By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 05/10/12
The Modlin Center for the Arts will present Compagnia T.P.O.’s “Farfalle” at 7:30 p.m. May 11 and at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. May 12 in Cousins Studio Theatre at the University of Richmond. The technological centerpiece of “Farfalle” (Butterflies) is the CCC or “children’s cheering carpet,” a special sensor-covered mat, which interacts with dancers and the audience in real, enchanted time. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 0-12. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu.
The Henrico Theatre Company will perform “See How They Run” at 8 p.m. May 11-12 and at 2:30 p.m. May 13 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. The production continues through May 20. 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 Ultimate Recycling Sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Millhiser Gymnasium at the University of Richmond. The sale features reusable student discards including small refrigerators, microwaves, electronics, furniture, clothing, shoes, housewares, kitchen items, holiday décor, office supplies, books, linens and more. Proceeds benefit UR Green and Falls of the James Group, Sierra Club. For details, call 562-2500.
The 34th annual Virginia Senior Games will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Springs Rd. Watch senior athletes compete in basketball, track and field and more. There will also be inflatables, face painting and games for children, local wellness vendors and free health screenings. Admission is free. For details, call 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The County of Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will host KidFest, a day in the park that’s tailored just for kids, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy. Enjoy games, arts and crafts, information booths and listen to the acoustic sounds of local band Juniper Green. Kids can also participate in ZumbAtomic, an interactive dance fitness program led by Tamara Schwerin of Young Audiences of Virginia. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Henrico County Division of Police will hold a rabies clinic for dogs and cats from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Vaccination shots cost $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Dog licenses will also be available. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be held in carriers. For details, call 727-8801.
Broken Bread Ministries will host a car wash from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Farmer’s Foods, 50 S. Airport Dr. in Highland Springs. Funds raised will support youth attending BBM’s annual youth retreat. For details, call 502-5729.
The Virginia Renaissance Faire will open for its 11th year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12-13 at Lake Anna Winery, 5621 Courthouse Rd. The faire continues for five weekends with each weekend featuring a different theme. There will be period costumes, shopping, music, hands-on historical crafts and re-enactments, archery, jousting displays, children’s activities, food, drinks and more. Admission is $9 for adults and free for children ages five and below. For details, call 703-508-5036 or visit http://www.varf.org .
In honor of Mother’s Day, learn about Mrs. Sheppard from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Mrs. Sheppard was a mother of eight and head of the household at Meadow Farm in 1860. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
All ages are invited to an Old-fashioned Ice Cream Social from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Clarke-Palmore House Museum, 904 McCoul St. Enjoy Bruster’s ice cream, tour the historic house and play old-fashioned games while listening to period music. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3411 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.
The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.
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.
Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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.
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