By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 02/09/12
Henrico Theatre Company will present three one-act plays featuring the winners of the annual HTC Playwriting Competition from Feb. 10-26 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The winning titles are “Four and Twenty Wretched Dates,” A State of Being Normal” and “#4 Three Gables Run.” Performance times are 8 p.m. except for Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. An additional performance will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Admission to the One-Act Showcase is free. For a complete performance schedule, call Amy Perdue at 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.
The 27th annual Richmond Camping RV Expo will be held from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Dave Solberg, RV expert and author of “The RV Handbook” will present seminars throughout the weekend on topics such as RV buying, driving and towing, as well as a Handyman Series on refrigerators and generators. Admission is $9 for adults and free for ages 16 and below. For details, call 800-441-0013 or visit http://www.agievents.com.
Learn the many ways houses were lit in the mid-19th century from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Find out how many candles you would need for a year and help make a few for Meadow Farm’s supply. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130.
Youth ages 6-12 are invited to be building explorers at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd., from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Learn mystifying facts about the tavern. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898.
The 2nd annual Bluegrass Invitational Concert and Benefit will be held from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church, 2300 Dumbarton Rd. Featured artists include Code Blue, Milford Station, Copper Ridge, One Lane Bridge, Old Dogs – New Tricks and Homeward Bound. The event is hosted by the Virginia Folk Music Association and the McShin Foundation. Tickets are $10. For details, call 249-1845 or visit http://www.mcshin.org .
Members of the Richmond Men’s Chorus and Richmond Women’s Chorus will present the Valentine’s Cabaret at 8 p.m. at Richmond Triangle Players Theatre, 1300 Altamont Ave. The concert will feature solos, duets and ensembles from members of the choruses singing Broadway, pop, standards and country hits. Tickets are $15. An additional performance will be on Feb. 12. For details, call 346-8113 or visit http://www.rtriangle.org .
The Shady Grove Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church at 11105 Cauthorne Rd. in Glen Allen, will continue its 11th season with a concert by legendary folk singer-songwriter Bill Staines at 8 p.m. Staines has 26 recordings to his credit including “All God’s Critters,” “The Roseville Fair,” “Child of Mine” and “River.” Admission is $12 in advance and $15 at the door; children 12 and under are free and teens 13-18 are admitted at half price. Proceeds benefit UUCC. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
Chick-fil-A at Short Pump Crossing, 3380 Pump Rd., will host a Daddy Daughter Date Night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The evening will feature reserved seating, a chocolate fountain, photo and activities. Seating times are at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Reservations are required. For details, call 364-0200 or visit http://www.cfaspc.com .
Legendary American folksinger Arlo Guthrie will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond. He will share timeless stories and unforgettable classic songs as he carries on the Guthrie family legacy. Tickets are $40. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu
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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