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CASA Superhero Run for our 4th Annu...

Superman was adopted. Spider-man was an orphan, raised by his aunt and uncle. Batman grew up with his butler, Alfred, who was his guardian and father ...

FOUND 10 and MY HEART IS AN IDIOT Tour Poster by Fred Chao

My Heart Is An Idiot: FOUND Magazin...

Author and This American Life Contributor Davy Rothbart takes to the road on a 79-city tour celebrating FOUND Magazine's 10th Anniversary and the rel...

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Goochland Drive-In Theater

If you are looking for a fun family activity while the weather is still nice, I highly recommend the Goochland Drive-In Theater. We took the boys ther...

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Monkey Joe’s

We visited Monkey Joe’s for the first time recently with our preschool.  I really didn’t know much about the place going in, and was worried that my k...

CASA Superhero Run for our 4th Annual 5K Race, Kids’ Run & Family Fun

Superman was adopted. Spider-man was an orphan, raised by his aunt and uncle. Batman grew up with his butler, Alfred, who was his guardian and father figure. These superheroes didn’t come from typical families, but were able to accomplish great things as adults. This is what we want for our CASA children, who come from backgrounds that are not always ideal. Use your superpowers to support CASA as we make sure abused and neglected children are placed in safe, permanent homes where they can become the people they were destined to be.

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Become part of the movement of individuals, corporations and organizations that are proud to lead the fight against child abuse. Enjoy entertainment, refreshments and fun for the whole family. St. Joseph’s Villa offers a flat and fast 5K course, which accommodates all levels of expertise. Children twelve and under can participate in the kids’ race or join the adults in the 5k: April 27, 2013 at  St. Joseph’s Villa

Form a team, come out with your family or run/walk alone. Bring your capes and tights out of storage, or just come as you are.  Grab some of your closest friends and family and make your mark on this flat and fast 5k course.  You will find more information at www.casarun.com.

My Heart Is An Idiot: FOUND Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour Comes to Richmond!

Author and This American Life Contributor Davy Rothbart takes to the road on a 79-city tour

celebrating FOUND Magazine’s 10th Anniversary and the release of his new book,  My Heart is an Idiot

[RICHMOND, VA] – This fall, road warriors Davy and Peter Rothbart are hurtling your way on FOUND Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour! For a decade, the FOUND team has collected and published anything that gives a glimpse into someone else’s life — love letters, birthday cards, to-do lists, poetry on napkins, anything goes! Heartwarming, hilarious, and outrageous submissions pour in each month from readers around the world. Now the Rothbarts are hopping back in the tour van for an exciting cross-country romp through 37 states and 79 cities.

The tour comes to Richmond, VA on September 23rd, 2012 at 8:00pm! 

Venue Information:
Firehouse Theatre Project, 1609 West Broad St, Richmond VA — 804-355-2001

At each exhilarating show, Davy (FOUND’s Editor and plucky point guard) will share the latest magnificent and mesmerizing finds that have landed in the mailbox at FOUND HQ, while Peter (FOUND’s international heartthrob) will dazzle with beautiful, haunting, and hysterical songs based on FOUND notes.

Davy will also share stories from his new book of personal essays, My Heart is an Idiot, 16 stories of love and adventure. Dave Eggers says that “Davy Rothbart has the humor and purity of heart you want and need in an observer of contemporary American life,” and Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) says the book “contains some of the most perfect and heartbreaking writing that I have ever read.” The book has also garnered glowing praise from Tom Robbins, The New Yorker‘s Susan Orlean, This American Life regular Sarah Vowell, radio host Ira Glass, and David Sedaris, as well as The New York Times (“achingly funny”) and The Daily Beast (“refreshing in its utter lack of pretension.”)

Bring your friends, bring your finds, and join Davy and Peter Rothbart for a very special night!

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ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:

Davy Rothbart is the creator and editor of FOUND Magazine, a frequent contributor to public radio’s This American Life, and author of the story collection The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He writes regularly for GQ and Grantland; his work has been featured in The New Yorker and The New York Times; he’s also twice been a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman. Rothbart is the director of two documentaries about the punk rock band Rise Against, as well as videos for Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” Project. In 2010, the film Easier With Practice, adapted from one of his GQ articles, and starring Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. He is currently co-directing the documentary Medora, which has already received national attention from ESPN, Fox, and NBC’s The Andrea Mitchell Show. He splits time between Los Angeles, California, and his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Peter Rothbart is an award-winning songwriter, and the frontman for folk/rock group The Poem Adept. His third solo album, You Are What You Dream, will be released in fall 2012, and his music was featured in McSweeney’s Wholphin DVD and the 2012 documentary film Mister Rogers & Me. He is also an editor at FOUND Magazine, and the executive director of the urban gardening organization We Patch. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

RELATED PRESS & PRAISE:

My Heart is an Idiot is “achingly funny.”

The New York Times’ T Magazine

“Davy and Peter Rothbart are utterly engaging performers!”

The Los Angeles Times

 

“The FOUND show is electrifying!”

—The Washington Post

 

“Crazy entertaining!”

—Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show

 

Goochland Drive-In Theater

If you are looking for a fun family activity while the weather is still nice, I highly recommend the Goochland Drive-In Theater. We took the boys there several weeks ago to see Cars 2 and we all had a blast. To begin with, kids 3 and under are free, which worked out well for us. Adults tickets are $7, and many times during the week they drop the price to just $5 or $15 per carload.

We found a space in back near the concession stand and the playground. The playground is enclosed and separated in to an area for babies/toddlers and an area for older kids. It’s a great way to keep the little ones entertained while waiting for the movie to start. We also hit the concession and were pleased to find that nothing on the menu is over $3. There are plenty of picnic tables for you to sit and eat before heading back to your car. Since this was our first visit, we were not as prepared as we could have been. Most of the people there that night brought chairs and set them up in front of their cars. We have made a mental note for next time.

Each night is usually a double-feature with the most child-friendly movie showing first. Now that it is getting darker earlier, I believe the first shown starts around 7:30. I must also note that if and when your car battery dies…they have the means to get you up and running again. Their regular season runs until late October/early November. If you don’t mind the drive out to Goochland, you should definitely put it on your list of things to do. www.goochlanddriveintheater.com

Monkey Joe’s

We visited Monkey Joe’s for the first time recently with our preschool.  I really didn’t know much about the place going in, and was worried that my kids were too young to really enjoy it yet.  I was wrong.  I was very please to find that they have an area strictly for kids 3 and under.  I was also very happy that adults and parents can assist children younger than age 4 on any of the equipment, as long as no adults are jumping.  It was really hard not to bounce.

For those of you who are unaware, Monkey Joe’s is an indoor inflatable playground for kids chock full of slides of many different sizes and lots of other equipment to play on/in.  The area designated for younger kids even has props for learning letters and numbers.  Fun and educational!  One of our twins wasted no time and jumped right in.  When he was tired of the area for the younger kids he went on to conquer the larger slides and play areas.  His brother took some warming up to it all but eventually came around and a good time was had by all.

The place is very colorful and plays music for all to enjoy.  It really is the perfect place to let you kids run off some energy on a cold winter day OR even a hot summer one.  There is a snack bar offering things like hot dogs and pretzels.  If you don’t need to watch your older kids as much as I do, you can sit down and enjoy the large screen TV or use the computer stations.  And of course, they have several large party rooms with different party options to suit everyone’s needs.  I am really considering having the boy’s 2nd bday party there in May.  There is a small cover charge for kids to play but it is well worth the cost.

http://www.monkeyjoes.com/Richmond