By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 09/14/12
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 their favorite game and a snack. Admission is free. For details, call Aaron Reidmiller at 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present Jessica Lang Dance at 7:30 p.m. in the Alice Jepson Theatre. Lang is a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School and has created more than 75 works for ballet companies such as Joffrey Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and Ailey II. A Q&A session with members of Jessica Lang Dance will follow the performance. Tickets are $36. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
The Junior League of Richmond will hold its 7th annual Touch a Truck from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway. Touch a Truck offers children a hands-on opportunity to explore their favorite trucks and professional vehicles and to meet the people who build, protect and serve the community. Featured vehicles include police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, bulldozers, dump trucks and tractor trailers. There will also be snack bars, bounce houses, games, crafts, vendors and more. Admission is $5. Family four packs are $15. VIP tickets are $10 each or four for $35. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Richmond. For details, call 643-4887 or visit http://www.jlrichmond.org .
Join St. Mary’s Hospital in celebrating the soon-to-open Bon Secours Pediatric Emergency Department from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 5801 Bremo Rd. There will be free entertainment by the Diggity Dudes, carnival-themed kids’ activities, safety demonstrations and more. Children are invited to bring their favorite stuffed toy to the Teddy Bear Clinic. For details, call 281-8184 or visit http://www.bonsecours.com .
The Glen Allen Ruritan Club, in association with the County of Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks, will host Glen Allen Day from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park, 2880 Mountain Rd. The festivities will kick-off with a parade beginning at the intersection of John Cussons Road and Mountain Road and continuing to Meadow Farm. Children’s activities will include Miss Sheri the Clown, arts and crafts, vendors, a custom and classic car show and live entertainment. Rain date is Sept. 22. For details, call 257-9605 or visit http://www.glenallenday.org .
Internationally recognized artist and Virginia resident P. (Pat) Buckley Moss will speak during a luncheon at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Moss has been able to overcome a life-long learning disability and achieve incredible success as a renowned artist. The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $50. Following the luncheon, Moss will be signing books and prints in the Gumenick Family Gallery from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the signing event is free. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is located at 2880 Mountain Rd. For more information or to order tickets, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
The Friends of the Sandston Library will hold its annual book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sandston Library, 23 E. Williamsburg Rd. For details, call 290-9900.
The North Airport Drive Civic Association will celebrate the opening of Fire Station #3 at its new location, 1310 E. Washington St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tour the fire station, meet your local firefighters and grab a bite to eat with your neighbors. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.nadca.net .
Henricus Historical Park will celebrate Publick Days, an annual event which commemorates the establishment of the second successful English settlement in the “New World,” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, Sept. 15-16. Activities include living history reenactments, weapon demonstrations and skirmishes, craftsmen and blacksmiths, medical demonstrations, children’s activities and crafts, storytelling and more. Admission is free; parking is $5 per vehicle. For details, visit http://www.henricus.org .
The Philip Glass Festival at the University of Richmond will open with the film “Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts” at 3 p.m. in the Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. To celebrate the 70th birthday of Philip Glass, filmmaker Scott Hicks began an 18-month journey filming Glass as he toured across three continents. Audience members are invited to a post-show Q&A session hosted by eighth blackbird. Admission is $5. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu
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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