By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 03/08/12
Howl with laughter as two zany guys play two crazy girls in the comedy “The Queen of Bingo” at 7 p.m. March 9-10 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Join "Sis and Babe" as they explore the worlds of Bingo, family ties, diet crazes, widowhood, hot flashes and winning. The audience joins in the fun during the "Middle Bird Special" - a real Bingo game where one lucky audience member wins a free 10 pound frozen turkey. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for seniors 65 and older. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Central Virginia Chapter will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Ave. Joanne Ellis will speak on career support systems for the disabled. The meeting is free and open to the public. For details, call 285-1749 or visit http://www.namicentralvirginia.org .
The second annual Free to Breathe® 5K Run/Walk will take place in the Innsbrook Corporate Center, 4900 Cox Rd. All proceeds help support the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s vital research, education and awareness programs. Mail-in registration ends March 5 and online registration closes March 7. Registration fees are $10 to $35. Registration the day of the event begins at 7 a.m. and the Kids’ Fun Run starts at 9 a.m. The one mile memorial walk will then begin at 9:10 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk at 9:20 a.m. For details, visit http://www.freetobreathe.org .
The 2nd annual HOPE 5K and Endorphin Fitness Kids’ Mile will be held at Hope Church, 12445 Patterson Ave., where registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The run will start at 8:30 a.m. at the West Creek entrance. The Kids’ Fun Run and family activities will follow at Hope Church. Registration is $10 to $45. Child care is provided for all registrants. All proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters and Family Lifeline. For details, visit http://www.hopecentral.com/5k .
Innsbrook’s St. Patty’s Palooza will take place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the SnagAJob Pavilion, 4951 Lake Brook Dr. Old and young, male and female will sit side-by-side and face the clippers as part of the worldwide effort “Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids’ Cancer,” an event benefiting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The Palooza also features a beer garden, crafters, vendors, Irish music and dancing, face painting, children’s games and activities, live radio remotes and more. Rain date is Sunday, March 11. For details, call Kevin Smith at 306-9843 or visit http://www.innsbrook.com .
A volunteer open house will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Ages 10 and older are needed to conduct tours, work in the gift shop, demonstrate historical trades, agricultural and domestic activities and more. Students needing community service hours are welcome. No experience is necessary. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Dr., will present “Jewtopia” at 8 p.m. March 10 and at 2 p.m. March 11. The show is a boy-meets-girl story that battles stereotypes of faith with comedy and heart. “Jewtopia” is a part of The Acts of Faith Festival. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for youth under age 18. Reservations are required. The show continues March 16-18. For details, call 343-6364 or visit http://www.hattheatre.org .
Poplar Springs Baptist Church, 5270 Charles City Rd., will show the film “Courageous” at 7 p.m. The movie is about four law enforcement officers who are tackling with fatherhood and faith. For details, call 795-1238 or visit http://www.poplarspringsbc.com .
Experience the sounds of Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven Gospel Singers, The Richmond Boys Choir and One Voice Ensemble at 2 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Admission is $10. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com
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.
Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.
The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > 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.
Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.
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