By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 08/30/12
The Butterflies LIVE exhibit continues through October 14 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Visitors will be able to walk among hundreds of butterflies in the North Wing of the Conservatory. The exhibit will also feature special plantings to provide food for the butterflies, allowing visitors to get an up-close view of the showy tropical species. The exhibit is included with garden admission. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
The Killing Daylights will perform live at 9:30 p.m. at Sharky’s Bar & Billiards, 4032 Cox Rd. TKD features powerhouse, Megan Lynn Browning and bassist, Chelsea Kerwath, center stage on vocals. For details, call 273-1888 or visit http://www.sharkysinnsbrook.net .
“Always… Patsy Cline” is back by popular demand at Virginia Repertory Theatre’s Willow Lawn location through Sept. 16. The show is written and originally directed by Ted Swindley and features the music of Patsy Cline, including “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.” Performances are at 8 p.m. Aug. 31, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 1 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 2. Tickets are $38. For details, call 282-2620 or visit http://www.va-rep.org .
Blue Line Highway will perform at 8 p.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave. Blue Line Highway features a hybrid of blues, contemporary pop and traditional country music. Tickets are $8 at the door. For details, call 798-1702 or visit http://www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com .
Director, writer, actor and comedian Neal Brennan will perform at the Richmond Funny Bone Comedy Club, 11800 W. Broad St. in the Short Pump Town Center. Brennan co-wrote the stoner cult classic “Half Baked” and also helped create “Chappelle’s Show” with Dave Chappelle. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Aug. 31, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 1 and at 7 p.m. Sept. 2. All shows are $17 except for Sept. 2 which is $15. For details, call 521-8900 or visit http://www.richmondfunnybone.com .
The Chesterfield County Fair continues through Sept. 1 at 10300 Courthouse Rd. There will be midway rides, a carousel, vendors and exhibitors, the Miss Chesterfield pageant, contests, festival fare and more. Hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 31 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 1. Daily gate admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under five. Wristbands for unlimited midway rides are $25. For details, call 768-0148 or visit http://www.chesterfieldcountyfair.org .
Enjoy a two-hour bald eagle tour on the James River with Discover the James and Capt. Mike Ostrander. Listen to the conservation success story of bald eagles on the James River as you travel through Jefferson's Reach on the James. Cost is $45. Tours depart from Deep Bottom Park in Varina. To register, call 938-2350 or visit http://www.discoverthejames.com .
West End Comedy will present an all-ages show at 6:30 p.m. and a PG13 show at 8 p.m. at Swift Creek Mill Theatre, 17401 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Shows feature an improv format similar to Whose Line is it Anyway and audience suggestions. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children, students and military. For details, call 496-1714 or visit http://www.wecomedy.com .
Tour the Sheppard family home from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Discover whose famous portrait hangs in the house and where the animal that roars is located. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Family story time at Glen Allen Library, 10501 Staples Mill Rd., will be held from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Admission is free. For details, call 290-9600 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org
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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