By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 03/08/13
Capitol Opera will perform “H.M.S. Pinafore” at 7:30 p.m. March 8-9 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Set aboard a British naval ship, the classic operetta has a maritime flavor with whimsical lyrics penned by W.S. Gilbert set to the music of Arthur Sullivan. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. For details, call 282-1659 or visit http://www.capopera.com .
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present Black Grace, New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance company, at 7:30 p.m. in Alice Jepson Theatre. The company fuses traditional dance of the Pacific islands and contemporary dance in a form that is eloquent, elemental, athletic and spiritual. Guests are invited to stay for a post-show Q&A. Tickets are $40. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
The third annual Free to Breathe Richmond 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Memorial Walk, to benefit the National Lung Cancer Partnership, will take place at 9 a.m. in the Innsbrook Corporate Center, 4900 Cox Rd. Registration and check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $15 to $35. For details, visit http://www.freetobreathe.org/richmond .
Contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music duo Dana and Susan Robinson will perform at 8 p.m. at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Glen Allen, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. Both play the guitar, banjo and fiddle.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The Coffeehouse is family-friendly, smoke and alcohol free. For details, visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
One Voice Chorus will perform “Rise Up Singing” at 8 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Rd. The musical program features the full chorus, the One Voice Ensemble and soloists in a variety of musical genres, including classical, traditional spirituals and theater music, notably the finale of Les Miserables. For admission, a donation of $15 is requested; children 12 and under are free. For details, call 231-0324 or visit http://www.onevoicechorus.org .
Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd., will hold a volunteer open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Meadow Farm is looking for volunteers ages 10 and up to conduct tours, work in the gift shop, demonstrate historic trades, agricultural and domestic activities and more. Students needing community service hours are welcome. No experience is necessary. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Learn about life at Lee’s headquarters from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. For 62 days in 1862, the Dabbs House was transformed into a Civil War headquarters when Gen. Robert E. Lee and his staff of seven arrived. Learn about daily life and Henrico’s role in Civil War history. Children’s activities, interpretive panels and tours will be offered. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Henrico County Division of Police will offer rabies shots for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Western Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Rd. The clinic will be on the first level of the parking deck adjacent to the administration building. Vaccination shots cost $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers. For details, call 727-8800.
Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion Team XXL returns to Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd., at 4 p.m. This group of youthful, diverse, high-energy dancers combine pedestrian movement and rhythmic patterning into exciting and intricate choreography. Admission is free. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Hindu Center of Virginia, 6051 Springfield Rd., will present “Temple Traditions: Performing Arts from India to Bali” at 3 p.m. Bharatanatyam dancers from the Apsaras Arts Dance Group and Balinese dancers from the Indonesian Embassy in Washington will present a rare collaborative presentation of devotional and semi-sacred performance, reuniting traditions separated for millennia. Tickets are $8. For details, visit http://www.hinducenterofvirginia.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.
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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