By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 08/16/12
Brides Against Breast Cancer, a nationwide tour of gowns to benefit those impacted by cancer, will hold a charity designer wedding gown sale Aug. 17-18 at Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 S. 12th St. There will be more than 1,000 gowns for sale with savings between 25-85 percent. General admission hours are 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 17 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 18. Admission is free but tickets are required. For details, visit http://www.bridesabc.org .
The third annual GWAR-B-Q will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Hadad’s Lake, 7900 Osborne Tnpk. in Varina. Featured bands include GWAR, Strike Anywhere, Lionize, Lost Tribe, Antietam 1862, Black Naked Wings and more. Funds raised will benefit Ring Dog Rescue. Admission is $25 to $75 for all-day entry. For a complete band roster and list of vendors, visit http://www.gwarbq.com .
Women Empowering Women – Diamonds in the Rough will host the Pamper Me Pretty Expo from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport in Sandston. Mothers, daughters and friends are invited to spend the day together networking, shopping and pampering. Vendors include Mary Kay, Avon, Lia Sophia, Thirty-One Gifts and more. The expo is an annual fundraiser for WEW. Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund, empowerment sessions and workshops and services within the community. Admission is $5. For details, visit http://www.pampermeprettyexpo.yolasite.com.
Enjoy the sounds of Johnny Lee Long’s Jazz Group and fun family activities to celebrate the end of summer reading at 2 p.m. at Glen Allen Library, 10501 Staples Mill Rd. For details, call 290-9500 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org.
It will be a Pirate’s Paradise from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy. All ages are invited to walk the plank, venture on a hunt to search for pirate treasure, get airbrush tattoos or face paintings, make pirate crafts and meet Blackbeard himself. There will also be costume contests and games and live music from The Press Gang. Admission is free. For details, call 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Join members of the 12th VA Infantry for a day of sampling various aspects of both military and civilian life during the Civil War from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd. Events include drill demonstrations, a picnic lunch auction, mourning practices, camp cooking, women’s clothing display, dance demonstrations and live music by The String-Tyme Minstrels. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
All ages are invited to the family game night “Wii Love Games” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Armour House & Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Rd. Play some classic games as well as today’s popular Nintendo Wii. Admission is free. For details, call 343-3506 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The 21st Hanover Firefighters Crab Feast will be held at the Cold Harbor Ruritan Park, 8131 Walnut Grove Rd. in Mechanicsville. Gates open at 1 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $30 and include all-you-can-eat crabs and beverages. Children five and under are free with a paying adult. Band line-up is Rosie Soul & The Rock-N-Roll Cowboys and Baldy McGregor. For details, visit http://www.hanoverfirefighterscrabfeast.com .
Bandit’s Adoption and Rescue of K-9s (BARK) will host a Jog-A-Dog event at 10:30 a.m. at American Family Fitness West End, located behind Short Pump Town Center. Volunteers are needed to help socialize the animals and give them some exercise and affection prior to their adoption event at PetSmart. Participation is free. For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/barkva .
Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd., will host The Fruits of Their Labor from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The watermelons and early apples are ripe. Explore the fascinating history of apples and John Sheppard’s apple orchard, as well as heritage varieties of melons and tobacco. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.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.
Eastern Henrico’s annual “Holiday on Parade” event is back tomorrow. Family-friendly activities will take place at various locations in the east end. The festivities will culminate with the 21st annual James River Parade of Lights. Also, several churches throughout the county are hosting holiday celebrations including West End Assembly of God, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church and The Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Estilo charms, with a stylish twist, in Henrico’s Near West End
If you're looking for something a little different from the standard, ho-hum restaurant experience, look no further than The Village shopping center. Among the recent success stories to put down roots in The Village is Estilo, created by the owners of the gastropub Toast (featured in a Feb. 21 review in the Citizen), only a few steps away.
Estilo – which translates to style – offers a taste of Peru, Chile and Bolivia, among other countries, and a menu that rotates regularly through the rest of Central and South America. > Read more.
Disney’s Frozen shines as an instant classic
Disney has spent the past few years in search of that certain something; that ‘Disney Magic.’ It’s been a slow process. From The Princess and the Frog to Tangled to Wreck-it Ralph, the studio took slow steps, welcoming its princesses and fairy tales and musical numbers back into the fold. Every film was an improvement on the last, but none of them had anywhere near the charm or lasting appeal of the early ‘90s highs of the “Disney Renaissance.”
Frozen, by far, is the House of Mouse’s best attempt at a new Little Mermaid. > Read more.
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