By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 05/17/12
The Reithoffer Shows Carnival will be in the parking lot at Virginia Center Commons Mall, 10101 Brook Rd., from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 18 and from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 19-20. There will be funnel cakes and cotton candy, a ferris wheel, the Tilt-a-Whirl and games. Cost is $1.25 per ride coupon; 20 coupons for $21 or 50 coupons for $51. All rides require three or more coupons. For details, call 266-9002 or visit http://www.reithoffershows.com .
The Richmond Battlefield Ruritan Club will host its 20th annual Great Varina Shrimp & Fish Feast at 5:30 p.m. at the south end of Warwick Park Rd. Rip Tide will provide live entertainment and dinner consists of shrimp, fish, hush puppies, cole slaw, baked beans, hot dogs and beverages. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate; children ages 6-12 are $8 and ages five and under are free. For details, call Jim McDearmon at 795-2893 or Mike Kelly at 357-9906.
Chamberlayne Actors Theatre, 319 N. Wilkinson Rd., will present the last production in their 48th season “Catfish Moon” at 8 p.m. May 18-19. The light-hearted comedy takes place on the end of an old fishing pier where three boyhood friends used to hang out. Now older, they reunite to share their lives. Performances continue through June 3. Evening shows are at 8 p.m. and matinees are at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $18. For a complete performance schedule, call 262-9760 or visit http://www.cattheatre.com .
The 4th annual Imagination Richmond will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Shops at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. The event will feature live music from Silly Bus and The Diggity Dudes, as well as a special live performance from Kamp Kreatures Puppet Theatre and strolling entertainment from Jonathan the Juggler. Other activities include arts and crafts, meet and greets with popular costumed characters, face painting and balloon art. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/willowlawn .
The 5th annual Wellesley 5K Fun Run will start at 9 a.m. at the Shops at Wellesley. Proceeds benefit the Richmond Hope Foundation and the children with neurological disorders the foundation supports. Registration is $25 per runner; children ages 10 and under are $5 with a paying adult. For details, visit http://www.wellesley5k.com .
The Virginia Choristers, open to youth ages nine to 17, will perform its year-end choral concert “Spring Sing” at 7 p.m. at Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church, 11421 Gayton Rd. The concert will combine the talents of over 50 singers in the Richmond Montessori Honors Choir, the Virginia Choristers, the Munford Choir and the Academy of Music Homeschool Choir. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, call 837-9355.
Village Presbyterian Church, 110 N. Laburnum Ave., will host its Spring Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be food, entertainment, games, raffles and more for the whole family. All proceeds will benefit Eastern Henrico FISH, a nonprofit serving eastern Henrico residents in need of clothes, food and financial assistance during short term emergencies. For details, call 222-2874.
The American Youth Harp Ensemble will present its Spring Serenade at 1:30 p.m. at Lakeside United Methodist Church, 2333 Hilliard Rd. The concert will feature four of AYHE’s core ensembles: the Concert Ensemble, which performed in Carnegie Hall in March; the Intermezzo Ensemble, a new addition; the Lyra Ensemble, for beginning harpists; and the Troubadour Ensemble, for elementary age students. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. For details, visit http://www.harpensemble.org .
Hilliard House’s 5th annual Afternoon Tea will take place at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center, 500 S. Center St. in Ashland. This year’s theme is “Lady Grantham’s Tea” featuring the Hats of Downton Abbey. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. All proceeds benefit Hilliard House in Henrico. For details, visit http://www.hilliardhouse.org
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.
‘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.
Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?
Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.
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