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
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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