By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 11/16/12
Capitol Opera Richmond’s inaugural performance of Puccini’s famous love story “La Boheme” will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 16-17 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The concert will feature local artists and the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir. Music will be sung in Italian with English subtitles. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. For details, call 328-4491.
D.S. Freeman High School, 8701 Three Chopt Rd., will present “Moon Over Buffalo” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-17. Ken Ludwig’s madcap comedy looks at life and love in the theatre. It is the play that brought Carol Burnett back to Broadway after 30 years in 1995. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For details, call 673-3700.
Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. in the Main Plaza at Short Pump Town Center for the mall’s grand illumination. A parade will feature The Gingerbread Boy, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Frosty, toy soldiers, Santa’s Elves and, of course, Santa and the Snow Princess. Following the parade, Santa and some of his special friends will illuminate the 50-foot Holiday Tree with more than 50,000 twinkling lights. Magic wands, for children 10 and under, will be distributed at Guest Services while supplies last. For details, visit http://www.shortpumpmall.com .
The Taters, winners of Billboard Magazine’s Critic’s Choice, will perform at 8 p.m. at McCooks Lakeside Sports Grill, 5516 Lakeside Ave. The Taters play “roots-pop,” an eclectic blend of power-pop and country roots similar to the styles of the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and the Beatles. For details, call 266-2717.
The first-ever Tree Lighting Toast at The Shops at Willow Lawn will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Willow Lawn Plaza. Get into the holiday spirit with wine tastings, free photos with Santa, arts and crafts, giveaways, merchant specials and more. Silly Bus, Jonathan the Juggler and Kurt Stemhagen will provide entertainment. Admission is free; wine tasting fee is $5. For details, visit http://www.willowlawn.com .
Learn more about Thanksgiving 1863 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s “Give Thanks. Walk” family-friendly 5k will take place at 9:30 a.m. in North Shore Commons at Innsbrook, 4951 Lake Brooke Dr. There will be fun activities for kids, entertainment and awards for highest fundraisers. Monies raised will support the life-saving mission of St. Jude. Registration is free. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/aovj53h .
Laurel Hill United Methodist Church, 1919 New Market Rd., will host a fundraiser in honor of Henrico resident Jill Tromba, who has been battling cancer for four years, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Products from 31 Gifts, Pampered Chef, Premier Jewelry and other vendors will be available for purchase. All consultants’ profits support the Tromba family during the holiday season. For details, and how to order products if unable to attend, call Ashley Steininger at 339-0141 or Kasey Warren at 310-6305.
The 2012 Book Fair at the Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Ave., continues with author Ellen Fischer at 9:30 a.m. She will read her children’s book “The Count’s Hanukkah Countdown,” in which Grover and the Count welcome visiting Israeli Muppet friends Brosh and Avigail while learning that eight is the perfect Hanukkah number. There will be a yummy Sesame Street character themed breakfast. Admission is $3 per person; family max is $10. For details, call Lisa Looney at 545-8608 or visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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