Weekend Top 10
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 .
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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