Weekend Top 10
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 07/12/12
St. Mary’s for Kids’ Movies on the Avenues continues with “Kung Fu Panda” at 8:30 p.m. The free outdoor movie will be shown at the Westhampton School’s playing fields, 5800 Patterson Ave. at Maple Avenue. Pre-movie fun with juggler Jonathan Austin, food, beverages and kids’ activities begins at 7:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. For details, call 359-WELL.
The Friday Night Fun Club for ages 50+ will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hidden Creek Recreation Center, 2417 Brockway Ln. Socialize with friends while playing card and board games. Admission is free. For details, call Aaron Reidmiller at 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Henrico Theatre Company will present the musical comedy “The Cocoanuts” July 13-29 at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Brush up on your slap-stick because the Marx Brothers are back and infiltrating the Florida real estate boom circa 1920. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for Sunday matinees, which begin at 2:30 p.m. An additional performance will be at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Reservations are required. For details, call Amy Perdue at 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Jammin’ on the James Concert Series continues 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 the Susan Greenbaum Band. 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.
Henricus Historical Park, located at 251 Henricus Park Rd. in Chester, will present a Civil War Living History Day featuring the Bermuda Hundred Campaign from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Living historians will relive the summer of 1864 at Dutch Gap by demonstrating infantry weapons and tactics, combat engineering and fortifications, cannon drills and the life of civilian women during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. Admission is free for Henricus Foundation Patrons, $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12. For details, visit http://www.henricus.org .
Grab a blanket and enjoy the movie “Dumbo” under the stars at 8:30 p.m. at Clarke-Palmore House Museum, 904 McCoul St. Concessions will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Innsbrook After Hours will present The Machine Performs Pink Floyd, Limelight (a Rush tribute band) and Little Ozzy at the Snagajob Pavilion. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the gate. For details, visit http://www.innsbrookafterhours.com .
Culture4MyKids, Inc. will sponsor a monthly African dance/workout class beginning July 14 and continuing the first Saturday of each month at Project Yoga, 6517 Dickens Pl. African dancing and drumming has been known for centuries for its power to bring family, friends and communities closer. The African Aerobics, or “Afrobics,” class will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. The traditional West African Dance Class will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Classes are suitable for all experience levels and ages. Advance registration is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Proceeds to benefit Taaluma Youth Dance and Drum Company. For details, call 410-1075 or visit http://www.culture4mykids.com .
The annual Hanover Tomato Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pole Green Park, 8996 Pole Green Park Ln. in Mechanicsville. There will be over 200 arts, crafts and unique vendors along with a variety of entertainment, food and free activities for children of all ages. The event is free and open to the public. Rain or shine. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/mymam5 .
The Armour House & Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Rd., will host an Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be Bruster’s ice cream, tours, old-fashioned games and live music. Admission is free. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.
Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.
Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.
At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.
Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.
The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.
Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.
The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.
“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”
The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.
Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.
Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?
Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.
Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space
A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.
Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.
Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.
Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.
“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.
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