By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 02/21/13
The Friends of the Tuckahoe Area Library will host a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22-23 at the library, 1901 Starling Dr. Choose from a large selection of books at bargain prices. For details, call 290-9100 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
Tour Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd., and learn more about the role African Americans played in the history of the historic building from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Go on four, separate 15-minute tours that include the Dabbs’ Family Slaves, Robert E. Lee’s slave-Perry Parks, Battle of New Market Height’s and African Americans at the almshouse. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The fourth annual Richmond Bluegrass Marathon Jam will take place from noon to midnight at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Twenty regional bluegrass bands including Jackass Flats, Slack Family Band, River City Band, The Green Boys and East Afton will perform. Admission is free but attendees are encouraged to make donations to the Richmond Fisher House. Barbecue and beverages will be available throughout the day. For details, visit http://www.rvabluegrassjam.com .
The Henrico Humane Society will hold its 14th annual Pet Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Showplace, 3000 Mechnicsville Tnpk. There will be obedience demonstrations, dog adoptions, puppy races, contests and more. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 2-12. This is HHS’s largest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds will be used to cover expenses, including medical, for the animals in HHS’s care. For details, call 262-6634 or visit http://www.henricohumane.org .
The Simon Kidgits Club at Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd., will host its free annual Book Blast event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sears Court. There will be special readings, games and giveaways, as well as a special appearance by Curious George. Kidgit members will receive a free library gift tote. For details, call 266-9000 or visit http://www.virginiacentercommons.com .
Virtuoso fiddle and banjo duo Alan Jabbour and Ken Perlman will perform at 8 p.m. at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Glen Allen, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. Jabbour and Perlman will present a concert of Appalachian tunes, featuring most prominently the music Jabbour learned in the 1960s from his mentor, West Virginia fiddler Henry Reed. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The Coffeehouse is family-friendly, smoke and alcohol free. For details, visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com.
In honor of Heart Month, HCA Virginia will present Day of Dance from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 13 locations throughout the area including all American Family Fitness Centers, ACAC Short Pump and Rigby’s Jig Dance Studio. The event will feature heart-healthy dance activities, free health screenings and the opportunity to talk with a doctor or nurse about health concerns. Admission is free and open to the community. For details, call 320-DOCS or visit http://www.women.hcavirginia.com .
The 2013 Handbags for Hope event, benefiting Safe Harbor, will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Richmond Country Club, 12950 Patterson Ave. There will be live and silent auctions of new and gently used handbags from top designers. Tickets are $50 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets. For details, visit http://www.h4hrva.com .
Le Hot Club will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Le Hot Club’s music is based on the style made famous by legendary Django Reinhardt and Le Hotclub de Paris in the 1930s. Admission is free. Call 328-4491 for reservations.
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present the Shanghai Quartet with Paul Neubauer (viola) at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. The Shanghai Quartet’s style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire. Neubauer’s performance will include the Brahms Quintet in G Major, op. 111. Guests are invited to stay for a post-show Q&A. Tickets are $34. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
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