Weekend Top 10
Henrico Rec and Parks and Chesterfield Rec and Parks have teamed up once again to host the 16th annual Hummer of a Summer event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Rd. The picnic is open to survivors of brain injury and their families. An adult must accompany participants under age 18. Bring a side dish to share. Admission is free but registration is required. For details, call Kariayn Peach at 501-5135.
The movie “Finding Nemo” will be shown at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd., at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 6. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491.
Virginia’s sixth annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will take place Aug. 5-7. During this three-day period, eligible items will be exempt from Virginia sales tax. To be eligible, school supply items must be $20 or less and clothing and footwear must be $100 or less. There is no limit on the number of items you can purchase tax-free as long as each item qualifies. Lists of eligible items, along with guidelines and frequently asked questions for both consumers and retailers , can be viewed at http://www.tax.virginia.gov .
Bass Pro Shops’ 2011 Fall Hunting Classic begins today and runs through Aug. 21 at its store in Ashland, 11550 Lakeridge Pkwy. The 17-day event will feature a variety of free activities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. For a schedule of events, visit http://www.basspro.com/classic .
The Gone to the Birds Festival will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Shockoe Bottom, next to 17th Street Farmer’s Market. The festival began in 2008 when the City of Richmond and local bird enthusiasts and bird groups teamed up to create an urban experience that is unique in the United States – the migration of thousands of Purple Martins rushing to roost on the Bradford Pear trees next to the 17th Street Farmer’s Market . All ages are invited. For details, visit http://www.gonetothebirds.com .
The Richmond Kickers’ 4th annual Family Fest will begin at 4 p.m. at City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Ave. The Kickers will take on the Dayton Dutch Lions. There will be live music, games, inflatables, face painting, a petting zoo, concessions and more. Virginia Blood Services will also be onsite to collect donations. The pro game will start at 7 p.m. The first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive a special gift from Union First Market Bank and admission is just $10 for the whole family before 6 p.m. After 6 p.m. admission is $12 for adults and $7 for youth. For details, call 644-5425 or visit http://www.richmondkickers.com .
The 28th annual Carytown Watermelon Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along a one-mile stretch of W. Cary St. There will be 80 musicians playing at various locations throughout the festival, over 100 exhibitors and a large kids’ area with activities. Proceeds from watermelon sales will directly benefit the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.carytownrva.org/watermelon .
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.
The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.
The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.
Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.
The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.
The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.
Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.
The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.
Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.
But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.
That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.
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CalendarVCU Medical Center will present the seminar “Deep Brain Stimulation: Restoring Balance to Broken Circuits” at 5:30 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Learn how deep brain… Full text