By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 07/20/12
Join the County of Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks for an evening of Water Safety Fun from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Osborne Park, 9530 Osborne Tnpk. Watch live demonstrations by Henrico County Division of Fire’s Search, Rescue and Dive Team, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Children can enjoy a water fun area, games and educational exhibits. Concessions will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
All ages are invited to Family Game Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd. Enjoy backgammon, checkers, chess, cards, dominos and other games. Outdoor games weather-permitting. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Avett Brothers will perform at Innsbrook After Hours in the Snagajob Pavilion in Innsbrook. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate. For details, visit http://www.innsbrookafterhours.com .
Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd., will hold its July Open House and Artist Reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitors will learn from the artists what inspires them to create their works of art as they stroll through the 20,000-square-foot facility. Featured artists include Irene J. Perry and artists participating in the Adele Castillo and Friends Show as well as local artists in the show “Celebrate India,” the Yearly Members Show and July’s All Media Show. Quiet Step Ensemble will provide live music. Children will enjoy magic by the Richmond Magic Club and face painting by Katherine Thompson. The exhibit runs through Sept. 10. Admission is free. For details, call 278-8950 or visit http://www.crossroadsartcenter.com .
The Professional Singles Association will host a 50+ Singles Meet n’ Greet at 5 p.m. at Skilligalee Restaurant, 5416 Glenside Dr. The group will meet in the downstairs bar area. Guests interested in staying for dinner can access a coupon for ten percent off at http://www.skilligalee.com For .details, call Sue at 536-1695 or visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com .
Culture4MyKids, Inc. will sponsor a Body, Mind, Fitness Expo from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Project Yoga, 6517 Dickens Pl. Experts will conduct workshops in the areas of natural health and hair care, Soulsa and African aerobics, healthy eating and stress relief. Proceeds to benefit Taaluma Youth Dance and Drum company. Admission is $15 to $60. For details, call Traci Johnson at 517-5376 or visit http://bit.ly/MK1wAw .
The Charlie Daniels Band will perform at Innsbrook After Hours in the Snagajob Pavilion in Innsbrook. Gates open at 6 p.m. General admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. For details, visit http://www.innsbrookafterhours.com .
Richmond-based band Offering, Short Pump Town Center and 98.9 Liberty will host Christmas in July from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the mall. The day-long event features Christmas concerts from local bands, as well as Christmas in July sales, food and drink samples from Town Center merchants, children’s activities and more. Donations will be accepted for the Central Virginia Food Bank. For details, visit http://www.shortpumpmall.com .
The Drive to Feed the Hungry Open Car Show will be held from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Kroger, 9351 Atlee Rd. The event features door prizes, trophies, peer judging, music and more. The show is open to all makes and models; registration is $10 to $15. Rain date is July 29. Admission is free for spectators and donations will be accepted for the food bank. For details, call 569-8240 or visit http://tinyurl.com/7lgfpdx
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?
Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.
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