By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 01/25/13
Teens are invited to challenge their families in Xbox, checkers, chess, pool and Family Feud at Family Night Teen Challenge from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dorey Recreation Center, 7200 Dorey Park Dr. Teens must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free. For details, call 795-2334 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Center Season at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., will continue with The Rock & Roll Jubilee at 7 p.m. Jan. 25-26. Journey back to 1958 and be a part of the studio audience for the live broadcast on fictitious WJKS radio as it channels the spirits of founding fathers of rock n’ roll. The Jubilee includes 1950s period advertisements, skits and more. Tickets are $25. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
Commonwealth Parenting will host a Pajama Party from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Canterbury Community Nursery School, 601 N. Parham Rd. The whole family is invited to wear their favorite pajamas and enjoy pizza, cookies and storytime with Mr. Chris. There will be door prizes for parents and kids. Admission is $6 each; a family 4-pack is $20. For details, call 545-1272 or visit http://www.commonwealthparenting.org .
Dumbarton Library, 6800 Staples Mill Rd., will host the workshop “Couponing 101” at 10:30 a.m. Join Tiffany Cutts of “Young and Frugal in Virginia” as she gives advice on couponing and hosts a coupon swap. For details, call 290-9400 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
The Virginia Dance Festival will take place at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at James River High School, 3700 James River Rd. in Midlothian. The festival celebrates dance in all of its many forms including tap, hip hop, jazz, ballet, Irish, ballroom, musical theater, American Indian and more. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Tickets are $10 to $12 and can be purchased at the door. For details, visit http://www.virginiadancefestival.com .
First Things First will present an All Pro Dad Event from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Richmond Community Church, 11801 Nuckols Rd. The program will feature a simulcast with Tony Dungy, Tommy Bowden, Mark Merrill and more. Dungy will speak about his relationship with Christ and its impact on his life as a husband, father and coach. Kids will be guided through age-appropriate football drills designed for fathers to encourage and challenge their children. Cost is $10 per family. To register, call 288-3431 or visit http://www.firstthingsrichmond.org .
Commonwealth Parenting will present an anti-bullying workshop for parents, teachers and guidance counselors from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Canterbury Community Preschool, 601 N. Parham Rd. The workshop, “Teaching Empathy, Tolerance and Inclusion in the Middle School Years,” will discuss experiential activities that teach empathy and inclusion, practical and realistic ways to teach children how to respond when they find themselves the victims of bullying, cyber bullying and community resources will be shared. Cost is $30. For details, call 545-1272 or visit http://www.commonwealthparenting.org .
The Simon Kidgits Club will host its first event of 2013, the When I Grow Up event, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the JC Penney Court at Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd. This mini Career Day will allow children to explore various careers. The event is free for Kidgit members and $5 for nonmembers. For details, call 266-9000 or visit http://www.virginiacentercommons.com To b.ecome a Kidgits member, visit Guest Services or http://www.simonkidgitclub.com .
Kitchen Thyme, 7801 W. Broad St., will host an indoor winter market every Saturday through April from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be up to 15 local food vendors and artisans each week. For details, call 396-2665 or visit http://www.kitchenthymerva.com .
William Wisnom will perform an organ recital at 7:30 p.m. at River Road Church Baptist, 8000 River Rd. The performance is part of the E. Carl Freeman Concert Series. Wisnom is the current recipient of the E. Carl Freeman, Jr. Organ Scholarship at Johns Hopkins University. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.rrcb.org/concertseries
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.
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.
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.
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