Weekend Top 10
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 01/11/13
The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present “The Legend of the Poinsettia” at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 12 and at 3 p.m. Jan. 13 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The story is based on the Mexican legend of a pure hearted young girl who discovers the true spirit of giving. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, children, seniors and military. For details, call 356-3876 or visit http://www.latinballet.com.
Old-time fiddler Bruce Molsky will perform at 8 p.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave. Molsky, a former engineer from the Bronx who didn’t begin a music career until he was 40, is described as a defining virtuoso of Appalachia’s timeless folk music traditions. Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door. For details, call 798-1702 or visit http://www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com .
Mystery Dinner Playhouse’s show “Here’s Killing You, Kid” continues at 7:30 p.m. inside the Richmond Magnuson Grand 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 at 7:30 p.m. through Feb. 16, 2013. For details, call 649-CLUE or visit http://www.mysterydinner.com .
The Shady Grove Coffeehouse will continue its 12th season with Virginia-based roots duo The Honey Dewdrops at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish create a blend of new Americana and traditional folk music. They write all their own songs and use a handful of acoustic instruments. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; teens are admitted at half-price and children under 12 are free. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
North Park Library, 8508 Franconia Rd., will offer free fun crafts for the whole family at 10:30 a.m. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
The Pamunkey River Garden Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 8209 Shady Grove Rd. in Mechanicsville. Scott Martin will present a program on “Trimming/Shaping/Pruning Shrubs in the Asian Manner.” All are welcome. For details, call Susan Blankinship at 932-3451.
A special screening of “Forks Over Knives” will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St. The film reveals that many of our most serious health problems can be prevented, and oftentimes reversed, simply by changing the way we eat. Admission is free; the Vegetarian Society of Richmond will accept donations. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/b9lr8jk .
ECPI University will host a Career Discovery Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all Richmond campus locations. Attendees will have the opportunity to see interactive demonstrations, tour the campuses, meet with faculty and staff and more. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://www.ecpi.edu .
Two Henrico libraries are offering story time for working parents and their children. Mother Goose Story Time, for children ages 6-24 months, will take place at 9:30 a.m. at Tuckahoe, 1901 Starling Dr., and Twin Hickory, 5001 Twin Hickory Rd. Family Story Time, with stories selected for ages 3-5, will begin at 10:30 a.m. at both libraries. Space is limited to 25 children per session. Doors close five minutes after story time begins. For details, call 290-9100 (Tuckahoe) or 290-9200 (Twin Hickory) or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
Author Michele Rolle will sign copies of her début memoir “Invisible Warrior” before and after morning services at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 4247 Creighton Rd. For details, call 643-4000.
The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.
Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.
Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.
At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.
Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.
The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.
Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.
The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.
“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”
The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.
Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.
Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?
Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.
Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space
A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.
Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.
Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.
Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.
“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.
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