Weekend Top 10
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 11/24/11
Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Rd. in Glen Allen, will hold its Christmas Open House at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 25-26. Enjoy a farm tour, hot spiced apple cider and a holiday cooking class all for free. Lunch and afternoon tea are available by reservation. For details, visit http://www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com .
“My Fair Lady” opens at 8 p.m. at the Empire Theatre, 114 W. Broad St., and continues through Jan. 8, 2012. The story is about Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons in order to pass as a proper lady. The musical’s 1956 Broadway production starred Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews. Tickets are $48 for adults, $45 for seniors and $24 for students. For a complete performance schedule and to purchase tickets, call 282-2620 or visit http://www.barksdalerichmond.org.
The 34th annual Model Railroad Show will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25-26 and from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. Watch model trains travel through miniature cities, towns and detailed landscapes and explore the science behind model railroading. The film “The Polar Express” will be playing in the IMAX Dome until Dec. 31. General admission is $11; members are free. For details, visit http://www.smv.org .
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of a Richmond tradition – the Legendary Santa will come down the chimney daily starting Nov. 25 and continuing through Christmas Eve at the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Central, 2626 W. Broad St. Santa will be accompanied by the Snow Queen and his comical elf. Guests will be able to visit Santa Land, ride the Polar Train and take pictures with Santa. Times vary daily. A visit with Legendary Santa is free to the public. Picture sets vary in price; no purchase is necessary. A Polar Train ride is $1. For details, call the Santa Hotline at 474-7009 or visit http://www.c-mor.org .
Dominion GardenFest of Lights opens at 5 p.m. at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. GardenFest is a holiday tradition that features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. New this year are caroling on Tuesday nights, Peppermint Lane, a 250-foot tunnel of lights, whimsical fairy-house botanicals and more. GardenFest is a rain or shine event and runs nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Jan. 9. The Garden is closed Dec. 24-25. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under three; discounts available for Garden members. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
ComedySportz is back with a brand new theatre, located in the Gold’s Gym Plaza at West Tower, 8906 W. Broad St. The family-friendly shows pit two teams against each other in an improv battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs. The show starts at 8 p.m. Nov. 25 and at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 26. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For details, call 266-9377 or visit http://www.cszrva.com .
Richmond native and comedian Micah “Bam-bamm” White will perform at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Nov. 25-26 and at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant in the Short Pump Town Center. White has performed with top comedians such as D.L. Hugely, Bob Saget, Bernie Mac, Eddie Griffin and Pablo Francisco. In 1998 he won the regional Def Comedy Jam competition beating out 23 comedians in Virginia Beach. Tickets are $15 for Friday-Saturday shows and $12 for the Sunday show. For details, call 521-8900 or visit http://www.richmondfunnybone.com .
“The Zulu Patrol: Mission Weather,” an exhibit based on the popular PBS children’s television show, continues through Dec. 31 at the Children’s Museum of Richmond’s Short Pump location in West Broad Village. Five multicolored, interactive stations designed for children ages 3-8 present early learners with key science concepts as they explore what weather is, how it works, what affects it and how it affects us. Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $8. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.c-mor.org .
The Virginia Historical Society’s HistoryMobile will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at VHS, 428 N. Boulevard. An interactive museum on wheels, the HistoryMobile is a 53-foot expandable tractor-trailer organized by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission. The HistoryMobile will be parked in front of the VHS building and society staff involved with the creation will be available to answer questions. For details, call 358-4901 or visit http://www.vahistorical.org .
Wilton House Museum, 215 S. Wilton Rd., will host its annual Holiday Open House from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be family-friendly games, snacks and warm cider, performances by the Barefoot Puppet Theatre and a host of vendors for early holiday shopping. Admission is free; donations welcomed. For details, call 282-5936 x4 or visit http://www.wiltonhousemuseum.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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