By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 05/31/12
Enjoy an evening of bluegrass music with Johnson County Sheriffs Band and the Cary Street Ramblers 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 film “Are We There Yet?” will play at 7 p.m. June 1 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 2 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491.
The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present “Tobias, the King of the Dolphins” at 7 p.m. June 1 and at 2 p.m. June 2-3 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. This Colombian legend is of an old fisherman whose wish of becoming a young boy again, comes true. After his long journey through life, he is able to live beneath the ocean as Capitan of the dolphins forever. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. For details, call 379-2555 or visit http://www.latinballet.com .
The 17th annual Varina Community Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd. There will be live performances throughout the day, as well as children’s activities, a petting zoo, face painting, a moonwalk and more. Admission is free. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, 5801 Bremo Rd., will host Cancer Survivor’s Day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This free event honors anyone who has ever been touched by a cancer diagnosis. There will be music by The Lawrence Olds Quartet, massages and more. For details, call 285-2011.
Flavor Beer, Wine & Food Festival will be held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the SnagAJob Pavilion in Innsbrook, 4901 Lakebrook Dr. A $25 sampling package comes with 30 sampling tickets and a commemorative mug. A walk-around ticket for $10 includes admission to Flavor and a commemorative mug. A VIP package is also available. For details, visit http://www.flavorrichmond.com .
The Mountain Road Art and Exhibit Show will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at various historical sites along Mountain Road in Glen Allen. Walkerton Tavern will host the opening reception for the Art of Recovery exhibit. Other unique exhibits will be displayed at the Virginia Randolph Museum, The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and Meadow Farm Museum. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Join Dabbs House historians as they recount the aftermath of the Battle of Seven Pines from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Seven Pines National Cemetery, 400 E. Williamsburg Rd. Hear about the families, homes and land that made up the battle ground in which the town of Sandston now sits. A ceremony to honor those who lost their lives during the battle will follow. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409.
James River Ringers will perform their spring concert at 4 p.m. at the Church of the Epiphany Episcopal, 8000 Hermitage Rd. Enjoy classics like Toccata and Nocturne in C Minor, as well as pop chart toppers like Lady Gaga's "Just Dance.” Special guest is guitarist David Atkins. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door; children ages eight and under are free. For details, call 357-9810 or visit http://www.jamesriverringers.org
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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