By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 08/10/12
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. Participants are encouraged to bring a favorite game and snack. Admission is free. For details, call Aaron Reidmiller at 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Celebrate the richness of the Philippines at the 7th annual Filipino Festival from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 10 and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 11. Enjoy authentic cuisine, live bands, a special performance by the Latin Ballet of Virginia and Filipino line dancing. There will also be exhibits, health screenings, kiddie games, crafts, jewelry, clothing and more. The festival is sponsored by and held on the grounds of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at 8200 Woodman Rd. Proceeds benefit local food pantries, scholarships, the Lakeside Free Clinic and others. Admission is free but donations are accepted. For details, call 262-7315 or visit http://www.filipinofestival.org .
Christian Youth Theatre will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 10, 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 11 and at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Lora M. Robins Theatre at The Steward School, 11600 Gayton Rd. Tickets are $15. For details, visit http://www.cytrichmond.org .
The first annual Wine & Whiskers dog-friendly event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Shops at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. (Note: This is a change. The event on Aug. 10 was postponed due to weather) The event includes wine tastings from local vineyards including Lake Anna Winery, Cooper Vineyards, First Colony Winery and Mattaponi Winery. There will also be live music from 80s cover band, Party McFly. The event is free and open to the public, including dogs. Wine tasting is $5. Proceeds benefit FETCH a Cure. For details, visit http://www.willowlawn.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 Slack Family Bluegrass 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 will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the adoption of the Virginia Colony’s first legal system from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Laws Divine, Moral and Martial were enforced by Sir Thomas Dale beginning in 1612. Living historians will explore the elements of these laws and visitors will be able to participate in court proceedings and examine colonial and Virginia Indian codes of conduct and punishments. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12. For details, visit http://www.henricus.org .
The Kiwanis Family Fun Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Villa, 8000 Brook Rd. There will be health screenings, child ID kits and children’s activities. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, call 553-3200 or visit http://www.neverstopbelieving.org .
Long sleeves, long pants and long dresses – how did our ancestors cope with the heat? All ages are invited to learn about the fabrics, fashions and methods of keeping cool on the farm at Meadow Farm Musuem, 3400 Mountain Rd., from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The 23rd annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Duck Race will start at 2 p.m. at Rocketts Landing in Varina. As many as 20,000 ducks will splash into the James River and the owner of the lucky duck that crosses the finish line first will win a new Nissan Versa donated by Priority Nissan. Ducks can now be purchased online at http://bigbrobigsis.kintera.org/2012duckrace For .details, call 261-4940 or visit http://www.bigbrobigsis.com.
Dominion, a southern gospel quartet, will formerly release its newest CD “Journey” at the 16th annual “Good Ol’ Fashioned Gospel Sing” at 6 p.m. at Derbyshire Baptist Church, 8800 Derbyshire Rd. The evening will conclude with an old-fashioned watermelon cutting on the front lawn. Admission is free and preschool childcare is provided. For details, call 740-7238 x23. For more information on Dominion, visit http://www.dominiongospel.com
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.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > 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.
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