Compiled by Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 03/17/11
Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story.
The Boilermaker Jazz Band will perform at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for seniors. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com.
The first-ever Dancing with the Richmond Stars will be held at 7 p.m. at the VCU Singleton Center. NBC12 meteorologist Andrew Freiden will emcee and a panel of local celebrity judges will select the winning pair, all for the benefit of Children’s Hospital of Richmond. Tickets are $50 for the competition alone or $100, which will include an after-party at the Michaux House. For details, call 228-5827 or visit http://www.richmondstars.org.
Local group the Upper East Side Big Band will perform at the Steward School, 11600 Gayton Rd., from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The entire family will enjoy a concert of jazz, swing and rock, including the band’s rendition of the Beatles’ album, “Abbey Road.” Tickets are $25. For details, call 565-2331 or visit http://www.stewardschool.org.
The 20th annual Southern Women’s Show will take place at the Richmond Raceway Complex from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Women can shop for the latest styles in clothing, jewelry and handbags, watch a fashion show, enjoy a makeover, receive home décor tips, sample gourmet foods and more. Special guests include fitness expert Denise Austin, design expert Kathy Peterson and Johnathan Kayne of Project Runway Season 3. Tickets are $9 at the door for adults, $5 for youth ages 6-12 and children under six are free. Discounted advance tickets are available at Panera Bread locations. For details, call 849-0248 or visit http://www.southernwomensshow.com.
Southside Area Mother of Multiples (SAMOM) will hold their Everything for Kids Semi-Annual Sale at Manchester Middle School, 7401 Hull Street Rd., from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Featured items include gently used infant, children’s and maternity clothing, equipment, bedding, books, toys and more. Over 50 families are participating. The event will be held rain or shine. Only cash accepted. Strollers are not allowed. For details, visit http://www.samom.com.
The Richmond SPCA’s 9th Annual Dog Jog and 5K Run will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Robins-Starr Humane Center, 2519 Hermitage Rd. A vendor fair will feature kids’ activities, canine tricks demonstrations, music, food and more. To sign up and learn more, visit http://www.richmondspca.org.
As part of the county’s 400th anniversary, Henrico will sponsor a free Virginia Indian Cultural Program for all ages at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Indian artisans will display their pottery, beadwork, leatherwork and painting and discuss their work with the public. The Virginia Indian Intertribal Drum and Dancers will perform traditional and contemporary tribal dances and also discuss the significance of the regalia they wear and each dance they perform. For details, call 501-1611.
One Voice Chorus will perform “Jubilee!” at 7 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 216 W. Leigh St. In honor of the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War and the end of slavery, more than 100 singers in the interracial community chorus will perform African-American spirituals and other songs by African-American composers, past and present. The audience is invited to a pre-concert conversation, “Harmony in Living Black and White,” at 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults; children 12 and under are free. For details, call 231-0324 or visit http://www.onevoicechorus.org.
The Weinstein JCC will host a Purim Carnival from 12:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. There will be carnival games, goodie bags, live music, arts and crafts, inflatables, clowns, food and more. Costume contests for youth and families will be held at 2 p.m. The Beth Ahabah Purim Shpiel will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. For details, call 285-6500 or visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.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.
‘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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