By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 02/14/13
Gaye Adegbalola, a solo performer and part of the group Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women, will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Adegbalola is a mother, a Blues Music Award winner and a former Virginia State Teacher of the Year. Much of her solo material is topical, addressing social issues and also finding humor in the pain of one’s daily struggles. Admission is free. Call 328-4491 for reservations.
The University of Richmond will host the fifth annual Connecting Women of Color Conference from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The conference is for area college students to exchange information through interaction with each other and a variety of speakers. Keynote speaker will be Sabrina Squire, news anchor for WWBT NBC-12. Squire will discuss “Loving Our Authentic Selves,” the conference’s theme. Panel discussions, seminars and a networking reception will follow. To register, call Charm Bullard at 289-8470.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., will present Orchids Galore! daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 31. Orchids in colors across the spectrum will be in the Conservatory. Learn more about the role of color in plants and how it supports all life on Earth. Weekends will feature different themes, as well as family activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Orchids Galore! is free with garden admission. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
The 25th annual Richmond Boat Show will be at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 16 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 17. There will be boats on display from 18 dealers, exhibits and experts on hand to give information and answer questions about marinas, financing, insurance, boat maintenance and repair and boating safety. Tickets are $9 ($7 if purchased online) and free for children 16 and under. For details, visit http://www.richmondracewaycomplex.com .
Savor a variety of decadent chocolates for a natural mood boost at “Chocolate Cravings” from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 16-17 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Try free samples of chocolates made by Henrico chocolatier Cathy Churcher. Inside the Conservatory, grind cocoa beans using a mortar and pestle and learn more about the cacao plant. All chocolate items in the Garden Shop will be 10 percent off. Free with garden admission. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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 .
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond will present a workshop for teens on how to take better digital photos from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Fairfield Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave. Admission is free. Register online at http://www.henricolibrary.org .
How Big is Your Heart will host a Sweetheart Dance and Silent Auction at 7 p.m. at Glen Allen Community Center, 10800 Brookley Rd. There will be music, dancing, food and drinks. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For details, visit http://www.howbig.org/2013-sweetheart-dance-and-silent-auction .
Theatre IV will present “Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad” at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. Admission is free. Call 328-4491 for reservations.
Wedding planner Erika Darden will present a LUXE Wedding Workshop for brides and aspiring wedding planners from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Westin Richmond, 6631 W. Broad St. Registration includes a LUXE wedding glam bag, raffle ticket, lunch and materials. Cost is $199. For details, visit http://www.erikadarden.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.
It’s the final weekend before Christmas – but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare! Relax with half-a-million twinkling lights, enjoy Theatre IV on Tour’s production of “A Christmas Carol” or experience the 11th annual “Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Metro Richmond Zoo.” Another way to relax before the Big Day is with a good book. You can find a vast array of books, covering many genres, and meet authors at the Celebrate with a Book event on Saturday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > 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.
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