By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 02/16/12
The 24th annual Richmond Boat Show will be at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 18 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19. Boats on display from 18 dealers include runabouts, saltwater fishing boats, ski boats, pontoon boats, deck boats, jet boats, PWCs, motor yachts and bass boats. Additional exhibits include boat lifts, floating docks, marine electronics, water sports and safety equipment. Experts will be on hand to give information and answer questions about marinas, financing, insurance, boat maintenance and repair and boating safety. Tickets are $9 for adults and free for children ages 16 and under. Parking is free. For details, call 425-6556 or visit http://www.gsevents.com/boat-shows.cfm.
A Good Natured Riot, a folk-funk ensemble with a jazzy soul, will perform at 8 p.m. at Ashland Coffee and Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave. The band of five acoustic musicians performs with a variety of musical instruments – from guitars and fiddles to dobro and even a washboard. Tickets are $8 at the door. For details, call 798-1702 or visit http://www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com .
Learn about the hidden history of African Americans during the Civil War from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. Explore the lives of enslaved blacks before and during the Civil War, such as the contributions of the United States Colored Troops on Henrico soil to the Union war effort. Also discover the Reconstruction-era struggle of African Americans and Henrico County’s attempts to assist them. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Join St. Mary’s Hospital for a day dedicated to heart health from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby. There will be free health screenings, cooking demos and giveaways. For details, call 359-WELL or visit http://www.goodforyourheart.com .
Children ages 4-6 are invited to explore the world of Legos from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The Armour House & Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Rd. Children are welcome to bring a Lego project to show the class. Admission is $6. For details, call 343-3506 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Handbags for Hope will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. This annual event raises funds for Safe Harbor, a nonprofit organization that provides support, shelter, educational programs and advocacy for victims of domestic violence. The event features live and silent handbag auctions, networking with local prominent women, entertainment, hors d’ourves and wine. Tickets are $25. For details, visit http://www.h4hrva.com .
Henrico Humane Society will hold its 13th annual Pet Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Showplace, 3000 Mechanicsville Tnpk. Expo activities include obedience demonstrations, a dog agility course, adoptions, puppy races, a petting zoo, contests and more. All proceeds benefit HHS. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 2-12. For a complete list of contest categories and program events, visit http://www.henricohumane.org For .details or to volunteer for the event, call 262-6634.
A family dance and silent auction to benefit CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 4825 Pouncey Tract Rd. The event will feature live music by Offering, family-friendly food and drinks, kids’ crafts, a silent auction and raffle. Richmond Photographics will offer optional family portraits for a nominal donation to CJSTUF. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Space is limited. For details, visit http://www.cjstuf.org .
A “U2charist” communion service featuring the music of rock band U2 will be held at 7 p.m. at Three Chopt Presbyterian Church, 9315 Three Chopt Rd. The service, which will include live and recorded U2 music, is free and open to the public. An offering will be collected to benefit Bread for Life, a relief and development organization that addresses spiritual and physical hunger in Africa, as well as the Central Virginia Food Bank. For details, call 270-5452 or visit http://www.tcpresbyterian.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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