By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 08/10/12
The Friday Night Fun Club for ages 50+ will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hidden Creek Recreation Center, 2417 Brockway Ln. Socialize with friends while playing card and board games. Participants are encouraged to bring a favorite game and snack. Admission is free. For details, call Aaron Reidmiller at 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Celebrate the richness of the Philippines at the 7th annual Filipino Festival from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 10 and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 11. Enjoy authentic cuisine, live bands, a special performance by the Latin Ballet of Virginia and Filipino line dancing. There will also be exhibits, health screenings, kiddie games, crafts, jewelry, clothing and more. The festival is sponsored by and held on the grounds of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at 8200 Woodman Rd. Proceeds benefit local food pantries, scholarships, the Lakeside Free Clinic and others. Admission is free but donations are accepted. For details, call 262-7315 or visit http://www.filipinofestival.org .
Christian Youth Theatre will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 10, 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 11 and at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Lora M. Robins Theatre at The Steward School, 11600 Gayton Rd. Tickets are $15. For details, visit http://www.cytrichmond.org .
The first annual Wine & Whiskers dog-friendly event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Shops at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. (Note: This is a change. The event on Aug. 10 was postponed due to weather) The event includes wine tastings from local vineyards including Lake Anna Winery, Cooper Vineyards, First Colony Winery and Mattaponi Winery. There will also be live music from 80s cover band, Party McFly. The event is free and open to the public, including dogs. Wine tasting is $5. Proceeds benefit FETCH a Cure. For details, visit http://www.willowlawn.com .
The Jammin’ on the James Concert Series continues from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wilton House Museum, 215 S. Wilton Rd. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy family-friendly music from The Slack Family Bluegrass Band. There will also be tours of Wilton and face painting, games and crafts for the kids. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Rain or shine. For details, call 282-5936 x4 or visit http://www.wiltonhousemuseum.org .
Henricus Historical Park will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the adoption of the Virginia Colony’s first legal system from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Laws Divine, Moral and Martial were enforced by Sir Thomas Dale beginning in 1612. Living historians will explore the elements of these laws and visitors will be able to participate in court proceedings and examine colonial and Virginia Indian codes of conduct and punishments. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12. For details, visit http://www.henricus.org .
The Kiwanis Family Fun Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Villa, 8000 Brook Rd. There will be health screenings, child ID kits and children’s activities. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, call 553-3200 or visit http://www.neverstopbelieving.org .
Long sleeves, long pants and long dresses – how did our ancestors cope with the heat? All ages are invited to learn about the fabrics, fashions and methods of keeping cool on the farm at Meadow Farm Musuem, 3400 Mountain Rd., from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The 23rd annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Duck Race will start at 2 p.m. at Rocketts Landing in Varina. As many as 20,000 ducks will splash into the James River and the owner of the lucky duck that crosses the finish line first will win a new Nissan Versa donated by Priority Nissan. Ducks can now be purchased online at http://bigbrobigsis.kintera.org/2012duckrace For .details, call 261-4940 or visit http://www.bigbrobigsis.com.
Dominion, a southern gospel quartet, will formerly release its newest CD “Journey” at the 16th annual “Good Ol’ Fashioned Gospel Sing” at 6 p.m. at Derbyshire Baptist Church, 8800 Derbyshire Rd. The evening will conclude with an old-fashioned watermelon cutting on the front lawn. Admission is free and preschool childcare is provided. For details, call 740-7238 x23. For more information on Dominion, visit http://www.dominiongospel.com
Citizen Staff Reports 12/16/2013
Virginia Blood Services (VBS), the sole supplier of blood for more than 20 hospitals throughout the state of Virginia, is in need of blood donors to help replenish the local blood supply over the holidays.
A decline in blood donations is typical during the winter months as people become busy with holiday activities and travel. Patient needs remain steady, however, making it important for people to visit a VBS donor site or mobile drive to give blood. > Read more.
In Varina, one of the most anticipated events of the season is approaching. The 19th Annual Big Toy Parade will return on Dec 14, offering a “homey,” small-town feel that helps elicit holiday spirit among participants and spectators alike.
The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans and Henrico County Parks and Recreation and is held in conjunction with the James River Boat Parade. It is led by a grand marshal along Old Osborne Turnpike and ends at the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of community members gather to await nightfall and the arrival of lighted boats, concluding a festive holiday celebration. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
It’s the final weekend before Christmas – but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare! Relax with half-a-million twinkling lights, enjoy Theatre IV on Tour’s production of “A Christmas Carol” or experience the 11th annual “Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Metro Richmond Zoo.” Another way to relax before the Big Day is with a good book. You can find a vast array of books, covering many genres, and meet authors at the Celebrate with a Book event on Saturday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
A number of Henrico students are performing in the Richmond Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, which runs through Dec. 23. Pictured above, left to right are: back row – Elizabeth Sjovald (Mother Ginger), Deema Meguid, Maya Link (Mogi top) and Sophie Rounds (Mother Ginger) and front row – Sarah Echols (Chinese) and Carter Echols (Chinese). > Read more.
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