By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 03/22/12
Henrico County’s Division of Recreation and Parks will end its Adventure Series with “An Evening with Mountainfilm” from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Each year, Mountainfilm celebrates cultures unique to mountain communities with an international rendezvous of legendary mountaineers, environmentalists, filmmakers, authors, scientists and artists. Admission is free. For details, call Dee Donnelly at 501-5147 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers will host its 2012 Conference and Resource Fair March 23-24 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Featured speakers include: math educator and author Ed Zaccaro; award-winning storyteller, author and champion liar Bill Lepp; and Brave Writer language arts curriculum author Julie Bogart. Along with a comprehensive session lineup, beginning at 8:30 a.m. March 24, participants can also shop the exhibition hall and enjoy panel discussions, storytelling, a puppet show, ice cream social, a cryogenics show and more. All prospective, new and long-term homeschoolers are welcome. For details, call 866-513-6173 or visit http://www.vahomeschoolers.org/conference/2012 .
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Richmond and Tri-Cities will present its annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2012 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 23 and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 24 at AMF Sunset Lanes, 6540 W. Broad St. The public is invited to form teams of five and raise a minimum of $500 to support BBBS. For details, visit http://www.bigbrobigsis.com/bfks2012 .
Arena Racing USA will present the FeedMore 200 at 6:30 p.m. at the Richmond Coliseum, 601 E. Leigh St. The FeedMore 200 is a family-friendly night designed to “Pack the Track and Stack the Shelves.” Race attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods to help feed hungry neighbors through the Central Virginia Food Bank, the Community Kitchen and Meals on Wheels. Those who donate will receive a voucher for one free ticket to a future race. Admission is $12 to $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for children 12 and under. For details, visit http://www.feedmore.org or http://www.arenaracingusa.com.
The 9th annual Kids Walk for Kids, supporting coordinators2inc, will be held rain or shine at 8:30 a.m. at Benedictine College Preparatory, 304 N. Sheppard St. Funds will support the services of coordinators2inc and their program that recruits and prepares parents to adopt children waiting in the Virginia foster care system, as well as supporting children by preparing them for the move from temporary home to a permanent, forever family. Registration is $25 for adults; children are free. Games and prizes will follow the walk. For details, visit http://www.c2adopt.org .
The Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion Team XXL and the School of Richmond Ballet Ensemble will perform at 2 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Team XXL combines pedestrian movement and rhythmic patterning. The SRB Ensemble is an elite group of upper level students. Admission is free. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The 10th annual Dog Jog and 5K Run, benefiting the Richmond SPCA, will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Robins-Starr Humane Center, 2519 Hermitage Rd. A vendor fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an awards ceremony will take place at noon. There will also be a Pets and Kids Fun Zone, food, music, a Pet Wellness Tent and a raffle. Registration fees are $35 to $65. For details, call 521-1318 or visit http://www.richmondspca.org/race .
Licensed Veterinary Technician Oriana Scislowicz will present a workshop on good dog and cat nutrition at 2 p.m. at Sandston Library, 23 E. Williamsburg Rd. Learn about ingredients, allergies, animal obesity, prescription diets, picky eaters and more. For details, call 290-9900 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
The 3rd annual 5K Run to Rebuild Richmond will take place at 9 a.m. at River Road United Methodist Church, 8800 River Rd. Proceeds benefit Rebuilding Together Richmond, a nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable housing and revitalize communities by providing free rehabilitation and critical repairs to the homes of low-income Richmonders. Registration is $25. For details, call Michelle McLees at 519-1909 or visit http://www.riverroadumc.org/2012runtorebuildrichmond5k .
Elko Middle School, 5901 Elko Rd., will host a community bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “The Funky Outdoor Market” will consist of local art and fun for the whole family. For details, call 328-4110.
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.
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.
A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”
The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.
The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.
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