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.
Henrico's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of only 20 gardens in North America nominated for USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” contest for Best Public Garden.
The 20 public gardens nominated are:
• Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
• Buthcart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.
• Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. > Read more.
Photo by Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen 02/24/2014
The Fifth Annual Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) Award Banquet, held Feb. 6 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, honored HPAL’s top volunteers and employees, including Morgan Lewis, Youth of the Year; Dale Alexander, Volunteer of the Year; Lowell Thomas, Employee of the Year, and Victor Williams, Board Member of the Year. Also honored for their support were Jim and Christi Dowd of Richmond BMW and Josh Davis of Henrico County Public Schools Pupil Transportation.
Keynote speaker for the banquet was Tim Hightower, a University of Richmond alumnus and former NFL running back. Hightower was introduced by Billy McMullen, former NFL player and a Henrico PAL board member. > Read more.
The Pocahontas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, based in western Henrico, last year donated more than $1.3 million worth of manufacturers coupons to U.S. military personnel overseas. Throughout 2013, members and friends of the chapter clipped 952,349 manufacturers’ coupons valued at $1,350,630, which Program Chairman Carole Featherston shipped to U.S. military bases abroad. Military personnel can use the coupons when shopping in base stores.
The National Society Daughters of American Colonists is a women’s genealogical and patriotic society whose members are descended from a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the American colonies prior to July 4, 1776. > Read more.
But animated South African film has its moments
You might have seen something called Khumba while clicking through a Redbox recently (or perhaps it was nestled in some hidden corner of a DVD sale shelf). And chances are, you passed it by without much of a thought. Makes sense; that goggle-eyed cartoon zebra on the cover (a zebra that’s dangerously close to becoming Madagascar copyright infringement) doesn’t inspire much confidence.
But when Khumba starts up, it looks nothing like you’d expect. The camera gazes across the savannah and the soundtrack swells with triumphant South African vocals. > Read more.
If you’re looking for a date night with someone special, Henrico is the place to be! Check out a classic 90s movie, “My Girl,” at Henrico Theatre; Circa, an innovative circus from Australia, will dazzle at the University of Richmond; and celebrate TGIF at Keagan’s Restaurant where the PJ Bottoms Band is performing. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Abstract paintings of Inge Strack (pictured) are on display through March 9 at the Gumenick Family Gallery at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Strack, a Chestefield painter of German origin, often paints in bold colors with a deep sense of emotion, focusing on brushstrokes, texture and form to find a balance. Strack’s painting is routed in the European tradition of expressionism but has found its own, unique language in following the American dream.
“I am not attempting to abstract the physical world," she said. "I draw my subject matter from inside of myself hoping to create a constant conversation between the viewer and the painting, especially since abstracts do not seem to answer but ask.” > Read more.
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