- Letters to Editor
By KALEIGH UNDERWOOD
When it comes to weekend life, Eastern has a reputation for being a suitcase college. Residence halls go quiet, Powell is largely empty, benches are barren and the usual campus hot spots are deserted. Richmond may be a growing city, but students complain that aside from the bar scene, the city doesn’t offer much in the way of college-aged entertainment.
But don’t give up hope just yet. Each week, The Eastern Progress will highlight something fun to do in Richmond. There are a lot of options if you know where to look. Everything from parks for outdoor excursions to local eateries and entertainment venues. But students often don’t venture out of their residence halls to discover these attractions.
We’re here to help. This week’s highlights are bowling and roller-skating.
Galaxy Entertainment Center, located at 1025 Amberley Way, offers a variety of fun activities for students. Best known for its bowling alley, Galaxy also hosts bingo, karaoke and live bands.
Galaxy also offers a variety of specials. College Night is Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and costs $10 per person. This fee includes unlimited cosmic bowling, rental shoes, a live DJ, and $1 domestic drafts.
For the more serious bowler, Galaxy also has the “Bowl Your Brains Out” special from 8 p.m. to closing, Sunday through Wednesday, which is just $7 per person. This special includes unlimited bowling, rental shoes, and music.
If bowling isn’t your thing, you might try visiting the Richmond Skating Center, on Recycle Drive, which offers retro fun on an oval skating rink. For $6, you get a pair of rental skates (or inline roller blades) and can skate during free hours from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday night, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m Sunday. The Skating Center also runs a special on Friday and Saturday where visitors can add another hour and skate till 11 p.m. for $2 more. For non-skaters, the center has air hockey, pinball, video games and movies.
Both of these are great opportunities to spend some time with your friends or classmates. So before you pack your suitcase for the weekend, think about staying in and maybe changing your footwear into bowling shoes or roller skates.