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 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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