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 .
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.
It’s Halloween! Ghosts and goblins are everywhere…especially at Dorey Park’s Monster Mash and the annual Pumpkin Festival at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. But don’t let the fun stop on the 31st – the Latin Ballet of Virginia will present El Dia de los Muertos Family Festival on Nov. 1. And if you need a break from the candy, enjoy some classical music at the University of Richmond and the Weinstein JCC on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress
The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.
Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.
On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.
‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.
Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.
In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.
So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.
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CalendarSandston Baptist Church’s annual Fall Festival will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be food, games, Trunk or Treat and more. For details, visit http://www.sandstonbaptist.org Full text