By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 05/03/12
Ron Moody and the Centaurs will perform at 7 p.m. at Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. The outdoor concert will feature savory BBQ, grilled foods, pasta salad and drink specials available for purchase, as well as a silent auction. Proceeds from Harmony in Hanover support Hanover Tavern as a historic, educational, community and cultural resource center. Tickets are $10 and children under 10 are free. For details, call 537-5050 or visit http://www.hanovertavern.org .
Enjoy an evening of blues music with Darryl Ellyson and Laura Baron at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage Performance Series, which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
The Henrico Theatre Company will perform “See How They Run” May 4-20 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The farce by Philip King tells the story of two American actors, two maids and four clergymen. All shows begin at 8 p.m. except for Sunday matinees which are at 2:30 p.m. An additional performance will be on Saturday, May 19 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. For details, call Amy Perdue at 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Asian American Society of Central Virginia will host the 15th annual Asian American Celebration “East Meets West: Celebrating Asian American Friendship” from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. Third St. The event will feature a variety of ethnic Asian foods, cultural exhibits, entertainment, unique vendors, children’s activities and a parade, workshops and more. Admission is free. For details, call 245-4974 or visit http://www.aasocv.org .
Mark Nizer will present an all-ages 3D Juggling Show at 2 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Nizer combines original comedy, unique wit, world class juggling, movement and music into one stunning show. 3D glasses will be provided. Tickets are $12.50 and $10.50 for seniors. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
Gallmeyer Farms will host its 8th annual Strawberry Fields Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3622 Darbytown Ct. in Varina. The event features fresh local strawberries and other spring vegetables, live local music, crafts vendors and local businesses, hay and pony rides, food and more. Coolers, chairs and dogs are welcome. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.gallmeyerfarms.com .
Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd., will hold its spring festival from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be live music and dance performances, crafts, games, face painting, tours, food and more. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Karl Hepler will open for The Whitetop Mountaineers at 8 p.m. at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church at 11105 Cauthorne Rd. The show features country singing, up-tempo old time fiddle, clawhammer banjo, bluegrass mandolin and guitar instrumentals, as well as high energy Appalachian dancing. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; teens are admitted at half price and ages 12 and under are free. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
Any eighth grader at Fairfield Middle School, 5121 Nine Mile Rd., who passes all SOLs will get to go to Kings Dominion. To raise money, the school is hosting Super Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day will kick-off with a community yard sale and will also include a car wash, basketball tournament, a cake walk and international bake sale, tailgating, a talent show, live music and more. The event is open to the public. For details, call 328-4020.
Joe Enroughty & His Royal Virginians will perform at 7 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Admission is free but registration is required. For details, call 328-4491.
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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