By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 12/28/12
The Rinard Family will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The group will perform hymns, original creations and favorites from “Amazing Grace” to “Crazy.” Admission is free but reservations are required. For details, call 328-4491.
The Professional Singles Association will host its last happy hour event of the year at 5 p.m. in the front lounge at Bar Louie in Short Pump, 11788 W. Broad St. Get a jump start on your New Year’s celebrations. Happy hour prices are good from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For details, visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com .
Breathe Again Magazine will present “Essentials for Aspiring Christian Writers” at 7:30 p.m. at Agape International Ministries, 8001 Staples Mill Rd. Venus Mason Theus, author of “Brown Paper Bag,” will lead the workshop and discuss authorpreneurship, the three-step writing method, how to find time to write, self-publishing, marketing and more. Cost is $20. To register, call 757-404-1582 or visit http://www.breatheagainmagazine.org .
“Illumina – Festival of Trees” continues at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Curator Yvonne Hopkins presents a festive display of Christmas trees, each with its own special theme from Purple Passion to Dolphin Tale. “Illumina” continues through Jan. 3. Call for hours. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
The Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., continues nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 7. GardenFest features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains and more. Admission is $4 to $11. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
This is the final weekend for the Children’s Theatre of Virginia’s production of “Madeline’s Christmas” at Virginia Repertory Theatre’s Willow Lawn location. This festive holiday musical features such charming songs as “Achoo!,” “Abracadabra,” and “Bonnie Annee.” Performance times are 7 p.m. Dec. 28, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 29 and 2 p.m. Dec. 30. Admission is $14 to $22. For details, visit http://va-rep.org/show_madelines_christmas.html.
Mystery Dinner Playhouse will perform its new show “Here’s Killing You, Kid” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-15 inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 6531 W. Broad St. Audience members will solve this 1940s detective spoof during a four course dinner. Tickets are $48. The show continues every Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through Feb. 16, 2013. For details, call 649-CLUE or visit http://www.mysterydinner.com .
Swift Creek Mill Theatre’s production run of “I Love a Piano” ends today. The show celebrates the music and lyrics of one of America’s greatest and most prolific writers, Irving Berlin. Evening performances are at 8 p.m. and matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. Theatre-only admission is $35; buffet and theatre is $50. Swift Creek Mill is located at 17401 Jefferson Davis Hwy. For details, call 748-5203 or visit http://www.swiftcreekmill.com .
The Hot Seats will perform at 8 p.m. at Ashland Coffee and Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave. Their original music combines the virtuosic soloing and tightness of bluegrass, the band-driven rhythm of old time, the jerky bounce of ragtime, and the swagger of good old rock and roll. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. All ages welcome. For details, call 798-1702 or visit http://www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com .
Bring the family to Spirited Art Richmond, 4029 Whittall Way, for Sunday Family Day at 1 p.m. Paint a floral abstract on an 11x14” canvas. Bring food and non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy. All ages welcome. Cost is $25. To register, call 360-5909.
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.
‘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.
There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?
Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.
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