matinees with Miss Maggie,” a free film and lecture series that will explore African American life in Richmond and Virginia and the tragedies, triumphs, strength and courage of those who struggled for equality. Films will take place every Saturday in February at 1 p.m. at 600 N. 2nd St. The first film is “Our Inspiration: The Story of Maggie Lena Walker” and will be presented by two of the 34 black college students arrested for sitting at a lunch counter at Thalhimer’s on Feb. 22, 1960. The group became known as the “Richmond 34” and their actions led to the desegregation of downtown Richmond. For details, call 771-2017 or visit http://www.nps.gov/mawa .
The exhibit “Designed to Perfection: Mark Catesby’s Natural History” at Wilton House Museum, 215 S. Wilton Rd., ends today. Wilton commemorates the 300th anniversary of Catesby’s arrival in Virginia in 1712 with an exhibition featuring nearly 50 etchings from this seminal work along with prints by other notable naturalists of England and North America. For hours of operation and admission fees, call 282-5936 or visit http://www.wiltonhousemuseum.org
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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