Weekend Top 10
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 06/21/12
West End Comedy will host an all-ages show at 7:30 p.m. June 22 and a mature show at 7:30 p.m. June 23 at HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Dr. An improv jam with audience participation will follow the June 23 show from 9:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $5. For details, visit http://www.wecomedy.com .
The 10th annual Richmond Vegetarian Festival will take place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Bryan Park, 4300 Hermitage Rd. The outdoor event will showcase over 100 vendors and restaurants, as well as live music, speakers and food demonstrations. Donations to Lamb’s Basket are encouraged. Well-behaved, leashed and vaccinated dogs are welcome. All vegetarians, as well as those just interested in getting healthy are invited. Rain date is June 30. Admission is free. For details, call 756-0536 or visit http://www.veggiefest.org .
The Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center, a nonprofit speech and hearing clinic for children, will hold its annual spaghetti dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Temple, 4204 Hermitage Rd. Meal includes spaghetti, fresh salad, bakery bread, homemade desert and choice of beverage. Live music will be provided by country/gospel group Baker Family. Tickets are $7. For details, call 266-6699.
Youth ages 7-12 are invited to explore Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd., from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Guests will look through a floor, move a wall, post the mail, vote in an election and learn a 19th-century game. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Jammin’ on the James Concert Series opens for its fifth year from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wilton House Museum, 215 S. Wilton Rd. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy family-friendly music from Emme St. James and her Jazz Gentlemen. There will also be tours of Wilton and face painting, games and crafts for the kids. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Rain or shine. For details, call 282-5936 x4 or visit http://www.wiltonhousemuseum.org .
CultureWorks will present Cultsha Xpo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. The annual event highlights the Richmond region’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. There will be free performances including musical, visual art, theatrical, historical, dance and more. Families will have the opportunity to learn more about classes, tickets, subscriptions and education programs. Xpo attendees who are registered Cultural Shareholders will be given Cultsha Bucks, fake money that is used as real money at the Xpo to purchase tickets, enroll as members, sign up for classes and make donations. Museum admission is free. For details, call 340-5280 or visit http://www.richmondcultureworks.org .
The third annual Jack & Abby 5K and Kids 1 Mile Race will start at 8:15 a.m. at 4222 Cox Rd. in Innsbrook. Proceeds support babies in the Bon Secours Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). Strollers are welcome. Activities include a moon bounce, popcorn, snow cones, carnival games, awards and more. For details, visit http://www.jackandabby.org .
Oak Hall Baptist Church, 1877 Old Hanover Rd. in Sandston, will host Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 23. All children, preschool through fifth grade, are invited to the event which will include songs, Bible stories, mission projects and more. Lunch will be provided. Family and friends can hear what the kids have learned at the 10:30 a.m. worship service on June 24. For details, call 737-5812.
The Children’s Museum of Richmond Short Pump, located within West Broad Village, will host the 2nd annual Heart the Arts Festival from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The free street festival features a line-up of live music and dance performances, artist demos, games and hands-on projects, food and more. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.c-mor.org .
The Richmond Wedding Expo will start at noon at Hilton Richmond/Short Pump, 12042 W. Broad St. The expo will showcase professionals and exhibitors, Tiffany’s Bridal will present fashions and door prizes will be awarded to brides. Admission is $10; cash only. For details, call 789-9110 or visit http://www.richmondweddings.com
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.
Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.
Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.
Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.
The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.
Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.
At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.
Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.
In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)
For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.
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