Weekend Top 10
Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 09/29/11
Henrico Humane Society’s 5th Annual Bark in the Park will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy. A 5K run will start at 9 a.m. and a 2K dog walk will start at 10:30 a.m. The registration fee for each is $25 and all proceeds benefit the Henrico Humane Society. Additional activities include music by acoustic group OminOtagO, a performance by Jonathan Austin, pet-related vendors, dog contests and adoptions, a petting zoo, moon walk and more. There is a nominal fee to enter the dog contests. For details, call 262-6634 or visit http://www.henricohumane.org .
Celebrate Hispanic culture at the 9th Annual ¿Qué Pasa? Festival of Virginia from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. Hosted by the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the festival will feature live music and dancing, an international food festival, Hispanic artists and traditional artisans, educational games, the “Passport to Education” Pavilion and more. Spanish translators will be available for guided tours and IMAX films will have Spanish subtitles. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.quepasafestival.com .
The Modlin Center for the Arts and the University of Richmond Museums will host a Family Arts Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be activity tables, art projects and food, as well as two performances by Justin Roberts and the Not So Ready for Naptime Players at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Camp Concert Hall. Tickets are required for the concerts and are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 0-12. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
The Junior League of Richmond’s 6th Annual Touch a Truck event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. This unique, interactive event allows children to see, touch and explore their favorite big trucks and vehicles as well as to meet the personnel who protect, serve and build the Richmond community. Vehicles on display routinely include construction trucks, emergency responders, tractor trailers, utility trucks and helicopters. The event also features area mascots, special performances, snack bars, face painting, inflatables, games, crafts and vendors. Individual tickets are $5; VIP and Family Packs are $10 to $30 in advance only. VIP access is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. For details, call 643-4886 or visit http://www.jlrichmond.org .
The Richmond area American Diabetes Association will host its annual 5K “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes” at 10 a.m. at Monument Avenue and St. Mary’s Hospital. This family- and pet-friendly event will feature a Wellness Village, Kid’s Zone and entertainment. Walkers who raise at least $25 will receive a complimentary lunch. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. For details and to register, call Elisabeth King at 225-8038 x3255 or visit http://www.diabetes.org/stepoutrichmond .
Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave., will host the Warrior 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Tenth grade IB student Jack Montgomery has organized the event over the course of five months and gathered nearly 20 volunteers as part of his personal project. Proceeds will benefit the Warrior Athletic Booster Club. Students and their families, as well as the Henrico community, are invited. Registration will start at 8 a.m. For details, call 228-2700.
The Gallmeyer Farms’ Fall Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1-2 at The Pumpkin Patch. There will be children’s activities, hay rides, farm animals, vendors, artisans, contests and pumpkin picking. Live music will be provided by Chauncie Jo, Trongone Band, John Arkestyn, Triple Stack Jack, Juniper Green, Brandon Hylton and Dividing Face. Admission is free. Gallmeyer Farms is located at 4506 Millers Lane. For details, visit http://www.gallmeyerfarms.com .
C&F Bank and Lite98 will host the Short Pump Mile and Express Fun Run, Richmond’s largest timed youth road race, at 7:45 a.m. behind Short Pump Town Center near American Family Fitness. All participants will receive a race t-shirt, a medal and refreshments. Awards will be given to age group and overall winners. The School Participation Competition will award the top five schools with the most participants a total of $2,000 to be used for their physical education programs. Registration is $15 and includes a complimentary pre-race training program at American Family Fitness. For details, visit http://www.shortpumprace.com .
The Virginia Boys and Girls Club Community Day will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, 8716 W. Broad St. This old-fashioned field day will be filled with crafts, food, pony rides, tethered balloon rides and more. Guests can also brush up on soccer skills with a demo from the Richmond Kickers. For details, visit http://www.boysandgirlshome.org .
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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