By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 02/23/12
The Moon Rats, a hip, new blue-country-rock-grass orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The group is from Charlottesville and features Jim Davies, Elizabeth Davies (no relation), Mike Hott, Mark Phelan, Aaron Spring and Bubba Beasley. Admission is free. For details, call 328-4491.
The once-in-a-lifetime U.K. National Gallery exhibit “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan” brings together the largest ever number of da Vinci’s paintings. Captured live at the gallery on the eve of the exhibition opening, “LEONARDO LIVE” offers an unprecedented opportunity for audiences worldwide to experience these da Vinci works. The presentation will provide a high-definition walk-through of the landmark exhibition, in-depth commentary about featured pieces in the exhibit and extra content. “LEONARDO LIVE” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond. Tickets are $10 to $14.50. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
All ages are invited to Family Game Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd. Enjoy backgammon, checkers, chess, cards, dominoes and other games. Outdoor games weather permitting. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
A Sweetheart Ball for mothers and sons, ages 3-5, will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Rd. Enjoy a light dinner and dancing. Admission is $7.50. For details, call Janice Parker at 501-5809 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Virginia Orchid Society will present its 2012 annual Orchid Show & Sale, “Orchids, Jewels of the Jungle,” at Strange’s Florist and Greenhouse, 12111 W. Broad St. A preview gala party will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday. All of the displays will be judged earlier in the day and the awards will available to view. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $5. The show and sale will continue Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. with all day classes about orchid care and vendors offering homegrown and exotic orchids and orchid art. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.vaorchidsociety.com.
A Kids Layne consignor sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday at 8935 Patterson Ave. The sale features new and nearly new discounted boutique clothing (sizes 0-14), toys, furniture and accessories. A portion of sales will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Foundation and unsold items will be donated to the Children’s Museum of Richmond. For details, call 986-4255 or visit http://www.kidslayne.com.
Henrico Theatre Company will present three one-act plays featuring the winners of the annual HTC Playwriting Competition at 8 p.m. Feb. 24-25 and at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25-26 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.” Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Reservations are required. For details, call Amy Perdue at 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.
The 4th annual Race to Protect Children, to benefit Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN), will be held in West Broad Village in Short Pump. The Kids 1-Mile Run will start at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk will start at 9 a.m. Awards will be given. After the race, Dave & Buster’s will host a family festival. Advance registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children; adult registration the day of the race is $30. For details, visit http://www.grscan.com .
The 3rd annual Bluegrass Marathon Jam, benefitting the Richmond Fisher House at McGuire Veteran’s Medical Center, will be held from noon to midnight at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The 12-hour jam will feature bands Copper Ridge, Cary Street Ramblers, East of Afton, Slack Family Bluegrass, Highway 249, Some Assembly Required, River City Band and Willis River Band. Attendees are invited to bring their own instruments for jam sessions. Admission is free but donations are accepted. The Richmond Fisher House houses family members of hospitalized soldiers so they can remain close to their loved ones. For details, visit http://www.rvabluegrassjam.com .
The Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church, 11421 Gayton Rd., will present “Mark Twain’s Civil War” at 7 p.m. A completely Richmond-created show based on Twain’s writings and speeches he gave to veterans groups, the play deals with issues of war, loyalties and faith. The one-night-only performance will be followed by a panel discussion with the director and local Civil War experts. The play is presented as part of The Acts of Faith Festival. Admission is “pay what you wish” and anything over $10 will be donated to The Acts of Faith. For details, call 741-5254 or visit http://www.thegaytonkirk.org .
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.
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.
There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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