Citizen Staff Reports 05/24/11
Henrico’s 400th anniversary commemoration will take to the road for a series of bus tours of historical county locations, beginning with a daylong look at Henrico’s key Civil War sites on Saturday, June 11. Later tours will examine Henrico’s African-American history and the county’s development over the past four centuries.
Coordinated by the Valentine Richmond History Center and the county’s Division of Recreation and Parks, the historical bus tours run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and originate at Dabbs House, 3820 Nine Mile Road. The $30 fee includes a box lunch. Reservations must be made by contacting the Valentine Richmond History Center at (804) 649-0711, ext. 301.
The June 11 tour will feature “Henrico’s Civil War History,” focusing on the 1862 battles of Seven Pines and Malvern Hill as well as the 1864 battle at New Market Heights, during which a number of soldiers from the U.S. Colored Troops earned the Medal of Honor. The tour also will include a visit to Dabbs House, where Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and other Confederate generals charted strategy for the Seven Days Battles in June 1862.
A tour set for Saturday, Aug. 20 will examine “Henrico’s African-American Heritage” with visits to sites highlighting the role African-Americans played in the county’s development.
For details, visit http://www.richmondhistorycenter.com
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.
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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