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 .
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
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