Weekend Top 10
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 03/15/12
Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd.; will host an open house and artist reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitors will learn from the artists what inspires them to create their works of art as they stroll through the 20,000 square foot facility. Quiet Steps Ensemble will provide entertainment and the cash bar benefits Network of Enterprising Women (NEW). Admission is free. For details, call 278-8950 or visit http://www.crossroadsartcenter.com .
College improv teams from across Virginia and beyond will gather in Henrico for two nights of competitive improvisational comedy, March 16-17 at ComedySportz Improv Theatre, 8906-H W. Broad St. Eight teams were chosen for the inaugural competition: George Mason University (Mason Improv Association), J. Sargeant Reynolds (The JSR Not-Quite-Ready-For-A-Four-Year-Institution Players), Old Dominion University (DaMinions), University of Maryland-College Park (Erasable Inc.), University of Miami (Miami Boot Squad), University of North Carolina (Improv-A-Nation), University of Richmond (Subject to Change) and Virginia Commonwealth University (Rambling Ramblers). March 16 will feature all of the Elite Eight colleges battling it out over the course of two shows – 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. The winners of Friday's matches will move on to the Final Four competition March 17 at 7 p.m. and then the victors of those matches will meet in the championship round immediately following at 9:30 p.m. The champion will walk away with the very first ever Humorous Cup. Tickets for all shows are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Reservations are suggested. For details, call 266-9377 or visit http://www.comedysportzrichmond.com/madness.php .
The work of artists and craftsmen with disabilities from across Virginia will be showcased at the 9th annual Arts & Crafts Show and Sale from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 16 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17 at Resources for Independent Living (RIL), 4009 Fitzhugh Ave. Works on display will include paintings, jewelry, pottery, weavings, drawings, woodcarvings, candles and more. RIL serves people in central Virginia, including Henrico County. Admission is free. For details, call 353-6503.
The Latin Ballet invites all ages to experience “Le Petite Prince” at 7:30 p.m. March 16-17 and at 3 p.m. March 17-18 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The performance is an interpretation of the poetic and philosophic story by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children, students and seniors. For details, call 379-2555 or visit http://www.latinballet.com .
The Sacred Harp Shape Note Singers will perform from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Shape note singing is worship music sung without accompaniment. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Preschoolers ages 4-5 are invited to a St. Patrick’s Day parade from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd. Create masks, hats and musical instruments to use in the parade. Cost is $6. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
One Voice Chorus will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a performance of “Handel’s Messiah” at 7 p.m. at River Road Church Baptist, 8000 River Rd. The chorus consists of more than 100 singers, a full orchestra and professional soloists. Bill Cooper, vice president for diversity and inclusion at the Federal Bank of Richmond, will give a pre-concert conversation titled “Harmony in Living Black and White” at 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults; children 12 and younger are free. For details, call 231-0324 or visit http://www.onevoicechorus.org .
The 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Capital Ale House in Innsbrook will begin at noon. A new Irish menu for 2012 will be available, as well as over 10 different Irish and Scottish Ales on tap and at least 10 more in the bottle. The celebration will take place in the restaurant and in the Innsbrook Shoppes Courtyard within a 3,500 square feet heated tent. Entertainment will be provided by Uisce Beatha, The Havers, The Atkinsons and St. Andrews Legion Pipe & Drums. For details, visit http://www.capitalalehouse.com .
Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.
YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.
The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.
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Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.
The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.
As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.
The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.
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