By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 12/21/12
Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd., will hold a Virginia Blood Services blood drive from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 21 and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 22-23. Donors may visit the Fountain Court, near Burlington, to participate and be entered for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree. For details, call 266-9002 or visit http://www.vablood.org .
The movie “Polar Express” will play at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.
The tenth annual “Miracle of Christmas” live at the Metro Richmond Zoo will take place at 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 21-23 at the zoo, 8300 Beaver Bridge Rd. This 15-minute pageant is a live rendition of the Christmas story, presented against a period backdrop with cast members re-enacting events. Animals from the zoo are featured in the program. New this year, a Spanish program will be held Dec. 23 at 9 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For details, call 739-5666.
Comic and Hampton Roads-native Bo Dacious will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Richmond Funny Bone Comedy Club, 11800 W. Broad St. in Short Pump Town Center. An 18-year comedy veteran of stage and radio, Dacious has shared the stage with Dave Chappelle, Cedric the Entertainer, Monique and Mike Epps and is currently one of D.L. Hughley’s opening acts. Tickets are $15. For details, call 521-8900 or visit http://www.richmondfunnybone.com .
Theatre IV on Tour will present “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. This area-exclusive musical, written by Bruce Miller, expresses a father’s love and the mysteries of Christmas. Admission is $10. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
Trinity United Methodist Church, 903 Forest Ave., will host the first annual Manger Build from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The $20 fee provides you a pre-cut manger ready for assembly; just bring a hammer. For details, call 288-6057 or visit http://www.trinityumc.net .
The Sounds of the Season concert series at Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd., will conclude with Dance Masters who will perform from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the food court. Admission is free. For details, call 266-9002 or visit http://www.virginiacentercommons.com .
The youth at Pioneer Baptist Church, 3140 Darbytown Rd. in Varina, will present the Christmas musical “Code Red” at 7 p.m. Dec. 22-23. The performance is trimmed with comedy and wrapped in a message for all ages. For details, call 795-1051.
Pianist Michael Mercatante, Jr. will perform “A Very Keyboard Christmas” at 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 9155 Hungary Rd. He will bring beloved carols to life in various styles, ranging from classical, to jazz and ragtime. Admission is free. A nursery will be available for children infant through third grade. For details, call 270-7613 or visit http://www.gsumcrva.org .
Children ages 6-12 are invited to enjoy a day at West Broad Village with Sweet Spot, All Fired Up and Spirited Art beginning at 1 p.m. Participants will start their afternoon at Sweet Spot where they will create their own gingerbread house. The day will continue at All Fired Up where they will paint a ceramic snowman and conclude at Spirited Art where they can make their own ornaments. Cost is $60. To register, call 360-5909 or visit http://www.myspiritedart.com
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.
‘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.
Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?
Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.
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