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This weekend’s top picks in and around Henrico!
CharacterWorks, a Christian theater group for youth, will present Disney’s “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” May 27-29 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. This new musical, which retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto's perspective, features the beloved classic songs "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "I've Got No Strings," alongside a host of new songs by Oscar- and Grammy Award-winner and composer of “Wicked” and “Godspell,” Stephen Schwartz. This heartwarming musical deals with timely issues about what it means to be "the perfect child” – and what it means to be "a real father." Tickets start at $10. For details, visit www.cworkstheater.org.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will present Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks May 27 to Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Created with half-a-million LEGO bricks, the award-winning exhibit by New York artist Sean Kenney will feature 27 sculptures in 14 displays throughout the Garden including a 60-pound bumblebee, dragonfly with a 3.5-foot wingspan and a seven-foot tall red rose. The exhibit, related activities and demos are included with regular Garden admission. For details, visit www.lewisginter.org/visit/nature-connects-lego.
Escape Room RVA is now open at 7001 Three Chopt Rd., Suite 20, behind Martins. You're trapped in a room with only 60 minutes to find the secret passages, solve the codes, dodge the lasers and crack the safe to win the game. Rooms are open at multiple times throughout the weekend. Cost is $25. Register online at www.escaperoomrva.com.
The Richmond Funny Bone, located at Short Pump Town Center, will present comedian Ali Siddiq at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. May 27, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. May 28 and at 7 p.m. May 29. Tickets are $15 Friday and Saturday and $12 Sunday. For details, visit www.richmondfunnybone.com.
American Legion Post 125, located at 1401 Hilliard Rd., will hold a dance with a live band every Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Snacks and coffee are provided; drinks are available for purchase. All dances are open to the public. Cost is $7 on Fridays and $8 on Saturdays and benefits American Legion Post 125, a nonprofit veterans organization. For details, call 716-0800.
The 12th annual Gallmeyer Farms Strawberry Fields Festival will take place May 28-30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Berry Patch, 3622 Darbytown Ct. in Varina. The festival features pick-your-own strawberries for sale, live music every day, food and craft vendors, play area for children with a bounce house, hay rides, pony rides and more. Spring vegetables and pre-picked strawberries for sale, as well. Coolers, chairs and picnics welcome. Admission and parking are free. No pets. For details, visit www.gallmeyerfarms.com.
Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Rd. in Glen Allen, will offer the class “Raised Bed Gardening” from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. From idea to harvest, the class will cover the selection of materials, what and how much to grow, along with a quick overview of the difference between traditional gardening and raised bed gardening. Learn about soil conditioning, crop rotation, ongoing care, harvesting and more. Cost is $12. To register, visit www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com.
The Autism Society of Central Virginia 5K Run/Walk will start at 8 a.m. at the Innsbrook Pavilion. This family-friendly race includes entertainment, food, exhibitors and a Kid’s Fun Zone. The 5K Run/Walk is one of the ASCV’s primary sources of income, raising over $94,000 in 2015. Funds raised here, stay here. For details, visit www.ascv.org/ascv-5k.
The Richmond Rose Society Show will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 28 and from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 29 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The show features specimen roses and advice from consulting experts. Included in regular Garden admission. For details, visit www.lewisginter.org.
The J.O.B. will perform at 8 p.m. at The Tin Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Rd. The J.O.B. was formed by Jim O'Ferrell (acoustic guitar & vocals) and Jason Crawford (electric guitar) when O'Ferrell returned from the War in Iraq in 2008. Originally intended as a vehicle from which to record the powerful songs Jim had written between missions as a soldier during the war, the band has evolved into a compelling alternative rock band with a music portfolio including 4 albums and three Top 40 songs. Rounding out this four-piece group are Len DuPilka on fretless electric bass and Eric Bandy on the drummer's throne. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. For details, call 447-8189 or visit www.tinpanrva.com.