Weekend Top 10
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 10/27/11
Tom Leonard’s, 4150 Brookriver Dr., will host a free family move night at 7 p.m. The movie will be the Halloween classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” The outdoor viewing will feature free popcorn, hot chocolate and hot apple cider. For details, call 364-5800 or visit http://www.tomleonards.com .
The Dixie Bee-Liners will perform at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The group’s classic repertoire includes their own originals, bluegrass barn burners, ballads and instrumentals, as well as Appalachian standards. Tickets are $20. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
The Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic Art & Craft Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 29 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 at Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. This family holiday tradition features the work of hundreds of artists and craftsmen, exhibitor demonstrations and the Christmas Tree Village. Admission is $7 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under six. Admission is valid for all three days. Parking is free. For details, visit http://www.christmasclassic.com .
The Richmond Folk Music Society will present “The Mike Mitchell Trio,” performing bluegrass, old country standards and fiddle tunes, at 8 p.m. at Congregation Or Ami, 9400 Huguenot Rd. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For details, call 647-7856 or visit http://www.richmondfolkmusic.com .
HandsOn Greater Richmond will host the 4th annual HandsOn Day at 9 a.m. at various locations throughout metro Richmond. HandsOn Greater Richmond provides a link for individuals, families, teams and corporate groups to join together and engage in meaningful volunteer opportunities within the Greater Richmond region. Some of this year’s projects include Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, ElderFriends, Hilliard House, YMCA of Greater Richmond, Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers and Make-a-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia. For details, call 330-7027 or visit http://www.handsonrva.org .
Lift Caregiving and VCU’s Department of Gerontology & School of Geriatric Medicine will present Modern Aging, a free event offering expert advice, helpful tools and a provider based Resource Center, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The event will feature flu shots (bring insurance card, limited quantities available), health screenings, on-site respite care, diabetic meter testing and advance medical directive consultation and development – all for free. Topics to be discussed include nutritious and affordable meals for seniors, dealing with dementia, finances and benefits, weathering the workplace and how to effectively talk about difficult issues as a family. For details, visit http://www.liftcaregiving.com .
The Great Pumpkin Palooza at The Shoppes at Innsbrook & Wilton Square will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a petting zoo, costume contests, trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, crafters and vendors, Thriller and Monster Mash Dance instruction by Rigby’s Jig and more. Proceeds will benefit The Faison School of Autism. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.innsbrook.com .
Gayton Crossing Shopping Center will host its 14th annual Pumpkin Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will feature a petting zoo, balloon animals, juggler Jonathan Austin, the Gayton Trolley, entertainment by Southside Funk and personnel vehicles from local emergency responders. Kids up to age 12 are invited to participate in the costume contest scheduled for 1 p.m. A total of 10 winners will receive $25 gift certificates to the Gayton Crossing store of their choice. Children can also trick-or-treat at Gayton Crossing merchants from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 28. For details, visit http://www.gaytoncrossing.com .
The 3rd annual Walk for Lupus Now! Richmond will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Affecting mostly women, lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease with no known cure that can damage any part of the body including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and brain. The Lupus Foundation of America’s butterfly logo symbolizes the malar facial rash, a common lupus symptom. There are no registration fees but participants are encouraged to raise $100 or more in donations. Funds will benefit the local chapter’s free services for patients. For details, visit http://www.richmondlupuswalk.org.
Squirreloween, Nutzy the Squirrel’s Halloween party, will be held at The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be face painting, costume contests, bobbing for apples, inflatables, hayrides around the warning track, the Lambeth petting zoo and more. Road Kill Roy will provide live entertainment and kids can trick-or-treat through the suites. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.squirrelsbaseball.com
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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