By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 06/07/12
Parents are invited to assist their children ages 2-6 with maneuvering through cones as they steer their power wheels on a special road. The green light starts at 5 p.m. at Dorey Recreation Center, 2999 Darbytown Rd. Bring your own power wheels and meet in the parking lot. Admission is free. For details, call 795-2334 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Active seniors ages 50+ are invited to the Friday Night Fun Club from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hidden Creek Recreation Center, 2417 Brockway Ln. Socialize with friends while playing your favorite card and board games. The club meets the second Friday of each month. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite game and snack. Admission is free. For details, call Aaron Reidmiller at 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Professional Singles Association’s 50+ Meet n’ Greet Social Hour will start at 5:30 p.m. at Halligan’s Bar and Grill, 2451 Old Brick Rd., in Short Pump. For details, call Sue at 536-1695 or visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com .
The James River Advisory Council, in cooperation with the James River Association, will sponsor the 13th annual James River Regional Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at various spots along the river. Volunteers may select sites between Lynchburg and Charles City County, including Osborne Park and Boat Landing in Varina. Volunteers will pick up trash and recyclable materials along shoreline areas and trails, while paddlers and power-boaters will collect floating trash and access shoreline trash that is difficult to reach by foot. To register to participate, visit http://www.jrac-va.org.
Family Palooza will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the tracks at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. Activities include free health screenings, face painting and glitter tattoos, juggling and magic with Jonathan Austin, games, music, sports with the UR Spiders and Kickers and a mascot dance-off featuring Nutzy, Kickeroo, the Richmond Spider and more. Admission is free. For details, call 320-DOCS or visit http://www.women.hcavirginia.com .
The American Youth Harp Ensemble will present “Classical Jam” at 4 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Rd. The concert will feature over 70 harpists and singers, ages 7-18, performing music from classical to jazz, Bach to the Beatles, as arranged specifically for the ensemble. The Virginia Choristers will give a special prelude at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. For details, call 837-9355 or visit http://www.harpensemble.org .
The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program will host a Boots @ H.O.M.E. Military Ministry event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pilgrim Journey Baptist Church, 7204 Bethlehem Rd. There will be presentations, information and resources, a Q&A period and light refreshments. The event is free and open to all veterans, active duty personnel and family members. For details, call Jackie Thompson at 937-1952 or visit http://www.wearevirginiaveterans.org .
Commemorate the 150th anniversary of Stuart’s Ride around McClellan’s Federal Army from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. This meeting between Generals Lee and Stuart led up to the Seven Days Battles. There will be period music, children’s activities, Civil War re-enactors, tours and more. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
First Things First, in collaboration with the Richmond Kickers and the Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership, will host “Celebrate Fatherhood” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ukrop Park and the new Collegiate School Aquatics Center. In addition to swimming pool fun, there will be field games, bounce houses, food vendors and the “Fastest Dad in Richmond” contests (both swimming and running). The event is free. For details, visit http://www.firstthingsrichmond.org .
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present National Theatre Live’s “Frankenstein” at 2 p.m. June 10 and at 7 p.m. June 11 in Camp Concert Hall. This new production, based on the novel by Mary Shelley, features Johnny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch; Miller and Cumberbatch alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature in two electrifying broadcasts. The groundbreaking series National Theatre Live brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to movie theatres around the world. Admission is $14.50 for adults and $12.50 for seniors. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu
The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.
To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.
Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.
The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.
While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.
Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.
The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.
As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.
The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
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