By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 10/20/11
Highland Springs United Methodist Church, 22 N. Holly Ave., will host a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The menu includes homemade spaghetti, salad, homemade desserts and drinks. Adults are $7 and children are $3.50. Dinner is available for eat-in or take-out. For details, call 737-1503.
The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present a weekend of Hispanic heritage Oct. 21-23 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. El Dia de los Muertos Festival, a family-focused event, will be held Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The “Day of the Dead” is a celebration of one of the most traditional Mexican festivities and embraces the cycle of life. There will be music, arts and crafts, food, vendors, dancing, art exhibits and more. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Admission is free. The Latin Ballet of Virginia will also perform “MACONDO” at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21-22 and at 3 p.m. on Oct. 23. “MACONDO” is a performing arts interpretation based on the novel “Cien Anos de Soledad” (One Hundred Years of Solitude) written by Hispanic Literature Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children, students, seniors and military. For details, call 379-2555 or visit http://www.latinballet.com .
The 1st Annual Richmond Children’s Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. There will be hands-on activities for children of all ages, a market place full of unique gift ideas, a pumpkin patch, live music, local vendors, a food court and picnic area and more. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN). For details, call 363-8780 or visit http://www.boutiqueaffair.com .
Richmond’s Heart Walk, a fundraiser for life-saving cardiovascular research and community education programs in Central Virginia, will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Snagajob.com Pavilion in Innsbrook. There will be activities for the entire family; pets on a leash are welcome. For details, visit http://www.heartwalk.org .
The Highland Springs Women’s Club will host a Fashion Show and Luncheon at Confederate Hills Recreation Center, 302 Lee Ave. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for Highland Springs High School. Tickets are $15. For details, call June Johnson at 737-6445.
The 22nd annual Short Pump Ruritan Club Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Short Pump Middle School, 4701 Pouncey Tract Rd. A variety of arts and crafts will be for sale, as well as food. Admission is free. For details, call 360-2371.
Enjoy the acoustic/folk/fusion group Ambrose Dilemma at 7 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The group is fronted by Tim Ambrose of the Rinard Family. Admission is free. For details, call 328-4491.
Henrico County Division of Police will join forces with Mooers Volvo of Richmond and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to present Traffic Safety Day on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mooers Volvo, 7211 W. Broad St. Henrico Police will conduct driver safety demonstrations, child safety seat inspections and senior driver safety classes throughout the day, as well as distribute teen driver safety information. In addition, Mooers Volvo will offer free vehicle safety checks, car washes and safe braking demonstrations. The event will also feature information from MADD about teen driving, including the dangers of texting while driving and the effects of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Henrico Police will also demonstrate to teens and adults the effects of DUI using fatal vision goggles. Other offerings include free food, prizes, a moon bounce and face and pumpkin painting. For details, call Lt. Tony Gordon at 328-2573 x2252 or Kirby Fields at 755-6666 x125.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., will host Goblins and Gourds on Oct. 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Children’s Garden. The harvest celebration features live music, pumpkin decorating, costumes and more. Admission is free for garden members and $7 to $11 for nonmembers. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.
Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.
The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.
Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.
The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.
An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.
A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”
The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.
The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.
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