Weekend Top 10
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 08/23/12
The Chesterfield County Fair opens today and continues through Sept. 1 at 10300 Courthouse Rd. There will be midway rides, a carousel, vendors and exhibitors, the Miss Chesterfield pageant, contests, festival fare and more. Hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Daily gate admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under five. Wristbands for unlimited midway rides are $25. For details, call 768-0148 or visit http://www.chesterfieldcountyfair.org .
West End Comedy will present an all-ages show at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and a mature show at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Dr. Shows feature an improv format similar to Whose Line is it Anyway and audience suggestions. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children, students and military. For details, call 496-1714 or visit http://www.wecomedy.com .
The ninth annual Movin and Groovin event for pancreatic cancer research will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd. The event features a 5K run, two-mile walk and kids’ fun run. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Luke Gibson, along with live music by Haze and the Transients, juggling by Jonathan Austin, PT Moonwalks and balloon fun with Miss Sheri the Clown. Funds raised benefit the Massey Cancer Center and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. For details, visit http://www.movinandgroovin5k.org .
All ages are invited to the Summer Splash Down at 2 p.m. at North Park Library, 8508 Franconia Rd. There will be indoor and outdoor water games, including races, as well as a water gun challenge, cool treats and more. Wear clothing and shoes appropriate for water play and a towel. For details, call 290-9700 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
All ages are invited to explore the different ways Civil War armies communicated during the 1860s at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be children’s activities, games, re-enactors and tours. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Kings of Swing, a versatile dance and show band, will perform at 6 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The group plays beach music, Motown, swing and favorite hits of the 70s through the 90s. Admission is free but reservations are required. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Virginia Home for Boys and Girls and Endorphin Fitness will host the VHBG Youth Triathlon from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 8716 W. Broad St. Boys and girls, ages 5-14, can run, bike and swim as individual racers or join a relay team. Beginners are welcome. There is also an optional five-day camp to prepare youth for a triathlon where they will receive expert coaching and experience fitness in an engaging, fun group setting. The event benefits VHBG. Registration is $45 to $55; there is an additional fee for the camp. For details, call Amanda at 270-6566 or visit http://www.vhbg.org .
Synergy Yoga Studio will host a free teacher training information session from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Karen Pace, director of Synergy Yoga, will provide information on the Himalayan Institute’s 200-hour Teaching Training Program, which provides solid foundations for Hatha yoga theories and practice. The studio is located at 11000 Three Chopt Rd. near Innsbrook. For details, call 747-YOGA or visit http://www.synergyyogastudio.com .
The Hanover Concert Band will perform on the lawn at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd., at 6 p.m. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 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.
Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.
Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.
The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.
“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.
The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.
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