Weekend Top 10
Compiled by Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 09/22/11
The Civil War in Henrico County will be the focus of a three-day series of free events as part of the county’s 400th anniversary commemoration. The symposium, “Henrico County: Gateway to Richmond,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Featured speakers are: John Coski, Museum of the Confederacy historian and author of “Capital Navy: The Men, Ships and Operations of the James River Squadron;” Robert E.L. Krick, National Park Service historian and author of “Stuart’s Last Ride: A Confederate View of Sheridan’s Raid;” Frank O’Reilly, National Park Service historian and author of “The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock;” and Jimmy Price, historian and author of the upcoming “The Battle of New Market Heights: Freedom Will be Theirs by the Sword.” The speakers will hold Q&A periods and a book signing session as well. On Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tree Hill Farm, located at 6404 Osborne Tnpk., will host an encampment, exhibits and demonstrations by leading Civil War organizations, as well as a ceremony honoring soldiers who earned Medal of Honor while fighting in Henrico. The three-day event will conclude on Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Harrison, 8621 Battlefield Park Rd., where National Park Service rangers will lead tours and present living-history programs to commemorate the 147th anniversary of the Sept. 29-30, 1864 fighting at Fort Harrison. Re-enactors portraying Union and Confederate infantry and artillery units will perform rifle- and cannon-firing demonstrations and historians from the NPS and Henrico’s Division of Recreation and Parks will lead tours of battlefields involved in the nearby Battle of Chaffin’s Farm. To register for the Sept. 23 symposium, call 328-4491. For more information, call 501-1611 or vsit http://www.henrico400th.com .
Stratford University will hold its 1st annual International Food and Cultural Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its West End campus, 11104 W. Broad St. The festival will feature over 30 arts, jewelry and entertainment vendors, as well as 20 food vendors serving dishes from around the world including Greek, Indian, French, Russian, Italian, Ethiopian, Thai and Caribbean. There will also be dancing, singing, Brazilian martial arts and a children’s corner featuring arts and crafts, face painting, henna tattoos, a bounce house and more. Admission is free. For details, call 916-6480.
American Cancer Society’s Cure by Design Survivor Fashion Show will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump, 12042 W. Broad St. Cancer survivors of all ages and walks of life will model the latest fashions from designers Alex Garfield, Tommy Hilfiger, Johnathan Kayne and Evelyn Bagala. There will also be items donated by the community to bid on. Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell will serve as honorary chair. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Tickets are $125. For details, call 527-3700 or visit http://www.curebydesign.org .
David Shea will discuss and sign his new book “When Soldiers Cried: A True Story About Vietnam” from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Book People, 536 Granite Ave. The event is free. For details, call 288-4346.
The Kiwanis Club of North Richmond will host a bluegrass/gospel concert at 7 p.m. at Chamberlayne Baptist Church’s Life Center, 215 Wilkinson Rd. Featured performers are Amy Ladd and Friends and Homeward Bound Gospel Group. Tickets are $10 at the door. Proceeds will benefit local charities and scholarships. For details, call 201-7679.
VA PrideFest 2011, a celebration of the LGBT community, will take place from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kanawha Plaza, S. 7th and Canal Streets. There will be live music from local and national performers such as Martha Wash, Amy Henderson and Tom Goss and vendors. The event is pet- and family-friendly. For details, visit http://www.vapride.org .
The 32nd Annual Arts Around the Lake show will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. around the Westhampton Lake at the University of Richmond. Over 100 local artists will be displaying and selling their juried artwork in various mediums. Admission and parking are free. For details, visit http://www.uronline.net/aal .
The Richmond Peace Education Center’s Family Peace Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Byrd Park. The Taters, Seva O Vocals and Instrumentalists and poet/spoken word artist Jorrell Watkins will provide entertainment. There will also be cooperative games, arts and crafts, a children’s interfaith performance, diverse exhibits by community cultural, religious, educational and advocacy groups and food from Chef Khan Indian cuisine, La Milpa Mexican Cuisine, the Ice Cream Connection cart and more. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.familypeacefestival.org .
Varina Episcopal Church, 2385 Mill Rd., will hold its Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be live music featuring The Velvet Marias, cake walks, children’s games, a dunking booth, face painting, free child IDs, homemade BBQ, a silent auction, craft vendors and more. Admission is free; $5 per child for unlimited games. For details, call 795-5340.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.
Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.
Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.
Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.
The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.
Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.
At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.
Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.
In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)
For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.
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